November 21, 2014

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Cavs don’t get pick

CLEVELAND — The Cavaliers did not acquire a pick in the first round of the NBA Draft on Thursday night, but they’ll be back in action Sunday when teams are allowed to begin negotiating with free agents.
The Cavaliers have two restricted free agents of their own they want to keep in Anderson Varejao and Sasha Pavlovic. They also have the mid-level exception, which will be about $5.5 million, and the bi-annual exception, which will be around $1.83 million, with which to pursue other free agents.
The mid-level exception permits teams to sign players for up to five years with 8 percent annual raises, meaning the total value of a deal can top $32 million. The bi-annual exception allows teams to sign a player for a maximum of two years.
Contract agreements can be reached any time after the free agent period begins on Sunday, but deals can’t be signed until July 11.
Cav general manager Danny Ferry inquired about getting back into the first round Thursday, but was unable to work a trade or purchase a pick from another team for the maximum $3 million.
The Cavaliers would have had the No. 24 pick in the first round, but they traded that selection to Boston for Jiri Welsch, who is no longer in the league, on Feb. 24, 2005. The pick ended up in the hands of the Phoenix Suns, who selected Spain’s Rudy Fernandez, then sold his rights to Portland for the maximum $3 million.
The Cavaliers traded their second-round pick, No. 54 overall, in the July 23, 2004, deal that brought them Drew Gooden and Varejao. The Magic also got another second-round pick and big man Tony Battie in that deal. Houston general manager Daryl Morey, a Highland High graduate, acquired the No. 54 pick for cash Thursday afternoon.
As part of the 2002 trade that sent Lamond Murray to Toronto, Cleveland also held what ended up being the No. 22 pick in the first round. The Cavaliers, however, dealt that pick to Charlotte in 2004 for the rights to Sasha Pavlovic. The Bobcats wound up taking Boston College forward Jared Dudley at No. 22.
In a rematch of the 2007 national championship game, runner-up Ohio State had two players chosen in the top four, but two-time defending champion Florida had three in the top nine. Buckeyes center Greg Oden went No. 1 to Portland, with point guard and close friend Mike Conley Jr. going to Memphis with the fourth pick. Florida countered with Al Horford at No. 3 (Atlanta), Corey Brewer at No. 7 (Minnesota) and Joakim Noah at No. 9 (Chicago).
Ohio State pulled even when Philadelphia selected Daequan Cook with the No. 21 pick, then traded him to Miami.
Contact Rick Noland at (330) 721-4061 or rickn@ohio.net.
No. 1 Oden to the Portland Trail Blazers.
No. 2 Durant to the Seattle SuperSonics.
No. 3 Horford to the Atlanta Hawks.
No. 4    Mike Conley Jr. (Memphis Grizzlies)
No. 5    Jeff Green (Boston Celtics)
No. 6    Yi Jianlian (Milwaukee Bucks)
No. 7    Corey Brewer (Minnesota Timberwolves)
No. 8    Brandan Wright (Charlotte Bobcats)
No. 9    Joakim Noah (Chicago Bulls)
No. 10    Spencer Hawes (Sacramento Kings)