- Tristan Thompson Says City of Cleveland Has Best Sports Fans
- Report: Kevin Love and Charlamagne tha God to Collaborate on Mental Health Talk
- Report: Cavs From 2016 Championship Team Wore Rings for Fred McLeod’s Funeral
- Cleveland Indians Honor Fred McLeod With Moment of Silence Before Game
- J.R. Smith Pays Respect to Shaun Livingston After He Announces Retirement
- Report: Cavs Insider Ranks Team’s 5 Most Valuable Trade Pieces
- Sports Illustrated Ranks Kevin Love in Top 50 of Best NBA Players of 2020 List
- Ben Simmons Clowns Darius Garland’s NBA 2K20 Player via Social Media
- Cavs Owner Dan Gilbert Pens Emotional Statement After Passing of Fred McLeod
- Austin Carr Can’t Hold Back Tears When Discussing Partnership With Fred McLeod
Report: Signs Point to Cavs Looking to Target Darius Garland With No. 5 Pick
- Updated: June 17, 2019
Among the different prospects the Cleveland Cavaliers are considering with the fifth overall pick in Thursday’s NBA draft is Vanderbilt University guard Darius Garland. In the opinion of one Cavaliers insider, some clear signs have emerged that the Cavaliers are strongly looking at Garland as their choice.
“Cavaliers Coach John Beilein is supposed to be open to two smaller guards if they can score. Would the Cavs be interested in pairing the 6-foot-2 Garland with 6-foot-2 Collin Sexton in the backcourt? That’s small for the NBA, but I would not discount it for the Cavs. That’s especially true if they consider Garland an eventual impact player.”
Pluto also pointed to the fact that on Saturday, the New Orleans Pelicans acquired the pick immediately before the Cavs’ choice:
“Now, the No. 4 pick belongs to New Orleans, which secured it after making the Davis deal with the Lakers. Former Cavaliers GM David Griffin now has that same job with the Pelicans. Current Cavs GM Koby Altman worked under Griffin in Cleveland.”
Pluto also noted Garland’s representation:
“Garland is represented by Klutch Sports, the agency led by Rich Paul and sports attorney Mark Termini. They also represent Davis. They didn’t permit Garland to work out at the NBA Combine. A week ago, Klutch had a showcase with its clients for NBA teams — but Garland didn’t take part.
“But the Cavs did look at him. Garland played only five games at Vanderbilt before sustaining a knee injury. He had meniscus knee surgery in late November. He is said to be healthy right now, and several doctors supposedly have cleared him. Meniscus knee injuries are not as serious as the ACL tear. Garland was hurt making a layup two minutes into Vanderbilt’s 77-75 loss to Kent State.”
Pluto pointed out why the presence of Klutch Sports is so noteworthy:
“I believe it’s significant that the Klutch agency invited the Cavs to work out Garland. Klutch also represents current Cavaliers Tristan Thompson and J.R. Smith (still on the roster). They also represent LeBron James, pairing him with Davis (also a client) in Los Angeles.”
One final aspect that Pluto indicated involved a possible flipping of the draft picks between the Pelicans and Cavaliers:
“As for a deal with New Orleans, that has to be considered a possibility. The Pelicans picked up three first-round picks in the Laker deal. The Cavs have picks No. 5 and No. 26 in this draft. They are loaded with future second-round picks.”
Until the draft arrives all of the above talk remains speculation. However, with multiple aspects all pointing in one direction, the possibility of seeing Garland in a Cavaliers uniform next season may not be too far from reality.