Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Draft buzz: Knight likes Cavs -- at No. 1
By Andy Katz
More nuggets from reporting through sources with direct knowledge Wednesday afternoon:
Kentucky's Brandon Knight wants to go to Cleveland -- as the No. 1 pick. When given the choices of Cleveland, Toronto, Utah or Sacramento, Knight said he wants Cleveland but as No. 1, even though he’s only being considered by the Cavs at No. 4.
• BYU's Jimmer Fredette said there will be a “Jimmer Jam” at the Glens Falls, N.Y., Civic Center on Thursday night with 6,000 fans watching the draft. He said he will be eagerly watching what happens at No. 3 to see whether the Jazz go big with Enes Kanter instead of Knight. But he said he is more than fine going to Sacramento at No. 7 and is anticipating being at No. 12 (Utah), No. 13 (Phoenix) or No. 15 (Indiana). He anticipates New York would have to move up from No. 17 if he were to go to the Knicks.
• Toronto has narrowed its choices to four -- Knight, Jonas Valanciunas, Bismack Biyombo and Kawhi Leonard.
• Florida State’s Chris Singleton has moved into a strong position for Charlotte at No. 9. There is a pull here with multiple connections to Leonard Hamilton, the Florida State coach, whom Michael Jordan once hired to run the Washington Wizards.
• Multiple teams expect Leonard to be gone by Sacramento at No. 7.
• A number of teams are trying to figure out where Boston College’s Reggie Jackson could go in the first round, but the consensus is that he is a lock for No. 31 Miami with a multiyear guaranteed deal. Jackson hasn’t done anything since the end of the season, bypassing the draft process without working out or conducting any interviews. His camp said he has jumper’s knee and didn’t have surgery.
• Boston brought back Marquette’s Jimmy Butler for another workout Wednesday, and he’s in play for the Celtics at No. 25.
• The two names that might end up slipping deeper in the lottery than expected are UConn's Kemba Walker and Colorado’s Alec Burks.
• Cleveland did its due diligence and made multiple calls to check on Kyrie Irving’s toe, including checking again with the Duke medical staff. Irving said he has been given a clean bill of health and said that once he played well in the NCAA tournament, he felt he was ready to enter the NBA draft and quash any rumors about his not being healthy.