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Slide a blessing in disguise for Noel

Updated: June 28, 2013, 10:12 AM ET
By Jeff Goodman | ESPN.com

Nerlens Noel was confident he was coming off the board first. His people were convinced Cleveland was taking him with the No. 1 overall pick.

Instead, five general managers went in different directions. And despite costing Noel about $4.4 million dollars and a measure of pride, it may have been a blessing in disguise for the 6-foot-11 big man.

Noel thought he wanted to go first overall, but he didn't want that label. Nobody in this draft is prepared to handle those ...

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