INDEPENDENCE: The Cavaliers tried to trade up in the first round Thursday night, but ultimately stayed at No. 19 and came away with a player they wanted anyway. The Cavs selected Russian Sergey Karasev after entering the draft belieivng Karasev wouldn't fall that far.
Predraft buzz had plenty of teams interested in Karasev between picks 10 and 15, but Karasev tumbled amid a flurry of trades around the middle of the draft.
The 6-foot-7 Karasev is averaging 18.7 points and 5.3 rebounds for BC Triumph. He was a member of the Russian Olympic team that took bronze last summer. He is expected to play for the Cavaliers next season.
Karasev, a lefty, isknown as an excellent shooter and ball handler. He is shooting 45 percent from the floor this season.