INDEPENDENCE: Cavaliers General Manager Chris Grant is attracted to power forward Milan Macvan's mean streak. That's why the Cavs selected Macvan in the second round (54th overall pick) of the NBA Draft on Thursday night.
Macvan, a 21-year-old Serbian, plays for the Israeli team Maccabi Tel Aviv, and Grant said the Cavs plan to leave him overseas next season. Macvan is averaging 6.2 points, 2.7 rebounds, 10.2 minutes and shooting 59.7 percent from the field.
''We saw him play in the [Nike] Hoop Summit a couple years ago, and he's just one of the toughest, nastiest power forwards that I have ever seen,'' Grant said during a news conference at Cleveland Clinic Courts. ''And he absolutely dominated the game and beat everybody up.
''We felt like this is a guy we can take and leave in Europe and let him grow, and at a certain point, we'll bring him over. We know he's our kind of guy. We know he's a worker. If he continues to get better, he could potentially be one of the best big guys in Europe.''
The 6-foot-9, 260-pound Macvan started this season with the Serbian club Hemofarm before joining Maccabi Tel Aviv. During a five-game span in the ULEB Eurocup, Macvan averaged 17 points, eight rebounds and 3.8 assists for Hemofarm.
The Cavs continued to stockpile future draft picks by selecting Richmond forward Justin Harper early in the second round (No. 32) and later trading him to the Orlando Magic.
In exchange, the Cavs received two second-round picks, one in 2013 and another in 2014. The Cavs already have one extra pick in the 2013 draft: the Miami Heat's first-round selection. Harper, 6-foot-10 and 225 pounds, averaged 17.9 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.2 blocked shots last season as a senior. He was a first-team All-Atlantic 10 pick.
The Cavaliers' draft picks are scheduled to join coach Byron Scott, General Manager Chris Grant and several other members of the organization to unveil a new basketball court at 3:30 p.m. today at the Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital for Rehabilitation in Shaker Heights. They'll participate in a ribbon-cutting ceremony and a shootaround with local youngsters.
A Cavs spokesman said 7,562 fans attended the team's draft party Thursday night at Quicken Loans Arena. . . . Browns cornerback Joe Haden showed up to the event in full costume and posted a photograph of himself on Twitter. He wore a wine-and-gold Antawn Jamison jersey with shorts, two wristbands and a headband. . . . Cleveland State guard Norris Cole was selected late in the first round (No. 28) by the Chicago Bulls and later traded to the Miami Heat. Cole averaged 21.7 points, 5.3 assists and 2.2. assists last season as a senior, helping him earn recognition as the Horizon League Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year. He finished his career at Cleveland State third on the school's all-time scoring list with 1,978 points. . . . Guard Jon Diebler became the first Ohio State player to be drafted this year when the Portland Trail Blazers took him 51st overall.
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