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Cavs win No. 1 pick in NBA draft for second consecutive year

By Jason Lloyd Published: May 20, 2014

The Cavaliers’ stunning lottery luck is still rolling.

The Cavs defied the odds yet again Tuesday, turning a 1.7 percent chance into the No. 1 pick in next month’s draft. The Cavs become the first team to win the draft lottery in consecutive seasons and have now won three of the last four.

This is considered one of the deepest drafts in years and the Cavs will now have their pick of everyone, including Jabari Parker, Joel Embiid and Andrew Wiggins.

It’s believed the Cavs have ranked Parker at the top of their board most of the season.

By winning the lottery, the Cavs have positioned themselves in one of the league’s most enviable positions this summer. They can keep the pick for themselves and take a franchise building block, or they can re-engage in the trade talks surrounding the Minnesota Timberwolves’ Kevin Love.

The Cavs have privately felt throughout the season the Timberwolves would be forced to trade Love this summer and have spent the last couple of years acquiring the assets they believe it would take to land him. Of course, the top overall pick might be valuable enough to hold onto themselves.

New General Manager David Griffin replaced Nick Gilbert on the stage for the draft proceedings, but as always, minority owner Jeff Cohen returned to the private room where the actual lottery numbers were drawn. Cohen has brought home lottery victories three of the four times he was in the room.

The Cavs also have a head coach opening that just became much more appealing to candidates across the league.

The winning number sequence that landed the Cavs the top pick was reportedly 13-7-9-14.


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