Links to the Present, mid-season mock draft edition.

February 16th, 2013 by Nate Smith

Lots of Cavs related news today on all the usual sites, including the Plain Dealer/

A few things stand out:

Ball Don’t Lie with a nice quote from KI on the Rising Stars crossover contest:

But more or less, that kind of rivalry with me and B. Knight has been happening since high school, since we started playing against each other. We were battling for the one and two spot in high school. He’s a good friend of mine. It’s great competition.

In a sign that the summer of 2014 is going to reach ridiculously inane levels of hype, Mary Schmitt Boyer spends 375 words talking about how LeBron and Kyrie weren’t talking about something.

Of course, Fox Sports’ Sam Amico counters with third hand conjecture: “Sources suggest James already has the ear of Cleveland guard Kyrie Irving about the potential of teaming up for an entire season (and beyond).”

(Please note, that this isn’t meant as a criticism of Scmitt Boyer or Amico, who are just doing their jobs: feeding the sporting public’s appetite for wish fulfillment).

Finally, Cavs the Blog’s own Mallory Factor does his best Chris Grant impersonation in a mock draft for The TrueHoop New Orleans affiliate,  With the #4 pick after a colossal whiff by Washington at #3, Mallory takes Shabazz Muhammad :

It would be a blessing if Muhammad fell to Cleveland at 4. With the recent injury to Noel, and the Cavs’ drafting of Dion Waiters last year, the obvious choice is the highly touted small forward.  Though Cleveland could easily take a center with this pick, the most glaring need is a natural swingman. After two years of the Alonzo Gee/Omri Casspi experience, it’s time to find a real starter.

To read the more of what they had to say on Muhammad and the rest or the draft lottery, click here.