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Cavs very concerned with Nerlens Noel's knees

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11:15 AM ET 06.09 | The Cavs are very concerned about Nerlens Noel's knee issues. They aren't at all sold on the 19-year-old Kentucky center as the No. 1 pick. Noel is out at least until December with an ACL. He also had a significant injury to the same knee as a high-school sophomore, which is why the Cavs and other teams are worried about his durability. It's possible they may roll the dice -- and yes, they do consider it somewhat a gamble -- and take Noel. But I sense they are strongly considering other options. But lately, they have spent time considering Maryland center Alex Len. He is nearly 7-1 and weighs 255 pounds. He has far more of an NBA frame than the 6-11, 206-pound Noel. Len just turned 20.

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June 9, 2013  11:39 AM ET

Noel is trying to cash in. I bet he doesn't last the duration of contract in the NBA.

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June 9, 2013  12:42 PM ET

reminds of the Sam bowie documentary i watched same situation

June 9, 2013  12:51 PM ET

No same GM would gamble at the first pick; If you wanna gamble, maybe 6-7-8 is a position for that. The guy is a walking injury. Knee injuries cause permanent damage. There is simply no way Noel goes top 5. Now he might be very well worth the gamble after that.

June 9, 2013  12:52 PM ET

Sane*

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June 9, 2013  01:48 PM ET

The Cavs are very concerned about Nerlens Noel's knee issues. They aren't at all sold on the 19-year-old Kentucky center as the No. 1 pick. Noel is out at least until December with an ACL. He also had a significant injury to the same knee as a high-school sophomore, which is why the Cavs and other teams are worried about his durability.


It's possible they may roll the dice -- and yes, they do consider it somewhat a gamble -- and take Noel.

The Cavs have Otto Porter rated as the top small forward, but don't seem to view him as an impact player. They may believe they can find a small forward via trade or free agency.

Last week, I wrote about their idea of taking Ben McLemore, making a three-guard rotation with Dion Waiters and Kyrie Irving. That remains a real possibility.

They scouted UNLV's Anthony Bennett about 10 times and they are intrigued by the 6-7, 240-pound power forward, who is very athletic and a natural scorer. Bennett played some center at UNLV because the Rebels had no one else. He shot 38 percent on 3-pointers, 59 percent from 2-point range and really handles the ball well.

Considering the above, the main point is I sense them moving away from Noel -- and being more open than ever to a trade offer.

June 9, 2013  01:56 PM ET

draft McleMore or Bennet or Oladipo--- pass on Porter and get a SF throguh trade or free agency.....

why waste the pick on a SF when LeBron is coming back? ;)

juuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuust kidding nuts......or Am i? lol

June 9, 2013  02:02 PM ET

It's crazy how many of these young guys are coming in to the NBA with major injuries already. Kids are training way to hard for how young they are and it's taking a serious toll on their bodies...there are kids here that play 3-4 games a week and then do dry land training in between on the off days. Kids are not pro athletes and we are treating them like they are full grown men.

 
June 9, 2013  05:44 PM ET

Noel is Oden and Bowie without the size to play center.

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