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Can Cavs change lottery pick culture?

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10:39 AM ET 01.05 | A fourth trip to the lottery would be absolutely the wrong message to send to young Cavs players such as Kyrie Irving, Dion Waiters, Tristan Thompson and the rest. Exactly what have they been learning the last few seasons as the Cavs have collected lottery ping-pong balls? They travel on private jets, make millions of dollars and play for a franchise that had stopped pushing hard to win from the moment LeBron James left in the summer of 2010 for Miami. The hiring of Mike Brown to coach and teach defense is supposed to change all that. So was the decision to sign veteran Jarrett Jack, to not trade Anderson Varejao, and to gamble on Andrew Bynum. On the court, the Bynum signing didn't pay off. But his contract may help the Cavs secure Pau Gasol or someone else, thanks to the complicated world of the NBA salary cap and the luxury tax.

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January 5, 2014  10:49 AM ET

Nah...Its cool...They like having ALL those picks year after year after year....Its the only thing they can win in....

January 5, 2014  11:03 AM ET

Not sure how this all falls on the Cavs shoulders. The lottery system has been in place for nearly 30 years, and the concept is known by all: your team stinks, you are rewarded.

The same message is being sent to the young Cavs player if they are steamrolled in the playoffs by Indy or Miami. The difference is the draft picks aren't as good.

Here's to getting the lottery wheel in place.

January 5, 2014  11:13 AM ET

How's that No.1 pick panning out for you guys?

January 5, 2014  11:15 AM ET

"A fourth trip to the lottery would be absolutely the wrong message to send to young Cavs players such as Kyrie Irving, Dion Waiters"...

I'd be more concerned with the message the paying fans get from this than the overpaid, underachieving (or handcuffed) players read into this!

I blame Gilbert, right behind Kobe and Cuban of course...

January 5, 2014  11:26 AM ET

THE WRONG MESSAGE.

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January 5, 2014  11:46 AM ET

After several days of stalled talks, the Los Angeles Lakers and Cleveland Cavaliers made progress Saturday on a trade that would involve Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum, sources told ESPN.com.

The Cavaliers want to execute a trade by Sunday so it can be completed ahead of Tuesday's deadline for Bynum's contract to become fully guaranteed, sources said. Trades need 48 hours to be finalized so players can have physicals.

Sources say the Lakers, who broke a six-game losing streak with a victory against the Jazz on Friday night, also are seeking a package that would include a young player or a draft pick from the Cavs, which has been holding up the talks.

The Lakers internally have been debating whether they should trade Gasol, a four-time All-Star with the team, or wait for some of their players to get healthy with hopes of making a run in the second half of the season.

It appears these talks, which kicked into gear last weekend when the Cavs suspended Bynum for a game and put him on the trade block, could be headed for a resolution one way or the another on Sunday.

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January 5, 2014  12:20 PM ET
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January 5, 2014  12:31 PM ET

Name a team that was this young that was a title contender? That's right, it never happened. It takes time for young guys to learn the league. You need stars to win. The league likes it that way. It took OKC 5 years to become contenders. It's going to take the Cavs 5 years. Heck, they still have a better record than the Knicks and the Knicks were so called contenders last year.

January 5, 2014  12:52 PM ET
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Name a team that was this young that was a title contender? That's right, it never happened. It takes time for young guys to learn the league. You need stars to win. The league likes it that way. It took OKC 5 years to become contenders. It's going to take the Cavs 5 years. Heck, they still have a better record than the Knicks and the Knicks were so called contenders last year.

They are young and could use one more star to pair with Kyrie. I still eel like the draft is a good solution unless you can get LBJ to come back.

January 5, 2014  01:48 PM ET

What difference does the lottery pick matter when you take jokes like Anthony Bennett???? That Cavs talent evaluator should be in a unemployment line in Cleveland. Bynum would take a blind man not to see how worthless this guy is... Yet, some ignorant team will pay him once he leaves the Cavs and then too shall they be known a stupid...

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January 7, 2014  01:00 AM ET
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haven't w all grown accustomed to seeing the Cavs sux every season and wind up in the lotto year after year after year? its Dan Gilbert and the Cleveland way !!

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this is the Cleveland way, no doubt about it

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