There was a post a little while ago that mentioned this, but what are the chances Derrick Williams slides up to #1 and Irving falls to #2? For cleveland, it makes sense when you think about it. Irving is the best talent going into the draft, but he has just as much to prove as anyone in the draft and is just as unknown as he would have been coming out of high school. He doesn't have elite shooting/ball handling/defensive skills, but he is good at each. Don't take this the wrong way, I would take Irving but these are just the knocks on him. Williams on the other hand has size, athleticism and a 'motor' to him. He has his negatives too like everyone else too but I won't dig into those because we all know enough about each player to make our own opinions. Quick comparison, I see Irving as a chris paul ceiling with an eric maynor floor, williams would have a ceiling of gerald wallace with a better shot and floor of like anthony tolliver.
Now, cleveland has Baron Davis for what, the next 3 years and $45 mil? That's a lot of dough tied up into your PG while also spending the #1 pick on a PG which might be just as much of a question mark as the #2 pick. Honestly, if I'm cleveland I would try put together a trade with the wolves involving flynn/cash and #2 for #1 and salary filler, or cash/wayne and #2 for #1, SOMETHING, but this isn't about trades (yet). Davis is a malcontent but a good player not great, so I take Williams #1. He has the swag and is ready to (but never will) fill the shoes of a missing star in Cleveland. At #4 I take the PG of the future, either Brandon Knight or Kemba Walker. Worst case scenario, knight is gone and walker isn't that high on their board? Take the Turkish freak Kanter and you have a very athletic frontcourt. Baron Davis dishing to Derrick Williams and Enes Kanter? Sounds like fun basketball to me. Then the table is set for a stacked 2012 draft with much better PG selection and free agency. No team likes to look forward to 2012 when they get done with the 2011 draft, but that is a solid foundation. Better than 2 PG's splitting time and Kanter IMO.
So, this is where my 2 scenarios comes to play, with the only stipulation (kind of a biggie) being we keep our pick, whatever it is, because Glen Taylor mentioned earlier that "with such a high draft pick you don't want to trade something like that"...whatever that is supposed to mean, I am going to take it as the truth (even with all the trade rumors out there right now).
Scenario 1: Kyrie Irving goes #1 as planned and we take Derrick Williams.
I am going to include my "big trade" idea with each scenario that I think fits best with the drafted player. So, if this happens, we need to trade beasley and/or wes. I'm keeping wes because beasley has more trade value as a scorer and expiring deal (and personally I don't like his basketball IQ or lack of defensive intensity). I would put a package together like beasley/flynn/darko/#20 FOR kevin martin and maybe a salary filler. If rubio came over, we would have a great ball handling point without range to distribute the ball and a SF in williams that does all the dirty work and will work his tail off for everything (a more athletic SF version of Kevin love?). We need a scorer with range to spread the floor and creat his own shot, and kevin martin would be that scorer. Rubio and williams both good defensively will make up for Martin's defensive short comings. This scenario brings more grit and defense but still keeps the other team worrying about the arc with love/martin and wes off the pine.
Scenario 2: Williams leaps Irving and goes #1, we grab the PG at #2.
We have a scoring point guard with range now, I'm going to trade a similar package of beasley/ellington/darko/#20 to philly for Iggy. You have a point-forward as your starting SG now that is a lock down defender with less than average range. You slide wes to his natural 3 with good defensive skill, both of which can make up for Irvings less than average D. This scenario brings more range and up-and-down style offense.
Both teams do the trade because they get a solid backup center at a reasonable cost, a good young bench guard, a flyer on the up and down beasley and a pick for their high salaried star that is (or should be) on the market. There could be smaller trades that happen down the road, most noteably for a serviceable center to start over Pek, maybe try and sign someone with the midlevel because we won't have the money for gasol or jordan. Is our roster finished? No, but this is just the jumpstart.
Which scenario do you think is better, or are both just total unrealistic dreams?