The Pek situation has me concerned. My hope is that he gets overlooked and the Wolves can keep him for cheap - say around $8M a year. I think this is quite possible considering the cap tax crunch, the draftable bigs, and the free agent big men and the timing issues that might delay possible contenders for Pek as they chase the marquee names such as Dwight Howard and Andrew Bynum - and to some extent Chris Paul. Pek might be forced to take a low-ish offer early rather than wait and hope a team who loses out comes to him with 8-figures.
When the Cavs got the first pick, I figured this would take them out Pek-stakes. The Cavs will be adding Nerlens Noel to their mix of big men and create an interesting big man rotation of Tristan Thompson, Anderson Varejao and Noel.
The Cavs will also have plenty of cash to chase free agents, around $12 million, and could decline enough options to make a second splash.
I could certainly see Cleveland rolling the dice on a run for Bynum, this is a franchise that chases bad ideas for a dream.
But they might also look at their duo of Noel and Varejao and decide that's just a bit too defensive for their purposes, and the smarter play might be a $10M offer to Pek, while also approaching the Wolves about a sign and trade for Varejao. If executed quickly, Cleveland can stay in the game for other free agents while balancing their offensive/defensive skills of their big men.
Cleveland, among others, is a team I'll be keeping a wary eye on as the Pek-stakes plays out.