Hey, @Ruyf: The Lakers have always been the top five in the top five because of Anthony Davis' trade potential. If Los Angeles had kept the choice, many would have thought Garland should have been taken for various reasons, including the fact that he was represented by Klutch Sports. The Cavs operated under the impression that Garland would probably have started from No. 5. But their opinion of him as a player has never wavered. Despite taking Collin Sexton eighth last year, Garland will be in consideration.
According to sources, a large contingent of Cavs flew to Los Angeles on Friday night. Klutch invited them to attend Garland's training for the first time on Saturday as part of the 1 to 0. At the beginning of this preliminary process, Garland representatives made it unavailable for training. Garland did not even participate in the agencies day. This position is eased over the weekend. It's hard to measure everything the Cavs really learned in this environment. After all, few players show badly. But it was the kind of closeup that the Cavs wanted. That's why General Manager Koby Altman was present alongside head coach John Beilein, assistant coach JB Bickerstaff, basketball operations director Andrae Patterson and director of scouting from Brandon Weems.
According to a league source, Garland would be in the running as a fight leader – fighter Ja Morant – though he had remained healthy all season in Vanderbilt. Instead, he played only four full games before a meniscus injury, leaving a lot of mystery behind. But in a rough draft filled with question marks, Garland is considered one of the few to have an All-Star potential because of his ability to lead a team, to shoot away from the dribble and to change speed with its handle. He is also perceived as a wonderful and coachable child.
Garland, 19, averaged 16.2 points with 53.7% shooting and 47.8% vs. 3 with the Commodores before the injury.
The layer added to this conversation is centered on pelicans. They seem to be in the court after adding Lonzo Ball and Josh Hart of the Lakers. They already have Jrue Holiday. This seems to remove Garland from their radar. But NBA circles believe that pelicans are looking for a trading partner. Atlanta? Chicago? Phoenix? If Atlanta uses its starting capital to pass number 8, it will likely be for the Jarrett Culver wing. Chicago and Phoenix, two needy teams, could end up in front of Cleveland and Garland – if they believe there is a significant difference between top goalkeeper Coby White and Garland.
Garland is more at stake than it was Friday, when the Lakers came up with the fourth choice. But there are still some obstacles for the Cavs – if Garland appears as their prospect of choice at No. 5.