CLEVELAND (AP) – Determined so as to add an All-Star caliber participant to convey them again into rivalry, the Cleveland Cavaliers chosen USC middle Evan Mobley with the No. three choose within the NBA draft Thursday for the night time.
After Detroit chosen Cade Cunningham first and Houston chosen Jalen Inexperienced, the Cavs trapped the 20-year-old Mobley, a two-way expertise who’s unleashing his potential.
The 7-foot Mobley will be part of younger guards Darius Garland, Collin Sexton and ahead Isaac Okoro to provide Cleveland a base to construct on. The Cavs have been in disarray since LeBron James left as a free agent after the 2018 season.
There are extra causes for hope.
Shortly earlier than the draft started, the Cavs agreed to amass veteran level guard Ricky Rubio of Minnesota, an individual aware of the negotiations advised The Related Press.
Cleveland will ship ahead Taurean Prince, money and a second-round choose in 2022 to the Timberwolves for Rubio, 30, stated the one that spoke on situation of anonymity as a result of the NBA has to approve the commerce.
The Rubio deal got here when he was in Tokyo enjoying for the Spanish Olympic staff. He’ll give the Cavs a dependable endorsement on the level and a mentor to Garland and Sexton.
The Cavs felt like they had been in a no-lose scenario with the third choose, the very best they’ve chosen since they took Andrew Wiggins first general in 2014 after which traded him to Minnesota within the deal for Kevin Love.
They listened to quite a few industrial provides earlier than hanging on to the choose and taking over Mobley, who led the Trojans to Elite eight final season. He averaged 16.four factors and eight.7 rebounds in his solely faculty season and was named the perfect Pac-12 participant, the perfect freshman and the perfect defensive participant.
Cleveland had a disappointing injury-plagued 2021 season, which ended with the Cavs dropping 16 of their final 18 video games to complete 22-50. They had been by no means actually in pursuit of the playoffs, however the staff got here out feeling good concerning the improvement of a few of their younger gamers.
Now they’ve one other in Mobley, who has been in comparison with a younger Chris Bosh.