NBA Draft 2013: Cleveland Cavaliers will consider Otto Porter with #1 pick

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Nerlens Noel is no lock to be the first overall pick. The Cavs will reportedly look into other options as well.

With the first pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, the Cleveland Cavaliers have the ability to choose whoever they want. Most people think that they will take Nerlens Noel. But there's also the possibility that they consider Otto Porter with the top pick, according to the Washington Post.

This report suggests that the Cavs are not completely sold on Nerlens Noel and will look into drafting Porter instead. Now, there's a difference between "considering" Porter and actually drafting him. I would expect the Cavs to consider several players, especially with the injury question marks surrounding Noel. Until they get a good look at Noel's knee and have the opportunity to talk face to face with him, they should keep investigating other options.

"But there is a possibility that Porter, arguably the most NBA-ready player among the top prospects, might not be around when the Wizards pick third. A source with knowledge of the Cavaliers' thinking said Porter is under consideration to go No. 1."

As you know, I think the Cavs should just take Nerlens Noel, so this report scares me a little bit. But at the same time, it really shouldn't come as much of a surprised. In any front office, there will be differing of opinions. I'm sure there are some people who think Porter is the way to go while others are convinced it's Noel. Heck, we may even hear rumors about taking Anthony Bennett or Ben McLemore first overall before we actually get to the draft.

Another somewhat farfetched theory is that the Cavs would leak this as a smokescreen. What sense does it make to deploy a smokescreen when you're the #1 pick? Well if a team like the Wizards has their heart set of getting Porter, a report like this might worry them enough to pick up the phone and try to move up to draft the forward out of Georgetown. I'm not saying that's what this is, but in a draft where there isn't a super obvious #1 pick, anything is possible.

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