NBA Mock Draft 2013: Chad Ford's final mock has Cavaliers selecting Nerlens Noel

Kevin C. Cox

Chad Ford will probably be updating his mock draft throughout the day, but his 7.0 version continues to postulate that Nerlens Noel will be the first overall pick.

Nerlens Noel is still the presumptive first overall pick if one is to believe Chad Ford, who released his final mock today.

The Cavs' top option is to trade the No. 1 overall pick for a combination of a veteran plus a 2014 first-round pick. If they can pull that off, they'll move the pick. If they can't, they'll keep attempting to move whoever they draft until all their options have been exercised.

And if they keep the pick? General manager Chris Grant has been a Nerlens Noel guy all year. Other people in the front office are pushing for Len. I even heard, somewhat convincingly, that owner Dan Gilbert loves Oladipo!

With a split front office, the final decision comes to Grant. I think he's a Noel guy … but we'll all find out whether I'm reading the tea leaves correctly around 7:35 p.m.

Ford also has the Cavaliers selecting Reggie Bullock at 19, but is not nearly as confident on that selection as the Cavaliers are still trying to find a way to move up for Sergey Karasev.

With the way that Ford phrases it there, I believe it is more likely that Noel is the first overall pick. If they are going to be attempting to trade him even after the selection, Noel seems to have better value throughout the league than Len does. I really hope that ends up being the case.

It all ends tonight, and we'll find out for sure around 7:35 P.M. EST.

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