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Cup of Cavs: Teams the Cavs can learn from

Today’s news and notes.

NBA: Portland Trail Blazers at Boston Celtics David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

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Take of the day

I posed this question on Twitter the other day, but I am fascinated by what teams the Cavs should be learning from and build like. All involve luck, and no situation is exactly the same, but here are the five I’d most like to see the Cavs learn from:

Portland is probably my top one, only because of the stability Damian Lillard provides that team and how much he enhances the culture of that team. Getting a guy that is both that good and also provides that level of leadership is kind of the dream.

Draft watch

As of today, the Cavs have the third-worst record in the NBA. They have a 52.1 percent chance of landing a top-four pick and a 14 percent chance of landing the No. 1 overall pick. They could pick as low as No. 7 overall.

Today’s sim resulted in the Cavs getting the No. 2 overall pick. They have a 13.4 percent chance of landing that pick.

ICYMI — news and notes from yesterday

Cavs 125, Knicks 118

James Harden had his sixth 50-point game of the season

KD missed his first game of the season, due to rest

The Nets are getting back a key player and are being sued for their Biggie-inspired jersey

Dirk might play one more year with Luka and KP

From the other day, but this buzzer beater from Cavs lifer Dwyane Wade is everything

Vince Carter still has it

Marvin Bagley to miss 1-2 weeks

Lonzo Ball is at least a week away from returning

Kobe talked to Marc Spears about a lot of things, including the Lakers, his kids book and Zion

What to read today

The Ringer’s Jonathan Tjarks on Josh Richardson and a new path to becoming a two-way star