The 2019 NBA Draft is approaching quickly and the Cleveland Cavaliers are facing some very important decisions on how to approach this draft. While the Cavs typically play their draft process close to the vest, on Tuesday we got the rare confirmation of a workout.
According to Chris Fedor of cleveland.com, the Cavs worked out Texas A&M wing Jarrett Culver, as well as took him out for dinner afterwards:
The Cleveland Cavaliers conducted a private workout with Jarrett Culver on Monday, league sources told cleveland.com.
Culver, one of a few players in the mix for the Cavaliers’ No. 5 pick, also had dinner with key members of the organization -- general manager Koby Altman, assistant GM Mike Gansey, head coach John Beilein and assistant coach J.B. Bickerstaff. When given enough time, the Cavs consider the dinners and sit-downs a valuable opportunity for the braintrust to get know the prospect as a person and gauge how he would fit into the culture they are trying to instill.
Should the Cavs stay put at five, it’s hard to imagine a better fit for the team than Culver. A compelling case could be made for other options at five, but Culver’s ability to pair strong perimeter defense with play-making addresses two glaring team needs the best out of the players projected to be available.
Culver’s ability to create for others would make him a great fit on the perimeter alongside Collin Sexton. Unless Sexton makes a dramatic leap as a play-maker, having the rest of the lineup contribute in that area will be important as the team tries to develop a reliable offense.
Adding play-making without the awkwardness of drafting another guard would be a win-win for the Cavs. Culver’s attitude and work ethic also seem to line up with the values the Cavs have prioritized in their efforts to craft an identity that doesn’t revolve around LeBron James.