Brett Brown said that while there won’t be any official minutes restrictions for his guys today, he will be “monitoring things.” Joel Embiid (ankle), Tobias Harris (ankle), Al Horford (knee) and Josh Richardson (rest) are all dealing with ailments.
Zion Williamson (right knee) will not play on Thursday vs. the Magic. Williamson will wind up getting through just 24 games his rookie year and will finish with averages of 22.5 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 0.7 steals, 0.4 blocks and 2.5 turnovers per game on 58.3% shooting from the field and 64% from the stripe.
Today’s Tankathon Sim
Uh oh. It finally happened. With the best possible odds to secure the first overall selection, the Cavs land the pick and likely will take the best player in the 2020 NBA Draft in LaMelo Ball. But, what happens next will likely shape the franchise for years to come. Teams like the Knicks want Ball in the worst way, and maybe Cleveland can finesse a future pick out of them to jump a spot. If not New York, the Pistons could also be an option for the Cavs to trade Ball to.
But, if Ball is the Cavs’ preferred option in this draft, they could also look to punt on the Darius Garland experiment early into its infancy. Getting the first pick makes things funky for Cleveland, and can have serious ramifications.