The first sip
A small thing to keep in mind for future NBA Drafts under the new CBA: there are three two-way slots for each team now.
Why does this matter? The new CBA, with its various aprons and spending caps, means that it’s going to be more important than ever to develop talent. The Cavs and the other 29 teams need to nail their two-way slots and find guys that can be developed over a multi-year period. Not every two-way slot will land, but if one out of every three our four does, that’s a win.
Consider Emoni Bates. He’s had a huge fall since he came onto the scene as a highly ranked high school prospect. He’s going to be a late second-round pick probably. But, at that point in the draft, that’s worth the risk to me. If you can use second-round picks and undrafted free agents on guys with the upside to be rotation players, it will pay off down the line.
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