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Cavs to take two off top

NEW YORK — Just in case the Cavaliers need some advice for what to do with those two high picks, here it is:

Take Duke guard Kyrie Irving first, grab Turkish big man Enes Kanter fourth, and start enjoying the postseason success you used to have with LeBron James.

"If I play with Kyrie, I believe we can make playoffs," Kanter said Wednesday.

Or … pass on Irving and go with Arizona's Derrick Williams, who can play inside or out, either forward spot, and would bring the mixture of power and athleticism back to the frontcourt that was lost when James left for Miami.

"I feel like I am the most overall ready in this spot by my size and ready to make an impact," Williams said.

Even in what's considered a less-than-stellar draft, the Cavs have options tonight at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., when they become the first team since the 1983 Rockets with two picks in the top four (Houston took Ralph Sampson No. 1 and Rodney McCray No. 3).

The Cavs' No. 1 pick was acquired from the Clippers last season in the Baron Davis trade.

Cleveland is expected to start with Irving. Though the point guard played just 11 games during his freshman season because of a toe injury, the numbers he put up seem too good to pass up.

"It definitely feels good … knowing that I'm still projected to go No. 1," said Irving, who averaged 17.5 points while shooting 53 percent from the floor, 46 percent from 3-point range and 90 percent from the foul line.

Minnesota seems open to dealing the No. 2 pick. Utah has Nos. 3 and 12, the latter potentially putting the Jazz in the difficult position of deciding whether it wants to keep Brigham Young star Jimmer Fredette, who scored 28.9 a game, in state.

Gators with ears Open: UF's Chandler Parsons, Vernon Macklin and Alex Tyus, who criss-crossed the country working out for various teams, will be among those hoping to hear their names called tonight. "It's exhausting to be in a different city for a different team every day," said Parsons, the SEC player of the year who could go as high as late in the first round, "but I wouldn't trade it for anything."

Predraft chatter: Spurs general manager R.C. Buford refuted Internet reports that the team seeks to trade All-Star point guard Tony Parker for a high first-round pick tonight, the San Antonio Express-News reported on its website. Yahoo Sports said the Spurs had discussions with the Raptors, who hold the fifth pick overall, and the Kings, who have the seventh. … Suns president of basketball operations Lon Babby, denying reports by ESPN that his team was talking to the Timberwolves about the No. 2 pick, said that two-time MVP Steve Nash isn't going to be traded, and he added center Marcin Gortat to the untouchable list. … Timberwolves president of basketball operations Daivd Kahn plans to fire coach Kurt Rambis sometime after the draft, Yahoo Sports reported. … The Lakers unsuccessfully tried to trade sixth man of the year Lamar Odom for Minnesota's No. 2 overall pick, the Los Angeles Times reported. The Lakers wanted Arizona's Williams.

Cavs to take two off top 06/22/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 22, 2011 11:56pm]
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