Oct 30, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert celebrates a 98-94 win over the Brooklyn Nets at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Cleveland Cavaliers news: Nick and Dan Gilbert won't attend draft lottery


In a change for years past, Cleveland Cavaliers majority owner Dan Gilbert and his bow-tie wearing son Nick will not be representing the Cavs at the draft lottery. Newly minted Cavaliers GM David Griffin will represent the Cavs at the event, which takes place this year on April 20.

The Cavaliers only have a 1.9 percent chance of winning the lottery this year. In two out of the last three years, with Nick Gilbert representing the the team, the Cavaliers have won the first overall pick against long odds. In 2011, Cleveland won the first pick not with their own pick (which had a 19.9 chance of being the first pick), but the Los Angeles Clippers’ first round pick, which had a 2.8 percent chance of being the first overall pick and was acquired in exchange for Baron Davis. That pick was used to select Duke point guard Kyrie Irving, who went on to win Rookie of the Year in the lockout shortened season. Last season, with an entourage that included the Gilberts, rapper Machine Gun Kelly and local radio host Tony Rizzo, the Cavaliers won the first round pick with a 15.6 percent of winning. The first overall pick was used on UNLV power forward Anthony Bennett, who struggled all year after coming into camp out of shape due to shoulder surgery.


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