HoopsHype Alex Len rumors

June 23, 2013 Updates
June 20, 2013 Updates

Next week, Len said he won’t be thinking about competing in All-Star games or championships. He just wants to enjoy the moment of being drafted into the NBA. His mother and sister flew in from Ukraine and will attend the draft. Len’s almost finished visiting teams, and he’s finally ditched those pesky crutches. Len’s reality is setting in: He’s going to be an NBA player. “Are you kidding? I’m very excited,” Len said. “It’s like I have been chasing this dream since I was 13.” Diamondback Online

June 19, 2013 Updates

Cleveland continues to aggressively shop this pick, according to sources, but one executive said the Cavs "have completely overvalued it." It's looking more and more like Cleveland will keep the pick and, despite speculation that it will take everyone from Ben McLemore to Victor Oladipo to Alex Len, league sources expect Noel to be the guy SI.com

June 18, 2013 Updates

So here’s Maryland center Alex Len’s sales pitch to be a top pick in the June 27 NBA draft: “I’m 7-1, 7-2 with shoes, I’m pretty agile and I can step out on the floor and shoot. That makes me a little different.’’ Then Len, who’s from the Ukraine, noted how often he’s compared to Zydrunas Ilgauskas, the Cleveland Cavaliers center who played in the NBA from 1997 through 2011. Ilgauskas, also an Eastern European, is a good analogy: A guy with true-center size who could shoot well enough to place defenders in predicaments. Ilgauskas scored nearly 11,000 career points, and if Len does that he’d be well worth the Bobcats’ No. 4 pick. Charlotte Observer

The deadline to withdraw for the NBA draft has now passed. The biggest name to exit was Dario Saric, the Croatian forward who was rumored to be a possible lottery pick. Aside from a few names pulling out, the draft is now set. According to sources, the Cleveland Cavaliers – if the draft were held today – would select Alex Len with the top pick. The Cavs believe he is the best fit longterm alongside Kyrie Irving. SheridanHoops

The Cavs have been talking to teams for weeks about a trade, but they are finding a limited market and at this point are likely to keep the pick. Sources in Cleveland strongly suggest that the Cavs have yet to make their decision. Anthony Bennett, Ben McLemore, Victor Oladipo, Otto Porter, Alex Len and Noel all have visits and/or workouts scheduled in Cleveland this week. Noel is scheduled to visit the team Thursday and has a chance to seal the deal as the No. 1 pick if he performs well. ESPN.com

Certainly the Bobcats could use an inside scoring presence. They’re never going to get that from Bismack Biyombo. Last season shooting guard Gerald Henderson was the Bobcats’ best post-up threat. Asked how he’d feel about playing for the Bobcats, Len was effusive about one thing: “I would love to play with Kemba’’ Walker. Charlotte Observer

June 17, 2013 Updates

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