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The Cavaliers interviewed 20 players at the NBA Draft Combine this week in Chicago, a team source said, including most of the consensus lottery picks who attended the event. The Cavs, who have the No. 8 pick in the June draft, sat with marquee players including Trae Young of Oklahoma, Mo Bamba of Texas, and Mikal Bridges of Villanova, according to sources and media reports.
The Grizzlies were one of the losers at Tuesday night’s NBA Draft lottery, dropping from the second spot down to fourth, probably putting them out of range of the two players the team most eagerly sought heading into next year: Arizona big man Deandre Ayton and Slovenian combo guard Luka Doncic. With that reality settling in, the buzz around this week’s predraft combine here is that the Grizzlies are ripe for a move out of the No. 4 spot. The preference would be to move into the top two and take Ayton or Doncic, but it’s a longshot that Phoenix (No. 1) or Sacramento (No. 2) would be willing to deal out of their spots. That means Memphis will look to move down, likely with a wing — small forwards Mikal Bridges or Miles Bridges, most likely — in mind.
“He can play two-three because he’s good enough defensively to guard a two, but he’s long enough and versatile enough to guard a three,” said former pro Jim Jackson, the No. 4 pick by Dallas in 1992 and a current analyst for FOX Sports. And Bridges’ game works on both ends. “He’s got phenomenal length. He can shoot it a bit out to [the 3-point line]. Defensively, you like him obviously. He’s very athletic but doesn’t always show it. He’s going to have to be someone that continues to get stronger and bigger. But ultimately the guy can shoot it, put it on the floor,” said one collegiate scout for an NBA team.
One opposing NBA general manager liked Bridges — but did not go overboard. “Don’t get me wrong, he’s a good player. I just don’t see him as a star. I think he’ll be a solid rotation player and there’s nothing wrong with that,” the GM said. “He could turn out to be one or the other,” the scout said regarding star or valued sub. “There’s a little risk that comes with him. He’s a good player, though. Definitely a good player.”