Draft Notes: Noel, Cavs, Zeller, Kabongo

Chad Ford of ESPN.com revealed his mock draft 7.0 this morning and just like every previous incarnation, Nerlens Noel sits at No. 1.  Ford heard that the Cavs' top option is to trade the No. 1 overall pick for a combination of a veteran plus a 2014 first-round pick, but if not, he believes Noel will be the pick.  Owner Dan Gilbert likes Victor Oladipo and other people in the front office are pushing for Alex Len, but GM Chris Grant likes Noel and Ford sees him as the tiebreaker.  Here's more as we approach tonight's draft..

  • Cody Zeller could be a surprise high pick, tweets Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports.  One NBA executive who loves the Indiana product's athleticism says that he is someone to keep an eye on towards the top of the board.  Last night's mock draft from Alex Lee of Hoops Rumors had Zeller going No. 11 to the Sixers.
  • One NBA exec told Spears (Twitter link) says that guard Myck Kabongo is a possible late first-round pick after an impressive interview.  The Texas standout gave the impression that he can be a leader at the next level and also looks bigger than expected.
  • Lucas Nogueira has officially extended his contract with Asefa Estudiantes through June 2015, according to Emiliano Carchia of Sportando (via Twitter).  The center is in tonight's draft and has picked up some buzz as a possible stash pick.
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