Jonas Valanciunas, a Lithuanian center projected to go in the top 10 in Thursday's 2011 NBA Draft, quietly visited the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday for an interview, athletic testing and a brief workout reports DraftExpress' Jonathan Givony. Cleveland has the No. 1 and No. 4 picks in the draft.
Valanciunas was long considered a top option at No. 4 for the Cavaliers, who lack a bigtime center on their roster. But recent reports that a buyout with his Lithuanian club Lietuvos Rytas would prevent the 19-year-old from playing in the NBA next season dropped his stock, if temporarily. Givony reports that Cleveland has come to terms with the additional wait and could make Valanciunas the pick at No. 4.
The San Antonio Spurs made waves this week by reportedly looking into trading into the top seven to apparently grab Valanciunas. Reports suggest Tony Parker, a three-time All-Star and the 2007 NBA Finals MVP, was dangled, but came attached to the bad contract of Richard Jefferson.
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