All was quiet at Quicken Loans Arena on Thursday.
No picks plus no movement added up to a pretty uneventful NBA Draft night for the Cavaliers.
The Cavs' attempts to acquire a pick were unsuccessful. Getting a high pick would have been next to impossible, and the likelihood of the Cavs being a participant, period, did not seem possible as the night wore on.
"Walking into the draft with no picks, our goal was to explore and try to get one of the 15 guys we really liked and felt could be good NBA players," General Manager Danny Ferry said. "By the time things started to become available, none of those players were on the board anymore."
This marks the third time the Cavs have not made a selection since the draft was shortened in 1988. They had no selections two years ago, but they acquired second-round pick Martynas Andriuskevicius from Orlando on draft night.
"We did our work," Ferry said. "We identified the 15 guys we wanted. They were gone by the time picks were available. I'm happy because we didn't make any bad decisions. We made good decisions to stay put where we are, and we build from there."
Ferry turns his attention to the free agency period which starts Sunday. The lack of cap space does not give them the flexibility to land a big-time free agent, but they have their mid-level (around $5.5 million) and bi-annual ($1.8 million) exceptions available. They also hope to re-sign restricted free agents Sasha Pavlovic and Anderson Varejao.
Cleveland could have had as many as three picks in the draft, but they were traded away during the past three years.
The Cavs sent their first-round pick (No. 24 overall) to Boston for Jiri Welsch in 2005. Phoenix acquired the pick from the Celtics and chose Spaniard Rudy Fernandez, but the Suns traded Fernandez's rights to Portland for cash.
Cleveland's second-round pick (No. 54) went to Orlando in the 2004 deal for Varejao and Drew Gooden. The Magic sent it to Houston for cash on Thursday, and the Rockets selected Australian Brad Newley.
Charlotte chose Boston College's Jared Dudley in the first round (No. 22) with a pick the Cavs used to own. The Cavs acquired it from Toronto for Lamond Murray in 2002, but they traded it to the Bobcats for Pavlovic two years later.
Thursday's draft was still a little intriguing for area basketball fans even though the Cavs did not make a pick.
As expected, Portland selected Ohio State center Greg Oden with the No. 1 overall pick. Buckeyes point guard Mike Conley Jr. went to Memphis at No. 4. Philadelphia chose Ohio State shooting guard Daequan Cook at No. 21 in the first round. Cook's rights were then traded to Miami.