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Pacers president Larry Bird tells Willie Cauley-Stein: ‘I think you’re a $100 million dollar player’

Willie Cauley-Stein

Willie Cauley-Stein


In the weeks leading up to this summer’s NBA Draft, teams will put a lot of information out there about which prospects they like -- some of it truthful, some of it less so.

Part of that will be to try to persuade rival clubs one way or another, so that the prospect a team truly wants will still be on the board when it’s their turn to make a selection.

Another reason for this is that draft night is traditionally a time when many teams are open to making trades -- either packaging a player and a pick in order to acquire an experienced roster upgrade, or simply involving moving up or down in the draft itself.

So, keep all of this in mind when you hear what Pacers president Larry Bird had to say to Willie Cauley-Stein when he met with him at the draft combine in Chicago last week.

From Candace Buckner of the Indianapolis Star:

WCS on his meeting w/ #Pacers: “Larry (Bird) told me, ‘I think you’re a $100 million dollar player.’ I hear that and I’m like, ‘Really?!’”

WCS said that he will have a workout w/ the #Pacers in the near future.

WCS on #Pacers: “They see me as a player in the five position & put Paul (George) at the four. Now I’ll have a mismatch…"

Interesting that the five position was discussed, considering how Indiana seems extremely hopeful that Roy Hibbert chooses free agency over his player option to return, and even if he does come back, head coach Frank Vogel said he may end up being benched.

The Pacers currently have the 11th overall selection in the June 25 draft, with only a 0.7 percent chance of ending up with the top pick when the ping pong balls are drawn on May 19. Cauley-Stein will almost certainly go before then, so if Bird really likes him that much, he’ll need to find a way to trade up in order to grab the player he wants.