The Cavaliers surprised the college and NBA basketball worlds by hiring Michigan coach John Beilein to a five-year deal on Monday.
Now, Cleveland can make another splash if it can win Tuesday's NBA Draft lottery, with the presumed prize being Duke forward Zion Williamson. The Cavaliers tied with the Suns for the second-worst record in the NBA at 19-63, and both teams have a 14 percent chance of winning the lottery along with the Knicks (17-65).
If history is any indication, luck might just be on Cleveland's side.
Cleveland has made the No. 1 pick five times in the NBA Draft lottery era, which began in 1985. Every time that has happened, the Cavs emerged as an Eastern Conference contender within a few seasons.
That started in 1986, when Cleveland traded with the Clippers and drafted North Carolina center Brad Daugherty with the No. 1 pick. The Cavs then grabbed Ron Harper seven picks later at No. 8 and traded for Mark Price, who was drafted by the Mavericks with the first pick in the second round.
That core helped the Cavs become a playoff regular from the late 1980s to mid-1990s. Cleveland made the playoffs eight times from 1987-96, including a trip to the 1992 Eastern Conference finals.