Best available talent
Mavericks owner Mark Cuban recently said he wouldn’t be opposed to drafting Baylor women’s star Brittney Griner, adding, “If she’s the best on the board, I will take her.” Asked if he imagines a day when a women’s basketball player will be drafted into the NBA, Rivers said it would be “really cool,” but that he didn’t watch enough women’s basketball to answer the question with authority. Rivers did say, “If I find a green man walking down the street and I think he can rebound, I’m going to draft him.” . . . The Celtics were expected to present the Red Auerbach Award to the team MVP, but that was postponed, meaning the likely winner is Garnett or Pierce . . . Cleveland rookie guard Dion Waiters missed the game with a left knee injury. He is second to Portland’s Damian Lillard in rookie scoring with 14.7 points per game.