The Cleveland Cavaliers wanted to draft Damian Lillard in the 2012 NBA Draft, according to Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com.
However, they eventually selected Dion Waiters, as they had already drafted Kyrie Irving in 2011.
“Back in 2012, there was at least one key member of the front office who loved Damian Lillard. He thought Lillard had star qualities.
But, the Cavs had just drafted Kyrie Irving one year earlier and were worried about the optics of back-to-back point guards. They were also concerned about a funky fit,” Fedor reports.
Waiters never managed to co-exist with Irving and left the Cavaliers in 2015.