|Cleveland Cavaliers 2012 Draft Preview |
|By John McMullen, NBA Editor |
A year after starting their rebuilding project with Rookie of the Year Kyrie Irving as well as promising forward Tristan Thompson, the Cleveland Cavaliers should be able to get another significant piece in this year's draft.
The Cavs possess the No. 4 overall pick as well as the 24th and have their eyes on Florida shooting guard Bradley Beal, a player that could team with Irving to solidify the team's backcourt for years to come.
It's unlikely Beal will last to No. 4, however, since Washington, sitting at No. 3, also covets him. Charlotte, on the other hand, isn't as high on Beal and needs assets so trading the two No. 1 picks to move up to the Bobcats' second selection looks like an option.
If Cleveland is forced to stay out they would still like a wing player that can create his own shot but Anderson Varejao's injury last season also proved that the team needs depth in the frontcourt.
The Cavaliers should be looking heavily at Kentucky's Michael Kidd-Gilchrist as well as UConn center Andre Drummond.
Players under contract: G: Kyrie Irving; G: Manny Harris; G: Daniel Gibson; G: Donald Sloan; F: Tristan Thompson; F: Omri Casspi; F: Luke Walton; F: Samardo Samuels; F: D.J. Kennedy; F/C: Anderson Varejao
Free agents: C: Semih Erden (restricted); G/F: Alonzo Gee (restricted); F: Luke Harangody (restricted); F: Antawn Jamison; G: Anthony Parker
Recent Draft History: 2011: Kyrie Irving (1), Tristan Thompson (4), Justin Harper (32), Milan Macvan (54) 2010: No picks 2009: Christian Eyenga (30), Daniel Green (46) 2008: J.J. Hickson (19) 2007: No picks
Draft picks: 1st round (4th overall, 24th overall), 2nd round (33rd overall, 34th overall)