With the draft stocks of Bradley Beal and Harrison Barnes both shooting up, the two players have become hot commodities for the Cleveland Cavaliers concerning the draft on Thursday. Beal’s stock has risen so much that he may go as high as No. 2 to the Charlotte Bobcats.
With that said, recent trade rumors have been swirling around the Bobcat and Cavaliers camps, as it has been reported by Sports Illustrated that the Cavaliers have shown interesting in approaching the Bobcats come these next few days for the NBA draft. Kyrie Irving has made his case that he is a proponent of Cleveland drafting Barnes at No. 4, if he is available. That’s not to say that the Cavaliers feel the same way.
Beal has recently shot up numerous mock draft boards, as he is expected to be picked before the Cavaliers have a chance to at No. 4. If, however, Beal and Barnes are both gone by the time Cleveland is on the clock, players like Thomas Robinson, who made a great impression during pre-draft workouts, and Michael Kidd-Gilchirst will still leave the Cavaliers with a talented selection with the fourth pick.
I feel like the Cavaliers should at least make an offer to the Bobcats to see what’s the minimum they can get to trade up to get their guy. I feel like if the trade does happen that it will only be between picks from the two teams, possibly with the Cavaliers sending their two first-round picks over to Charlotte for the No. 2 pick and hopefully the 31st pick.
Right now I think the Cavaliers should stay put. Robinson, Beal, Barnes, Kidd-Gilchrist and even Andre Drummond are all possible future Cavaliers, with Anthony Davis being the only lock in the draft at No. 1. Although there were two previous prizes in this year’s draft class and the 2011 class (Kyrie Irving), this year that talent is a lot thicker than it was in 2011. This year’s draft class has much more depth, giving Cleveland multiple choices with the No. 4 pick.
It looks as if the Cavaliers won’t be able to land Beal if they don’t trade up, but a last-second deal could be in the makings as you’re reading this.