HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — We go through this in the days leading up to the NBA Draft every year. One college star always seems to generate buzz and you start hearing the rumors about teams falling over each other to trade up and get him.
Former Florida shooting guard Bradley Beal is that player this time around. The Cleveland Cavaliers are fans of the player some Draft pundits compare favorably to Ray Allen when he was just a teenager and rumored to be interested in doing whatever it takes to trade up by Thursday night to acquire that No. 2 pick so they can select Beal before someone else does.
The Bobcats currently own the No. 2 pick but, per Steve Kyler of HoopsWorld, they are considering all of their options:
Since landing the 2nd overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft Lottery the Charlotte Bobcats have made no secret of their desire to move down from the #2 spot and try to secure multiple assets in this draft in efforts to rebuild the team around a youth movement.
The Bobcats met with Kansas big man Thomas Robinson over the weekend and are debating their options with the #2.
Sources say the team understands that Robinson is likely a can’t-miss prospect, but they do not appear to be sold that he is the franchise changer the team desperately needs. The same is being said of Kentucky forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. Like Robinson, he is said to be a solid NBA prospect and really has a limited downside, but like T-Rob he’s not going to get the Cats into contention all by himself.
Enter the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The Cavs hold the #4 and #24 picks in the 2012 NBA Draft and do not appear to want either pick. The Cavs have eyes for Florida’s Brad Beal and they know that if they stay at #4 they know the Wizards are taking Beal with the #3.
League sources say there is a standing offer of the #4 and #24 to Charlotte for the rights to the #2 pick and it seems if something better does not surface they may trigger a deal.
Like every Draft rumor, you have to be careful what you read and believe. But there have been multiple reports about the Bobcats being open to moving around in the Draft order. The infatuation with Beal, however, has come recently during the pre-Draft process.
During The Finals there was non-stop chatter about Beal’s stock rising and him making a significant move up Draft boards around the league. We love Beal’s highlight tape here at the hideout. He reminds us more of an Eric Gordon type than he does Ray Allen, but those are both solid comparisons for any rookie shooting guard.
And Cleveland’s interest in Beal makes perfect sense, what with him being the ideal running mate for Kyrie Irving in their backcourt of the future.