The 2012 NBA draft lottery has come and gone, leaving those in New Orleans celebrating and those in Charlotte shaking their heads.
The Hornets have won the lottery and the right to select Kentucky forward/center Anthony Davis first overall. While it's almost certain that New Orleans wouldn't consider trading the pick, the team right below them just might.
“Some other teams are going to call us about No. 2,” Bobcats president of basketball operations Rod Higgins told the Charlotte Observer. “We’re going to get some interest there until the pick is called” on draft night."
This remains a very intriguing possibility, as having the second overall pick would allow the Cavs to have their choice of either Bradley Beal, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist or even Thomas Robinson if they should so choose.
As it stands right now, the Cavaliers picking at No. 4 would have to settle for the best player left after the Bobcats and Wizards each take their guy.
So who exactly is Cleveland after that they would consider making a deal to trade up to No. 2?
According to Lloyd, the Cavaliers are believed to have Michael Kidd-Gilchrist "entrenched" as the No. 2 prospect on their board.
This make a lot of sense, as Kidd-Gilchrist is a tremendous athlete, defender and hard worker who also played on the same high school basketball team as Kyrie Irving.
As much as they like MKG, would it be worth trading multiple picks just to move up two spots?
It's also entirely possible that Kidd-Gilchrist could still be on the board when the Cavaliers pick first. If the Bobcats take Thomas Robinson, as I believe they should, and the Wizards opt for Bradley Beal, MKG could fall right into the Cavaliers lap.
The question now is, do the Cavaliers take the risk of losing MKG to the Bobcats or Wizards and happily take the best available at the time, or do they pull the trigger on a Charlotte trade?
The Cavaliers certainly aren't afraid to take some risks, as they did last year agreeing to take on the heavy contract of Baron Davis for the Clippers' unprotected first-round pick, and that worked out pretty well.
“With our ownership group, they like being aggressive and we like being aggressive,” Grant said. “We’ll look at a lot of different options. I’d presume we’ll be pretty active.”
The draft is still roughly a month away, but the fun is already beginning.
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