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NBA Rumors: Bobcats Should Only Trade No. 2 Pick to Cavs for 2 First-Rounders

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Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistJune 26, 2012

On one hand, the Charlotte Bobcats were huge losers when they didn't win the NBA Draft Lottery and the right to select Anthony Davis. But on the other hand, holding the No. 2 pick makes them huge winners if teams want to move up to that slot.

One such team is the Cleveland Cavaliers who hold four of the first 34 picks. And they want to make a deal with the Bobcats, according to Ken Berger of CBS:

Cleveland wants [Bradley] Beal and has offered the No. 4 pick and either the 33rd or 34th pick to Charlotte for the No. 2 pick, which would allow the Cavs to jump ahead of Washington and land the Florida guard. The hangup is that Charlotte, not in love with anyone available at No. 2, wants Cleveland's 24th pick.

The Bobcats are incredibly smart in both regards. The 24th pick in a deep draft could land the Bobcats a very good player depending on how the board shakes out, but the talent available will be much thinner in the second round.

And in my opinion, there isn't a clear-cut option with the second pick. Essentially, this year's NBA Draft can be broken into three tiers:

1. Anthony Davis.

2. In no particular order: Bradley Beal, Thomas Robinson, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Harrison Barnes.

3. Everyone else.

The Cavs and Wizards are clearly enamored with Beal, so moving up to snag him makes sense. But the Bobcats have needs everywhere and are guaranteed to land a solid prospect at No. 4, thus making a trade with the Cavs a logical decision if they can land that 24th pick.

At that spot, players like Arnett Moultrie, Jared Sullinger, Jeffery Taylor, Andrew Nicholson, Fab Melo, Royce White, Draymond Green and Marquis Teague might all be available. Those are back-of-the-lottery values that will likely drop further down the board in a deep class this year.

The Bobcats aren't going to drastically improve this year one way or another. But they do have a chance to draft two quality players rather than one if the Cavs bite and give up the 24th pick.

If the Cavs want Beal enough, they'll bite. If not, the Bobcats can simply take the best player on their board.

 

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