2012 NBA Draft: What Charlotte Needs to Do with the No. 2 Pick

Trevor BarberContributor IIIJune 27, 2012

OMAHA, NE - MARCH 18:  Bradley Beal #23 of the Florida Gators smiles on the bench late in the second half against the Norfolk State Spartans during the third round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at CenturyLink Center on March 18, 2012 in Omaha, Nebraska.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Everyone knows that Anthony Davis is going No. 1. That's been set since the start of the NCAA Tournament. 

Thus, the next-best available trading piece will be the No. 2 pick that Charlotte got stuck with. Now what should Charlotte do?

Charlotte should really look at Thomas Robinson or Harrison Barnes. Maybe Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. But Robinson looks to be the main guy they should focus on.

Now here are a few options I think could be helpful.


Option 1

Charlotte continues attempting to convince Cleveland to trade up by pursuing the No. 24 pick and maybe a second-rounder. Charlotte is also looking at trying to get Cleveland to take on the contract of Tyrus Thomas. 

Charlotte gets: No. 4, No. 24 and maybe No. 34

Cleveland gets: No. 2 and Tyrus Thomas


Option 2

This is what I personally think: I do not believe that either Washington nor Cleveland will take Thomas Robinson on their teams. When the draft comes around, Charlotte should take Bradley Beal (whom many, myself included, believe is the second-best player in the draft).

With the acquisition of Beal, Charlotte would be able to basically hold him up for auction. This would allow a bidding war between Washington, Cleveland or any other team who may draft Robinson and has interest in Beal.

I personally believe that Charlotte can acquire the most in a deal this way, but it is risky to do this. Even if the trading/auctioning doesn't pan out, Beal is still a fantastic pick for Charlotte and can only make them better.