Thursday, June 28, 2012
Sources: Cavs eye wing at No. 4
By Chad Ford
The Cleveland Cavaliers are going into Thursday night's draft hoping to land a starting wing with the No. 4 pick to play alongside last year's rookie of the year, Kyrie Irving.
According to sources, the Cavs have narrowed their list to three players: Florida's Bradley Beal, Kentucky's Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and North Carolina's Harrison Barnes.
The Cavs covet Beal, but are convinced that the Washington Wizards will select him with the No. 3 pick. They have had discussions about swapping picks with the Charlotte Bobcats at No. 2 to select Beal, but as of Thursday afternoon, they still didn't have a deal.
If the Cavs stay at No. 4 and Beal is off the board, their front office is torn between Kidd-Gilchrist and Barnes. While Barnes provides more punch offensively, the Cavs are intrigued by the defensive abilities and leadership qualities of Kidd-Gilchrist.
Kidd-Gilchrist and Irving were high school teammates and won a state championship together.
Sources say that as of Thursday, Kidd-Gilchrist had a slight lead over Barnes.
The Cavs also have shown interest in Dion Waiters and Terrence Ross, but sources say that interest doesn't extend to the No. 4 pick.
The Cavs have been trying to acquire another top 10 pick and would consider those players there if they can make a deal.