Sam Amick of SI.com reported earlier today that many league sources he had heard from believed that Cleveland is going to call Charlotte in an attempt to move up to the #2 overall pick. The Cavs are being linked with wanting Bradley Beal at all cost and since it’s very likely he’ll go to Washington at #3 if the Bobcats pass, Cleveland must find a way to move up. Charlotte has been shopping the #2 pick since the lottery ended and this may be the offer they’ve been waiting for.
Cleveland owns the #4, 24, 33 & 34 picks in next Thursday’s draft and would likely offer all of them to Charlotte for the #2 pick.
To me, if the Cavs do pick up the phone and call Charlotte to do this deal, it’s a no-brainer for the Bobcats. For a team that has a broken roster, such as Charlotte, nothing is more important than gaining as many assets as possible. That’s exactly what this trade would do for them. Also, with five (4, 24, 31, 33, 34) potential picks the Bobcats could always package some in order to move up late in the first round and grab players such as Fab Melo, Royce White or Moe Harkless.
Today, the Bobcats worked out Thomas Robinson and Andre Drummond. If Charlotte does pick at #2 I’m sold that Robinson will be the pick because of the fact that he’s an immediate impact, upgrade at the position and carries the least risk with the selection. Drummond, on the other hand, carries the largest risk for any team that drafts him and Charlotte simply cannot be in the business of taking any significant risk in this draft. The Bobcats were always going to bring Drummond in for a workout, though, and today was not a sign that they’re super interested, but rather just evaluation protocol.
When asked about what Robinson would think about playing in Charlotte he said, “I’d love it. I’d love it”
“The potential. They have a young point guard in Kemba and I’d love to play with him. There’s also a bunch of young player’s around him and I think it’s just a couple more player’s to get over that hump and I’d love to be one of those player’s,” added Robinson.
Drummond on where he thinks he’ll play- “Wherever the cards fall, that’s where my heart is.”
The Bobcats also worked out former Tar Heel Harrison Barnes yesterday and the workout reportedly went very well. Bobcats.com tweeted that Barnes made 80% of his mid-range jumpers and was also finishing around the rim with aggression. Barnes is still very much in play for Charlotte and especially if they do trade with Cleveland and move back to the 4th pick.