There are only four and half more days of smokescreens, and then David Stern will have to start calling names in New York. The one bit of speculation that continues to gain traction in NBA circles is that the Cavaliers will try to put together a package for the Charlotte Bobcats and move into the No. 2 slot.
The Cavs and Bobcats have been bandied about as potential trade partners since the lottery. Sam Amick again reported late Thursday night that executives felt the Cavs would likely approach Charlotte in an effort to move ahead of the Wizards and take Brad Beal. Rick Bonnell weighed in this morning on the Charlotte side of the things and after speaking to his sources, and he’s hearing more on the potential swap in the top four:
After calling some sources with lottery picks Saturday, I wouldn’t be surprised at all if the Bobcats and Cleveland Cavaliers swap draft picks in Thursday’s draft. In that sort of a deal, the Bobcats would pick fourth and 24th and the Cavs would move up to No. 2.
From the day he became part of this front office, general manager Rich Cho has talked about gathering extra assets, and that generally means extra first-round picks.
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