What with the Cavaliers do with the fourth pick in the NBA Draft? Foxsportsohio.com's Sam Amico joined us on the Ford Sports Sunday here are some of his thoughts on what the team will do in the 2012 draft. this draft is, talking to a, a general manager said, it's probably 40 players deep in guys that can come in and maybe make an impact and maybe not a huge impact, but an impact.
Andy Baskin: Sam, What are the Cavs going to do. This draft looks like the board is wide open after Anthony Davis?
Sam Amico: "There are 40 players for those 23 first round spots so it's going to be very interesting. We don't really know, we know who's going to go 2-7 but we don't know in what order. we have a pretty good idea anyway. So anything can happen. The Cavaliers, it sounds like they are trying to get that second pick from Charlotte, but that's not going to be easy simply because nobody is in the business to do anyone else favors. And if they do that, it sounds like Bradley Beal from Florida would be their guy. Now, if they can't do that, Washington at number three seems almost a shoe in to take Beal and then the Cavaliers would have to go another direction.
Anything can happen, Charlotte could end up getting that pick and drafting Thomas Robinson and then all of a sudden the Cavs might have to choose between Harrison Barnes at four or Gilhcrest at four out of Kentucky. So a lot of things can happen and we aren't going to know until the actual draft unfolds I think."
AB: So you have the fourth pick, you have to think the Cavs are going to take Gilchrist, Barnes, Beal, if one of those three are there they are going to take one of those three?
SA:"You have to factor in Andre Drummond too, the big guy out of Connecticut. I know a lot of people don't want to hear that. It seems like a lot of Cavs fans are shying away because he's probably not going to be the offensive type of player that they need right away."
"Defensively, he's [Drummond] he is probably ready for the NBA right now but, he's a natural defensive player but I don't see, you are probably looking at a guy who is sealing his rookie year at seven or eight points a game. "
AB:To the Cavs make trade?
SA:"People have been talking about trading four and 24, the Cavaliers to Portland for six and 11. They [Cavaliers] do like Jeremy Lamb out of Connecticut, the shooting guard and he would fill a need obviously and from what I hear they have been impressed with him and a lot of teams have been impressed with him and that might make more sense if you can't get Beal. From what I am hearing though, Portland wants to keep six but get rid of 11 so that might screw up everything.
AB:This draft is can be really confusing
SA:"It's a pretty confusing time right now. And there are other factors in this. Let's say Jared Sullinger, who was considered a top 14 pick, a lottery pick somewhere between 8-14 has slid because of his back."
There is a possibility he could fall to the second round. He could be there at 33. It seems like a long shot, but the more I am hearing, the more I can see him being available early in the second round. "
AB:The Cavs fans have been faithful for the last two years, how critical is this draft?
SA:"I think they will take a step towards the playoffs next year. It's going to be difficult because they are going to be so young. If they keep all of the picks, 4, 24 and 33, there are going to be three rookies. And then you have a second year point guard who really didn't get a full season in Kyrie Irving. I think the name of the game is improvement. "
SA:"I wouldn't call if a make or break draft, but it's pretty critical."
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