NBA Draft: News and Rumors for Charlotte, Washington, Cleveland, and Sacramento

Kansas Jayhawks forward Thomas Robinson
After Anthony Davis, Thomas Robinson has the most power in the draft. Where he is drafted will decide how the first ten picks shake-out.

The 2012 NBA Draft is only nine days away and promises to be a very good draft. I am gathering some news, notes and rumors about what teams might do with their current draft picks and such. Today, I focused my effort and energy on the four teams after the New Orleans Hornets: Charlotte, Washington Cleveland, and Sacramento. Let’s travel around the NBA.The Charlotte Bobcats might be shopping the No. 2 pick. From what I have read, Oklahoma City and Memphis might be possible locations for the No. 2 pick. In exchange, the Bobcats might receive the Thunder’s James Harden or the Grizzlies’ Rudy Gay. Another rumor has the Bobcats shipping the pick to the Portland Trail Blazers in exchange for the no. 6 and no. 11 picks.

With the no. 2 pick in limbo, what will the Washington Wizards do with the no. 3 pick? If the Bobcats keep the no. 2 pick, they will more than likely take Kansas’ Thomas Robinson, leaving the Wizards with Kentucky’s Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Florida’s Bradley Beal and North Carolina’s Harrison Barnes. However, if the Bobcats don’t draft Robinson, will Washington? Keep in mind that Robinson is from D.C.

After taking Kyrie Irving with the no. 1 pick last year, who will be his new teammate this year? Kentucky’s Kidd-Gilchrist’s stock has fallen just a bit. He was projected to be the no. 2 pick for some time, but now it’s looking like he will end up being the no. 4 pick. I think he would fit nicely in Cleveland because they are in need of a wing-player and Kidd-Gilchrist can do some things that will help the Cavs take another step in the right direction.

As I wrap-up today’s new and rumors about the NBA Draft, I would like to stop in California’s capitol city, Sacramento. The Kings have some nice pieces to build around. DeMarcus Cousins was a pleasant surprise and, when he is healthy, Tyreke Evans is a splendid play-maker. Marcus Thornton packs a scoring punch, too and Isaiah Thomas might be their point guard of the future. With all that being said, the Kings are missing one piece: a small forward. Enter North Carolina’s Harrison Barnes. He makes the most sense and might turn into a really good pro. Their other option is Connecticut’s Andre Drummond. It’s obvious that Drummond is a much riskier pick, but his upside might out-weigh the riskiness. Plus, they already have Cousins, so do the “smart” move and take Barnes, please, for the good of the city!

That’s all I have today! I will be sure to write more as we get closer to the draft! In the meantime, check out my latest 2012 NBA Draft Mock Draft 12.0 (Full First Round).

Have a great day!


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