The Cleveland Cavaliers will draft Florida guard Bradley Beal if he lasts until the fourth pick of the NBA Draft, reports Hoopsworld.com‘s Alex Kennedy in a tweet.
"There's no way Beal slips out of the top four," said one league source. The Cleveland Cavaliers will draft him if he's available at four.—
Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) June 19, 2012
Reports in the lead up to the draft should always be taken with a grain of salt, as teams use misdirection to conceal their true intentions. Previous reports had Cleveland targeting North Carolina’s Harrison Barnes with the fourth pick.
Beal may not last until the fourth pick, either. While Kentucky’s Anthony Davis will almost certainly go No. 1 to the New Orleans Hornets, the Charlotte Bobcats and Washington Wizards could go numerous ways with the second and third picks. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist could go to either team. Charlotte recently has been linked to Kansas forward Thomas Robinson.
Kennedy also reports on Twitter that teams interested in Beal are looking to move ahead of Cleveland to land the guard.
If the Cavaliers do land Beal, he would fit well alongside point guard Kyrie Irving, last year’s No. 1 overall pick and the league’s Rookie of the Year. The backcourt could provide the foundation for the Cavaliers for years to come.