The 2012 NBA Draft is two weeks away and the Cavaliers are bound to have options with the No. 4 overall pick. The Cavs reportedly, and understandably, have a strong interest in Harrison Barnes, Brad Beal, and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. In Chad Ford's latest mock draft, Chris Grant and company have the ideal scenario of both Beal and Barnes being available at No. 4. Via Chad Ford:
The Cavs need a wing and like MKG, Beal and Harrison Barnes. Andre Drummond is also in the mix, but the Cavs don't yet have a comfort level with him. If this comes down to Beal or Barnes, I think Beal will have the slight edge here. But it's not a given. The Cavs have been interested in Barnes for the past year and could decide that his size is what they need.
It would be a real toss-up with both on the board, but obviously a good problem to have at this point. Either player would be a great running mate to pair with Kyrie Irving.
At No. 24, Ford thinks the Cavs address frontcourt needs and add Fab Melo, the giant Syracuse center prospect. Melo is a Brazilian native, has had some maturity issues but the veteran influence of fellow Brazilian Anderson Varejao could make this an intriguing project. Via Ford:
The Cavs could really use more help at the 5. Anderson Varejao is around for a few more years but after that the cupboard is bare. Melo might need a few years anyway before he's ready to be a serious contributor at the next level.