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NBA Draft 2012: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Prepares In Cleveland

With the Cleveland Cavaliers holding the third-best odds in 2012 NBA Draft Lottery, the odds favor Dan Gilbert and company landing in the top three of the draft again. They can pick no worse than No. 6 overall, and their shot at landing in the top 3 has many projecting Kentucky's Michael Kidd-Gilchrist as the newest addition to the roster. Kidd-Gilchrist is preparing for the Draft by working out in Beachwood as he tries to stay close to CAA advisor and Cleveland native Rich Paul while also staying under the radar.

Brendan Bowers of SLAM had an excellent piece profiling MKG's rigorous pre-draft preparations. Bowers asked him about the possibility of staying in Cleveland and ending up with the Cavaliers, where he would join his high school teammate and Rookie of the Year, Kyrie Irving:

"That's my best friend," Kidd-Gilchrist said of last year's No. 1 overall pick. "I talked with him earlier today actually, and he just told me that the NBA is a man's League. He said to just take my time with everything, off the court and on the court stuff, and just take my time in general. But most importantly, he just said to continue to keep working hard."

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"Of course, I'd love to play with Kyrie," Kidd-Gilchrist told SLAMonline. "But at the same time, I'm going into my own professional career and I'd be happy to play with any team that drafts me."

Adding Kidd-Gilchrist would be an ideal scenario for the Cavaliers, and likely the best outcome outside of landing the No. 1 overall pick again and falling into his teammate, Anthony Davis. Kidd-Gilchrist certainly comes off as an impressive prospect in the profile.

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