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2012 NBA Draft: Bobcats, Cavaliers First-Round Swap Makes Sense For Both Teams

The Charlotte Bobcats have one of the biggest decision to make in the upcoming 2012 NBA Draft. Anthony Davis is going to go No. 1 overall to the New Orleans Hornets, but that's where everything gets a little fuzzy. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is a player who many believe is the second-best guy in the draft, but it's not as simple as drafting the best when the talent level is so close and the needs are so specific.

Charlotte could be after Kidd-Gilchrist, or perhaps after a guy like Bradley Beal. But another option is the possibility of a trade. One trade in particular seems to make sense - a trade with the Cleveland Cavaliers at No. 4. We've already established that the Cavaliers would like to make this happen, but does it make sense for the Bobcats?

The Charlotte Observer notes that it does indeed make sense, as acquiring that No. 24 pick in the trade (on top of also picking fourth) would really benefit the Bobcats and fit with their strategy going forward:

Say, for the sake of argument, that the Bobcats don't have a huge preference between Robinson, Barnes or Beal. Coming off a 7-59 season, the Bobcats have holes to fill everywhere, so adding a second first-round pick could be worth dropping from two to four. Cho's Thunder sure made out well in 2008, picking Serge Ibaka 24th overall.

Charlotte wants to stockpile and pick up more first-round picks, especially when the trade only includes them dropping down two spots. It's not as though the next guy is on the same level as Anthony Davis - there's a consensus that the next run of guys are all about the same in regards to talent level.

Cleveland, on the other hand, seems to feel that a guy like Beal is more important to them than the other guys, and there's a strong feeling that the Washington Wizards will be taking Beal. It does seem like a trade that benefits both teams, especially when you also consider how young the Cavaliers are and how it might not be in their best interest to add a couple more first rounders to an already inexperienced team.

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