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2012 NBA Mock Draft: Cavaliers Trade Up To No. 2, Select Bradley Beal

Rumors have been swirling that the Cleveland Cavaliers and Charlotte Bobcats may swap picks so that the Cavaliers can select Florida shooting guard Bradley Beal. Mock drafts are even accounting for this now, and The Sports Network included the deal in it's latest projections.

The Cavs possess the No. 4 overall pick as well as the 24th and have their eyes on the Florida shooting guard. It's unlikely Beal will last to No. 4, however, because Washington, sitting at No. 3, also covets him. Charlotte, on the other hand, isn't as high on him and needs assets, so trading the two No. 1 picks to move up to the Bobcats' second overall selection looks like the likely scenario. Beal, a smooth shooter who also can get to the rim, looks like a perfect compliment to Irving.

The deal is contingent on the belief that the Washington Wizards would not select Thomas Robinson with the third pick.

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