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NBA Mock Draft 2012: Cavs Select Harrison Barnes In Latest Chad Ford Projection

The NBA Draft rumors season is in full swing, and the Cavs have been reported as eyeing Harrison Barnes, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Brad Beal, and Jeremy Lamb. Chad Ford of ESPN released his latest mock draft, and while he thinks the Cavs would ideally like to land either MKG or Beal, he predicts both will be off the board and Chris Grant will select Harrison Barnes.

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Ford also maintains that UConn wing Jeremy Lamb is still a possibility at No. 4 overall, which would certainly be against the conventional thinking and projections. But he still predicts the Cavs go with the athletic three from North Carolina:

Via Chad Ford:

Thomas Robinson may be the best player left on the board, but he's not a great fit with Tristan Thompson already in Cleveland. If both MKG and Beal are off the board, the choice will be between Harrison Barnes and Andre Drummond. Both fit needs and Drummond has crazy upside, but the Cavs loved Barnes at the No. 4 pick last year before he decided to go back to school. I think they'll roll the dice on him again this year. Watch out for Jeremy Lamb here as well. I hear he's the wild card at No. 4.

This also falls in line with reports this week that the Cavs are targeting Barnes and it's unlikely they let him slip past No. 4.

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