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NBA Draft Rumors: Brad Beal Needs 'Knock-Down' Workout To Dislodge Harrison Barnes On Cavs' Draft Board

It wasn't the pick that the Cleveland Cavaliers were hoping for when the lottery gave them the fourth overall selection, but they'll still have a chance to get a solid player there. That player looks increasingly like it's going to be North Carolina's Harrison Barnes, despite many mock drafts and analysts thinking that it would be Florida's Bradley Beal.

According to a short blurb on a Sporting News piece on the NBA draft, the Cavs have had their eyes on Barnes for a while and he seems to be the favorite to get drafted if the Cavs can't pick up Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, an unlikely situation. Barnes has apparently moved ahead of Beal on the Cavaliers' draft board, with the Florida guard needing an impressive workout to change things:

Lightning did not strike again for the Cavaliers at the lottery, but Cleveland is in a good position to add the kind of player it needs — a wing to run with Kyrie Irving. The Cavs have long had their eyes on North Carolina’s Harrison Barnes, though they might turn to Michael Kidd-Gilchrist if he falls to No. 4. He probably won’t.

Florida guard Bradley Beal is a possibility, too, but a source told SN that Barnes can be penciled in for the Cavs, with Beal needing a knock-down workout to dislodge him.

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