NBA Draft Rumors: Andre Drummond High on Cavaliers' Board

Mar 8, 2012; New York, NY, USA; Connecticut Huskies center Andre Drummond (12) defends Syracuse Orange forward Kris Joseph (32) during the second half of the third round at the Big East Tournament held at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-US PRESSWIRE

With the draft just 10 days away, the rumors are heating up more than ever. Andre Drummond will workout for the Cavaliers this week. Bradley Beal and Harrison Barnes have already worked out for Cleveland over the weekend. According to Joe Kotoch from ProBasketballDraft.com, the Cavaliers may favor Andre Drummond over Barnes and Thomas Robinson. From what Kotoch writes, it would appear that the Cavaliers like Michael Kidd-Gilchrist the most. MKG will work out for the Cavaliers later this week. Kotoch points to the athleticism and potential of Drummond as reasoning behind the Cavaliers interest in him over other prospects.

Per sources Cleveland covets Michael Kidd-Gilchrist but seem less inclined to deal with Charlotte to acquire him. After Kidd-Gilchrist the Cavs brass appears to have it ranked Beal, Drummond, Barnes, and Robinson but that their final draft board will not be set until next week. The UCONN center arrives in Cleveland this week and it will be an interesting workout as Cleveland has been very hushed about their feelings on him. Looking historically at Cavs GM Chris Grant he prefers to draft athletic prospects with high upside whenever possible as evidenced by J.J. Hickson, Christian Eyenga, and Tristan Thompson. Grant was the assistant GM but in charge of the draft and ranking the Cavs board at the time Hickson and Eyenga were selected. It would not be a shock to see the Cavs pull the trigger on Drummond as the Cavs, who could have as much upside as any player in this draft. Sources in Cleveland do concede if the Cavs were to select Drummond the rest of the draft would be centered on finding perimeter scoring with their remaining picks.

Kotoch also points out that the Cavaliers have been aggressively trying to get another lottery pick. Cleveland has reportedly been trying to talk to the Hornets, Rockets, and Blazers about acquiring their draft pick. Once again, these are all just rumors, but it's something. Interpret it as you will.

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