HARTFORD, CT - JANUARY 29: Andre Drummond #12 of the Connecticut Huskies dunks the ball in the first half against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on January 29, 2012 at the XL Center in Hartford, Connecticut. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Today's rumor comes from Bob Finnan at The News-Herald. While most of the mock drafts floating around the World Wide Web have the Cavaliers drafting one of Harrison Barnes, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, or Bradley Beal, Finnan suggests that the Cavs may have interest in Andre Drummond.
The Cavs appear to be considering Connecticut center Andre Drummond with their fourth overall selection, despite the face that he could be the riskiest pick in the entire draft.
Drummond is a major project. If a team is willing to be patient with him, it could pay off in a big way. Centers are so hard to find these days.
He said his interview with the Cavs went well on Thursday. He said he'd work out for five teams, likely ones with picks Nos. 2 through 6.
One scout went so far as to compare Drummond with Magic center Dwight Howard, a perennial Defensive Player of the Year candidate. That may be a bit far-fetched, but one can see the potential.
We shouldn't really be surprised to hear this, honestly. Drummond is certainly in the mix to go in the top of the lottery and the Cavaliers would be foolish not to consider him. His measurements at the NBA Draft Combine were downright ridiculous and is one of the guys that could really be a franchise-changing player.
If you have been paying attention, you'll realize that the Cavaliers are in a position that allows them to consider basically every player in their range. We hear that they are interested in Barnes. Then we hear that they are interesting in MKG. Now -- Drummond. Get used to it. They haven't made up their minds and are simply making sure that they cover all of their bases before making a decision on June 28th.
Personally, I'm intrigued by the idea of Andre Drummond. His potential is off the charts. He could be an NBA superstar. He could also just be a defensive specialist. Either way, I believe you're getting a useful player. The question is whether or not the potential reward is worth the risk of selecting him fourth overall.