NBA Draft 2013 Rumor: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist available, Could Cavaliers get involved?

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The Charlotte Bobcats have apparently made Michael Kidd-Gilchrist available prior to Thursday's draft.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was among the favorites of the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2012 NBA Draft. He worked out in Cleveland for about a month prior to the draft, rumors abounded that the Cavs wanted to trade up with the Bobcats possibly to secure him, and he's very good friends with high school teammate Kyrie Irving.

So of course we are going to rampantly speculate that the Cavaliers may be interested in acquiring his services after it has been rumored that the Bobcats have put him on the trading block prior to Thursday's NBA Draft.

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Also, in the piece he posted on SheridanHoops.com, Kotoch continues:

The reason the Bobcats braintrust of Rich Cho and owner Michael Jordan believe Porter will be available is because, SheridanHoops has learned from league sources, the Washington Wizards are determined to draft Anthony Bennett of UNLV with the No. 3 pick.

Kidd-Gilchrist had the rookie season that many expected him to have. He played high energy basketball, leading to per-36 averages of 12.5 points-per-game and 8.1 rebounds-per-game. He's a tough, intangible player that has the quickness to get to the bucket, but very little shooting ability right now. He's only 19 though, so these things could very conceivably come along as he progresses.

Where Kidd-Gilchrist makes his money at the moment is on the defensive side of the ball, where he was one of the better rookies I've seen on that end in a while. He's going to be great on that end, possibly eventually becoming a DPOY candidate from the wing. Whether or not you think he's worth the probably high price the Bobcats are asking is if you think the offensive game comes along eventually.

Given how much the team apparently liked him last year, I assume that they'll at least make a call to Bobcats' general manager Rich Cho to see what it takes. I'm personally not sure I'd give up the #1 overall for him, but it wouldn't surprise me if the team felt differently given that Jason Lloyd reported this morning that they still don't have a final draft board set.

Again, this is absolute speculation right now that the Cavs may be interested. But it's at least plausible given what we know about the parties involved here.

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