It was SI.com's Sam Amick, not Sam Amico of FOX Sports Ohio, that first reported yesterday that the Cavaliers and Bobcats could explore a trade involving the second and fourth picks in the draft. But the FOX scribe confirmed Amick's rumor last night, tweeting that the Cavs are trying to pry away the No. 2 pick from the Bobcats. He added (Twitter link) that it appears Cleveland is targeting Bradley Beal, which makes sense. Although I think the Cavs would do well to land Beal, Harrison Barnes, or Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, if the team truly covets Beal, trading up may be necessary — I don't think the Florida product gets past the Wizards at No. 3.
Here are a few more notes from Amico, via Twitter:
- The Lakers are "very serious" about acquiring a first-round pick, which will be difficult but not impossible. Nothing is close at the moment.
- While the Rockets may be trying to package Samuel Dalembert and the No. 16 pick to move up in the draft, Amico is skeptical it would land them higher than the No. 11 pick. In yesterday's chat, I speculated that the Hornets at No. 10 could be a match for such a package.
- According to Amico, the Rockets, Grizzlies, and Timberwolves all still have some level of interest in Pau Gasol.