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2012 NBA Draft Rumors: Cavaliers May Be "Locked" to Draft Harrison Barnes

The Cleveland Cavaliers have a solid, young core ready to take it to the next step featuring Kyr...

The Cleveland Cavaliers have a solid, young core ready to take it to the next step featuring Kyrie Irving and Tristan Thompson.

With Cleveland holding the fourth pick in this year's draft, they have many options to go at. They can go for a swingman or a center to team up with Thompson in the frontcourt.

Harrison Barnes, who seemed like a lock as the No. 1 pick of the NBA Draft almost six months ago, has had his draft stock fall. Barnes could be seeing himself around the sixth or seventh pick.

However, according to Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated, the Cavaliers could be the team that picks the North Carolina forward. Amick reports that the Cavs are "locked" to get him and won't let him slip past. 

The Cavaliers are very high on the 20-year-old small forward and appear unlikely to let him slip past them at the No. 4 slot in the June 28 draft, according to sources. While this week’s predraft combine in Chicago and subsequent team workouts could always change things, rival executives are planning for Barnes to be off the board by the time the fifth pick (Sacramento) rolls around.

According to our latest mock draft by Evan Sidery, Barnes falls at No. 6 to the Portland Trail Blazers. Things could change and Barnes could be at No. 4.

However, then again, it all depends on how the workouts go.

What do you think? Should the Cavs draft Barnes? Will they?

Josh Dhani is the founder of FootBasket. He also contributes at Hoops Authority and Eight Points Nine Seconds. You can read more about him at his website. Follow him on Twitter @joshdhani.

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