According to CBSSports.com, Harrison Barnes and Bradley Beal will work out against each other in Cleveland on Saturday. This news comes as a surprise because the same news agency reported that Harrison Barnes was practically a lock to be drafted by Cleveland if he were available with the fourth pick. Chris Grant and the Cavs front office are the type to do more than their fair share of due diligence, so it does not come as a surprise that they are both working out for the team. What does come as a surprise is that they are reportedly competing against each other in the workout. We are accustomed to guys expected to go high in the draft to work out against chairs, so the fact that Barnes and Beal are competing against each other is very excited.
Another interesting point is that while both are wing players, they play different positions and have completely different strengths and weaknesses. Bradley Beal is listed at a generous 6'5" and is known for his ability to create his own shot, penchant for rebounding and shooting. Harrison Barnes is a polished offensive player but struggles with ball handling. These are not two guys who come from the same ilk who want to make a case for which one is deserving of the higher pick. They both play very different games and are competing mano y mano. Something tells me that a lot of people would pay money to be able to witness this workout, but it will be closed to the public. We will rely on the first-hand accounts of media members who will be in attendance.
In other Cavaliers news, the 2012 Las Vegas Summer League schedule was announced today. This is very excited news to basketball junkies. The Summer League was cancelled last year due to incredibly wealthy men fighting over massive amounts of money and with complete disregard for the people who provide it. If you cannot tell, I am still very bitter over the lockout and dread the redux in the summer of 2017 already.
The Summer League will be exciting for Cavs fans because Kyrie Irving and Tristan Thompson are reportedly going to participate. Kyrie Irving had a stellar rookie year and could easily opt out of the summer games, but he will be there hopefully working on chemistry with Tristan Thompson and whoever the Cavs select with the fourth pick on June 28th.
The schedule is as follows:
7/15/2012 Vs. Charlotte
7/16/2012 Vs. D-League All Stars
7/17/2012 Vs. Phoenix
7/19/2012 Vs. Minnesota
7/20/2012 Vs. New York
The Cavs should fare pretty well in these games due to Kyrie Irving's inclusion and two other top four picks. These games do not matter whatsoever, but Cleveland fans should not be picky about what sporting event their team is favored to win in. Hell, maybe the Knicks will finally beat the Cavs. I know I'll be watching.
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