The Charlotte Bobcats have had a pretty good off-season. They drafted a potential franchise player in big man Cody Zeller, brought back versatile big man Josh McRoberts and signed paint-changer Al Jefferson. In addition, they might still bring back shooting guard Gerald Henderson, and saved themselves some money and pain by letting forward Tyrus Thomas kick rocks.
With that said, this is still a team that could use some more role players or possible even a cheap difference-maker. With the 2013 NBA Free Agency period rapidly coming to a close, let’s take a look at 10 reasonable options the Bobcats could consider signing, whether because of need or potential impact:
Jamaal Tinsley (PG)
Tinsley is off of most team’s radars at 35, but he actually looked pretty decent with the Utah Jazz the past two years. He’s not a great shooter or scorer, but he’s proven he can run an offense and make the right pass. He’s nearing the end of the road, but he would be a decent backup point guard if the Bobcats wanted to move Ramon Sessions in the future.
Delonte West (G)
West has dropped off the map due to off the court issues and being a locker room distraction at times, but he’s still just 29 and brings a ton of versatility to the table. He missed all of last season due to personal issues and no one wanting to touch him, so it’s likely he wouldn’t be above playing for a weak team trying to work their way up. West can shoot, pass and defend, and can start in a pinch or be a spark off of the bench. If the Bobcats don’t hold onto Gerald Henderson or plan on giving Ben Gordon or even Ramon Sessions the boot, West could be worth a look.
Rodrique Beaubois (G)
Sticking at guard, Beaubois is another guy that could be an interesting combo guard that could come in and either backup Kemba Walker at the one, or find a spot at the two. Beaiubois isn’t an elite defender or a pure point guard, but he’s a fantastic scorer who still has a lot of untapped potential. His main knock is his inability to stay healthy, but because of this fact he may have to settle for playing for a cheap price and for a non-contender. The Bobcats are a logical fit.
Terrence Williams (G/F)
Williams has dealt with knee issues and off-court stuff over the course of his career, but he still has loads of potential. He’s really a gifted player with tons of versatility, but he just hasn’t ever put it all together. It’s doubtful that suddenly changes, but the Bobcats should at least think about what he has to offer. If he can get/keep his mind right, he’s a serviceable wing who can play small forward, where the Bobcats severely lack any depth.
James Johnson (SF)
The Kings let Johnson walk, but the big, athletic wing man shouldn’t have trouble finding a new home. It may not be with a contender, but a team like the Bobcats could express interest soon enough. Johnson isn’t a great shooter or efficient offensive player, but he defends well and brings great size to the table. He also still carries some nice overall upside at just 26. He’d be able to slide in at small forward and provide some really underrated (and much needed) depth.
Luke Babbitt (SF)
Babbitt is done in Portland after never really getting much of a chance to prove himself, so he’ll be looking for a fresh start somewhere. He doesn’t play great defense or provide any explosiveness, but he’s a lights out shooter with terrific range, while still possessing some upside. It’s a low-risk maneuver for Charlotte, as Babbitt could turn into a quality role player and floor spacer, or he could wash out as the guy at the end of the bench. Either way, the Bobcats get some upside by spending very little money.
Jared Jeffries (G/F)
Jeffries has freakish size and length and is an elite defender, but that’s where the positives stop. He still has an ugly jumper and no real offensive game, so he’s a major liability. With that said, he’s a solid morale guy and he makes your defense better. Thanks to his size and athleticism, he can play all over the floor, too. If he can’t latch on with a winning club, the Bobcats could consider his versatility a major asset.
Greg Oden (C)
It’s almost certainly not going to happen, as contending teams are more likely to kick the tires – as is Oden inclined to listen to them. However, whoever offers more coin could hold the upper hand. I’m not sure that’d be the Bobcats, but we all know the inside game has been their main weakness for a while now, so perhaps they’re not done adding more muscle. Oden wouldn’t be forced to start right away if brought on, and would be allowed to ease into a shot-blocking role. It’d mess things up a bit for Bismack Biyombo, but it’d be an interesting addition that certainly would keep the fans interested.
Chris Wilcox (F/C)
A bruiser who is tough inside and solid on the boards, Wilcox is past his prime but could still have value as a role player. He came back from heart surgery last year and wasted away on Boston’s bench, but he could be better with more conditioning. The Bobcats still lack toughness off the bench in the paint, and he’d be a good step in the right direction to solve that problem. The only question is if he’s so hard up that he’ll play for a non-playoff team.
Louis Amundson (F/C)
Amundson is a pure hustle guy who excels on the boards. Not offensively gifted at all, Amundson has at least displayed the ability to make the smart pass, while doing a good job on offensive put-backs. Can be a decent role player in the right situation, and that situation could easily end up being in Charlotte. They still lack toughness inside overall, and he’d round out the four spot with some depth and will give it his all every single time on the floor. The Bobcats could use some of that.