The Charlotte Bobcats have disappointed, yet again. Not only have they been abysmal for the majority of this 2012-13 NBA season, but they couldn’t even add some extra excitement during the NBA trade deadline this year.
Tyrus Thomas is out of the rotation and is widely regarded to be on the outs with the franchise. He’s still a Bobcat. Gerald Henderson is in a contract year and will walk for nothing when the season is over. He’s still here. Ben Gordon got in a spat with head coach Mike Dunlap and was rumored to be headed elsewhere. Nope.
The Bobcats didn’t trade any of those guys, and they also didn’t find a way to get anything for solid bench player Ramon Sessions. Instead, they only swung Hakim Warrick to the Orlando Magic for forward Josh McRoberts.
In a sense, the trade does very little, as both guys are versatile forwards who primarily shoot jumpers and not much else. The only good news is that both guys come off the book for the Bobcats and Magic after this season. And if we cross our fingers, we could hope that McRoberts’ size and outside shooting could help make Charlotte a little more competitive. But that’s if he even carves out a solid role, which is far from guaranteed.
Needless to say, when you find out the only guy your team landed via trade is Josh McRoberts, you either cry, laugh or cringe.
The Bobcats didn’t make much noise, to be sure, but that’s also not to say they didn’t try. Per various reports, they were actively shopping both Ben Gordon and Gerald Henderson. However, a deal with the Brooklyn Nets that would have landed Charlotte Kris Humphries didn’t end up working out, while Charlotte’s asking price of a first-rounder for Henderson’s services proved to be a bit too steep for all takes.
The good news is that both Henderson and McRoberts come off the books following this season, and Ben Gordon’s laughable $13 million dollar salary will be a nice trading chip when next year’s deadline nears. The number isn’t pretty, but he’ll have a player option and a potentially expiring contract after next year, which a lot of teams may be interested in to help their salary cap situations.
In turn, that could help the Bobcats secure more space, and possibly even some assets. In the now, however, Charlotte is still a bad team just going through the motions until the 2013 NBA Draft rolls around.