The Charlotte Bobcats offseason continues to be one of the busiest and most important in franchise history. Coming off their best season ever and first playoff berth, it is now more important than ever that they continue taking this team in the right direction. First it started with head coach Larry Brown and making sure that he would be returning for his third season. Now that it looks almost certain that Brown will return it is time to turn all of the focus to the roster. We have already talked in recent days about the status of Raymond Felton and if he would be the starting point guard next season? As of now the chances of Felton being the starter seem to be getting slimmer and it is now up to the Bobcats to decide what their next step is. Now that brings us to today, just four days before the NBA draft and the Bobcats trying to do everything they can to upgrade this roster.
First let’s start with the NBA Draft this Thursday. As of now the Bobcats do not have any picks in the upcoming draft but still continue to work out draft prospects on a daily basis. But don’t think just because right now they do not have a pick that they will not be a player on draft night. There have been numerous talks of the Bobcats trading into the draft, most likely to get a second round pick in return and the outside possibility of trading late into the first round. To get that draft pick, look for Charlotte to try and make a deal that would unload some salary to free up some cap space. The Bobcats still have a few roster spots that are available and a draft pick could help solidify their bench.
For the next scenario let’s take a look at what would happen if the Bobcats decide to go in a different direction. Yes young draft picks would be nice to add some talent to this team but we all know the history behind the Bobcats draft picks and it hasn’t been a very good one. So instead the better option might be for the front office to look at upgrading through trades, which in the past has been more successful. A source has said that the Bobcats are in a lot of trade talks at the moment and that owner Michael Jordan would not be opposed to adding a little more salary to make this team better. That was not the case in the past when former owner Bob Johnson was against hardly spending any money to improve the product on the court. So with Jordan willing to add more salary to make this team a contender, it is another huge step that shows Jordan wants to make this work in Charlotte.
So now that we know that a trade is a possibility, who could the Bobcats be looking to bring in? Well first I would have to say a point guard. Players like Mo Williams, T.J. Ford, and Kirk Hinrich are all names that have been tossed around. Then the next trade I could see them taking a look it is to bring another outside scorer in. For that spot we are talking about names like J.R. Smith, Roger Mason, and Matt Bonner. All players are capable of stretching the defense which is what this team needs.
That is just some of the talk surrounding the Bobcats right now and their will only be more to come. So what do you think Bobcats fans? If this team trades into the draft what would you want them to take? Or if they make a trade who would you like to see them bring in? One thing is for sure, the Bobcats are going to make a move somewhere.