Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer reports:

Charlotte Bobcats coach Paul Silas plans to install a zone defense next season, in part to allow him to play guards D.J. Augustin and Kemba Walker in the same backcourt.

Silas can’t talk specifically about players during the NBA lockout. But there’s no doubt who he meant when he said Thursday, “I’m going to have two little guys out there who I really think can hopefully play together. But it’s going to be hard for either of them to guard a 2-guard.

“But they could play in a zone…out-front.”

Augustin and Walker each is about 6-foot-1. Gerald Henderson figures to start at shooting guard, alongside Augustin. Silas needs to find ways to play rookie Walker, who averaged about 23 points at Connecticut last season, particularly considering how offensively-challenged this team should be.

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