If the Bobcats are unable to up in the draft lottery, Rod Higgins said he's open to exploring trade possibilities.
Charlotte could trade Nos. 9 and 19 in order to move up in the draft, or they could also acquire a young veteran.
"Depending on the specifics, you'd always have to think about that," Higgins said. "Say, at No. 19 we are not seeing players who we think can help us. And there was a (veteran) available who'd be in our top seven or eight. You'd have to consider that."
Because the Bobcats didn't exercise a first round pick in 2010, they will need to in 2011.
While I think Harris would be OK for Charlotte, they really don't have enough to offer to get AJ I think. Outside of maybe Diaw, there really isn't anyone on that team who'd fit in. Jackson is too old, TT is inconsistent and not needed, Diop can block the occasional shot, but makes way too much money for what he brings to a team.
Jazz general manager Kevin O’Connor talked about what he’s looking for and how he plans to evaluate prospects.
Asked about drafting players based on availability versus need, O'Connor replied:
“Just always go back to the Michael Jordan rule."
O'Connor was referring to Portland's ill-fated decision to select Sam Bowie over Michael Jordan in the 1984 draft.
O'Connor also indicated that position would have no bearing on his decision.
Easy to say when u need help everywhere. We can only hope they fill that hole at the 4 though.
Depends. Do they have any trade exceptions? Unloading bad contracts for picks, prospects and better contracts isn't a bad idea.
They have a 2.75M trade exception, so not really enough to make a deal. Charlotte really don't have any enticing contracts or players. Guys like Jackson still have 2 years left, as do Matt Carroll and Diop. Tyrus Thomas has 4. So you're looking at a deal that's basically
Matt Carroll (Owed about $8 million over the next two years)
Portlands 2013 1st round pick
Carroll is useless, Diaw is inconsistent and the Portland pick will probably be in the 15-20 range, so I don't see that as an enticing deal at all. I think you'd be able to get more for Jefferson then that. I'm not as focused on receiving draft picks in return since they are getting Golden States 1st rounder next year, which may very well be a lottery pick again.