Bobcats Offseason Filled with Rumors
By: John Hinson
Now that the Michael Jordan-run front office has fixed their coaching problem, they can now focus on how to get their team into the playoffs. Jordan pulled another famous move just one year ago by hiring a personal friend, someone with little experience into a tough situation. After the hiring of Sam Vincent, many people saw this as a Kwame Brown part two.
So, with Larry Brown at the head of the pack, what to do with the team? With the addition of Jason Richardson last year, the Bobcats are overwhelmed with wing players. Capable players like Richardson, Gerald Wallace, Matt Carroll, Jared Dudley and Adam Morrison have two positions to fight for. Therefore, if a team is stacked at 2 positions, that leaves 3 positions with glaring problems.
Problem 1: Point guard - The Bobcats did well last year in cutting Jeff McInnis and signing Earl Boykins. While Boykins is a solid backup, not only are people doubting Raymond Felton's potential as a starter and team leader comparable to Deron Williams or Chris Paul, they are wary of Boykins size. The team needs a solid point guard with size and good defensive ability.
Problem 2: Big men - Last year, the Cats traded away Primoz Brezec and Walter Herrmann to the Pistons for Nazr Mohammed. The goal was to permanently keep Okafor as the power forward and have someone to complement his game and help him grab rebounds down low. Brezec lacked the toughness, and while Herrmann showed excellent talent and potential, he wasn't getting any playing time under Sam Vincent's coaching. Sean May has had knee problems since he was drafted, and Ryan Hollins and Jermereo Davidson are seemingly forever bound to the D-League.
Solutions to fix the Cats problems:
Solution 1: Utilize the draft - The Bobcats have the 9th pick in this year's draft. Many have speculated that one of the Bobcats needs will be met with that pick. More than likely, a tough, defensive guard such as DJ Augustin or Russell Westbrook will be available, as well as big men Brook Lopez and Kevin Love. One option that Charlotte has is a possibility of trading for a later pick in the teens to acquire a big man should they choose to snatch a guard with their 9th pick. Ideas about trading Morrison and a possible filler for a middle-teens pick would land a big man such as Roy Hibbert, whom the Bobcats have shown interest in.
Solution 2: Trim the wings - While Gerald Wallace is arguably Charlotte's most loved player, he is also the guy that could get them what they need. A trade that is rumored to be in serious discussion is swapping Wallace for Laker's forward Lamar Odom. Odom would be perfect for Charlotte's seemingly fast-paced lineup. That acquisition would allow Okafor to play center (where he performs best) and stay close to the basket while Odom stays mid-range and guards other team's perimeter-minded players. Another idea floated around would be to trade for Detroit's Rasheed Wallace, which would bring the same benefits as Odom. Using players like Adam Morrison, Sean May and Matt Carroll who have some trade value could lure some teams into a deal for Gerald Wallace. An acquisition of a big man through a trade, along with drafting a defensive guard would make the front office happy and possibly send this team to their first playoff birth.
John Hinson is a big time Bobcats fan who hopes to intern with the team one summer.
Last edited by Timmeh : 06-24-2008 at 09:56 PM.