It appeared that the Charlotte Bobcats were ready to make guard Goran Dragic, an offer today.
This was an attempt to shore up their backcourt while current guard, D.J. Augustin contemplates other possible options. CBS’ Ken Berger reported this morning that Charlotte was in fact interested and ready to make Dragic an offer to join the team.
The Phoenix Suns, however, were a little quicker at pulling the trigger.
Just as news concerning Dragic and the Bobcats was heating up, he reportedly agreed to agree to a four-year $34 million dollar deal with the Suns. Phoenix wasted no time in replacing point guard Steve Nash with this agreement.
Now the Bobcats will turn their attention elsewhere as a means to land a high caliber player through free agency.
The Bobcats have had a rather quiet beginning to free agency. There have been no major signings or any big time trade discussions thus far surrounding the Bobcats. However, they attended to some housekeeping responsibilities early. Prior to free agency officially beginning, Charlotte announced that they had made qualifying offers for the ’12-’13 season to both guard D.J. Augustin and forward Derrick Brown, making them restricted free agents.
Re-signing Augustin is a main concern for the Bobcats. Augustin was drafted by Charlotte in 2008 as the ninth overall pick and has proved to be a productive player for them. He started at point guard last season averaging 11.1 points and 6.4 assists in 48 games played. His health was an issue this past year, but what was even more of an issue was the fact that he did not sign an extension with the team during the season. His decision meant that he would become a free agent and also suggest that he wants to play elsewhere.
Charlotte’s recent offer helps. By making him a restricted free agent, Charlotte will have three days to match any other offer he receives during the free agency period. The Bobcats have been smart about this though and are making sure all of their bases are covered.
They have recently been mentioned by ESPN’s Chris Broussard, as a team that could possibly host free agent guard, Eric Gordon. Then there was CBS’ Ken Berger reporting this morning that the Bobcats were preparing to make Dragic an offer. This means the Bobcats aren’t assuming anything. From the outside, this looks like an impractical move on the Bobcats part.
They just acquired guard, Ben Gordon, in a trade and are loaded at the guard position.
However, if Charlotte does part ways with Augustine this offseason, then they will have to find another starting guard. These recent attempts to do so signify their eager to do just that.
In other free agency news surrounding the Bobcats, the team will be hosting Cleveland Cavalier forward Antawn Jamison in Charlotte this Friday and Saturday. The former college star at UNC would be a welcomed addition for current forward Bismack Biyombo. Jamison is a true veteran at age 36 and averaged 17.2 points and 6.3 rebounds per game last season. His veteran leadership would allow a guy like Biyombo to continue to develop his game and become an all around better post player.
Not to mention, Jamison’s ability to knock down jumpers and score around the basket would be a major upgrade in the frontcourt for the Bobcats at this point.
There is still plenty of time left in free agency for Charlotte to try and make a splash. They are clearly searching and hoping to land a couple of players that can help speed up the re-building process.