On a day in which the Charlotte Bobcats hosted top draft prospects, Florida guard Bradley Beal and Kentucky forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, rumors concerning their number two pick have begun to heat up.
It is not a surprise that the Bobcats are considering trading the number two pick in the upcoming NBA Draft. It’s also no surprise what they want in return.
Recent reports surfaced over the weekend suggesting that the Bobcats are interested in Oklahoma City Thunder forward James Harden or Memphis Grizzlies forward Rudy Gay. It’s clear that Charlotte wants a young talented player that can make an immediate impact next season.
Now, everyone knows the Bobcats went 7-59 this past season and need an abundance of help. They do have options with the second pick, but no one past the first pick stands out as a clear franchise changing player in this draft class.
The Bobcats are doing as they should. They could hold onto their pick and build through the draft over the next couple of years. However, they would be foolish not to shop the second pick considering the position they are in.
If Charlotte could land James Harden or Rudy Gay it would allow them to make a splash before the summer’s free agency frenzy begins in July. A name like Harden or Gay could help attract other young free agents to Charlotte and build momentum during the offseason. It is probably safe to assume that if any of these trade talks gain traction, then Charlotte will more than likely pull the trigger on a deal that would bring a talented young leader to the Queen City.
With the drama of the draft escalating and free agency looming, the Bobcats are in the midst of finishing up a coaching search. Charlotte’s process for hiring their next head coach has been a tedious one. The final two candidates are Pacers assistant Brian Shaw and Lakers assistant Quin Snyder. Former Utah Jazz head coach and basketball Hall-of-Fame member, Jerry Sloan, pulled his name out of the running last week.