A year ago Charlotte Bobcats Team Owner Michael Jordan went into his first NBA Draft since taking over the franchise coming off the most successful season in the club’s history. The Bobcats had made the Playoffs for the first time and they had perhaps the best teaching coach in the Association Larry Brown sitting on their bench. However after a slow start Brown and the team parted company and Charlotte brought in veteran coach Paul Silas to take the reins. The change in coaches was not enough to turn the team’s fortunes around and once again the Bobcats went home at the conclusion of the regular season.
Charlotte shook things up in their front office when they promoted Rod Higgins to Team President and brought in Rich Cho to replace him as the team’s General Manager. Cho had been the G.M. of the Portland Trail Blazers this past season but was fired after the team was eliminated from the Western Conference Playoffs after less than a year on the job. Now Higgins and Cho are in the process of turning the Bobcats into contenders and according to a report from “ESPN.com” they have been very pro-active in recent days.
Charlotte owns the ninth pick in the first round as well as having another selection with the 19th pick. Higgins told the website that he and Cho are looking to find a possible trade partner but would be satisfied using the picks. He said “Rich and I are talking to every team around the league. We’re trying to gauge interest in our team as well as seeing what’s there in terms of the draft, in terms of different players on different rosters. We’ll be prepared to take our picks or who knows?”
The report states that Charlotte could look to move current starters Stephen Jackson and Boris Diaw if the right deal come along. Higgins was asked if the Bobcats could make a trade what would the team be looking for. He replied “Obviously, a starter. Probably somewhere between the 22- to 25-year-old range, where he has an upside and he can be with your team for quite a long time.”
If Charlotte can not pull off a trade the team has shown some interest in a few players including three prospects who came in for their second visit with the team on Wednesday. Jordan Hamilton the guard from Texas, Kansas forward Marcus Morris and Florida State forward Chris Singleton all worked out for the Bobcats and Congo big man Bismack Biyombo also came in for a workout and an interview. The club also has shown interest in U-Conn point guard Kemba Walker.
The NBA Eastern Conference will be stronger than it has been in a while next season and the Bobcats realize that if they want to be back in the Post Season they will have to improve. Jordan is hoping that he has the right team in place in his front office to build a competitive team on the court.