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Bobcats’ coach says trading No. 2 pick “makes a lot of sense”

Jun 26, 2012, 10:39 AM EDT

Mike Dunlap AP

No need to read the tea leaves to see if the Charlotte Bobcats are trying to trade the No. 2 pick.

Their new coach Mike Dunlap was pretty direct about it when speaking with the Associated Press — he said it “makes a lot of sense” for a team in Charlotte’s position to move down and get extra picks.

“I think anybody in our situation would have that on the board,” Dunlap said. “(Our) people are very smart up top. So options and thinking of your variables is a very smart thing to do.”

The buzz is the Bobcats have wanted to move down in the draft but not too far (not out of top 10), and they wanted a young player (ideally) or other good picks to make the move. A number of other teams seemed to balk at the prices being asked.

One rumored deal that makes sense is with Cleveland — the Cavaliers would send their No. 4 pick and No. 24 pick (or their early second rounders) for the No. 2 pick.

If the Bobcats really like Thomas Robinson and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist then the Cavaliers deal makes sense. Cleveland wants to jump up and get Florida shooting guard Bradley Beal at No. 2 because he will not fall past the Wizards at No. 3 (this trade would blow up the Wizards draft plans). If Beal goes No. 2 then Robinson or Kidd-Gilchrist have to drop to No. 4. So the Bobcats get their man and an additional pick or two.

And as they need all the help they can get, additional picks can’t hurt.

  1. florida727 - Jun 26, 2012 at 11:03 AM

    There’s no clear-cut #2 pick, so this makes sense. When you look at the various mock drafts, you can find any number of guys slotted in that second spot. It really is based on “team need” at this point. If the Wizards are so dead-set on Beal, why don’t they make an offer to move up that one spot and prevent someone else from getting their guy?

  2. miamatt - Jun 26, 2012 at 11:04 AM

    In other news, Michael Jordan confirmed that scoring points, “seems like one heck of good idea.”

  3. hwatt - Jun 26, 2012 at 12:02 PM

    ‘the guys up top are smart’ you gotta love new hires towing the company line. It’s one thing to sit at a bar and talk a good game of hypothetical basketball, lots of people can talk a great game. But then when you look at the actions of people… well, I guess we’ll just see how it goes for the bobcats.

    • slopmcflop - Jun 26, 2012 at 1:45 PM

      To his credit, Cho is actually a hell of a GM. Made some good moves for Portland, and hasn’t gotten a chance to make an impact in Charlotte yet.

      He’s all about advanced metrics and the like, so won’t be making any boneheaded picks based off workout warriors or anything like that. If you’re a Bobcats fan, you have to at least feel good about Cho being on board. Let’s see if his voice can be loud enough to drown out those who have made some dumb picks in the past.

      Also, Kemba and Biyombo are looking like they can be good to very good players at this level, so the Bobcats should get some credit for picking them up last year

  4. bparmalee - Jun 26, 2012 at 12:07 PM

    To be fair… if the guys at the top were that smart (Cho not included) they would have drafted better players in the past and wouldn’t have Dunlap as a coach. They need to call the Rockets…. they are trading everything that isn’t nailed down right now.

    • dacapt704 - Jun 26, 2012 at 1:48 PM

      I guess it doesnt matter that most of the guys at the top are newer and not responsible for most of those bad moves..its just fashionable to bash MJ..I get it

      Give Dunlap a chance, you never heard of Popovich, Frank Vogel, Spoelstra, etc…either before they proved themselves. Everyone was a nobody at some point.

      • bparmalee - Jun 26, 2012 at 2:05 PM

        I’m not sure you want to include Spoelstra on that list… he isn’t a very good coach with or without a title in my opinion. MJ has made some terrible moves and Rod Higgins put his son Cory on the team last year. The point with Dunlap is college assistant coaches do not get NBA head coaching jobs. He got the job because he would work for the least amount of money. MJ dumped Chandler for nothing and Gerald Wallace to cut costs. I don’t blame Dunlap for taking the job but there is no way he was the most qualified guy out there.

  5. buffalowned - Jun 26, 2012 at 1:02 PM

    if they don’t draft bradley beal they will regret for the duration of his career. it will be another black eye for jordan as an owner. he seems to have emerged as the 2nd sure thing in this draft behind anthony davis

    • zblott - Jun 26, 2012 at 2:08 PM

      Except for the fact Beal couldn’t shoot just a few months ago against college defenders (even his 77% FT% was nothing special) and is not a distributor, this makes sense.

      You might want to check out what skills and production these guys ACTUALLY have before make wild predictions that don’t fit with the facts:
      http://www.behindthebasket.com/btb/2012/6/19/2012-nba-draft-sorting-out-the-college-players.html

  6. dayvid215 - Jun 26, 2012 at 7:11 PM

    I might be the only one in the world who thinks this but, since before college ball started this year, I said thomas robinson is the best player and I still firmly believe so. The Hornets are gonna make a mistake not taking trob. You heard it hear first.

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