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Can the Bobcats afford to improve?

Oct 7, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist

Just a reminder, from Hoopsworld:

Chicago Bulls: Receives 2013 first-round pick (top-12 protected in 2013, top-10 in 2014, top-8 in 2015, unprotected in 2016) from the Charlotte Bobcats via the Tyrus Thomas trade on 2/18/10.

via Draft Pick Debt | HOOPSWORLD | Basketball News & NBA Rumors.

The rare trade that was bad at the outset, worse a year later, worse two years later and continues to be worse.

Now, let’s be clear, there is no threat of the Bobcats improving to 13-plus this year. That thing could be top-three protected and Charlotte should feel safe. But top ten in 2014 could be a trick. If the Cats were to get an impact player in 2013 (in an admittedly weak draft from where we’re at right now), manage any good trade or player addition, with Michael Kidd-Gilchrist giving them anything, there’s not a lot of reasons to think the Cats are absolutely out. But losing that draft pick would set them back. They honestly need to be terrible until 2015. Not going to be a problem, I hear you joking. But even terrible teams go on bursts where they improve to mid-lottery for a year and then regress.

That trade continues to severely hurt the outlook of the team. They’ve got a lotto-protected-through 2014 pick from the Blazers, so that’s not going to cover them. They need to find a way to take on salary to get a draft pick, in all honesty. But that’s going to be problematic for the team and ownership. The Cats are in a bind for talent and improvement, and fan support. And worst of all, they have to pace their improvement so they don’t get buried in the long-term.

  1. fanz928 - Oct 7, 2012 at 5:30 PM

    Tyrus thomas has the physicals to be great but he has no heart

  2. jmclarkent - Oct 7, 2012 at 6:59 PM

    “Can we give you TT back and call it even?”

  3. jgib23 - Oct 7, 2012 at 9:23 PM

    The Bobcats also own a future first from the Ben Gordon trade this summer. We owe Chicago a pick and are owed 1sts from the Blazers and Pistons

  4. 00maltliquor - Oct 8, 2012 at 2:16 AM

    This is a stupid article.

    Any team, whether they got a pending draft pick or not should strive to be the best team they can be.

    CHA is going to be the 2nd or 3rd worst team this upcoming season (you can’t tell me ORL won’t be hands down the worst, the teams best player was the,-for lack of better terms- worst, or least valuble starter on his last team, and a throw away bench scrub on his team before that. When your best players consist of Arron Afflalo, Jameer Nelson, Al Harrington, and Big Baby, along with 7 PF’s, 1 C, and a garbage, D-League backup PG, that’s a recipe for 9-73!).

    The next 3 years is at very least a top 8 protected! So you’re telling me they should tank for 4 years and pick up bad contracts for more draft picks so they can keep a stupid draft pick!!?? Where’s the logic in that?!

    Most of the times high draft picks don’t even pan out or live up to the hype, why even risk it? To get the next Olowakandi with the #1? The next Darko or Marvin Williams with the #2? The next Sheldon Williams with the #5? The next Jonny Flynn with the #6? C’mon maaan GTFOH with that dumb ish! Matt, you’re better then that!

    And even if they get so good in the next 2 years where it’s a top 10 protected, SO WHAT? It’s a 10! Not too many franchise players left that high anyways. And it’s a sign the team is getting better. Fact is is that they will be Top 8 worst for the next 3 years at least so by that time they will have scooped up enough top pick players to load the roster up with anyways, why need more then that?

    They need to get as good as they can get before the lose an entire fan base and taint MJ’s post bball career to the point he’s hated like Isiah Thomas!

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