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Bobcats looking to trade down?

May 20, 2013, 12:44 PM EDT

Richard Cho

The Bobcats would receive the Trail Blazer’s first-round draft pick this year – a remnant of the Gerald Wallace trade – in the .001 percent chance Portland lands the No. 13 pick in tomorrow’s draft lottery. But Charlotte is doing a lot of work based on just that .001 percent chance. Rick Bonnell of

The Charlotte Bobcats, a team assured of drafting no lower than fifth in the first round and having no second-round pick, seem oddly curious about players projected to be drafted in the middle of the first round.

They interviewed Duke center Mason Plumlee, Syracuse point guard Michael Carter-Williams and Gonzaga center Kelly Olynyck. It’s a stretch to draft any of those guys in the top-five.

This might be just zealous due diligence. General manager Rich Cho is meticulous to a fault, so chatting up too many draft prospects could be in his wheelhouse. But there was something that raised my radar about how curious the Bobcats seem to be about players who could be drafted 10th through 20th.

My gut says this is just, as Bonnell wrote, Cho doing his due diligence. That thorough approach part of what has made Cho such a successful general manager.

Plus, trading down from the top of the NBA Draft rarely makes sense. It’s just too important to get premier talent, or the chance at premier talent, whenever its’ available.

Even in this draft, hailed as the weakest ever, I really like Nerlens Noel, Ben McLemore, Otto Porter, Trey Burke and Victor Oladipo. The Bobcats are guaranteed the opportunity to draft at least one of those five, and if they draft someone else – say Anthony Bennett or C.J. McCollum – it would be because they like that player more than one of the five I like, not because nobody else is available, and that makes a big difference.

If the Bobcats are interested in trading down, five teams have two first-round picks: Cavaliers (No. 3 seed in lottery, No. 19), Suns (No. 4 seed in lottery, No. 30), Timberwolves (No. 9 seed in lottery, No. 26), Jazz (No. 14 seed in lottery and No. 21) and Hawks (No. 17 and No. 18).

Perhaps a trade with the Cavaliers or Suns, in the event Charlotte lands a higher draft pick than the either of those teams, would make sense. That way, the Bobcats could trade down, still have a high pick and gain another pick.

  1. 4thquartermagic - May 20, 2013 at 1:13 PM

    That thorough approach part of what has made Cho such a successful general manager.

    Successful? You are aware the Bobcats are a dumpster fire right?

    He may have acquired nice pieces but so could any GM who is drafting top 3 every year.

    • logo1289 - May 21, 2013 at 7:09 AM

      Rich Cho was the guy who made OKC what they are. You should get all your facts straight before making yourself look like a dumbass on a forum.

  2. cmehustle - May 20, 2013 at 2:09 PM

    He hasnt always been the Bobcats gm. I think he has just started with this team last year or two years ago.

    • dacapt704 - May 21, 2013 at 5:53 PM

      Why let FACTS get in the way? LOL…4thquartermagic just wanted to bash, facts are irrelevant.

      You’re correct, this was the 2nd full season for Cho, he came the lockout off season.

  3. richcho2013 - May 20, 2013 at 2:14 PM

    I really hope we can make that trade down with Minnesota @ #9 and draft Alex Len who would have instant chemistry with Kemba Walker! Alone with that trades we recieve Derick Williams who will maych up witg Lebron James and sign JJ Hickson; then we will be ready for either Al Jefferson or Andrew Wiggins and I knoe this is very possible bc i did my homework on the salary cap & contract cushion! Let’s Get It Rich Cho (let’s not depend on Andrew Wiggins to save us)

  4. richcho2013 - May 20, 2013 at 2:21 PM

    Someone please check out Alex Len highlights & tell me who in the draft is better? Plus he dominated all Noel &you Plumblee who the bobcats are looking @! Don’t draft Bennett bc he is a bust and he is slow. Len reminds me so much of Hakeem Olijuwon with his footwork!

    • Kurt Helin - May 20, 2013 at 8:49 PM

      You are clearly not Rich Cho.

      • richcho2013 - May 20, 2013 at 9:24 PM

        Oh course not; i’m pulling for him to turn the franchise around

  5. Kevin S. - May 20, 2013 at 3:11 PM

    Isn’t much more likely Cho is trying to trade into the middle of the first round to pair another rookie with their top-five pick? Charlotte has plenty of cap space to rent out next year for teams willing to give up picks to dump salary.

    • tmhofficial - May 20, 2013 at 3:32 PM

      I’m glad someone finally made this observation. Yes, based on Cho’s history, I’d say this is the most likely reason.

  6. sportsnut101 - May 20, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    Just trade the pick u need more then one person n there’s no franchise player here well yet anyway. Noel is injured n he’s only 209lbs now n plays the He would need to add 40 pds just to have a chance n plus cats have bimbo

    So if I was them I would take timberwolves two picks if they offered but they need just as much help no carolina guys ok Jordan.

  7. sportsnut101 - May 20, 2013 at 3:45 PM

    If I was cats try n trade Gerald Henderson if u can. He finished strong but he always starts slow trade everyone but kimbo mullens showed improvement on both ends

  8. richcho2013 - May 20, 2013 at 5:12 PM

    Yes & that’s why he trades away tyrus thomas & early pick to wolves to get back derick williams, greg steisma &you draft alex len close to middle. They don’t mind being stuck with the right peices. Can’t just hang on to salary waiting for good players while other players are getting expensive! Has to be now or miss out on a once in generation opportunity.

  9. richcho2013 - May 20, 2013 at 5:17 PM

    Others words hurry up & build around Kemba bf he gets expensive and discouraged. But they will work the traded out & get back talent for equal value. They may even amnesty Ben Gordon afterwards; who knows?

  10. tiger7575 - May 20, 2013 at 10:46 PM

    The way they treated Dunlap after what he accomplished with that group of misfits will be their ultimate karma. The lazy thugs know that they can control the coaching decisions, those suits are gonna get just what they deserve.

    • dacapt704 - May 21, 2013 at 5:57 PM

      Not bashing Coach Dunlap but what did he accomplish here? His rotations were a joke, his late game management was horribly inefficient and his motivation was that of Ben Stein. He wasnt a good fit here ultimately and may just be a good college coach. I was all for the hire, willing to give him a chance but being here in Charlotte I heard a lot of players not happy with his style of coaching. Too much like a college coach, cant coach grown men like teenagers on scholarship

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