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Rumor: Bobcats shopping Michael Kidd-Gilchrist due to belief they can draft Otto Porter

Jun 25, 2013, 6:27 PM EDT

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist AP

There are already plenty of rumors and reported trade talks surrounding teams with lottery picks in Thursday night’s draft, and there will be many more to materialize before teams are officially on the clock.

We advise taking the vast majority of them with one or more grains of salt, including this latest one involving the Charlotte Bobcats.

From Joe Kotoch of SheridanHoops:

The Charlotte Bobcats are shopping Michael Kidd-Gilchrist around the league, confident they will be able to replace him with Otto Porter of Georgetown with the No. 4 pick in Thursday’s draft.

The reason the Bobcats braintrust of Rich Cho and owner Michael Jordan believe Porter will be available is because, SheridanHoops has learned from league sources, the Washington Wizards are determined to draft Anthony Bennett of UNLV with the No. 3 pick.

A second league source said the Bobcats have been working the phones, gauging the interest level among teams for the 2nd pick in the 2012 NBA Draft.

There are several things in play, here.

The notion that Bennett going to Washington with the third overall pick isn’t at all a crazy one. It’s believed that the Wizards are deciding between Bennett and Otto Porter with that pick, and at least one oddsmaker has it at even money that Bennett will land in Washington.

Most mocks have Nerlens Noel and Ben McLemore going one and two, so if the intel the Bobcats have on Bennett is correct, they can nab Porter at four if they so desire.

But does that really make Kidd-Gilchrist expendable? He showed flashes at times during his rookie season, even though his averages of 9.0 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.5 assists, and nearly a blocked shot in 26 minutes per game didn’t set the stat sheet on fire.

The only way this makes any sense for the Bobcats is if they believe they can get talent in exchange for Kidd-Gilchrist that’s capable of producing more immediately in order to improve in the win column as early as next season. Pairing a more proven player with someone like Porter (if it all works out the way the Bobcats believe it might) then makes parting with Kidd-Gilchrist slightly more understandable.

But it’s worth noting that giving up on high lottery picks the year after you draft them is pretty much the opposite of the correct way to build a winning franchise, and that type of thinking is a perfect example of why Charlotte has seen the postseason just once in the last nine years.

  1. pmx8411 - Jun 25, 2013 at 6:33 PM

    Whoa….giving up on Kidd-Gilchrist ALREADY? Another genius move by Rich Cho and owner Michael Jordan

  2. htownred34 - Jun 25, 2013 at 6:46 PM

    Kid needs to work on his jumper it’s really bad, shouldn’t give up on him yet though…

    • cflip376 - Jun 25, 2013 at 7:00 PM

      Doubt this along with the Bosh rumor to actually be true.

  3. dalucks - Jun 25, 2013 at 7:17 PM

    Another example of how the NBA cannot and does not develop talent.
    Especially a consistant bottom feeders like the Michael Jordan lead Bobcats or Hornets or Jordannaires.

  4. kb2408 - Jun 25, 2013 at 7:35 PM

    His stats translated to starters minutes are very good for a first year player. Especially one so young. I’m convinced now beyond a doubt Charlotte doesn’t have a clue. Why give up on such a young, promising player so soon? They need to stockpile talent. Right now they need all the young talent they can get. Have they even considered the fact that Porter might not be very good?

    • cflip376 - Jun 25, 2013 at 7:39 PM

      It’s a rumor and source is not reliable

  5. sportsnut101 - Jun 25, 2013 at 9:08 PM

    Noel is not going one or two he’s to Thin Right now n u don’t know how he will heal from acl injury

    Cavs can prolly get michael Kidd n one of their 2g Henderson. For number 1 pick Cavs gets sm which they need n another starter nowu have good bench help. Move waiters to bench

    Don’t take Len from Maryland pls

  6. jaygott87 - Jun 25, 2013 at 9:11 PM

    Would trade mkd and the #4 pick for Bosh…which team would say no?

  7. jaygott87 - Jun 25, 2013 at 9:13 PM

    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist*

  8. shadowchronicler - Jun 25, 2013 at 10:08 PM

    They should keep him for one more year and let his stock go up, then trade him and their 1st round pick for 2014 for the number 1 or number 2 overall. That way they get Andrew Wiggin or Jabari Parker.

  9. phillyupperdecker - Jun 25, 2013 at 10:14 PM

    Phillys No. 11 and Evan Turner for MKD and Ben Gordon.

    Philly then trades their two second round picks and get back into the end of the first round. Philly gets a tough defensive center, a swing man with upside, and a outside shooter in Gordon. As a sixer fan, I want McCollum at 11 but isn’t Gordon just as good?

    Draft Gorgui Deng in the 20’s
    Thad Young

    If Bobcats get Porter and either Olynyk/Zeller/Adams at 11. Bobcats get instantly better and have a great core of Walker and Porter, with the surrounding pieces to get out of the cellar.
    E. Turner

    • 00maltliquor - Jun 26, 2013 at 2:12 AM

      You’re a Philly fan? Why would you do that to yourself?

      • phillyupperdecker - Jun 26, 2013 at 11:15 AM

        Do what? Swap the #11 pick for last years #2 who has a huge upside and is only 19. If MKD were in this draft coming out as a sophomore he would be a top 3 pick. Moving away from Turner and getting Ben Gordon as a very good six man option is a nice move. Trading two second rounders to jump back into the first round for a defensive center who can block and rebound to go along with Spencer Hawes offensive game makes sense to me.

        This team is not going anywhere next year. Trading #11 for a lottery ticket player who could turn into a star.

    • ryanrockzzz - Jun 26, 2013 at 7:24 AM

      That lineup would win about 31 games. Which would leave the team in the same place they are each year. If this team is making any trades, they should be trades to tank the hell out of this year, and even next year in hopes of finally landing some impact young players. Also, no way Gorgui Deng is ready to play any kind of starting minutes IMO.

  10. eatitfanboy - Jun 25, 2013 at 10:56 PM

    Michael Jordan is running the team. Anything is possible. This is the guy who drafted Kwame Brown out of high school and then dedicated the next two years to destroying the kid’s confidence. Not really a great reputation as a team builder.

    • losntina69 - Jun 26, 2013 at 3:46 PM

      yes cause that never worked before, his previous stints at team building didnt work either. It only resulted in 6 championships, but aside from that he couldnt do it.

  11. losntina69 - Jun 26, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    Wizards please take this trade if its true, land this guy and pair him up with Wall and Beal SWEET!!! He is not the number one guy on a team but he is a good addition to a team ala leonard with the Spurs. Wiz can get a good defensive player and have plenty of time to work on his shot since he wont be the number one guy. DO ERNIE do it

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