NBA Rumors: Bobcats Reportedly Shopping 2nd Overall Draft Pick

Stephen BabbFeatured ColumnistJune 7, 2012

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It's hard to imagine why a team would pass up one of the top talents in June 28th's NBA draft, but according to Alex Kennedy of Hoops World, the Charlotte Bobcats may be doing just that:

The Charlotte Bobcats are shopping the second overall pick, according to multiple sources.

— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) June 7, 2012

Strange though it may sound, this is a move that actually makes some sense for the Bobcats.

As nice as it would be to snag a potential future All-Star like Kentucky's Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, the second-overall selection isn't the only slot to find prospects capable of making an immediate impact.

Other college stars like Bradley Beal, Thomas Robinson, Andre Drummond and Harrison Barnes will likely still fall somewhere in the lottery's top 10, so the Bobcats could afford to slide a bit.

But the question remains, why would they want to?

In exchange for the elite pick, Charlotte would theoretically be looking to add additional first-round selections and perhaps some proven veteran players in the process.

With clubs like the Portland Trail Blazers and Houston Rockets owning multiple first-round picks, Charlotte may be looking to add two rookies to a roster that desperately needs an infusion of talent at just about every position.

If, for example, the Trail Blazers sent Charlotte both of their picks (No. 6 and No. 11 overall), the Bobcats could add a potential star along with an intriguing late lottery selection like Jeremy Lamb, Austin Rivers, Jared Sullinger, John Henson, Tyler Zeller or Terrence Ross.

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This draft is deep enough that landing a second premium pick may be well worth trading down the order.

On the flip side, the allure of a more proven young player may be even more compelling.

After a historically awful 2011-12 campaign, the Bobcats may not be interested in risking another disappointing season. Even the best rookies are unknown commodities to some degree, and Charlotte may have its sights set on a sure thing.

Additionally, the Bobcats already have some premium young projects, including 2011 draftees Kemba Walker and Bismack Biyombo.

And while it's unlikely Charlotte would pursue aging talent given its obvious rebuilding status, that doesn't mean it would turn its nose up at a player nearing or already in his prime.

If you thought the New Orleans Hornets snatching up that first-overall pick was a shocker, the biggest surprises may still be to come.