NBA Trade Rumors: Bobcats Smart to Shop Second-Overall Pick

Matt ShetlerCorrespondent IJune 14, 2012

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Michael Jordan is looking to make a smart move as an NBA executive for a change.

It's been rumored that the Jordan's Charlotte Bobcats could possibly move back from the No. 2 spot in the draft. senior basketball writer Jeff Goodman reported via Twitter that Charlotte is indeed looking to move that pick.

Goodman reported that the Bobcats are looking to package the pick in a deal that would bring Charlotte an established player in return.

The Charlotte Bobcats also interested in dealing the No. 2 pick for a package that will bring an established player, sources told CBSSports.

— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanCBS) June 14, 2012


After winning only seven games a season ago, anyone the Bobcats draft not named Anthony Davis won't make the type of impact they need to get the franchise headed in the right direction.

Rod Higgins and general manager Rich Cho understand that the Bobcats need more than just a talented rookie to make the Bobcats competitive after their laughingstock of a season.

A source told Goodman that Oklahoma City's James Harden could be in play due to the Thunder's salary cap situation following next season. While I have my doubts that the Thunder would part ways with Harden right now, it's a Harden-type of player that the Bobcats should be looking to land by dangling the pick.

The Bobcats have a ton of holes to fill, but by trading the pick, they can effectively target what they feel would be their biggest need. They need a go-to-guy on the offensive end of the floor, as they scored an NBA-low 87.0 points per game. Defensively, Charlotte is equally as lousy, allowing 100.9 points per game (27th in the NBA).

While dealing for one or two players doesn't exactly solve all of that, it gets them closer than simply taking a chance on a rookie, even a highly-touted one like Bradly Beal, Thomas Robinson, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist or Andre Drummond.

This is a deep draft. The Bobcats could not only get an established player, but if they can successfully move down, they could still add a piece for the future as well.

There are several options the Bobcats have with the No. 2 pick, but the only option they shouldn't consider is keeping it. If Charlotte even plans on being a competitive NBA franchise, they can begin the process by getting as much as they can for the No. 2 pick.