The Charlotte Bobcats were the worst team in basketball history last season, so it makes sense that they'll try to squeeze as much out of the No. 2 overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft as they can.
Whether that is by using the pick or by trading it is still unknown, but a source with knowledge of the team's draft plans told ESPN's Andy Katz that the team has received five offers for its pick.
One such offer was made publicly by the Cleveland Cavaliers, who want Florida guard Bradley Beal. According to Ken Berger of CBS, the Cavs offered the Bobcats their No. 4 pick and an early second-round selection. The Bobcats apparently wanted Cleveland's No. 24 pick instead.
Teams that are afraid that their man will be gone too early are most likely the ones shopping for Charlotte's pick. Michael Jordan and the front office apparently are tying disappointing power forward Tyrus Thomas—who has $26 million left on his deal—in any offers.
The Bobcats took the first step in revamping their roster by dealing Corey Maggette to the Detroit Pistons for sharpshooter Ben Gordon and a future first round selection. The Bobcats were the worst three-point shooting team in the NBA last season.
If they don't trade the pick, the two most likely selections would now be Michael Kidd-Gilchrist or Thomas Robinson, both of whom could fill holes right away. Kidd-Gilchrist would fill the SF position vacated by Maggette, while Robinson would play in the front court along with Bismack Biyombo.
Charlotte would be smart to shop the pick for another high first-round pick and an immediate impact player—a trade with Sacramento involving Tyreke Evans is a possibility.
For the first time in a while, things are actually looking up for a franchise synonymous with losing.
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