NBA Rumors: Bobcats Must Add Former All-Star Josh Howard

Richard LangfordCorrespondent IAugust 30, 2012

OAKLAND, CA - JANUARY 07:  Josh Howard #8 of the Utah Jazz in action against the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena on January 7, 2012 in Oakland, California.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Despite turning in the worst winning percentage in the history of the NBA, the Bobcats have made very little effort to upgrade their roster in any way except the draft. 

Point guard Ramon Sessions is the only veteran the team has signed, and let's face it, Sessions is not exactly an impact player. So Bobcat fans should welcome the following news while hoping their team follows through on it. 

Yahoo's Marc J. Spears tweeted out the Bobcats' interest in free agent forward Josh Howard. 

Free agent F Josh Howard, a Winston Salem native, has been working out with Charlotte this week, sources tell Y! CHI, NY amongst interested.

— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) August 29, 2012

Let me be clear, I don't expect Howard to come in and be Charlotte's savior. The 32-year-old's career is clearly on the decline.

Injuries are a big reason why. He has played in just 61 regular season games in the past two seasons with the Wizards and Jazz.

He has not averaged more than 8.7 points per game in either season. Every year prior, excluding his rookie season, he averaged at least 12.5 points per game.

What Howard will do is bring a veteran presence, decent shooting, solid rebounding, and most importantly, he will be another piece that helps the Bobcats put distance between themselves and their record-setting losing ways. 

It would be foolish for the Bobcats to bring in their rookies to a culture so immersed in losing they don't know which way is up. Howard brings with him ample winning experience. 

He spent the first seven years of his career as a key piece to the perennial playoff participating Dallas Mavericks, and he was a solid contributor on last year's Jazz playoff team. The Bobcats need this in their locker room.

Charlotte has almost $2 million cap room available, and they couldn't spend that any better than on Howard.