Take a peek at the Charlotte Bobcats roster and it looks bleak.
In fact bleak is a disastrous understatement. Gerald Wallace was a first-time All-Star a year ago and Stephen Jackson is a fiery competitor, but is a far cry from a top-flight player.
Tyrus Thomas is an athletic power forward that can get up and down the floor in a matter of seconds.
The problem is whether or not he can harness his talents to become a more consistent player. If Larry Brown wants to take Charlotte back to the playoffs he is going to need Thomas to become a big contributor.
A big reason why they will need Thomas is because the Bobcats are rumored to be involved in a four-team deal that would ship New Jersey Nets' Devin Harris to Charlotte and send Boris Diaw to the Utah Jazz.
Carmelo Anthony is the biggest player involved in the trade and his willingness to sign an extension with the Nets will make or break the deal.
For Charlotte this deal has to happen. Call up Anthony beg him, prod him, buy him lunch and dinner and anything else that would make him put his signature on a contract that would make him a Net for the next five-to-six years.
Why does Charlotte need this?
Simply put, they need hope. They need a player that has the potential to be on the roster five years from now something nobody else on the roster offers outside of Thomas.
Harris, 27, is an explosive point guard, and a one-time All-Star. He struggles on the defensive end, but a year with Brown coaching him up would do him wonders.
The Bobcats have a team that is built to win now, yet they ended up as the eighth best team in the Eastern Conference last season. And were promptly swept by Dwight Howard and the Orlando Magic.
It's time for Charlotte to start building towards the future and getting rid of Diaw in a roundabout way for Harris is a step in the right direction.
So you want to know if Harris will be in a Bobcat uniform? Just ask Melo.