Last year, the Charlotte Bobcats finished 44-38 under Larry Brown, making the playoffs for the first time in franchise history. While the Bobcats were clearly not a top team in the Eastern Conference, as demonstrated by the Orlando Magic sweeping them in the first round, Charlotte seemed to be on the right path towards rebuilding.
Fast forward to this year. The Bobcats have started the season 9-19, just one and a half games above the cellar dwelling Washington Wizards and Cleveland Cavaliers.
This week, coach Larry Brown resigned under pressure from Michael Jordan. Jordan has turned to former Charlotte Hornets coach Paul Silas to recapture some of the glory days of Charlotte basketball.
In four full seasons under Silas (including one in New Orleans), the Hornets went 186-142, making the playoffs all four years and winning two playoff series. Silas has already secured Charles Oakley on his bench and has also contacted former Hornets P.J. Brown and Muggsy Bogues for positions on his staff.
However, Silas is looking at former Hornets not just for the bench, but on the court as well.
Recent rumors have suggested that Charlotte is interested in acquiring Baron Davis from the Los Angeles Clippers in exchange for D.J. Augustin, DeSagana Diop and Matt Carroll.
The Bobcats are understandably attempting to recapture the glory years of the Hornets in Charlotte. Since joining the league in the 2004-2005 season, the Bobcats have never finished better than fourth in the Southeast Division. The Charlotte fan base simply cannot take any more hapless seasons of rebuilding.
But is trading for a washed up Baron Davis really the answer?
The only time Davis has made news this year was when the Los Angeles Clippers' owner taunted him for being fat. Excluding his rookie season, Davis is averaging career lows in points, assists, rebounds and field goal percentage.
On the other hand, third year point guard D.J. Augustin is having the best year of his short career, averaging 12.6 points and six assists. Augustin may not be the player Charlotte imagined they were getting with the ninth pick of the 2008 draft, but he is still not a complete bust.
Michael Jordan has made enough mistakes in his career as an NBA executive. From Kwame Brown to Adam Morrison, Jordan has been one of the worst drafters in the past decade. Moreover, Jordan has made some bad trades, including the ones for Jason Richardson and Emeka Okafor.
Realistically, the Bobcats are in trouble and the horizon does not look promising. However, trading D.J. Augustin, a player with a solid, albeit undistinguished, career in front of him, for a washed up, out of shape Baron Davis is simply not the answer.