The Charlotte Bobcats had a NBA-worst 7-59 record this past season. They were hoping to get the #1 pick in the draft but were the lucky winners. The Bobcats are now stuck with a team that seriously needs a major upgrade NOW, and a 2nd overall draft pick in a draft that has been said to only have 1 franchise changing player. Of course that player is Anthony Davis who will be playing for New Orleans next season. The Bobcats have 2 options, draft who they think is the best player in the draft, or trade the pick and try to get an established player.
There have been many rumors of the Bobcats trying to trade this 2nd overall pick for a while now, I don’t think they have been to successful. The same reason that the Bobcats want to trade this pick, may be the same reason why no other team will be willing to give up a star player for it.
According to CBSSports, the Bobcats have recently added Oklahoma City Thunder‘s James Harden to their wish list. James Harden is exactly what they are looking for in an established player, and he is only 23, he can be the centerpiece of a franchise for another 5-7 years.
If James Harden played for any other team but the Thunder I would say there no way in hell this would ever happen. But the Thunder already have Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook signed to max contracts. This leaves the Thunder with only enough cap room to re-sign James Harden or Serge Ibaka at the end of next season. Both will most likely demand max contracts, so unless both decide to take less money than what they deserve there will be an odd-man-out in OKC. So to save the Thunder the drama later they could potentially deal Harden to the Bobcats for the #2 pick and draft Brad Beal to replace him.
This would be a huge trade and I cannot wait to see what the Bobcats ultimately do with this #2 pick.