June 27, 2012
Charlotte Bobcats' Higgins, Cho talk about draft, trade and Ben Gordon
Some headlines from the pre-draft media availability with Bobcats president of basketball operations Rod Higgins and general manager Rich Cho.
--They said Tuesday’s trade that sent small forward Corey Maggette to the Detroit Pistons and acquired combo guard Ben Gordon was irrelevant to how they would use their first-round pick. I take that to mean having Gordon doesn’t eliminate Florida shooting guard Bradley Beal as an option at No. 2. And likewise, losing Maggette doesn’t obligate them to draft a small forward like North Carolina’s Harrison Barnes or Kentucky’s Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.
Higgins said it would be “shortsighted’’ to let the current roster dictate how to use such a high pick. He said there are other avenues, such as trades or free-agency, that could be used to fill the hole at small forward.
--Both Cho and Higgins went out of their way to say they highly value the No. 2 pick. Cho said it would take something “really enticing’’ to trade down or out of that spot.
--Higgins and Cho were both excited about Gordon in a way that sounded more than perfunctory. Higgins called Gordon “a very valuable player to help us.’’ Cho called Gordon a “consummate professional’’ and a “big-time worker who will mesh well with (coach) Mike Dunlap’s plan.’’
Dunlap said his biggest desire regarding the roster was better 3-point shooting. Gordon is a career 41 percent shooter from 3-point range.
Posted by Observer Sports on June 27, 2012 at 03:01 PM | Permalink
I hope we can get back into the later rounds, looking like some great prospects will be available if we can make a trade with Cleveland. Any player taken #2, #4 etc, will be a drastic upgrade to this roster. People acting like a Harrison Barnes or Andre Drummond on this team would not be the best player here. This team is fresh off the worst season in NBA history. Anyone willing to come here and try and put in some effort to rebuild should be welcomed, especially when the talent at 2-7, no matter how similar, is better than pretty much anything we've seen of late.
Posted by: garsonthegreat | Jun 27, 2012 3:18:37 PM
Posted by: John W. | Jun 27, 2012 3:49:57 PM
We don't need a SF to replace Maggette, we can just slot Cory Higgins into the 3.
- 'Hot' Rod Higgins
Posted by: I used to sit near Buzz | Jun 27, 2012 3:52:53 PM
After more research, I believe B. Beal is the 2nd best player in the draft. So take him at number 2
Now, what do you do? Beal could actually fill in at 1 as well as start at 2. What happend to Henderson? Gordon? You don't need all three.
Sign A. Jaminson for PF, take a D. Green (if available at 31).
I can not believe that I have said all of this but I did the research, watched his interview. MKG does awful at interviews. Beal and Barnes are poised....
Posted by: Glenn | Jun 27, 2012 3:56:26 PM
Draft TRob and try to sign Batum or Beasley to play the 3.
Posted by: bronsyn | Jun 27, 2012 4:06:59 PM
T-Rob at 4
F-Melo at 24
D-Green at 31
You get a SF, PF, and C
Posted by: Elliot | Jun 27, 2012 4:26:07 PM
I just don't see much seperation between Beal, Robinson, Barnes and MKG. I see very little risk in moving down to #3, #4 or #5 and picking up additional assets since the difference between those 4 guys seems so small.
Posted by: SCB | Jun 27, 2012 4:40:41 PM
what about our cap? I like gordon but for the money he will be making he has big shoes to fill. & who's idea to get all these undersize players? we are undersize at every position on the floor. M. Beasley is a free agent right? any intrust in him?
Posted by: 336nda704 | Jun 27, 2012 5:05:59 PM
you're going to draft a guy based on how well he interviews? might as well draft me then. I'm elite in interviews.
MKG shouldn't be thought less of because of his speech impediment UNLESS it is indicative of his level of intelligence which I don't believe is entirely the case.
That said, I think barnes is just way better all around and character DOES mean something especially when prospects are as close as the 2 are.
I'm a big michael beasley fan and think if he had been drafted to OKC (as durant wanted) we would look at him entirely different. He got a raw deal going to miami in the middle of riley's rebuild and going to minnesota didn't help either. that being said........i don't think we would even think about bringing him in. I think last year was the time to take a chance on a guy like that and see if it works out. could have been him, could have been morrison, could have been a rashad mccants. That's one thing I think we failed to do last year was find any diamond in the rough from the fringe of the league, although mullens does count for something, I think we could have done more with all the injuries.
I don't think the time is right now. Depending on who we draft, we're going to have a guy that you want to center more of the attention on rather than bring in a beasley to detract. Beasley isn't going to be a third wheel on a rising team, he's either going to be the zach randolph to memphis or the lamar odom to the lakers. Here he would take away from other guys development.
Posted by: charlottean | Jun 27, 2012 5:07:17 PM
magette totally sucked...the gordon trade is an immediate upgrade & we get a #1 to boot ....now go get us some more players...
Posted by: bull123 | Jun 27, 2012 8:27:32 PM
Beal is the best talent available at 2. Take him or trade down to #4.
Posted by: john | Jun 28, 2012 9:00:25 AM
IF we do trade back to #4, draft MKG. All he does is win.
Posted by: john | Jun 28, 2012 9:16:21 AM
All HE does is win? those other 5 draft picks had nothing to do with that right?
I don't like the idea of trading for harden. Signing him next year as a RFA is one thing, getting him and a pick for beal is fine but that's an expensive trade to give up 2 and a lotta money for him.
I don't dislike robinson as the pick but I would much rather get either robinson or barnes at 4 AND get another pick. Why take robinson @ 2 when you have a 50/50 toss up to get him @ 4 and add a pick?
Gotta love hearing that thomas has supposedly gained 20 pounds of muscle. Hope its true.
Posted by: charlottean | Jun 28, 2012 1:13:25 PM
I think the pick should be traded for more picks and maybe some money. We can get some more youth and diamonds in the rough as well as bring in some seasoned vets that want to play and mentor at the same time (Jamison, Camby, Grant Hill, etc.) It's gonna take a while but at least they will compete while developing at the same time.
Posted by: Phil | Jun 28, 2012 1:33:14 PM
Once again, bring in Robinson and make another trade to bring another 1st rounder.Then bring in Camby, Jamison ore Batum to act as mentor to these young cats (or I should say the young Bobcats). I strongly believe this will turn this thing around in dew time.
Posted by: Sherrod Gary | Jun 28, 2012 4:14:27 PM
batum is like 23. you want him to mentor our young players. only way you put up big money for a guy like that is if you feel like he's the missing piece and you are in win-now mode. we aren't. he wouldn't accept either. not unless it were a max type deal and you don't give that to a 3rd option guy.
camby isn't coming here either. I'd love to have him, especially for mullens/biyombo but he's either going to a contender or staying in houston. i believe he lives there in the offseason.
jamison is the most likely candidate, especially now that maggette is out. not a whole lot of other veterans that would come unless they have zero other options. we shouldn't care. thunder didn't have many veteran mentors, indiana either (unless you count dunleavey, which I don't). diaw would have been the right guy since he wouldn't take shots away from guys and would actually help set them up but we all know how that story ended.
Posted by: charlottean | Jun 28, 2012 5:01:08 PM
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