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June 11, 2013

Georgetown's Otto Porter won't be working out for Charlotte Bobcats

            Murky as the 2013 NBA draft appears, this much is clear: It’s highly unlikely Georgetown small forward Otto Porter lasts to the Charlotte Bobcats’ fourth selection.

            Agent David Falk confirms Porter will work out only for the teams with the top three picks: Cleveland, Orlando and Washington. That means Falk, who is Washington-based, feels strongly that Porter can go no later than the Wizards’ No. 3 pick. I’d heard as much from various NBA sources.

            Porter is a good fit for the Wizards on several levels: Their most obvious need is small forward and as a Georgetown Hoya, Porter has strong local ties to D.C. I’m guessing if Porter goes first or second, the Wizards’ second-favorite option would be Nevada-Las Vegas forward Anthony Bennett.

            In Charlotte Porter would have been somewhat redundant to Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, who the Bobcats drafted second overall a year ago. (Although general manager Rich Cho has said the current roster shouldn’t influence who the Bobcats select at No. 4).

            If Porter is off the board in the top three, then the Bobcats would have access to at least two of the following players: Bennett, Kentucky center-power forward Nerlens Noel, Kansas shooting guard Ben McLemore and Indiana guard-forward Victor Oladipo. Maryland center Alex Len could also be in the Bobcats’ mix.

            The Bobcats, who don’t have a second-round pick this year, haven’t held any pre-draft workouts so far. Based on circumstance, there might not be many workouts. Bennett (rotator cuff surgery), Noel (knee surgery) and Len (ankle surgery) are all unable to audition due to injury. Now Porter won’t be coming to Charlotte.

            So the parade of draft prospects at Time Warner Cable Arena that usually occurs each June might dwindle to a handful this month.

Posted by Observer Sports on June 11, 2013 at 05:39 PM | Permalink


Thanks for the update Rick. Can't wait til draft night.

Posted by: nucat | Jun 12, 2013 10:25:00 AM

Are the Bobcats REALLY looking at Len? I thought NBA teams were done drafting size for size sake.

Posted by: Ryan | Jun 13, 2013 11:56:36 AM

I don't like Len either that high and would be upset if we passed over mclemore oladipo or Bennett in favor of him. That said - Roy hibbert demonstrated what a big man can do for a team.

Posted by: Hal Bialeck | Jun 13, 2013 12:56:50 PM

Has there been any talk about trading down the pick, still getting Len and another asset in the terms of an additional pick or a current player since he is being projected lower?

Posted by: CAG | Jun 13, 2013 5:21:58 PM

Yes CAG, there has been talk, and the conclusion is nobody wants our pick -- which is telling.

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Jun 14, 2013 12:09:12 AM

There has been a lot of talk and anyone with a clue knows the trades don't happen until draft night.

Posted by: Bobnet | Jun 15, 2013 6:33:18 AM

Not always but most teams want to wait and determine who is available at their pick before trading it. If a guy they have rated #1 falls to #5, the suns value their pick a lot more than if their #5 guy is there.

But I think a smart team moves back and accumulates assets NOW because the talent level looks like a complete toss up. Better to get more quantity of ? marks than all in on 1.

Posted by: charlottean | Jun 15, 2013 12:51:31 PM

Everyone wants to trade down, NOBODY wants to trade up -- do the math bozo.

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Jun 15, 2013 9:28:16 PM

"Flip Saunders Attempting to Move Up in Draft to Grab Victor Oladipo"

I guesss not everyone is looking o trade down. I don't know why idiots that just make things up like you even bother posting. Must be very bored.

Posted by: Bobnet | Jun 16, 2013 7:20:47 AM

minny isn't the only one. there are a few teams like boston who are more than willing to take a top 5 pick off someone's hands as they plan to blow up and rebuild.

Posted by: charlottean | Jun 16, 2013 2:25:03 PM

Yes. There are a few teams. That is why that comment was so absurd. All you have to do is follow the draft a little and you know there are teams that want to move up this year. Whether they will give up enough to get there is another story.

Posted by: Bobnet | Jun 16, 2013 7:44:28 PM

That Flip Saundes trade up rumor has about as much credibility as te BOOBcats #4 for Bosh deal -- none. Get ready to be is appointed bozo's!!

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Jun 16, 2013 10:06:17 PM


Posted by: NASTAR99 | Jun 16, 2013 10:07:25 PM

^^^^you really think there are zero teams looking to trade up? I have seen some moronic comments before, but those appeared to just be opinions. Wildly off base, but opinions. To say no one is looking to trade up is just willful ignorance. Fortunately,for you Rick will start a new blog soon so your comments will be gone.

Posted by: Bobnet | Jun 17, 2013 6:42:21 AM

most gm's don't want to trade up this year because they know that's how you get fired.

they trade up and get the wrong guy and somebody NAILS a pick where they were picking prior......that's curtains for them. If they sit tight and miss, they can say it was a crap shoot draft (and it is) but to trade up and give up something and miss is a huge failure. even if it was the right move on paper.

i still think there are plenty of teams interested in noel and mclemore and probably oladipo too. several of them just haven't officially declared their rebuild (boston, atlanta, milwaukee) and others are just playing coy. I bet teams like the suns and kings would love to move up but are falling in love with the idea that if they just sit tight and stay quiet, the teams in front of them will be dumb enough to pass on one of those guys long enough to fall to them.

if the doc/kg to LAC happens.....it changes EVERYTHING for the draft. all of a sudden boston is full blown rebuild, atlanta is out of paul/howard running. houston's chances of getting howard are down to like 20% at best and cleveland will feel like they are ready to run now more than they should. so will washington. neither of them will go noel under those circumstances.

eastern conference teams will play the draft more long sighted if there's even a remote chance that boston stays in tact a year or 2 more or rebuilds on the fly instead of blowing it up. and if they think there's a chance atlanta pulls off the unthinkable? forget it, teams will be fighting for lottery status next year. you would essentially have 4 absolutely stacked teams with bloated payrolls + the pacers being better than most of them + derrick rose coming back to then bulls. so fight it out over the last 2 spots with boston and toronto. good luck.

this is going to be a VERY interesting draft and there will be a lot of deals happening. I wouldn't be surprised if you see rondo to orlando for #2. Could definitely see them do it if they get bledsoe and build around he, sullinger, noel, green, bradley.

Posted by: charlottean | Jun 17, 2013 11:22:47 AM

Len is our only option if we even keep the pick. Now if we can only make sure Hendo, Tyrus, and Diop are gone as well.

Posted by: Tabletop | Jun 17, 2013 12:54:59 PM

So we have established that there are teams looking trrade up. Thank you...

Posted by: Bobnet | Jun 17, 2013 1:14:01 PM

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