After showing a little promise early in the season under new coach Mike Dunlap, the Charlotte Bobcats are fading fast in the East with only 11 wins in their first 45 games. That means they will have their fair share of ping pong balls in the NBA draft lottery once again this year and a chance to select a talented young player at or near the top of the June draft.
While recent drafts have added young talent like Kemba Walker, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Bismack Biyombo to Charlotte's roster, simply adding another young talent won't solve what ails the Bobcats. In an effort to keep season ticket holders interested, Charlotte GM Rod Higgins recently sent a letter explaining the team's intent to add more seasoned talent around the young players through free agency this summer.
Along with all those ping pong balls, the Bobcats will have around $20 million in cap space. According to Rick Bonnell, the team was throwing around such positive terms as "max contracts" while trying to re-assure fans. With $20 million, the Bobcats could afford one max deal along with another mid-level vet or two depending on the terms of the deal.
Charlotte desperately needs a productive pro in the front court and a few players fitting that description will be on the market, including Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap, assuming Utah doesn't re-sign both players. Indiana's David West would be a perfect fit to give production on the court while displaying a professional approach to the game for the young players.
Those names sound good on paper but luring one of those types of players to join the re-building process in Charlotte won't be easy. And it will certainly be costly. But at least Charlotte appears willing to spend the money if given the opportunity.