Bobcats look set for busy deadline
The Charlotte Bobcats are expected to be one of the busiest teams in the league in the run-up to the February 20 trade deadline, with the franchise looking to build on their impressive season so far shock the Betfair odds by reaching the playoffs. The Bobcats have exceeded expectations so far this season, coming into this campaign on the back of two seasons in which the team had lost 120 of 148.
Despite start this season with many of the same players that struggled so badly last season, the team has already managed to surpass their win total from last year, with many pointing the finger at the door of coach Steve Clifford, not to mention the on-court contributions of Al Jefferson and Kemba Walker.
With a number of chief executives reportedly revealing the Bobcats have been one of the busier franchises in terms of phone-calls over recent weeks, it remains to be seen as to just who Charlotte bring in between now and the end of this trade window. Charlotte currently sits in the Eastern Conference’s eighth place with a 22-28 record and all efforts are being made to ensure they’ll make the postseason for just the second time in franchise history and shock the pre-season Betfair.com odds.
The Bobcats have been eagerly trying to move Ben Gordon’s $13.2 million expiring contract, with it believed Charlotte would be willing to part with a first-round pick if the right player becomes available. Charlotte already owe their first-round pick to the Chicago Bulls if it falls out of the top 10, but they may still have two first-round selections in this year’s draft since they are owed the Detroit Pistons’ first-round pick and the Portland Trail Blazers first-round pick.
The Bobcats are rumoured to be in for Philadelphia 76ers guard Evan Turner and Chicago Bulls forward Taj Gibson, with a number of additional names also tipped by Betfair fans with a move to Charlotte this month.