The February 20th trade deadline is quickly approaching and the Charlotte Bobcats are still in the playoffs if they were to begin today. With a crowded cellar in the eastern conference there are certain to be a few moves made by some contenders to sure up the rotation and other moves made by teams looking to help their draft lottery odds. We’ll have a look at a couple of those rumors and whether they make sense for this young Bobcats team as we close in on the trade deadline.
Evan Turner headed to Charlotte? It’s no secret that the Philadelphia 76ers are rebuilding around a young Michael Carter-Williams and Nerlens Noel. With Evan Turner set to become a restricted free-agent the former 2nd overall pick does not seem to be in the future plans of the 76ers. This young wing will demand a steep price after the season concludes, commanding an $8.7 million qualifying offer to maintain any kind of control over the youngster. Is this price too steep for the ‘Cats? Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer has reported that there is preliminary interest from Rich Cho and company, but it’s difficult to gauge if this is just management doing their due diligence or do we have real interest here? It’s hard to picture where Turner may fit in the ‘Cats rotation, Charlotte recently spent their own #2 pick on a wing player in Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and figure to have another excellent wing in Jeffrey Taylor when he returns from injury next season. If the price is right Charlotte could add some real depth to the wing for a potential playoff push. But this journalist wonders if there isn’t a better fit out there with more of a long term payoff.
Chicago Bulls still shopping players? Reports have begun to surface that Taj Gibson could be the next Bull on a flight out of Chicago and the Bobcats are listening. Gibson is a great two way player who could possibly blend well with the defensive philosophies of Steve Clifford’s Bobcats. Also, at power forward it would provide the ‘Cats with a solid player at a position where they have found little production from Josh McRoberts or rookie Cody Zeller. Speculation is that the Bulls would only consider moving Gibson if they were to amnesty Carlos Boozer and find a way to sign Carmello Anthony this offseason. While there is significant interest in Gibson from around the league, the team which acquires him would have more than a rental due to the fact that Gibson just signed a 4 year deal worth $33 million. Questions abound around this transaction. Will the Bulls get the assurances they need from Melo’s camp to make a deal? Do the ‘Cats envision Gibson in their plans for the next 4 seasons? With so many questions it will prove interesting to see what happens to Gibson and so many others as the trade deadline closes in on the 2014 season. While a playoff berth would be a welcome site, the ‘Cats are on the verge of building something much more impressive. You can be assured that Rich Cho and company will remember that come February 20th.