It’s been widely reported, especially on this website, that the Charlotte Bobcats are a possible destination for DeMarcus Cousins if he were to be traded.
But what about some other big name players who could be on the move?
ESPN.com reports the Toronto Raptors are interested in acquiring Rudy Gay, and the Memphis Grizzlies haven’t really said they’re not going to trade him. The website also reports that the Milwaukee Bucks are widely thought of as the NBA team most likely to make a move, and that Utah could deal Al Jefferson or Paul Millsap.
Do the Bobcats have a shot at any of those guys? Do they even want any of them?
Edward Shuler noted the Bobcats could go after Jefferson pretty heavily in the off season when he becomes a free agent this summer. He and Millsap are both unrestricted free agents this summer, so acquiring either of them through a trade would not make it more likely to retain them on a new contract, because any team could match or surpass a Bobcats offer.
As for the Milwaukee Bucks, the only stars on the team worth aqcuiring are Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis, and the ESPN.com report says Jennings probably won’t be dealt, and the Bobcats don’t really need either of those guys with Kemba Walker developing this year.
Finally, Rudy Gay could be a guy the Bobcats might try to make a move on.
There were rumors this summer the ‘Cats might have been trying to acquire him in a deal that would’ve included Charlotte’s No. 2 overall pick in the draft.
Charlotte has plenty of first round draft picks to dangle in front of any trade partner, and with Gay not having as great as season as some expected (17 points, 5.7 boards, but a 15 PER) one of those picks (and a few players) might be enticing enough for Gay to end up in Charlotte.
He would add a scoring punch and talented veteran presence (key word: Talented) to Charlotte’s roster, and although the Bobcats just drafted their small forward of the future, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is playing just over 20 minutes per game this year and he could shift over to power forward while he’s on the court with Gay.
A trade for Rudy Gay is probably unlikely, but if there’s another big name player besides DeMarcus Cousins the Bobcats might be looking at, Gay is the only name that makes much sense.