The Charlotte Bobcats were part of plenty of trade rumors leading up the 2012 NBA draft last season. Don’t be surprised if they’re the subject of just as many rumors before the 2013 NBA draft this season.
But if those rumors have any truth drizzled on top of them, should the ‘Cats really trade their first pick?
Only if the trade is the right one, of course.
The “right” trade for Charlotte’s overall number one, two, three, or four pick would involve a very good nba player with at least two years left on his deal, and future draft picks.
What players am I talking about, and what teams would be willing to make such a deal?
Well, you might want to call me crazy before I even tell you, but this is entirely possible: DeMarcus Cousins and the Sacramento Kings.
Yes, we’ve been down this road before. Yes a massive three way pileup between Seattle, Sacramento and the Kings is getting more annoyingly worse by the minute. But, DeMarcus cousins is, in short, a borderline All Star who would make the Bobcats a much better team.
It’s obvious why Charlotte would make that trade: Cousins would be the number one pick in this year’s draft, and pairing him with Kemba Walker would be almost too much fun to watch.
But what about the Kings? Why would they trade a player like that for a draft pick? Well, they might want to start clean, rebuild with new players, or maybe Sacramento’s/Seattle’s new owners would rather have a draft pick and new blood instead of the same team that’s floundered in Sac-Town for the past few seasons.
Another reason Sacramento might make that deal? Charlotte would probably give up more than just their first pick in this draft to get Cousins. Whether that means giving up a player, both of their first round picks, or a future pick, if the Kings say “yeah we’ll give you Cousins, but we need a little more”, the ‘Cats should jump on it.
I guess the answer to the question posed in the headline isn’t as simple as yes or no.
If an offer like the one I posed presents itself to Charlotte, there’s no question they should make the trade. If nothing worthwhile turns up, then they should keep the pick.
But if they’re not talking to teams about making a deal for their pick, they’re doing their fans a disservice.