Charlotte Bobcats trading 2013 NBA draft picks?

March 11, 2011; Charlotte, NC, USA; Charlotte Bobcats team owner Michael Jordan yells out to his team while they play against the Portland Trail Blazers at Time Warner Cable Arena. Bobcats win 97-92. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports

The Charlotte Observer spoke to two NBA scouts in an effort to get an idea on the kind of talent expected to enter the 2013 NBA Draft.

According to the report, the Bobcats might be better off trading their picks than taking a flyer on someone.

While the two conversations (with individual scouts) were separate, each conveyed the same conclusion: This isn’t the year a franchise-changer will emerge from the draft process

“I don’t think this is a good draft,” said one scout. “This is the year you should consider trading your draft pick – no matter where it is.”

Charlotte’s 2013 pick is protected , which could allow them to keep from trading their pick to the Chicago Bulls as a portion of the Tyrus Thomas trade and the article notes that the Bobcats could also swing the Trail Blazers No. 1 pick as well.

So why not keep the pick and see if they can develop talent internally?

“The draft lottery was always supposed to be about exceptional players going to the worst teams,” said one of the scouts. “We’ve eroded the concept of ‘exceptional’ – exceptional doesn’t really exist anymore.”

Stay tuned to KJG as we track what the Bobcats do with their first pick and if they’re involved in any of the swirling trade rumors moving forward.


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