According to a report by SheridanHoops.com, the Charlotte Bobcats are shopping small forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and have targeted Georgetown’s Otto Porter to replace him.
According to the report, the Milwaukee Bucks, Atlanta Hawks and Boston Celtics are among those that are interested in the No. 2 overall pick of the 2012 NBA draft. Kidd-Gilchrist had an inconsistent rookie season, averaging 9.0 PPG and 5.8 RPG, after playing a pivotal role in Kentucky’s 2012 National Championship.
The Bobcats believe Porter will be available at the No. 4 pick because they believe the Washington Wizards will select UNLV power forward Anthony Bennett with the third overall selection in this Thursday’s draft.
At first glace, this trade doesn’t make much sense — to trade a young small forward for another, neither of whom is believed to be a lead man. But if the Bobcats can flip ‘MKG’ for another first round pick, or two or some players, then it would go a long way into filling out an otherwise poor roster.
It’s tough to tell how much weight to put into rumors just days before the draft, but with so much talk of a trade somewhere in top 5, something has to give. Right?
The Celtics would be an interesting trade partner for the Bobcats. The rebuilding and Doc-less Celtics could be looking for a replacement for Paul Pierce, and MKG is a 19-year-old defensive wing who could thrive alongside point guard Rajon Rondo, who has a knack for getting teammates the ball in scoring position.
The Celtics are holding the No. 16 pick in the draft and have a number of young assets — Fab Melo, Jared Sullinger, Avery Bradley and Brandon Bass — that could help move a deal along.
Let’s say the Bobcats land Pierce and draft Porter. For Porter, there aren’t many other players better to learn from than Pierce. And the Bobcats could make a mid-round pick useful in a draft that some experts say is fatter in the middle.