NBA Trade Rumors: Charlotte Bobcats buyers at deadline?

Jan 29, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Charlotte Bobcats guard Gerald Henderson (9) and center Al Jefferson (25) react during the second half against the Denver Nuggets at Pepsi Center. The Bobcats won 101-98. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Trade Rumors — When the Charlotte Bobcats signed Al Jefferson last summer, it was a clear indication that the franchise was tired of futile efforts to rebuild through the draft, and wanted to make the playoffs this year. They currently sit eighth in the Eastern Conference with a 20-27 record, and it seems that they could be making more moves to improve that record. According to Alex Kennedy’s chat over at Basketball Insiders, the Bobcats could be buyers close to the trade deadline.

I’ve heard from rival executives that the Bobcats are going to be buyers at the deadline. This is an organization that is tired of losing games and they’d love to make the playoffs this year. This is their opportunity, with the Eastern Conference being wide open. I’d be surprised if they decided to pack it in and tank the rest of the season. I get that there’s an incentive to lose so that they can keep their draft pick rather than giving it to the Bulls, but that didn’t affect their decision-making when they signed Al Jefferson over the offseason and I don’t think it’ll affect their decision-making at the deadline. They want to win.

(via Alex Kennedy, Basketball Insiders)

Even though this would be the perfect time to tank, the Bobcats have just not had a great experience rebuilding through the draft, and have missed out on the top talent that has been available in recent years. Ben Gordon is a player that could certainly be moved before the deadline, as he is on an expiring contract. However, if the Bobcats want to talk a team into giving up a good player in return for Gordon, they’ll likely need to spice the offer up with draft picks.

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