Five Players Who Might Help The Bobcats, Assuming They Are Available
The Bobcats are looking to make just their second playoff appearance in their decade-long history. Obviously they could use some help offensively, as they are 24th or worse among 30 NBA teams in scoring, field-goal percentage and free-throw percentage.
They have some potential assets to deal, in Ben Gordon’s expiring contract (a $13.2 million cap value) and future first-round picks owed them by Portland and Detroit.
With all that in mind, here’s a look at five veterans who have been mentioned as potentially available in trade:
Evan Turner, 76ers forward-guard: He averages 17.5 points, but he’s more a scorer than a shooter (43 percent from the field, 29 percent from 3-point range). The issue is whether Turner would be a long-term difference-maker on this team. He’s available because he expects a lot more in his next contract than the Sixers are willing to spend.
Arron Afflalo, Magic shooting guard: He’s averaging 19.4 points on a bad team. He’s a fine shooter – 46 percent from the field, 43 percent from 3-point range, 82 percent from the foul line. He makes $7.5 million this season, the same next season. He’d be an ideal sixth man, IF the Magic doesn’t want the moon to give him up.
Greg Monroe, Pistons power forward: An efficient, versatile big man averaging 14.3 points, 8.7 rebounds and 52 percent from the field. If he’s available – and that’s maybe a reach – it’s because the Pistons overspent on Josh Smith and Monroe is approaching restricted free-agency. No way would Detroit give him up on the cheap.
Brandon Bass, Celtics big man: He could offer some scoring (10.8 ppg), rebounding (5.8 per game) and front-court experience. Is that worth giving up a first-round pick and taking on his salary? ($6.4 million this season, $6.9 million next). Bass would have to play with the reserves, because he’d get in the way of Al Jefferson in the post.
Gary Neal, Bucks guard: Neal has fallen out of favor in Milwaukee. He’s still averaging 10.2 points, but his shooting (39 percent from the field, 36 percent from 3-point) is less than impressive. He makes $3.25 million this season and next.
Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2014/02/17/4703175/at-the-nba-trade-deadline-how.html#storylink=cpy