Lewis Woodard Talks Trade Rumors and NBA Draft With Spencer Percy Of QC Hoops

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The Last Word 6-13-2013 – Spencer Percy of ESPN’s Queen City Hoops blog joins Lewis to break down the Clifford hire, talk trade rumors and look forward to the 2013 NBA Draft. What will associate head coach Patrick Ewing bring to the organization? Would trading for DaMarcus Cousins or Chris Bosh be a smart move? And if the Bobcats can’t trade their draft pick, who is their best case scenario at 4th?

Lewis begins by asking Spencer if he’s troubled by Steve Clifford’s lack of NBA head coaching experience. Spencer says he isn’t, noting why Clifford is different than Mike Dunlap. “The Clifford hire seems different for the obvious reason that he has a lot of experience in the NBA, and he’s been around some great coaches like the Van Gundys (:54).” Lewis agrees and furthers the point. “Dunlap had only been an assistant for two years, whereas Clifford had been an assistant for 12. That’s such a difference in time, being around different teams, different players and different situations. You’d like to think he’ll have a better feel for running an NBA locker room than Dunlap did when he came in here (2:38).”

They continue by talking about the recent addition to Clifford’s staff, Hall of Famer Patrick Ewing. Spencer calls him “a great basketball mind.” He also mentions that Clifford and Ewing worked together in Houston and Orlando. “The 1-2 punch, now, with Ewing added, you could argue it’s the best one that Charlotte’s ever had (6:29).”

Lewis is equally optimistic about the Ewing and argues that his hiring should raise expectations for Bismack Biyombo. “It’s his third year in the league here now, with Patrick Ewing on staff, he’s going to run out of excuses if he doesn’t take a step forward this year (10:05).”

Lewis shifts the conversation to trade rumors and asks Spencer if DaMarcus Cousins would be a good fit in Charlotte. He adamantly disagrees. “You can’t expect to put an immature, young, very talented basketball player, and put him on a losing team and in a locker room with young players and expect him to act mature. It’s the definition of insanity (15:10).” Lewis understands Spencer’s point, but believes that Clifford and Ewing’s experience coaching Dwight Howard could potentially help them handle Cousins. “His upside is so huge that I would take the risk for trading the 4th pick in this year’s draft (16:17).”

Spencer believes that the asking price for both DaMarcus Cousins and Chris Bosh will be higher than Charlotte’s first round pick. “Neither is going to happen for a number 4 pick in a terrible draft (17:01).” Spencer does, however, believe that Charlotte will end up trading the pick. “I do think that Rich Cho is searching every minute of every day leading up to June 27th trying to find a way to flip this 4th pick and pull a rabbit out of the hat, which he seems pretty good at doing (18:55).”

Lewis asks if the Bobcats have a positional need that might supersede a “best player available” drafting strategy. Spencer thinks that their biggest need is an offensively skilled big and he loves Alex Len’s potential. “His ceiling is no question higher if not as high as Nerlens Noel (23:40).”

Lewis can’t get on board with Alex Len, noting that he wasn’t even third team All-ACC last season. But both agree on Victor Oladipo, praising his motor, his intensity, his improvement and, well, just about everything. Unfortunately, Spencer doesn’t think he’ll be available at #4. “He’s the safest guy. I would not be surprised to see him somehow go 1 (34:53).”

~Lewis Woodard, WFNZ Sports Radio The Fan 610 AM

Find Lewis on Twitter @LewWoodard

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