Al Jefferson or More Rebuilding?
The Charlotte Bobcats did the right thing by breaking up their roster two years ago. Everyone assumed it would lead to a top pick, or two, but it didn’t. Instead of drafting Anthony Davis and Otto Porter, they ended up with Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Cody Zeller. Despite that they still made improvement by winning 21 games last season, and now, with a legitimate coaching staff we should fully expect the club to win a handful more this year.
That means, unless Kemba Walker gets hurt, the Bobcats have little chance of drafting Andrew Wiggins or Jabari Parker in next year’s draft. I say all of that to tell you that the Bobcats need to pull the trigger and sign Jazz big man Al Jefferson.
I realize paying him 4 years and $48 million is risky, but like Memphis did with Zach Randolph, it’s time for the Bobcats to try and get back to respectability through free agency. They were right to try the lottery route, but they got screwed by that silly process. Jefferson is a legitimate low post player, and makes the Bobcats an immediate playoff contender.
Remember, Milwaukee won 38 games last year and got into the playoffs. I think the Bobcats can pull that off with Jefferson. And once they become the Charlotte Hornets, Kemba Walker will be in his fourth season, MKG in his third, and Cody Zeller in his second. Suddenly the future will look a lot brighter.