Some Mock Drafts have Barnes going #2 to Charlotte, others have him going #4 to Cleveland. I will be pissed if he goes to Cleveland with Irving, because I know how good Barnes could POTENTIALLY be and how much better 2012 Rookie of the Year Irving could POTENTIALLY be, and how much better Barnes' prospects would be with a PG like Irving.
I think these guys are hoping that Barnes falls to #4.
I think if Barnes gets taken by Charlotte, that Irving would STRONGLY consider Charlotte when his contract comes up in Cleveland. Cleveland may get screwed again, but Irving could simply say he and Barnes have always hoped to play together and all would be forgiven...errr, justified.
So, now you have Barnes and Irving on the Bobcats.
Meanwhile...the Bobcats change their name back to the Hornets. These Hornets:
Davis has made no secret about how he would've been happy coming to Charlotte.
Follow the scenario. In the future, Jordan has done the smart thing and changed the team's name back to the Charlotte Hornets, a couple of years after New Orleans changed their name to something else. A year or so later, Davis's contract is nearing it's end in the cesspool that many say is New Orleans, and he wants to get back above sea level.
He takes a little less money, and he comes to Charlotte because Jordan talks him into it since MJ's reputation as an executive has never been higher with the success of Barnes & Irving, in particular. Kemba either left or was traded a long time ago, because he always would have rather been in NY anyway.
So now the Bobcats have a veteran nucleus of Irving, Barnes, and Davis, and they win the NBA Championship five years from now.
In an era where players are doing all they can to end up on teams with friends, this scenario, while HIGHLY UNLIKELY, is still very possible. But it's based on several questions.
- Would the Bobcats draft Barnes? -- possible
- Would Irving leave Cleveland when he got a chance? -- atypical, but not impossible (It's "CLEVELAND")
- Would Irving choose Charlotte or go elsewhere? (see photos above & he played at Duke) -- possible
- Will the Hornets change their name, and would Jordan appease Charlotte by reviving the "Hive"? -- your move, New Orleans
- Would Davis leave New Orleans when his contract was up? -- ask Chris Paul
So, Cho, there's your plan.
It starts with Barnes, and the City of Charlotte being a better place to live than Cleveland or New Orleans. Your move.