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Rod Higgins recently sent out an email to Bobcat season ticket holders promising change.

The email entails how much cap space the Cats will have and what they plan to do with it.

Higgins states that the Bobcats will have roughly $20 million dollars in cap room and that they will indeed sign a max level free agent.

Make way for the new and improved Bobcats next year. I fully except Al Jefferson to be a Bobcat next season.

Change is upon us, Go Cats.

Link: http://blogs.charlotte.com/inside_the_nba/2013/02/higgins-letter-bobcats-can-be-20-million-under-cap-next-summer-ready-to-target-max-level-free-agents.html

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Whoa, I wonder who they can get to come to Charlotte. I'd expect that it would be a big like Jefferson, that has some offense and serious scoring potential to his game. That way Bizmack being on the floor doesn't look so bad offensively. Just a question of who would come to Charlotte to play for the Bobcats.

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Not trying to rain on your parade but who do you think is going to come here? Howard? Paul? Get real.

I'm sure they will sign a player to a max contract. But they will foolishly over pay for a mid level guy. It's what bad teams do.
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He's been saying that since Cho was hired. But he had been saying all along that it would come after the 2012-2013 season so sounds like that is still in the plans. I'm telling you, Cho is going to build a winning team. Really bad seasons this season and last season were all part of the plan all along. We'll be a darn good looking team next year with possibly 2 top 14 picks and signing a max level guy. (more than likely a big)

Imagine:

PG-Kemba
SG-Shabazz/McClemore
SF-MKG
PF-Al Jefferson(we'll pretend that's the guy)
C-Big Smack (who I think will be greatly improved)

Plus I think we'll sign other good free agents and get another good draft pick with Portlands assuming we don't trade it away. Our bench could be deep.

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Money talks in the NBA, you go where the money is. The NBA has always been a money driven league, if you pay enough you can get some good players.

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[quote name='MrTouchdown' timestamp='1359761818' post='2121248']
Not trying to rain on your parade but who do you think is going to come here? Howard? Paul? Get real.

I'm sure they will sign a player to a max contract. But they will foolishly over pay for a mid level guy. It's what bad teams do.
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I disagree. Cho is VERY smart and knows what to pay for certain players and when it gets to be too much. I doubt we get a Howard or someone of that level but a lot of guys would love to come here and be the leader of the team and get an opportunity to shine as the go-to-guy. Plus our owner is MJ and that is a very powerful tool to have when trying to get someone. And if we change our name to the Hornets that could create some excitement among players and show them we are serious about changing our culture. Also we have a good young nucleus that will only get better.

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[quote name='Daddy Uncle' timestamp='1359761962' post='2121250']
He's been saying that since Cho was hired. But he had been saying all along that it would come after the 2012-2013 season so sounds like that is still in the plans. I'm telling you, Cho is going to build a winning team. Really bad seasons this season and last season were all part of the plan all along. We'll be a darn good looking team next year with possibly 2 top 14 picks and signing a max level guy. (more than likely a big)

Imagine:

PG-Kemba
SG-Shabazz/McClemore
SF-MKG
PF-Al Jefferson(we'll pretend that's the guy)
C-Big Smack (who I think will be greatly improved)

Plus I think we'll sign other good free agents and get another good draft pick with Portlands assuming we don't trade it away. Our bench could be deep.
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I really hop we don't draft a 2 guard this year, unless it is with the Portland pick. There are some good bigs that will be in the top half of this draft and realistically Bismack is at least 2 years away from being other than a complete liability.

With Zeller, Len, and Noel sitting at the top of the draft we have to get one of those guys IMO

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[quote name='teeray' timestamp='1359766176' post='2121300']

I really hop we don't draft a 2 guard this year, unless it is with the Portland pick. There are some good bigs that will be in the top half of this draft and realistically Bismack is at least 2 years away from being other than a complete liability.

With Zeller, Len, and Noel sitting at the top of the draft we have to get one of those guys IMO
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None of the bigs have star potential. We DESPERATELY have to find legit scorers on this team. All of the bigs are average at best. We already have Noel in Bismack. It would be easier to get a big with Portlands pick. We need a dynamic scorer to put between Kemba and MKG. That is a much more important need. We'll get our big through free agency.
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[quote name='Daddy Uncle' timestamp='1359772979' post='2121386']

None of the bigs have star potential. We DESPERATELY have to find legit scorers on this team. All of the bigs are average at best. We already have Noel in Bismack. It would be easier to get a big with Portlands pick. We need a dynamic scorer to put between Kemba and MKG. That is a much more important need. We'll get our big through free agency.
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It isn't going to matter who we get if we have to play 3 on 5 on offense like we are now because people are trapping every ball screen and whoever is guarding the other post player is helping on the roll.

We have Kemba, Ben Gordon who will still be under contract, Hendo, and Sessions. All 4 of those guys are good enough scorers at the guard positions.

And if you think Kemba is good now, just wait until defenders actually have to defend the roll instead of trapping every time.

Meanwhile in the post we have a guy that literally cannot even catch the ball or make layups right now.

If you need an scoring guard, right now it would appear that CJ McCollum would be available at #14 and he is my favorite #2 guard in this draft.

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[quote name='teeray' timestamp='1359773981' post='2121400']

It isn't going to matter who we get if we have to play 3 on 5 on offense like we are now because people are trapping every ball screen and whoever is guarding the other post player is helping on the roll.

We have Kemba, Ben Gordon who will still be under contract, Hendo, and Sessions. All 4 of those guys are good enough scorers at the guard positions.

And if you think Kemba is good now, just wait until defenders actually have to defend the roll instead of trapping every time.

Meanwhile in the post we have a guy that literally cannot even catch the ball or make layups right now.

If you need an scoring guard, right now it would appear that CJ McCollum would be available at #14 and he is my favorite #2 guard in this draft.
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McCollum is my boy and would be great. I see him as a Jason Terry type, though. Great scorer coming off the bench.

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CP3 I'm TELLIN Y'ALL. WATCH

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Not going to be happy if we sign a max level FA this upcoming off season since I cannot see any realistic options that deserve the max or anything close to it.

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http://www.hoopsworld.com/2013-nba-free-agents/

Thats a monster fa class with tons of max guys. No telling what othr players are going to be available via trade.

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[quote name='carolina-chuck' timestamp='1359776345' post='2121443']
CP3 I'm TELLIN Y'ALL. WATCH
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nope

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[quote name='Third Degree' timestamp='1359782242' post='2121518']

nope
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MJ will be all over him in the offseason. It'll be up to CP3 to make the decision if he wants to come home or play in LA. But like I said, the big news will be MJ being all over CP3.

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[quote name='carolina-chuck' timestamp='1359783738' post='2121531']


MJ will be all over him in the offseason. It'll be up to CP3 to make the decision if he wants to come home or play in LA. But like I said, the big news will be MJ being all over CP3.
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Lol MJ might be all over CP3, but why would CP3 want to leave the Clippers to come play for Charlotte and play with a bunch of scrubs? Hometown side... he wouldn't even consider it imo.

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[quote name='carpanfan96' timestamp='1359780564' post='2121495']
[url="http://www.hoopsworld.com/2013-nba-free-agents/"]http://www.hoopsworl...ba-free-agents/[/url]

Thats a monster fa class with tons of max guys. No telling what othr players are going to be available via trade.
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[u][b]Max contract guys[/b][/u]
[i]Chris Paul[/i]
[i]Dwight Howard[/i]
[i]Andrew Bynum[/i]

[b][u]2nd tier players that don't deserve the max (based on production over the years)[/u][/b]
[i]Brandon Jennings[/i]
[i]Iggy[/i]
[i]Ellis[/i]
[i]Kevin Martin[/i]
[i]Josh Smith[/i]
[i]Davis West[/i]
[i]Paul Milsap[/i]
[i]Al Jefferson[/i]
[i]Pekovic[/i]

[size=4]I honestly only see 3 max contract worthy players here. Players like Iggy, Smith, Milsap, and Jefferson are definitely worthy of nice contracts, but none of them deserve the max unless you want to strap yourself with bad contracts for the next half decade (which in turn limits your ability to get better). I would absolutely love to get Jefferson (really the only player that I want from that 2nd tier list besides maybe Milsap, Pek, or West). Jefferson is still young, can average 20/10 and is pretty efficient for the most part. Milsap is a guy that can get you 15/8 pretty efficiently, West is a guy that can get ya 17-18 ppg and 7-8 rpg, and he's also pretty efficient. Lastly, I would like to have Pek, but I'm pretty sure he's got a team option and is restricted anyways... don't see Minny letting him go any time soon. [/size]

[size=4]tl;dr: don't want us the strap ourselves with bad contracts and be the Bobcats of old competing for 8 seeds (there is a reason we decided to rebuild).[/size]

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" The Bobcats did chase free agents last summer, and ended up with point guard Ramon Sessions. Sessions and Kemba Walker have been the most productive Bobcats the first half of this season. Sessions has been a bargain at a total $10 million this season and next.

Higgins also pursued veteran power forwards Kris Humphries and Antawn Jamison. Humphries re-signed with the Nets and Jamison passed on a Charlotte homecoming to chase a title with the Lakers.

Obviously the Bobcats need help inside – rebounders and post scorers, either at power forward or center. Cho said in that Observer interview the team would definitely address the rebounding problem, whether at the trade deadline or over the summer.

There are some intriguing free agents at those positions starting in July. Atlanta’s Josh Smith, Indiana’s David West, Portland’s J.J. Hickson and Utah’s Paul Millsap and Al Jefferson are all unrestricted free agents. Minnesota center Nikola Pekovic is a restricted free agent on a team already paying big for Kevin Love and planning for how to pay point guard Ricky Rubio down the road.

Would any of those guys sign with the Bobcats? No telling, but Higgins' email suggests the cap space and will are in place to make a pitch or two. "


any of those big guys look good to me

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Chris Paul is not coming to the Bobcats. Forget about it. I guarantee 100% he will not sign with Charlotte, and you're welcome to bet me on it.

Why would he? Our only position where we have it figured out is PG. I know you and some others hate the fact Kemba is doing a great job and is averaging 18/6/3 per game, but he's our PG of the future.

This would be like people on the Panthers forum pining for Joe Flacco to come to Charlotte.
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[quote name='Captain Morgan' timestamp='1359811912' post='2121596']
There are some intriguing free agents at those positions starting in July. Atlanta’s Josh Smith, Indiana’s David West, Portland’s J.J. Hickson and Utah’s Paul Millsap and Al Jefferson are all unrestricted free agents. Minnesota center Nikola Pekovic is a restricted free agent on a team already paying big for Kevin Love and planning for how to pay point guard Ricky Rubio down the road.
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QFT

This FA class has lots of good bigs. Sign Pekovic, Millsap, Jefferson or Hickson and draft best available player. I would take Pekovic over the lot. That dude is a beast, tough as nails and still young (just turned 27). We are going to have to overpay for whoever we get though, just how it goes.

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So what's the point of signing Chris Paul? Who is he going to distribute the ball too? We need bigs....bottom line. We can't defend the post. That's priority number 1.
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[quote name='d-run' timestamp='1359911661' post='2122731']

QFT

This FA class has lots of good bigs. Sign Pekovic, Millsap, Jefferson or Hickson and draft best available player. I would take Pekovic over the lot. That dude is a beast, tough as nails and still young (just turned 27). We are going to have to overpay for whoever we get though, just how it goes.
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would love to get him and McLemore in the draft. There are guys on this board saying that we should suck again next year and hope to get a Wiggins type player.

I think we're closer than people think. You have to remember how young we are...is MKG 20 yet?

Kemba will be entering his third year and has shown a ton of impovement. McLemore is perfect for Kemba and will make him even better with someone to kick out to.

That gives us the small 3 positions filled, and with a talented big like Pek (who we can afford if we can get him to come), we have a young talented squad that will only get better. Not to mention if we get Portland's pick this year, and it looks like we might, we can draft the best available rebounder.

Future looks bright...not to mention Detroit owes us a pic, and it's looking like we'll get a lottery pick
within 3 seasons from them. Let's go and try to win next season, give our first to Chicago we owe them, get a higher pick from Detroit possibly next season...and all of a sudden we're building depth.

Not to mention even more cap space opening up in a couple of years when Thomas gets released. Then we can afford to pay the young guys.

I'm excited. and I don't want us to suck next year. enough is enough

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Just saying you want to sign a max level Free agent does not make it reality. There have been a lot of small market teams that wanted to sign top level free agents but they could not. What does happen is smaller market teams over spending for a non-max level player.

Also it will be MUCH MUCH harder this season to sign free agents whose current teams wants to keep them... Why? No more sign and trade, therefore all these players current teams can offer them more $$$ and longer contracts. SO leaving their current teams will require a pay cut.

Since these teams can't get anything in the form of sign and trade I believe most of these players whom they don't plan to resign will be traded before the trading deadline this year.

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Lux tax will prevent teams from signing some players. Also those that get traded will be cheap.

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[quote name='Third Degree' timestamp='1359818284' post='2121637']
Chris Paul is not coming to the Bobcats. Forget about it. I guarantee 100% he will not sign with Charlotte, and you're welcome to bet me on it.

Why would he? Our only position where we have it figured out is PG. I know you and some others hate the fact Kemba is doing a great job and is averaging 18/6/3 per game, but he's our PG of the future.

This would be like people on the Panthers forum pining for Joe Flacco to come to Charlotte.
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Flacco? More like Aaron Rodgers.

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