yeah because all the elite teams like the Lakers, Spurs, Heat etc used the tanking method to build their championship teams. There is no such thing as a sure bet with anyone that is drafted. Tanking season after season to try and obtain the best college player is dumb. Winning starts with a mindset, not the players. You can win in this league with crappy players as long as you are getting the most out of those players and as long as those players have a winning mentality. Free Agents did not want to play in charlotte because of the coaching staff. Charlotte has one of the best staffs in the league now and which was a major contributor to why Al Jefferson signed here. There will be other free agent signings come next year. If charlotte wants Wiggens etc, the best way without sacrificing games would be to trade picks, and wouldnt you know it, charlotte has a stockpile of them over the next few years.
Um...the Spurs did. Hi, my name is Tim Duncan. The Lakers/Heat are large markets who can lure stars, not to mention trading for a drafted one with Charlotte (Hi, Kobe). Comparing Charlotte to large markets like LA, or Miami, who oh by the way, DRAFTED Wade, and can lure big FA's like LBJ/Bosh, is silly.
FA don't want to come here because coaching only? Lol. That's just ridiculous and flat out impossible to prove, especially when so many other factors play in. Like, it's Charlotte, NC. Other teams have no taxes on salaries, large markets, better social factors, night life, etc.
Al Jefferson signed here because we overpaid, by a lot. The Jazz didn't intend to bring him back and he had only one or two other suitors. The Bobcats overpaid and he took the money as a smart man would since no contenders were calling or offering nearly the same amount.
Stockpile of picks? If we make the playoffs, we don't have our 1st rounder this year. Looks like we'll get Portland's, but it's going to be in the 20s. Detroit's is up in the air, but will be late lottery at best. You want to move up in the draft, you're going to have to package both of those, and possibly a player to move up.