That's right, the last Bobcats trade deadline ever!
Cheers "Bobcats" you sucked at drafting, but you held your own at the trades.
I thought they did a good job by not panicking. I was really glad they didn't try to make a splashy move. It was a low-risk, low reward type of deal, the kind the Cho is getting a reputation for coming out on top.
Cho sets a line, and he holds that line without getting too emotional. It's refreshing. Yeah, he could have made the Evan Turner trade, but why give and asset and a contact for a guy who probably doesn't fit in long term. Kudos to him. Sometime the best trade is the one you don't make.
Also, this deadline tells me, that much to the contrary of Proudiddy's opinion, I believe this team does have a plan and a vision.
I think the plan was never going to be solely based on drafting. I believe the plan was going to be a individual decision based journey that kept the long term goals in mind. I believe this is illustrated in the Big Al signing. I didn't like it at first, I wanted to tank, and tank hard. But, it was made with a longterm mindset. "Let's show quality FA's that we will pay them, and sell them on the vision of this team." Also, they were thinking, "okay, if Big Al isn't good or he gets injured, we will be in the lottery... if he is good then we can have a FA success story to share in 2014, when we clear space and have Max money."
Which brings me to the 2014-2015 Charlotte Hornets season.
2014-2015 is the coming out party for Charlotte sports. New Vision, New Players (2-3 1st round draft picks and a possible Max Level Free Agent), and New Expectations. We will go into 2014-2015 believing not hoping we will be a top 4 team in the east.
This season was all about finishing and protecting the foundation that is and will be the 2014-2015 Charlotte Hornets.