NBA draft: Bobcats mull over dealing the No. 2 pick

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — General manager Rich Cho says it will take “something enticing” for the Bobcats to trade away the No. 2 overall pick in the NBA draft.

Cho won’t say exactly what that entails.

For now the Bobcats haven’t received a tantalizing enough offer and still own the rights to the No. 2 pick, although that could certainly change before the start of Thursday night’s NBA draft.

Bobcats president of basketball operations Rod Higgins and Cho went out of their way at Wednesday’s pre-draft press conference to say they’re excited about who they might get at No. 2, but the reality is they’re still very much open for business.

“We’ve had a ton interest from across the league in the second pick,” said Higgins, who refused to name any potential trade partners. “We wouldn’t be doing our jobs if we didn’t listen and find alternative ways to try to help our ball club.”

They did that Tuesday night via trade.

The Bobcats dealt veteran small forward Corey Maggette to the Detroit Pistons for shooting guard Ben Gordon and a future first-round draft pick. The first-round pick gives the Bobcats a valuable asset down the road and Gordon gives the team a legitimate outside shooter following a season in which Charlotte finished last in the league in 3-point shooting (29.5 percent).

Gordon is 12th among active NBA players in career 3-point shooting percentage at 40.6 percent.

Higgins said he spoke to Gordon after the deal was completed and he was “very excited” about coming to Charlotte.

“He wants to come in and help us win games,” Higgins said.

The Gordon trade is the first step in a major roster overhaul the next two years.

The Michael Jordan-owned Bobcats finished with the worst winning percentage (.106) in NBA history this past season and the pressure is on to make good decisions after a variety of poor trades and draft picks in recent years that have left fans disgruntled.

The decision to draft Gonzaga star Adam Morrison with the third overall pick in 2006 proved to be a disaster and trading for Tyrus Thomas hasn’t panned out either.

The Bobcats look to change that tide this year.

“We have a lot of cap room this summer and more cap room in 2013,” Cho said. “We acquired a really valuable asset with the [Pistons’] first-round pick - especially with the protection involved - that we can use down the road or in a trade. And we added a scorer and a shooter and consummate professional in Ben that we’re excited about.”

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