Expanding and contracting
Knowing the parameters Charlotte general manager and head coach Bernie Bickerstaff has given himself, and taking into consideration who will be available, what might the expansion draft look like a week from today?
The Bobcats obviously are playing their cards close to the vest, but Insider, drawing on several interviews with Bickerstaff and other GMs around the league, will make its projection.
First, Bickerstaff made it clear the team is looking for young, athletic players. It will shy away from veterans in the expansion draft, especially those with huge contracts. While the team could nab big names such as Antoine Walker, Penny Hardaway, Eddie Jones and Jerry Stackhouse, Bickerstaff has been clear over the past few months that the Bobcats will only spend that kind of money on a player who "makes a real difference." None of the high-priced veterans on the unprotected list would qualify as "difference-makers" by any stretch of the definition.
That means the Bobcats are going to be looking for deals that land them draft picks, young players with a chance to develop, and/or players with low-priced contracts or team options whom Charlotte can clear off the books quickly to make room for free agency.
Before we begin, just a quick reminder on the rules of the expansion draft:
Here's Insider's take on what might occur next Tuesday.
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