In an unbelievable turn of events to start the season the Charlotte Bobcats are off to a 5-4 start this season which is absolutely incredible. On ESPN.com they are ranked #21 in the Power Rankings. They are currenty T-6th in the Eastern Conference for best record. All of these things were beyond our wildest dreams coming into the season.
The question is where do we go from here? There are several options. First, the city of Charlotte is starving for a winner! The Panthers are terrible and people are sick and tired of that organization. They don't see any plan for improvement, any direction for the team. The Bobcats have a plan. They are going to build through the draft and attempt to wisely spring money to bring in free agents to accompany the young players. They are not going to go out and overpay to get someone.
However, with the 5-4 start and the weakness of the Eastern Conference there are some thoughts that the Bobcats could threaten the playoffs. If they did make the playoffs they would have to give away their 1st Round Pick this season. Certainly something they hope not to do. Also, the Bobcats don't want to become one of those teams that is a perenial 7 or 8 seed and gets swepped out of the playoffs. That is why they traded away Capt. Jack and Crash. They also don't want to pull a Florida Marlins and trade away key parts of their team and alienate a city that is starting to support them. The Bobcats have a chance to capitalize on the weakness of the Panthers and win over this city if they can make the playoffs.
At the same time the Bobcats also have some excellent trade bait on this young season that a contender might be willing to give up a 1st Round Pick for. Ramon Sessions is averaging 16.2 ppg - 4.2 assists - 3.6 rebounds. At only 26 years old I could easily see several teams who need a PG wanting him pretty badly. Also, Gerald Henderson, once he is healthy has proved expendable. The Bobcats have a nice lineup with Jeffrey Taylor and Ben Gordon as the backup.
It will be very interesting to see what Cho does with his. We have a lot of leverage and can be very patient. We don't have to take a desperate swing - we can finally wait and see if any offers come along that blow us away. One thing is for sure, I trust Cho.