Charlotte Bobcats Probably Won’t Keep Jeff Adrien Despite His Unique Value

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Jeff Adrien has played on three different teams in three seasons in the NBA and wouldn’t mind it if the Charlotte Bobcats put an end to that by offering to have him come back next season.

The Bobcats should actually have Adrien back on their roster next season. He did enough to deserve another shot.

But don’t bet on it.

Adrien hasn’t done enough to intrigue any NBA team, but he did give the Bobcats enough energy and production to at least be considered for a 2013-14 roster spot. He probably will have to earn it during the preseason.

Adrien’s status will better be determined after the Bobcats make decisions on the NBA draft and other offseason moves. The new coach they bring in will also make a huge difference on his future.

Adrien started with the Golden State Warriors for the 2010-11 season and averaged 2.5 points and 2.5 rebounds in 23 games. He had a chance to play eight games with the Houston Rockets for the 2011-12 season and had 2.6 points and 2.8 boards a game. He averaged less than nine minutes of playing time in both of those seasons. When he came to Charlotte, Adrien was able to fill a need as a 6-foot-7 forward and averaged 4.0 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.7 minutes a game. He shot 42.0 percent from the floor. His free-throw shooting was only 65 percent but was still the best of his three years. Poor free-throw shooting doesn’t add points for anyone’s hopes to stick around in the NBA.

Charlotte should give Adrien a good shot to make next season’s team. They should be able to find a spot for him.

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