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Jeff Adrien’s Future Is Shaky With Charlotte Bobcats

Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

Jeff Adrien has played for three NBA teams in three seasons and has had the most success with his present team, the Charlotte Bobcats.

But Adrien may want to be looking for another employer during the offseason.

In 52 games last season with the Bobcats, Adrien scored 4.0 points and had 3.8 rebounds per game. He averaged 13 minutes per game.

The Bobcats needed players, and that’s where Adrien fit into the picture. His previous teams were the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets, but he had a combined 31 games in two seasons. His biggest and best break came with the Bobcats.

As a 6-7 forward, Adrien seemed to especially help the Bobcats with the rebounding angle. He showed he could take the ball to the basket as well, but shooting was never meant to be his main role. For the entire season he never attempted more than eight shots in a single game.

As the Bobcats regroup for the 2013-14 season and get ready for the draft and free agency, Adrien might be on the outside looking in. New coach Steve Clifford has plenty on his mind, and Adrien probably isn’t at the top of the list. He’ll have to earn Clifford’s respect as quickly as possible. Clifford wants to clean house to a certain extent, and that could impact Adrien’s future.

The Bobcats will be needing forwards, but Adrien’s main hope will be making it to the preseason and earning a spot there. He showed the Bobcats what he could do last season, but it looks like he’s going to have to do it all over again.