The Charlotte Bobcats are a team that has popped up numerous times since the NBA Trade Deadline buzz started cranking up. They’ve been linked to Evan Turner and Brandon Bass, though those talks never progressed a great deal. It was reported early on Wednesday that they were also still pursuing Gary Neal, though nothing’s happened on that front.
There are now two more names to add to that list and they might be the two most intriguing names of the bunch. According to a report from Sean Deveney of Sporting News, the Bobcats are expressing interest in New Orleans Pelicans guard Anthony Morrow and Orlando Magic guard Arron Afflalo leading up to Thursday’s 3 p.m. deadline.
The Bobcats have had their eye on Afflalo for quite a while now—dating back almost two months according to Deveney—and one last push to try and get him before the deadline is still a possibility. However, the Magic reportedly have a hefty price tag on the services of Afflalo, which the Bobcats might not be willing to forfeit to land him. However, that doesn’t change the fact that Afflalo would address two key areas for the Bobcats in getting them a perimeter scorer that can also maintain a high level of defensive play.
Charlotte’s interest in Morrow is more than likely connected to the fact that the Pelicans said earlier this week that they are shopping the veteran sharpshooter. Morrow is a talented shooter, hitting 48 percent of his threes this season and 42.9 percent for his career, which would aid the Bobcats’ offense that is often challenged when it comes to scoring from the outside. His defense would be a bit of a concern, but he also wouldn’t be in as big of a role as a player like Afflalo would be.
The Bobcats are currently in the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference with a 2.5-game lead over the ninth-placed team and trailing the five-seed by only 1.5 games. They are a team interested in making the playoffs for only the second time in team history this season and either one of these deals could help solidify their postseason positioning. Keep an eye on both Morrow and Afflalo in regards to the Bobcats leading up to the deadline, but don’t be surprised if their name pops up elsewhere as well.