Posted June 18, 2012

Report: Charlotte Bobcats seek Rudy Gay, James Harden for No. 2 pick

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Rudy Gay, Memphis Grizzlies

The Charlotte Bobcats are asking for names like Memphis’ Rudy Gay (above) or Oklahoma City’s James Harden in return for the No. 2 pick. (Joe Murphy/Getty Images)

The Charlotte Bobcats appear very interested in trading away the No. 2 pick in the upcoming NBA Draft, but they may be looking for too much in return.

Alex Kennedy, of Hoopsworld, broke down some of the rumors on Bobcats’ trade possibilities:

In recent weeks, Charlotte has been in contact with a number of teams and they’ve made it clear that the No. 2 pick is available. However, multiple league sources have said that the Bobcats are looking for a lot in return. They would like to add a face of the franchise player, which is why they’ve reportedly expressed interest in young stars like Rudy Gay and James Harden. If the Bobcats can’t use the pick to make a splashy move, they’ll likely draft Thomas Robinson. However, Charlotte continues to hold out hope that they can move the pick and bring in a player who can make an impact right away.

Uncertainty lies beyond Kentucky star Anthony Davis, who is expected to be the No. 1 overall pick in the NBA Draft. The Bobcats aren’t sold on types like Kentucky’s Michael Kidd-Gilchrist or Kansas’ Thomas Robinson as franchise-altering players.

Between the two options of Harden and Gay, Oklahoma City’s Harden might be more of a realistic option. Both Harden and forward Serge Ibaka will be free agents for the Thunder after the 2012-13 season, and they may not be able to afford to keep both in addition to Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.

The Bobcats are coming off an all-time NBA worst winning percentage, finishing the 2011-12 season at 7-59.