Originally posted on Fox Sports Carolinas  |  Last updated 11/30/11
The Charlotte Bobcats and the rest of the NBA are less than two weeks from beginning a frenzied pace that will include opening training camp and pursuing free agents before the actual start of the season commences on Christmas Day. Charlotte has plenty of decisions to make with its own players before looking outside the organization. Among them is nailing down center Kwame Brown. Brown is an unrestricted free agent, but the leading indicators suggest hed rather return. His relationship with Michael Jordan should help facilitate that. Brown averaged 7.9 points and 6.8 rebounds in 26 minutes per game last season. If the Bobcats can find scoring in other spots, Brown will be a valuable resource. The team must also decide on what it will do with DaSagana Diop, who is currently the teams only center under contract. Charlotte may release Diop under the new amnesty rule, which would give them around 14 of 15 million under the salary cap, assuming they sign both rookies drafted last summer. It would also put a premium on signing Brown, as losing Diop would at least temporarily mean the team would have no centers under contract. Bismack Biyombo, a 6-foot-9 rookie forward from Congo, is currently under contract with a team in Spain, but he is suing the team to get out of his contract, according to a report in the Charlotte Observer. The trial is set to begin Dec. 19, and if he gets out he will be able to sign with the Bobcats. Tyrus Thomas (10.2 ppg, 5.5 rpg), Dante Cunningham (6.2 ppg, 3.6 rpg), Boris Diaw (11.3 ppg, 5 rpg) 7-1 reserve Joel Pryzbilla and bruiser D.J. White fill out the front line as is. Other questions heading into camp regard former Duke star Gerald Henderson and his hip that was surgically repaired this past summer. Henderson came on strong late last season and was playing the best basketball of his career when the season ended. But he was forced to go under the knife in the summer. Henderson averaged 9.6 points and 3 rebounds per game for the season, but scored 20 or more points seven times after Feb. 15, and also reached double figures in 23 of the Bobcats final 29 contests. Charlotte brought in Corey Maggette, who should man the small forward position for the next couple of years. Another Blue Devil, the athletic Maggette averaged 12 points and 3 rebounds per game for the Milwaukee Bucks last season. The Bobcats welcome Kemba Walker into the mix. The rookie led Connecticut to amazing title runs in the Big East and NCAA Tournaments last spring should be a nice addition to the franchise. Hes a winner and will play with confidence from day one and will serve as a solid backup to D.J. Augustine at the point. Veteran Eduardo Najera and Dominic McGuire are wing players, and Matt Carroll and Garrett temple will supply backcourt depth. The Bobcats need scoring, and likely will look for players that can fill it up when the free agency boon begins. That means it probably will focus on getting Brown taken care of, and if it can get a more offensive-minded version of Diop head coach Paul Silas will be pleased.
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