New Charlotte Bobcats coach Steve Clifford doesn’t want to get caught shorthanded next season at point guard or among the big men.
He can live with fewer choices at shooting guard and small forward.
That’s Clifford’s general philosophy in building an NBA roster. With the Bobcats signing free-agent center Al Jefferson and re-signing power forward Josh McRoberts, the roster has been firmed up. The last major step will be resolving whether shooting guard Gerald Henderson is back, either through a multi-year extension or on the one-year qualifying offer.
Clifford sees signing a third point guard and retaining another big man as priorities.
“You have to have a third point guard. If your team’s not organized in this league, you have no chance to play well,” Clifford said at summer-league practice Wednesday.
“I think you have to have six bigs,” he added, referring to centers and power forwards.
“We have some flexibility in that (small forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist) will play some power forward. But if you don’t have enough bodies up front and you go to Memphis and one of them has the flu, that means somebody (undersized) has to guard Zach Randolph.”
The Bobcats’ stay in Las Vegas for summer league is winding down. Seeded fifth in what now is an elimination tournament, they’ll play the Memphis Grizzlies, who beat the Washington Wizards to advance.
If the Bobcats lose Thursday, they will play a consolation game Saturday. If they win, they will keep playing until they either lose or win the tournament Monday.
Assuming the Bobcats re-sign Henderson, they will be roughly at the NBA’s salary cap next season -- $58.7 million. So any other needs most likely would be addressed with veteran-minimum contracts. That would be the avenue for players like point guard Jannero Pargo and power forward Jeff Adrien to return.
Here’s a look at where the Bobcats stand at each of the five positions: