The Charlotte Bobcats are due for plenty of changes.
The team that just completed a 21-61 season will have a top-five pick in June’s NBA draft. Beyond that, the front office could create up to $21 million in room under the salary cap this summer to sign free agents or facilitate trades.
Getting that far under the cap would get pretty involved: They would have to waive power forward Tyrus Thomas under the NBA’s amnesty clause, allowing each team to stop counting one player’s salary against the cap. They would also likely have to give up the option of signing any of their own seven free agents.
Those seven expiring contracts represent five unrestricted free agents (most notably power forward Josh McRoberts) and two likely restricted free agents (Gerald Henderson and Byron Mullens).
With contracts for nearly half the roster turning over, it’s inevitable the 2013-14 roster will look quite different from 2012-13. At minimum, the Bobcats finally get out from under the $7 million-plus they were annually paying little-used center Gana Diop.
With all that in mind, the Observer offers a player-by-player breakdown of the 15 guys who finished the season as Bobcats.
PLAYERS UNDER CONTRACT FOR NEXT SEASON
RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS
(assumes Bobcats make qualifying offers)
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS