Mar 10, 2014; Charlotte, NC, USA; Charlotte Bobcats head coach Steve Clifford talks to forward Josh McRoberts (11) during the second half of the game against the Denver Nuggets at Time Warner Cable Arena. Bobcats win 105-98. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Steve Clifford wants Josh McRoberts back with Charlotte Hornets


In Steve Clifford’s first season with the Charlotte Bobcats, the team improved from a 21-61 season in 2012-13 to 43-39 n in 2013-14. They also returned to the playoffs for the first time since 2010 when they were swept by the Orlando Magic. They failed to win their first playoff game, falling to the two-time defending NBA Champion Miami Heat in a four-game sweep.

In the offseason, the Bobcats signed big man Al Jefferson, who became their best player and was the biggest reason for their turnaround.

Just before the trade deadline, they dealt for Gary Neal and Luke Ridnour and attempted to acquire Pau Gasol.

The Bobcats, who will soon be known as the Hornets, are looking to improve again in the offseason, but want to keep their core together first.

That’s why one of their goals is to re-sign forward Josh McRoberts, who will likely decline his option worth $2.8 million for the 2014-15 season.

Clifford has been adamant about wanting McRoberts back and is now telling reporters they “need” him back.

 

McRoberts averaged 8.5 points, 4.8 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game this season.

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