Some owners and general managers believe tanking the 2013 season for a greater chance to secure Andrew Wiggins, the likely top pick in next year's draft, is a good move — but not Michael Jordan.
The Bobcats owner, who won six NBA titles as a player, told the Associated Press on Friday he doesn't consider tanking a solid strategy to better his franchise.
"If that was my intention I never would have paid [free agent] Al Jefferson $13 million a year," Jordan said, laughing. "It's not guaranteed [the player] you are going to get is going to be that star anyway. I did read that certain teams are thinking about doing it. But I'm not one of them. So let's alleviate that conversation."
Charlotte is 62-168 in Jordan's three full seasons as majority owner, including 21-61 last year, and he has been criticized for some of the team's personnel moves and draft choices.
But Jordan said signing Jefferson to a three-year, $41 million deal and re-signing guard Gerald Henderson to a three-year, $18 million deal this offseason shows his desire to win.
"We're focused on what we're trying to do," Jordan said. "I think the direction we're moving is positive. ... I have a very strong feeling about where we're going and my vision for this franchise."
The Bobcats, who lost their opener in Houston, play host to the Cavaliers on Friday.
MJ on tanking: "I don't know if some teams have thought of that. That's not something that we would do. I don't believe in that." (via AP) — Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) November 1, 2013