So the trade deadline passed and the Charlotte Bobcats made a small deal, sending Hakim Warrick to the Orlando Magic to take a look at Josh McRoberts.

What’s next, beyond the quiet passing of another bad season? Consider:

The 2013 draft: The good news is the Bobcats could have two lottery picks – their own plus the Portland Trailblazers’ should Portland’s pick be outside the top 12. That would complete the trade that sent Gerald Wallace west in 2011.

Now the bad news: Various scouts around the NBA see the 2013 draft as nothing special. Even if everyone eligible turns pro, there won’t be any player with the potential of New Orleans big man Anthony Davis or Portland point guard Damian Lillard.

It sure didn’t help when Kentucky freshman Nerlens Noel suffered an ACL tear. He was showing dynamic potential as a shot-blocker, and might have been the default first pick. There are others out there, like Kansas shooting guard Ben McLemore and Maryland big man Alex Len, who could help the Bobcats. But it’s hard to picture the 2013 draft as a panacea.