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Don Ryan, Associated Press
Charlotte Bobcats coach Paul Silas sits on the bench during the second half of their NBA basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers in Portland, Ore., Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012. Charlotte lost to Portland 112-68.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Bobcats president of basketball operations Rod Higgins says patience is the key to turning around the struggling NBA franchise.

He says the Bobcats are resisting the urge to pursue trades that would provide short-term gratification. Instead, the team's focus is on the offseason where they hope to make long-term upgrades to the roster.

By standing pat, the Bobcats will have room under next year's salary cap to go after free agents.

Higgins says, "you have to resist a kneejerk reaction."

That's asking a lot of fans because the present is so bleak. Charlotte has lost 10 straight games, owns the NBA's worst record and is coming off a 44-point drubbing at Portland Wednesday night — the worst loss in franchise history.

The Bobcats (3-20) resume action Saturday night at Phoenix.