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November 21, 2008

Bobcats lack parts to get Chris Kaman?

I was told early this evening there are not active trade discussions going on between the Bobcats and Los Angeles Clippers involving center Chris Kaman.

I'm thinking that means the Clippers are down the road with other teams about Kaman, because the Clippers certainly appear overloaded with big men.

Assuming the trade involving Zach Randolph goes through, the Clippers will have tied up over $35 million this season in Randolph, Kaman and Marcus Camby. Too many big men is a nice luxury, but it's still a luxury. It's hard to believe you could distribute minutes between those three in a way that would be cost-effective, relative to their salaries.

The Bobcats inquired about Kaman weeks ago, and were quickly rebuffed. Don't be surprised if the Chicago Bulls become a suitor for Kaman. The Bulls need a true low-post scorer and sufficient depth at a variety of positions to assemble a package the Clippers might consider.

As for the Bobcats, talks with the New Jersey Nets involving big man Sean Williams are at least still flickering. I hear the Nets had some sticker shock, upon reviewing how long Matt Carroll's contract goes out (three more seasons beyond this one at an average cost of $4.3 million.)

Posted by Observer Sports on November 21, 2008 at 07:07 PM | Permalink

Comments

Good post, although I hate the news. There are quality big men moving around the league and we need to get in the action. Kaman is someone that could really shake things up and get this franchise in the right direction. Larry Brown needs balance on offense and that would do it for us. If the Clips dont want anyone from us, Higgins should wake up and find out what the Clips are getting offered and try and find a third team to help us get Kaman. Someone out there has to want Felton and Wallace and feel like he could be a missing piece to championship. Cleveland? Lakers? New Orleans? GW would be great for any of them. Package Dudley if we have to. Tinsley is out there for a backup point guard, and we could have a balanced attack that would be harder to stop than it is now.

Posted by: HJ | Nov 21, 2008 7:24:50 PM

Mr. Bonnell,

Before the 2008 NBA Draft I sent a few emails to Tom Sorenson (spelling right?) that the Bobcats should trade one of both of their picks to acquire LaMarcus Aldridge from Portland. He shot down that idea saying Aldridge wasn't that good due to inconsistency & hurt too often. I thought he was wrong then and still do now. And since it is now apparent that Portland wouldn't trade him, what are the odds that the Bobcats could get Channing Frye. He looked promising at times as a rookie for the Knicks and he has decent range and can guard out on the perimeter more so than Emeka. Your thoughts?

Posted by: Yeah? | Nov 21, 2008 7:28:15 PM

Don't assume things aren't happening from a lack of effort or creativity. It's my impression Rod is working the phones pretty hard.

Posted by: Rick Bonnell | Nov 21, 2008 7:29:31 PM

Mr. Bonnell,

Before the 2008 NBA Draft I sent a few emails to Tom Sorenson (spelling right?) that the Bobcats should trade one or both of their picks to acquire LaMarcus Aldridge from Portland. He shot down that idea saying Aldridge wasn't that good due to inconsistency & hurt too often. I thought he was wrong then and still do now. And since it is now apparent that Portland wouldn't trade him, what are the odds that the Bobcats could get Channing Frye. He looked promising at times as a rookie for the Knicks and he has decent range and can guard out on the perimeter more so than Emeka. Your thoughts?

Posted by: Yeah? | Nov 21, 2008 7:29:43 PM

I am amazed that people would even consider trading Gerald Wallace, he is our best player bar none. Felton and May are trade bait as should Matt Carroll, but his contract is horrible. He wasn't worth half that. Comparable contracts, we could have had Kapono, or Vucovic(Lakers). We need to go after McDyess with reckless abandon, and quit making stupid trade scenarios. We also should maybe take a look at Stackhouse trade for maybe Jared Dudley and a 2nd round pick. I am not against keeping Felton, but May and Felton to Indiana for maybe for Jeff Foster and Jarrett Jack. We keep talking about a 3rd point guard, why not sign Darrell Armstrong(Gastonia native)and would be a great mentor to Augustin. We should have took Darrell Arthur with the 20th pick in this years draft, and we wouldn't be talking about none of this.

Posted by: Rob Brendle | Nov 21, 2008 8:44:30 PM

bonnell

fan wants immediate results. Hardwork with no results = useless tell MJ and low IQ Higgins. I remember last year you wrote about varejao is not bobcats radar, but bobcats give him a offer sheet like boykins. I doubt your Credibility. Kaman is the way to Bobcats uni's....Improve your credibility!!!!!

Posted by: lancer | Nov 21, 2008 8:48:22 PM

I would love to see Chris Kaman in Charlotte, but not for Gerald Wallace, that's ridiculous, to cut off our nose to spite our face. McDyess is more realistic with a legit offer for 2 years at maybe 6 million per season. What has Matt Carroll done to earn any of his salary, we could have signed Anthony Morrow as an unsigned rookie for the league minimum from our own hometown and not resigned Carroll. But we can make some headway with McDyess and maybe May straight up for Jeff Foster.

Posted by: Rob Brendle | Nov 21, 2008 9:14:31 PM

When Carroll was a free agent, Anthony was still at Georgia Tech.

Posted by: Yeah? | Nov 21, 2008 11:21:37 PM

Rob Brendle,

May is not going to get us anything in a trade. Carroll won't get us much either, because of his unattractive contract. Carroll and May combined could probably get us a T-Shirt and a ball boy to-be-named-later.

Wallace makes sense because somebody would actually want him, and we have 2-3 others to play small forward. I love Gerald too. Everytime I attend a game he puts on a great performance. But he could be expendable for the right big man. But that big man had better be good.

Posted by: DeLaQuest | Nov 22, 2008 6:57:36 AM

i agree:)

Posted by: geez | Nov 22, 2008 12:27:33 PM

ok rick, can you stop writing with a 24pt font

Posted by: bobcatz | Nov 22, 2008 12:30:02 PM

Guys there is not a single player besides Richardson and maybe Okafor that could start on any other team in the league not named the bobcats or thunder. People in Charlotte need to stop with this love affair with Wallace because he is getting starter money for a 6-7th man position. Carrol is getting paid a contract for a 6th-7th man when he is nothing more then an off the bench sharp shooter, who right now can't get a shot off. Okafor is getting paid the avg salary for a guy that avgs a double-double for a big man. That is just how the market works. But the Bobcats were stupid in taking the contract of Richardson and Nazr. I like JRich but he doesn't deserve to be on such a low class team. I can only hope Brown gets his wish and the 6-7players he wants gone can happen. And we know the only players he would keep are Dudley, Okafor, JRich, and Augustine!!!

Posted by: KMan | Nov 22, 2008 4:00:13 PM

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