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January 26, 2009

Reading between the roster lines

Some sense of how the wind is blowing on Bobcats personnel going forward:

-- I would place the odds of Raymond Felton being dealt by the Feb. 19 trade deadline at 30 percent. I would have said 50 percent a month ago.

Not saying Felton can’t be traded, but I sense management is sufficiently impressed with his performance that they’re willing to let this play out to free agency in July, rather than move him for whatever they can get now.

-- Don’t be surprised if you see more of Boris Diaw as a small forward. The Bobcats aren’t getting what they want from Adam Morrison as Gerald Wallace’s backup and the additions of Gana Diop and Juwan Howard give coach Larry Brown more options inside.

I see Diaw continuing to start as the power forward but also alternating with Wallace at the small forward during the second half. Diaw is a hybrid of several positions already; before trading him, the Suns thought Diaw’s best position was small forward.

-- If the Bobcats fill their open 15th roster spot, it will be with a veteran point guard or small forward.

There’s a good chance D.J. Augustin (abdominal strain) will be back Friday vs. the Denver Nuggets. Augustin was pulling a weighted sled across the gym floor Monday, so he’s close. That offers some stability, but there still might be need for a veteran third point guard.

If the Bobcats add a veteran point, rookie Sean Singletary could do a stint in the developmental league.

-- Not that this is a revelation, but if the Bobcats make one more deal, it’s almost certain to involve Morrison, Nazr Mohammed or Sean May.

Despite not playing, May would have some value as an expiring contract. It’s more problematic trading contracts for Mohammed (two seasons left totaling about $13.2 million) or Morrison (next season at about $5.2 million).

Posted by rbonnell on January 26, 2009 at 11:01 PM | Permalink

Comments

Good stuff, I don't know about anybody else but I hope May gets traded. He's terrible, I don't know why everyone keeps defending him, and he seems that he may be overweight.

Posted by: Bro D. | Jan 26, 2009 11:55:11 PM

*it seems

Posted by: Bro D. | Jan 26, 2009 11:55:50 PM

"before trading him, the Suns thought Diaw’s best position was small forward."

That isn't true. As a Suns fan, they played/liked him the most at the 4 or 5. He also can't guard other 3's due to his lack of quickness.

Posted by: Checkmate | Jan 26, 2009 11:56:40 PM

I think the Bobcats need to trade for a combo forward. We have our point guards. Looking at the roster, if Diaw or Wallace goes down, we are in trouble. Get some insurance to sub for them and contribute off the bench.

Posted by: DeLaQuest | Jan 27, 2009 1:36:07 AM

The Bobcats would be substantially better if Adam Morrison didn't decide he would be a scrub earning minimum salary the next contract he recieves, and actually played anywhere close to the 3rd overall pick that he is. The Bobcats need a reserve to come in and score quickly.

Trade Nazr and Morrison for Larry Hughes.

Posted by: Nick | Jan 27, 2009 4:37:43 AM

Of course, if the Bulls were willing to rip themselves off...

Posted by: Nick | Jan 27, 2009 4:38:21 AM

Good update. Keep them coming.

Posted by: Irony | Jan 27, 2009 9:27:38 AM

Nice work, Rick.

Posted by: bobcatsden | Jan 27, 2009 10:12:09 AM

Is there anyway we can trade Morrison, May, and Mohammed for maybe one somewhat decent player, or maybe even some cash. Or Panthers PSL tickets?

Posted by: Jon | Jan 27, 2009 11:26:33 AM

my opinion is that the bobcats need a shooting guard, a backup for bell, cause what do they have now? only shannon brown. and MAYBE they need a sf, but they still have morrison and diaw who can play at that spot.

Posted by: Rik | Jan 27, 2009 11:42:53 AM

Wish list:
- Back up at Small Forward. bcats get killed when wallace is out.
- a vetern PG to back up felton
- DJ can back up Bell and felton, at least until he shows something more on a consistant basis. Then if he turns out to be a PG, trade felton, if he's more of a scoring guard then maybe he starts over bell.

Posted by: A Fan | Jan 27, 2009 12:02:33 PM

I hope May doesn't get traded I just bought his jersey. I know he stinks and all but the Team shop at the arena are selling them for only $20.

Can't go wrong buying a Jersey for only $20

Posted by: Bobcats Fan | Jan 27, 2009 3:04:50 PM

More blog posts like this one please, Rick. Also please include more details about how bench players look in practice, particularly if Diop or Morrison look better or worse than they do in games.

Will Diop contribute to the team? Since Dallas originally was rumored to be interested in Felton, then ended up taking Matt Carroll and Ryan Hollins from the Bobs, it seems like their priority all along was to get rid of Diop's big contract.

Posted by: Deuce | Jan 27, 2009 4:31:54 PM

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