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July 10, 2009

Don't panic in July about Felton

I got an email Thursday from a reader wondering what the hold-up is in Raymond Felton re-signing with the Bobcats. The inference was there's something amiss if Felton isn't already under contract.

I submit there'd be something amiss if Felton was already under contract.

I'm on record as saying the Bobcats have, at times, been too quick to use up payroll. If you read me regularly, you know what I think of trading two expiring contracts for Nazr Mohammed's deal or exercising the option on Adam Morrison's contract last fall.

In contrast, the Bobcats have a history of dealing wisely with restricted free agents. They made offers to Gerald Wallace and Emeka Okafor, and when those initial offers were rejected, they advised the agents to go shop their clients, knowing full well they'd have the option to match any offer sheet.

And ultimately, Wallace and Okafor signed back with the Bobcats, rather than accept a one-year qualifying offer.

It doesn't matter whether Felton re-signs in July or September. What matters is that the Bobcats and Felton's representatives find common ground before the start of training camp. That's a long way off. So don't lose any sleep about Felton not being signed at mid-summer.
 

Posted by Observer Sports on July 10, 2009 at 12:16 AM | Permalink

Comments

Hey Rick,

First time I've posted, so let me say I enjoy your work. I started following the Bobcats last year as LB rolled into town, as he's been my favorite coach growing up. Anyway, as now an adopted Charlotte fan, my concern is not Felton, as I agree it will get done. Instead, it's the lack of apparent urgency by the Bobcats to upgrade their roster. I understand there are fiscal restraints, such as the cap and impending sale of the team (hopefully to Jordan), but it seems to me that other teams that have similar problems have been more creative in addressing their needs. At the very least, I think it would behoove the Bobcats to bring in a guy like Iverson, or work a sign and trade to upgrade the overall roster. If they fall to do so, I think you are right to ask for the mulligan when it comes to Charlotte making the playoffs next year. I just don't see how it will be possible, given the teams that are already virtual locks. Hope all is well with you and keep up the good work.

Posted by: Ari | Jul 10, 2009 3:49:23 AM

do u think the bobcats should try to pursue ilgauskas?.....i think we should try an trade up for a scorer like ray allen or oj mayo...also we need a good backup 4 man trade mohammed

Posted by: eflowe33 | Jul 10, 2009 5:58:09 AM

eflowe33:
Concerning Ilgauskas; I think this team needs one less center, not one more. And if you saw how much the Celtics owe Ray Allen, particularly considering his age, you'd change your mind about trading for him.

Posted by: rbonnell@charlotteobserver.com | Jul 10, 2009 7:51:15 AM

eflowe33:
Concerning Ilgauskas; I think this team needs one less center, not one more. And if you saw how much the Celtics owe Ray Allen, particularly considering his age, you'd change your mind about trading for him.

Posted by: rbonnell@charlotteobserver.com | Jul 10, 2009 7:51:23 AM

Rick:

Any word on Glen Davis? The Boston Globe seems to think we're interested.

Posted by: robcats | Jul 10, 2009 8:08:03 AM

Rick, you have talked about a few teams who were worse than the Bobcats who got better, but don't forget the one or two that finished right ahead of us who got worse.... the Bulls losing Ben Gordon? That will drop them out I would guess unless they make a move before the season. Also, do you really think Randy Foye & Mike Miller take Washington from 19 wins to enough to go to the Playoffs?

Posted by: Craig | Jul 10, 2009 8:29:11 AM

Unfortunately, it seems that Foye & Miller, plus a healthy Arenas and Haywood (in addition to Butler & Jamison) would make them a lot more competitive.

If (and only if) Iverson is willing to come off the bench I think that would be a great signing. As long as the second string could rebound I think he would provide the necessary spark off the bench. Otherwise, I'd only like to see him a couple times of year when the Bobs play Memphis.

Posted by: LeeL | Jul 10, 2009 8:57:21 AM

i hope they sign felton to a respectable 4-5 year deal and FORGET about iverson. the man kills team basketball!!

it would be nice to see brandon bass/glen davis signed for the backup 4 postion though.

Posted by: Brandon | Jul 10, 2009 9:22:07 AM

let's push for glen davis or brandon bass, focus on that first..

Posted by: teemac | Jul 10, 2009 9:45:46 AM

hey fellas don't sleep on our second round pick... He just scored a team high 25 points in a overtime win for the Utah Jazz!
I really think this guy has a chip on his shoulder for being picked sooo late in the draft. He might be all we need for a back-up. Let's give him a chance and see what happens.

Posted by: T-Bro | Jul 10, 2009 9:45:47 AM

Ari,

Welcome the board. I'm desperate for someone else to say what I've been saying, so I'm glad to hear from you.

I tend to repeat the same things every day. This team is not that good right now, so why is everyone so excited to try to keep it together for 3-5 years? We need bold moves and creativity from our front office, and all we've gotten is locking up mediocre players to huge contracts.

With the Pistons getting better, and the Cavs and Celtics maintaining, and the Hawks and Orlando keeping solid rosters, Chicago about to add Boozer and Washington adding two solid players to its current healthy stars...we are going to be right back where we were for that last 3 years...9 or 10th in the East.

Posted by: BobsRealist | Jul 10, 2009 9:46:44 AM

The Bobcats need to pursue Hakim Warrick or Glen Davis as are back-up 4. This guys are playmakers, and could put up 12points a game with us.

Try to trade away Nazi. He's worth 6mil and he's not worth it.

Lastly don't forget about derrick brown he just put up 25 in a win in overtime for the Jazz.


Thanks, Willi

Posted by: willi | Jul 10, 2009 10:05:56 AM

BRANDON BASSSSSSSSS

Posted by: kyle | Jul 10, 2009 10:19:23 AM

Panic over not signing ray-ray??.

Please...let this guy go. He is not a NBA point guard...maybe 4-8 min a game at best.

Augistine is a huge improvement and does not have all the no bad habits that felton does. I wouldn't be surprised to see Larry Brown let ray ray go.

Posted by: anon | Jul 10, 2009 10:30:17 AM

It seems that some of you don't have a realistic grasp of the Bobcats' ability to acquire certain talent. I read that Brandon Bass is not interested in the Bobcats. I think he would be a great addition to the team, but I doubt he would play for Charlotte. If he has to be a backup PF, I am pretty sure he would rather be a backup on a perennial playoff team. Wallace and McDyess are perfect examples of that.

I'm glad Derrick Brown is playing well in the summer league. I hope he comes into training camp with confidence and a willingness to play PF.

Posted by: Token | Jul 10, 2009 10:53:31 AM

10:30-Have you ever watched a Bobcats game. Especially when they're up by 20 in the 1st or 2nd. Then DJ gives Ray a break and all of a sudden that lead starts to fade away. Coincidence? Not to mention that Ray is more efficient and has a better assist/to ratio. I don't know what your vision of a point guard is but I take Ray anyday. The problem is he switches between 1 and 2 which not many players (especially pg's) do. Numbers don't lie. I know we all have opinions, but at least make them educated!

Posted by: jdub | Jul 10, 2009 11:15:29 AM

The bobcats have the most un-exciting offseason in the NBA. It's sad to see a team that is so content with being mediocre. It makes me wish we had Shinn and the Hornets back.

Posted by: SirSteam | Jul 10, 2009 11:22:46 AM

Here is the Derrick Brown story, if you missed it ...

Desert News

MAITLAND, Fla. — It seemed only fitting that Derrick Brown would come up with a critical three-point play in the final seconds to force overtime. After all, it was the rookie forward who brought the Utah Jazz back from the brink.

Brown, a second-round pick by the Charlotte Bobcats, scored 25 points on 10-of-15 shooting to power a fourth-quarter spurt that saw the Jazz rally from 23 points down for a 92-84 overtime victory over the Orlando Magic on Tuesday afternoon at the Orlando Pro Summer League.

Utah Flash point guard Kevin Kruger teamed with Brown in leading Utah's late comeback while first-round draft pick Eric Maynor sat on the bench the entire fourth quarter. Kruger finished with 16 points. Maynor, on the other hand, netted just two points on 1-for-5 shooting and registered a single assist in 19 minutes of action.

Orlando took control in the first half with a flurry of three-pointers. The Magic hit 7 of 13 shots from the perimeter before halftime — led by Ryan Anderson, who scored 16 of his 26 points in the first half — and used a 19-5 run to close out the first quarter and take a 29-17 lead.

The Jazz rallied in the fourth behind the play of Brown and Kruger and cut the lead to three points with less than 30 seconds remaining. Then Brown scored a running layup and followed with a free throw to tie it at 84-84 with 14.4 seconds left.

Posted by: D Reed | Jul 10, 2009 11:23:52 AM

Well since we can't get any of the so-called team changing free-agents to come to Charlotte. I think we should maintain the solid and contributing young guys we have: Wallace, Felton, Augustine, Diaw, Okafor, Radmonovic, and now Henderson/Brown. Part with possibly Bell for more solid young talent like Belinelli/Azubuke. Or even trade Okafor to the Clippers for Chris Kaman and Augustine to the Blazers for Patrick Mills+Nick Batum.

Posted by: fakethis | Jul 10, 2009 11:44:15 AM

I guess everyone is forgetting that the Bobcats did their offseason in the middle of last season when we got Radmanovic,Diaw, Bell,and Diop. All four contributed well and our scoring went up. They did very well for having no chemistry or an offseason to know eachother. The best thing we did was not add Iverson who would ruin what is being built. It would be nice to add a backup PF, but we dont need to go crazy. Also the Jumper classic was a killer to our season. Lets trade that for nothing and we already improve our team.

Posted by: Dave | Jul 10, 2009 11:45:13 AM

Token, I officially offer you the title of the REAL Bobcats Realist. We can't expect players to come here just because we want them to. The only way to sway a guy like Bass from better teams is to over pay for him.

"Bold" moves mean nothing when they don't make any sense. Nazr was a pretty bold move don't you think?

The Celtics and the Lakers both put together championship rosters by having GMs for other teams do them favors. It's simply unrealistic to expect us to make championship caliber moves at this point for a very young franchise.

Some risky moves may be warranted. I'm not entirely against signing AI under the right circumstances, but we're not moving Nazr's contract now unless we take back an equally worthless contract or give up good talent. Instead of desperation trades which got us in this mesis, Charlotte is better off waiting the couple years for Nazr and Radman's contracts to become expiring and thus tradable contracts. Patience is likely the most REALISTIC way to improve the team

Posted by: Bobby | Jul 10, 2009 11:47:32 AM

any truth to the wallace to cleveland rumor for sczerbiak and hickson. sounds like a salary dump to me, although hickson has some potential

Posted by: awayne83 | Jul 10, 2009 12:31:30 PM

you can spend hours--even days--trying to think of some trade or signing that will push the cats into the upper tier of the league. but the truth is that theres no way of getting what we need without trading away what we want to.

example. in fakethis's Clipper trade, we give up two cinderblocks of our team. one of which has a legit shot at heading the franchise (DJ). the other (Okafor) is somewhat disposable, but not in that trade. and its not like the clippers are wanting another PF/C anyway.

this is what we NEED:
scorer
low post presence to play with Okafor
financial help
new ownership
move Nazr's contract

but the problems with our needs are:
no team will give up their scorer
how do we get a low post presence without giving up Okafor
self explanatory
lets see what happens
almost impossible to move.

the only moveable/disposable parts we have are Felton (through sign and trade) and Okafor (for talent purposes).

so ive come to the conclusion that it may be best to stay with the current team we have. Nazr will be easier to move next year with an expiring contract, and we could just hold on to him and let his 6mill run off the books.
as far as the competition in the east goes, didnt the cats ALWAYS play better against tougher opponents? so maybe the revamped conference boosts our team confidence as well.

and Derrick Brown should become our Gerald Wallace insurance.

Posted by: reggie Gallant | Jul 10, 2009 12:36:37 PM

I think the Bobcats are completely lost when it comes to how to upgrade this roster. Firstly move Augustine into the starting line up. Deal Felton to whom ever is willing to take him. He has reached his ceiling already. Henderson was yet another wasted pick in the draft history. Get someone in here that can evaluate talent !!!! Keep Nazr in the rotation and stop dreaming of getting good free agents and sign some !!!

Posted by: Watcher | Jul 10, 2009 12:40:43 PM

Panic?

Somehow, I think the pool of people panicking over anything the Bobcats do is very small.

Posted by: bb913 | Jul 10, 2009 1:11:44 PM

Watcher - and the challenge with getting some free agents are all the stupid deals that are gumming up the roster already...and then there are the financial realities of a money - losing team...

We can sign an FA up to the mid-cap limit of $5.8mm, but if we do we start getting awfully close to the luxury tax, and if that FA is signed for more than 1 year and the salary cap and luxury cap come down a year from now, we are definiately in luxury tax land.....

it's a messy situation....trading for Nazr and exercising Adam's option were stupid. Had neither occured we would have had freed up cap space a year ago (Nazr) and this year (adam) and identified better FA's.

Posted by: Bobfan1 | Jul 10, 2009 1:17:16 PM

LOL. Wow, the Felton haters are abound! I like Augustin(no E at the end, Im getting tired of seeing folks spell it wrong) but he's not ready to take over a team yet and his defense is non-existant. Felton is durable and has alot of heart, it's not his fault he is left to shoot the ball or create something when he gets it with 5 seconds left on the clock. If anyone should go it should be Chokafor, this unathletic tweener is holding the team back with his bloated contract. Until they get a real double threat down low, they will continue to just go through the motions. Honestly, I don't want Bass or any other player, the Cats should just focus on the talent they have and go from there. This team has athletic wings and fast pg's and they play solid D.

Posted by: D.W.G | Jul 10, 2009 1:37:41 PM

The bobcats should try to sign Glen Davis to an offer sheet. San Antonio wanted him, but they already used their MLE on McDyes and they are well over the cap. if "Big Baby" is signed, there is a big chance that Boston will not match, since they have enough depth at PF, they already used their MLE on Wallace and they want to sign Grant Hill. Davis will be a huge upgrade to our backup PF spot, fairly cheap and he is a young defensive minded guy who can rebund and score. Under Larry Brown he'll be huge.

Posted by: RobC | Jul 10, 2009 1:51:13 PM

Sorry fellas bass is gone to Orlando. Next option, maybe Sean May.

Posted by: Deon | Jul 10, 2009 1:58:52 PM

Bass is gone, he is out of the pic

Posted by: Deon | Jul 10, 2009 2:00:35 PM

Brandon Bass signed with the Magic

Posted by: mj22 | Jul 10, 2009 2:54:07 PM

rick,
let me throw this out there just for the heck of it. have the cats looked into David Lee? maybe some sign and trade could go down with the Knicks, but i think that would be a great pickup.

Posted by: reggie Gallant | Jul 10, 2009 2:57:24 PM

Well said Dave. The team made solid moves last year and improved alot. Washington looks to be pretty good, but I certainly wouldn't panic over Toronto's "improvement".

Yes, we need a back-up power forward...Yes, Nazr is taking up space in LB's system...but we've got a solid front-court rotation and a solid back-court rotation. Just need alittle tweeking is all.

Posted by: usc88 | Jul 10, 2009 3:01:07 PM

The Bobcats need to get either Paul Milsap or David Lee and Allan Iverson to make the playoffs this year. Those two guys are nasty, young offensive rebounders that would compliment Iverson. Milsap is actually a heck of a defender also. He is seriously underrated.

Posted by: B-Rad | Jul 10, 2009 3:07:40 PM

rick,
im going to throw this out there just for the heck of it, but have the cats looked into nabbing David Lee? i think a sign and trade could be arranged. or is our financial crisis really that bad?

Posted by: reggie Gallant | Jul 10, 2009 3:14:32 PM

Watcher,

Who would you have chosen ahead of Henderson? We all need a laugh.

Posted by: Bobby | Jul 10, 2009 3:36:12 PM

Thanks Bob. They need to do something, and fast too. It's a real shame they have some really undesirable contracts. Guys getting paid a ton of money, and pretty much contributing nothing.

Posted by: Ari | Jul 10, 2009 3:51:57 PM

Hey Bonnell:

The Houston Rockets need a C, there are almost none in the market, we have one avaliable (Nazr) that can be useful for them, they have a bunch of PF that we might use as a backup.

This trade work great in the "Trade Machine", will provide the Rockets with a so much needed C and it won't hurt their cap, also next season Nazr will be an expiring contract; It will give the Bobcats two expiring contracts now and one of them is a backup PF for the moment.

The Rockets get: Nazr Mohammed

The Bobcats get: Brian Cook and Chuck Hayes

Yes I know these arent big names, but they are expiring contract that would clear $7M from the payroll next season (2010). Also I prefer to have a PF in the bench, that we can use "worst case scenario" than have and inactive C, who is useless right now.

Posted by: RobC | Jul 10, 2009 3:53:38 PM

@bb913 obviously u dont read the board much..all summer we have been expressing our thoughts about the moves (or lack thereof) made by the Cats so keep the hating to a minimum please? thanks!

@t-bro..nice he had a good game but lets remember its ONLY SUMMER LEAGUE..these games and stats have NO bearing on how the player will fair against NBA starters..even Tyler Hans-NO is lookin good in summer league..hell, even Adam Morrison got off when he played!! LMAO!

Posted by: Bobcat Terry | Jul 10, 2009 3:56:18 PM

Just in case, I beleive we cannot get Carl Landry from the Rockets since we gave him an offer sheet that the Rockets matched. A player cannot be traded to the team that made the initial offer until a year later.

Posted by: RobC | Jul 10, 2009 3:57:29 PM

Bass is gone now we have to get iverson

Posted by: kyle | Jul 10, 2009 4:20:00 PM

JDub, you want to talk numbers? Ray(four years in league): 14.2 pts, 6.7 ast, 1.5 st, 2.78 to, .40 fg%, .28 3pt% in 37.6 min. Now lets look at DJ's ROOKIE numbers: 11.8 pts, 3.5 ast, .6 st, 1.65 to, Over .43 from fg and 3 pt fg in 26.5 min. I am willing to bet you are a UNC fan. DJ is the PG of the future. We need to trade Felton. I know Portland has some interest.

Posted by: JustinG | Jul 10, 2009 4:43:45 PM

Great comments from this article yall. Brown was a great 2nd round pick and he added size once he entered college and he will do the same with the Bobcats. He will not play the 4 unless injury or foul trouble occurs this season. Far as the group of mediocre players the chance of us gaining a star from free agency is slim as they are all going to much bigger markets or championship caliber teams. It was great when years ago that a star didnt want to share the spotlight with another star but this trend is getting worse and it hurts teams like the Bobcats in obtaining a star. So a mediocre team with a great coach is our only option at this point. The NBA screwed us on a star from the draft as Charlottes franchise year was right after Lebron, Anthony, and Wade. We were only awarded the 3rd pick and traded down to 2 to get whoever is left Howard/Okafor. Then from that point on it was the lottery that screwed us with #5 pick for Felton. Then when we get another 3rd but it was a horrible draft year and many other lotterys dropped us below the spot we shouldve obtained. The Hornets were lucky in the draft spots they were awarded but Bobcats that luck is no luck at all.

Posted by: tarpanthercats | Jul 10, 2009 5:48:05 PM

rick,

now that antonio mcdyess, and brandon bass have been signed,, who are we going to go after now? We really havent been agressive at all at these free agents, is this a sign that we might wana make a trade?

Posted by: parker daughtry | Jul 10, 2009 6:33:28 PM

Based off the history of this administration (Higgins and so forth). Whenever things get very quiet at a time like this (when its obvious we need to improve). There is usually something in the works. People keep complaining about the bobcats spending money to "early" or aquiring Richardson was a mistake think about this. The Bobcats as you know were an expansion team and had little to any fan surpport in the begining. Meaning they were losing money from day one before they even played there first game. Not to mention having an owner who is rich but not particularly "wealthy" by nba standards, moves had to be made to generate a buzz. Now im not saying it was a great move but lets atleast give a little credit to the front office for attempting to improve the team...

And to really piss you off sample this... If...and I do mean IF Felton returns He will become our sixth man in order to free his mind...coming off the bench will allow him to focus more attention to his own game and not creating for others... Larry Brown knows that and the move will allow felton to become a score first point... Thats why DJ was drafted because brown realized from watching game tape that felton could play but not facilitate well for others... Felton plays better when he's scoring and you can not...I repeat can not play The One for Coach Brown if you can't facilitate well for others...

Also the hold up is Portland...After their roster moves are complete a lot of lower level teams free agents will fall into place

oooooo! Count it! And one...lol


Posted by: (Col3)vision | Jul 11, 2009 6:01:46 AM

I think we should just trade the entire team for Kobe Bryant

Posted by: 12 Minutes of Bobcat Energy | Jul 11, 2009 2:20:59 PM

Hey Rick, the Grizzlies just waived Jerry Stackhouse. He's a UNC grad and a North Carolina native. Any chance the 'Cats try to sign him?

Posted by: Reid | Jul 11, 2009 5:14:44 PM

Charlotte should sign and trade for Carlos Boozer in a three team trade. Charlotte sends Nazr and Bell to Utah for Boozer giving him an extention for 5 or 6 years at $12 million per year. Utah would then release Bell paying him $1 million and allowing him to return to Charlotte. Charlotte would also send Wallace to the Blazers for Batum and Webster. The money they would save in this transaction would permit the Bobcats to resign Bell for a one year contract at $4 million dollars. Utah would like this trade because they would then be able to resign Paul Milsap and Portland would also pull the trigger on this deal because they genuinely want Wallace as their starting small forward. The new Cats roster looks like this:

PG - DJ, FELTON, JEFFERSON
SG - BELL, BATUM, HENDERSON
SF - DIAW, WEBSTER, MARTIN
PF - BOOZER, VLAD, BROWN
C - OKAFOR, DIOP, AJINCA

Bell serves as a excellent tutor to Batum & Henderson, plus his salary comes off the books after this year. Nazr is finally gone and Charlotte makes the play-offs with a talented team for the next 6 years and potentially beyond if the young players develop like I think they will. Hopefully the front office reads this and follows my trade to a T.:)

Posted by: Larry | Jul 11, 2009 7:26:29 PM

Charlotte should sign and trade for Carlos Boozer in a three team trade. Charlotte sends Nazr and Bell to Utah for Boozer giving him an extention for 5 or 6 years at $12 million per year. Utah would then release Bell paying him $1 million and allowing him to return to Charlotte. Charlotte would also send Wallace to the Blazers for Batum and Webster. The money they would save in this transaction would permit the Bobcats to resign Bell for a one year contract at $4 million dollars. Utah would like this trade because they would then be able to resign Paul Milsap and Portland would also pull the trigger on this deal because they genuinely want Wallace as their starting small forward. The new Cats roster looks like this:

PG - DJ, FELTON, JEFFERSON
SG - BELL, BATUM, HENDERSON
SF - DIAW, WEBSTER, MARTIN
PF - BOOZER, VLAD, BROWN
C - OKAFOR, DIOP, AJINCA

Bell serves as a excellent tutor to Batum & Henderson, plus his salary comes off the books after this year. Nazr is finally gone and Charlotte makes the play-offs with a talented team for the next 6 years and potentially beyond if the young players develop like I think they will. Hopefully the front office reads this and follows my trade to a T.:)

Posted by: Larry | Jul 11, 2009 7:27:38 PM

okafor for kamen? i would not even THINK about that deal. Also, if we get iverson, we should start him and bring raja and whichever pg doesn't start between felton and DJ. on a related note, there is NO way iverson is coming to charlotte to back up raja bell on a non playoff team. lets be realistic. i actually like nazi's game and size. him and diop should be able to hold down the center position defensively. at least on nba live they do..lol.

PG - felton / DJ
SG - Wallace / Bell
SF - Diaw / Henderson / Vlad
PF - Okafor / Brown / Vlad
C - Nazi / Diop

If we sign Iverson (which i dont see happening), I think that makes Felton expendable. Trade him for a undervalued PF and a decent draft pick next year. I like felton, but to me, the only way the DJ pick ends up making sense is if he takes the starting job. Otherwise, we should of taken Lopez or another big. I'll never understand taking Ammo over Roy. Even if Roy voiced his stance of not wanting to get drafted by the bobcats and cancelled his tryout due to "injuries".

Posted by: doobie ashtray | Jul 12, 2009 12:26:07 AM

T-Bro, Derrick Brown is playing as a volume shooter in the Summer League. He's leading his team in shots despite only ranking fifth on the team in minutes. In addition, he has ZERO assists and is only picking up 3 RPG. For a guy who's supposed to come off the bench and do the little things, those aren't exactly numbers that inspire confidence. He's also nowhere near big or strong enough to play the 4.

jdub, you're comparing a fourth-year veteran to a rookie. Further, when you consider the crew Augustin had to run out there with (Diop/Mohammed, J. Howard, Radmanovic/Morrison ), it's really no wonder the team fell apart. And as for MY "vision of a PG," he's not a player who leads the team in shots despite being lower than 40% from the field for his career.

reggie, Wallace is exceptionally valuable to this team because he does everything: hustle, rebounding, defense, and even a little playmaking when he has the chance. Brown offers none of that.

Watcher, Henderson was the PERFECT pick for this team. SG was the only position where we had no feasible young options, and with Bell's skills in decline as he ages and his contract soon up, Henderson is a great fit with his ability to rebound, defend, and drive to the basket.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Jul 12, 2009 1:06:24 PM

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