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July 14, 2009

Felton agent positive entering meeting

Raymond Felton's agent, Kevin Bradbury, says he "absolutely'' thinks things are moving positively toward Felton re-signing with the Bobcats.

Bradbury said he is scheduled to meet with Bobcats general manager Rod Higgins in Las Vegas Tuesday night. While I don't anticipate that meeting being any make-or-break event in the Bobcats retaining their point guard, it's encouraging that Bradbury has positive vibes about the on-going talks.

Felton, a restricted free agent, wants a long-term deal. He's made it clear his first preference is to stay with the Bobcats.

Posted by Observer Sports on July 14, 2009 at 03:23 PM | Permalink

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Well my preference is for him to stay here. Despite all the Felton bashing, he's been good for this team. And under Larry Brown, (who turned Eric Snow into and decent PG!), Felton is only going to get better. He has plenty of room to grow and I can't wait for him to reach his potential here!

Posted by: Smitty | Jul 14, 2009 3:46:47 PM

Hey Bonnell,

I saw on NBA Free Agent Tracker that Al Harrington is an UFA. Can the Bobcats use the MLE to sign Harrington? He's a 6-9 athletic scoring machine that would be great with this teams need of scorers. i don't think he'll be to concern coming from the bench as long as he gets his minutes, and he will get his minutes. He will be great matching with the more athletic PF in the league, plus he can spread the floor pretty well, his numbers are pretty similar to Rashard Lewis.

Posted by: RobC | Jul 14, 2009 3:59:20 PM

Rob:
Of course they could sign him to the MLE if they think he's worth it and he'd accept it. My question about Harrington is whether he's really a power forward.
He loves to stand outside the 3-point line and launch. Personally, I'd like them to find a more conventional power forward, particularly if you have to spend big on one, but obviously Harrington would raise the talent level here.

Posted by: Rick Bonnell | Jul 14, 2009 4:05:19 PM

Good question about Harrington. Rick, what about Drew Gooden? He's an UFA, too, and seemingly would fill a need at backup power forward. Any sense that the Bobcats are looking at Gooden?

Posted by: Gboro cats fan | Jul 14, 2009 4:09:04 PM

What the frick is wrong with the bobcats. All these over the cap teams are getting good players. The east is improving and right now were a sucky team and no where near the playoff level. Go after some big names and stop being a baby about money. This franchise is going down the drain and without any help from Higgins to get us good players, say hello to the seatle bobcats.

Posted by: willi | Jul 14, 2009 4:55:10 PM

Rick:
would the bobcats be willing to trade mohammod and radmonavic for carlos boozer or somthing like that

Posted by: jeremy | Jul 14, 2009 5:06:11 PM

hey Rick,

ive heard on jim rome is burning and around the horn that in there opinion ivesons best fit would be charlotte

my question is how serious can we get about getting A.I.

Posted by: parker daughtry | Jul 14, 2009 5:14:54 PM

first of all, the comments made by jeremy are blatantly ignorant. What team would accept two massive contracts of sub par players for the equivalently massive contract of carlos boozer? the answer is no team. Additionally, Drew Gooden would just be another overpaid power forward on our bench. Brandon Bass would have been high quality. The Harrington acquisition would either be extremely helpful or potentially catastrophic to the team's chemistry since his role is so unique.

Posted by: sgh | Jul 14, 2009 5:43:25 PM

Willi- stop being a 'baby about money'?

Take out your check book and write a check to your favorite charity equal to 1 months pay.....can you do it....or are you a 'baby about money'?

Posted by: Bobfan1 | Jul 14, 2009 5:43:47 PM

I'm glad things are looking good with Felton but its shocking that there are a number of players out there, (Iverson, Harrington, Gooden)who would make us a better team, yet the Bobcats aren't mentioned at all when it comes to which teams are interested in them. Now I normally don't care too much about a conservative offseason since the Panthers have took that approach every year and it has usually worked out, but in the Bobcats case they need to get into the free agent dog fight and attempt to sign some players. We still need a backup power forward for Diaw (Radmodavic is more of a small forward) and we need a pure scorer. Maybe we are being hesitant because we have all these huge contracts with players that aren't going to play a lot, but I'd feel much more comfortable about us being a playoff team if we at least filled one of the needs I stressed we needed above.

Posted by: ND | Jul 14, 2009 6:00:41 PM

Parker:
They could hypothetically pay up to about $5.8 million (the mid-level exception) for Iverson or any other player. That, combined with what it will take to re-sign Felton would put them perilously close to the luxury-tax threshold, and they've stated publicly they don't plan to reach the tax number.
They'd love to find some trade to unload salary, but that describes nearly every team in the NBA.

Posted by: Rick Bonnell | Jul 14, 2009 6:22:58 PM

I know this is a different topic, but how is Ajinca fairing this summer?

Posted by: Johnny | Jul 14, 2009 6:40:02 PM

Great action here. I really want them to offer AI a contract. one year, 5.8 would get it done. Think about this lineup:

PG's: Felton and Dj
Wings: AI, GW, Raja, Henderson
Big Men: Rad, Okafor, Diaw, Diop

That is a playoff team.

Posted by: HJ | Jul 14, 2009 6:40:15 PM

@HJ: That definitely would be a playoff team, but the Bobcats have made no move at all to sign Iverson, the only reason we are even mentioned with him is because every sports reporter thinks the Bobcats would be the best place for him to go, which I totally agree with. I just don't understand, this guy wants to start, he would definitely start here, no slate against Bell but A.I. is a Hall of Fame player. Every other team interested in him wants him to be a backup player, which is what he specifically expressed he doesn't want to do. Then add in that he'd be playing for Larry Brownm who he has tremendous respect for, and the fact that he'd be asked to simply score (which is what we need considering we were last in scoring this season) this looks like a no brainer for him. I could see where he'd rather play for a contender so he could get a chance to get a ring, but the other teams interested, (Clippers, Heat, and Grizzles) are not contenders. The whole situation just baffles me, why the Bobcats aren't pursuing him and why Iverson isn't expressing interest to come here.

Posted by: ND | Jul 14, 2009 9:42:06 PM

We don't pursue anyone cause we're too cheap to do so! Stupid moves have gotten us fat unproductive contracts. But, we still need a PF, and they're obviously waiting for the bottom of the bucket players, just looking for a job. Face it, our team is what it is. Other teams getting better, we're sitting still.

Posted by: Mark | Jul 14, 2009 10:27:47 PM

Willi the same thing was said about the Panthers going into last year. Their season turned out fine.

Posted by: BobCat Fan | Jul 14, 2009 10:42:10 PM

ND - all great points, no need to even add to it. That is why we need Rick Bonnell - the voice of the true, intelligent basketball fans of the Bobcats (that also support the team with season tickets) - to read this and post a blog on why it should happen. You can site ND and I, as well as the other sportscasters around the country with all of the reasons mentioned above. Perhaps then, the Higgins/Jordan's of the world will read it and make him the offer. Come on, Rick...you are our only hope to get this started before he signs with the Clippers! :)

Posted by: HJ | Jul 15, 2009 12:35:12 AM

Rick - forgot to add: I can tell from your post about the east moving forward while we stay still that you agree something like this has to happen. one year = no risk. higher reward.

Posted by: HJ | Jul 15, 2009 12:36:15 AM

I love AI just as much as the next person. He's a stud and headed for the Hall of Fame, but he's not the ANSWER for the long term growth of this team. Trade Bell, Nazr & a future 1st for Boozer. Utah is desperate to move him and Charlotte should make it happen!

2009/10 Roster:

DJ, Felton, Jefferson
Wallace, Henderson
Diaw, Vlad, Martin
Boozer, Brown
Okafor, Gana, Ajinca

This team plays D, makes the playoffs and advances for many, many years under Browns direction! I'd also recruit Eric Snow to be groomed as our next coach. He's young, eager, intelligent and a Larry Brown disciple.

Posted by: larry | Jul 15, 2009 12:57:52 AM

larry: I like the Boozer idea, but don't think Utah would go for it. How about this scenerio (I played with espn trade machine to see if it worked)

GWallace and Bell for Boozer (we gain all important financial flexibility too)
Sign AI to mid level exception

new lineup:

4 guard rotation: felton, AI, FJ, Henderson
Diaw (plays 4 positions)
Rad (3/4)
Big men: Boozer, Okafor, Diop, Alinca, one more stiff

Posted by: HJ | Jul 15, 2009 1:05:40 AM

HJ:
I have never been under the misconception that what I think would move Bobcats management to action. Nor should it.

Posted by: Rick Bonnell | Jul 15, 2009 7:01:44 AM

Utah wants to move Boozer for cap space, not for long contracts. We only have Bell as an expiring. Boozer only gets done via Memphis or Detroit or Portland (someone with space), or with one of them as part of a 3-way deal. Charlotte (naturally) is not being discussed with any moves out there...NONE.

Posted by: Mark | Jul 15, 2009 8:22:15 AM

I have been going to summer league games in Durham NC, and tonight I just so happpened to catch Raymond Felton playing. He was seriously outplayed by the incoming guards for UNC, they were able to get by him with ease. On offense he was not able to do much against high school, college, or average joe players. He alomost looked like Sean May as far as his conditioning. On the other hand UNC may be able to repeat with Jon Henson and Ed Dvis in the post while Plumlee will be an absolute beast for Duke...think of Amare Stoudamire.

Posted by: Eric | Jul 15, 2009 8:52:06 AM

hey rick do you think the bobcats will make any moves before the seasons starts.

Posted by: kenyo | Jul 15, 2009 8:59:57 AM

Eric, you really are a joke. Are you procton jr.?

Felton getting outplayed by high school wings? Please.

and then the kicker is Plumlee being compared to Amare...

thanks for the laugh.

Posted by: A Fan | Jul 15, 2009 9:04:04 AM

Al Harrington is not a free agent:

Harrington has two years remaining on his current contract and is due to make $9.3 million this season with $10 million guaranteed in 2009-10.

Posted by: mcap | Jul 15, 2009 11:30:06 AM

I agree 100% that we should aquire A.I. We are a team in desparate need of scoring to get over the playoff hump. He has a relationship with Brown and he would definitely sell a thousand or two more tickets a game. If Larry can keep him between 15-20 shots instead of 20-25, he would fit perfectly.

Posted by: David A. | Jul 15, 2009 11:52:04 AM

Not kidding...you should check it out. Dexter Strickland, incoming UNC freshman went by him with ease. Felton was bothered by 6'7 players when attempting to get to the rim. I never said he was not a good player but its some things he needs to work on to become a better NBA player. A few of the pro's struggle in Pro-am leagues

Posted by: Eric | Jul 15, 2009 12:27:28 PM

all the moves our front office has made were always in the spur of the moment, thus leading to terrible results.

IF we do something, it HAS to be a great, long term solution to our problems and not just a move that will be great now, but for two or three years down the road.

so i dont think we bite the AI bullet just yet.

Posted by: reggie Gallant | Jul 15, 2009 12:42:51 PM

the moves we need to make have to be a LONG TERM move. not some drastic move that seems good in the spur of the moment.

and i dont get this Felton bashing. im pretty sure its mostly just Duke fans, but he can play. the only red flag ive seen in his game is his poor shooting, but overlooking that he is an outstanding point guard. hes not going to give you 20 a night, but hes not going to give you 10 turnovers a night either.

Posted by: reggie Gallant | Jul 15, 2009 1:04:57 PM

hhahahaahahahahahahahahahahahahaha the bobcats amke meh laf

Posted by: willi | Jul 15, 2009 1:59:24 PM

Rick, why aren't the Bobcats going after another backup PG? There are seemingly some good players in Summer league that don't have homes yet. Coby Karl would appear to be a great role player with some upside.

Posted by: NY Bobcat Fan | Jul 15, 2009 2:25:43 PM

nobody is going to take nazr's contract until trade deadline of NEXT season. nobody is gonna pay him 6 million plus to be a bump on the log that he is. just think we could still have walter hermann as our backup 4 and more cap room if we hadn't made that trade. thanks sam vincent.

Posted by: charlottean | Jul 15, 2009 3:00:12 PM

the bobcats need to trade felton and mohammod for boozer and someone else then sign ai

Posted by: jeremy | Jul 15, 2009 5:38:10 PM

Yes, Eric. Screw your first-person observations. You couldn't possibly have seen anything other than Ray Felton playing like the future Hall of Famer he so clearly is.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Jul 16, 2009 3:50:07 PM

"I saw on NBA Free Agent Tracker that Al Harrington is an UFA. Can the Bobcats use the MLE to sign Harrington?"

RobC, you could sign him for the MLE, but if he was a F.A., and he's not a F.A. as he's under contract with the Knicks for 10,026,875.

Posted by: Rob | Jul 20, 2009 1:59:11 PM

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