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July 02, 2009

Higgins on free-agency, etc.

 I just got off the phone with Bobcats general manager Rod Higgins. No big revelations, but here's a quick update two days into the free-agency period:

 -- With the backup power forward spot the obvious hole in the depth chart, Higgins has contacted agents for Antonio McDyess and Brandon Bass. Like most teams over the cap, the Bobcats are locked into exceptions as the only way to sign people. And like most teams, it sounds like the Bobcats are addressing free agency with a deliberate pace.

 -- Higgins said he's not been in touch with agents for Allen Iverson or Rasheed Wallace.

 -- The Bobcats cleared just over $736,000 off next season's payroll by choosing not to exercise the team option on reserve point guard Sean Singletary. Can't say I'm at all surprised by this. Singletary wasn't activated for a game after Feb. 11, and Dontell Jefferson better fits coach Larry Brown's desire for a tall third point guard.

 -- Higgins has been in touch with Raymond Felton's agent and plans another conversation soon. Since the Bobcats are over the cap whether or not Felton is signed, the Bobcats don't have to finish Felton's deal before addressing other potential signings.

 -- I emailed with Sean May, who said the Bobcats have spoken with his agent but, to his knowledge, no offer has been made. May said four or five other teams have inquired about his availability.

Posted by Observer Sports on July 2, 2009 at 02:17 PM | Permalink


Good stuff Rick

Posted by: Mike G | Jul 2, 2009 2:36:38 PM

Keep it coming!

Posted by: Tony | Jul 2, 2009 2:39:38 PM


I'd love to sign Bass!

Posted by: Will | Jul 2, 2009 2:50:39 PM

Now this is the update I like to see. Bass would be a great addition to our rotation. Keep up the good work Rick, we'd like to see updates more often!

Posted by: Ro_Bobcats | Jul 2, 2009 3:18:06 PM

Thanks for the update Rick! I always like the idea of signing McDyess, but I think Bass would be a better option, given his age of McDyess...still intrigued by Iverson, but I can't see it happening and working out...just can't.

Posted by: Justin | Jul 2, 2009 3:22:54 PM


Posted by: Geraldmutumbo | Jul 2, 2009 3:24:24 PM

Two words, Paul Millsap. He's a great player and the bobcats need him for back-up power foward use, he could even start. Also A.I would be a great addition not only to add scoring but to bring publicity. Lastly let Sean May go he is a bust and a waste of money.

Thanks, Willi

Posted by: willi | Jul 2, 2009 3:33:48 PM

THANK YOU, Rod Higgins, for at least putting in a call to Bass's agent. THANK YOU! Please offer him the MLE and get that deal done!

Posted by: Elevatorman | Jul 2, 2009 3:36:34 PM


As much as i would love Millsap, he is seeking $10M/Year and the Bobcats can not do that unless we had a legitimate shot at the Title, Millsap will not make that kind of impact in any team. Iverson, will be great for marketing, but he will destroy this team chemistry and will be way too expensive. Also he is way too small for our team.

That being said, Bass is by far the best choice and he is looking for $5.5M/Year which is in line with the Mid-Level-Exception. If we can offer him somewhere close to $6M in a 3-4 year deal, that is a steal and we are ready to rumble in the new and tougher Eastern Conference. Will get the 6th Seed in 2010 and will meet Orlando in the playoffs. By the way if Orlando doesn't resign Hedo, even with Carter on the team, they went a step back.

Posted by: RobC | Jul 2, 2009 3:49:03 PM

Why did they contact me? This is very good news.

Posted by: Sean May | Jul 2, 2009 3:55:31 PM

Brandon Bass is a stud ! If the Bobcats get Bass and we stay healthy, we win 46 games and make the playoffs as a 6 or 7 seed. If we have to over the cap by a little to get a good player in here then I feel we have to do it....if this team wants to make the playoffs in 09-10. And if need be, though I do not like Sean May as a person, he is an arrogant asshole, but i would offer him less than a million a year to get him and anything we recieve would amost be a bonus. Comments please...

Posted by: Elliot | Jul 2, 2009 4:02:04 PM

Please Bobcats, don't spend $1 in Sean May, I don't care what he might be able to provide, if anything. Get Bass, and try to get rid of Nazr.

Posted by: RobC | Jul 2, 2009 4:23:47 PM

Now were talkin bring on the BASS we can even get him a place at the lake lol or at least let him have mays house since we paid for it.............

Posted by: trudukefan | Jul 2, 2009 4:46:36 PM

Speculation on the four or five other teams that have inquired about May's availability:


1) Kyoto Hot Dog Eating Team
2) The Generals
3) Weight Watchers Street Team
4) My sister's Hoop-it-Up team

Sorry Sean...love ya, but you're a easy/large target.

Posted by: Zed | Jul 2, 2009 5:30:40 PM

Let me officially jump on the Bass bandwagon. Would be absolutely perfect.

Posted by: Zed | Jul 2, 2009 5:33:00 PM

The Suns were one of the teams who contacted May.

Posted by: caleb | Jul 2, 2009 5:46:50 PM

How is a non-playoff, non-star team over the salary cap? That is a pathetic statement to where the NBA is these days.

Posted by: TP | Jul 2, 2009 6:03:21 PM

Zed, be serious. There is NO WAY that Weight Watchers would have anything to do with May!

Posted by: jeff | Jul 2, 2009 6:23:22 PM

What about Drew Gooden? He's only 27 and proven effective in the league. Plus, the cats might be able to get him cheaper than Bass.

Posted by: d-run | Jul 2, 2009 8:55:21 PM

Cartier Martin is on Seth Curry's Summer League team

Posted by: BlockParty | Jul 2, 2009 9:20:07 PM


What's your take on the Bobcats signing some lesser known FAs like Anthony Carter or Ike Diogu?

Posted by: ASChin | Jul 3, 2009 9:40:34 PM

I wouldn't be spending money on point guard behind Raymond. As for Diogu, I keep hearing the same thing -- that when he's on your roster (as opposed to afar) he's an undersized athletic tease, as opposed to a productive over-achiever.
Dave Twardzik used to say players get traded for a reason and traded multiple times for a great reason.

Posted by: Rick Bonnell | Jul 4, 2009 11:09:39 AM

what about channing frye if we cant get bass

Posted by: Danny | Jul 5, 2009 12:41:31 PM

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