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July 13, 2009

May auditioning for four teams in Vegas

 The Bobcats might be skipping Las Vegas this summer, but Sean May is out there, looking for employment.

May told me via email Monday night that he'll work out for Portland and Sacramento Tuesday, Cleveland Wednesday and the Clippers on Thursday. Most NBA executives are in Las Vegas this week for the annual summer league. So with May saying he's in good health and conditioning, it's logical for him head to Vegas for some informal auditions.

May became an unrestricted free agent after the Bobcats chose not to make him a $3.6 million-plus qualifying offer. However, with the Bobcats still needing a backup power forward, general manager Rod Higgins has said he's open to the idea of re-signing May.

Posted by Observer Sports on July 13, 2009 at 11:08 PM | Permalink


Please don't sign him.

Posted by: Brian Bristol | Jul 14, 2009 12:01:49 AM

My guess is that the chord's been cut.

Posted by: Ari | Jul 14, 2009 12:14:29 AM

At this point, a May signing wouldn't surprise me in the least. This organization LOVES its Tar Babies, and, sadly, May’s potential is as high as any player left in FA. Unfortunately, however, we know he’ll never reach that potential because he’d rather eat and get his swerve on than stay in decent enough shape for his joints to sustain his body weight.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Jul 14, 2009 12:36:51 AM

Rick, is Henderson hurt? I can't think of any reason they wouldn't have let him play unless he's hurt or we pulled the plug from our end (which wouldn't surprise me, given what an afterthought he was in Game 1.)

Posted by: Michael Procton | Jul 14, 2009 12:38:00 AM

Ha, HE'S BAAAAAAAACK! Soon ABC'ers! Might as well start dealing with it! Biscuit will be back on the Bobcats soon!

Posted by: Biscuitville | Jul 14, 2009 1:00:52 AM

Henderson's probably not hurt, but you have to remember he's not on our own summer league team...he's on Minnesota's team, they want to play their young guys, not our pick. They had plenty of picks, and they need to observe them all...I dont expect Henderson to see much time in Summer League, he only got 3 shots in game one and they didn't let him play game two...it's a shame but it's a business...

Posted by: aaron | Jul 14, 2009 1:09:13 AM

I think Aaron's point is probably well-taken. In fact, when Larry Brown talked before the draft about trying to place the rookies on other summer-league teams, he anticipated that issue: That he didn't want to interfere with another team getting the most out of summer league. Brown and Minnesota GM David Kahn are friends, which is how Henderson ended up with that summer team.

Posted by: Rick Bonnell | Jul 14, 2009 6:21:32 AM

Henderson's going to be alright. As soon as training camp starts; he'll get more coaching from probably the best teacher of the game. My question Rick is; since we lost McDyess to the Spurs and Bass to the Magic, do you think the Bobcats should make a play for Chris Wilcox? Of the free agents available, he seems to be able to fill a need at power forward. He plays with energy and he runs the floor well. Your thoughts..

Posted by: Tyrone | Jul 14, 2009 6:44:37 AM

Michael Procton, do you know that "Tar Babies" is an incredibly offensive racist term, or was that your point?

Posted by: jeff | Jul 14, 2009 7:16:56 AM

Procton will say he didn't know that was a racist comment like every other person that makes racist comments and gets called out on it...anyway, I would like the Bobcats to re-sign May to a one or two year contract..I seen him playin in the NC Pro-Am and he looks like the Sean May from UNC...We've spent to much money on him to just let him go all because he's fat...-Chan

Posted by: CHAN | Jul 14, 2009 8:18:32 AM

I think the Bobcat's are sitting on their a**, waiting for the cheapest free agent PF to show up with a "need work" sign and cup in their hand. What a pathetic situation this team is in. At least engineer a trade to get us a quality PF. I mean, Frye is signed, the other options are history. WHY NOT SIGN GOODEN? He's a quality player and would be a great option on this team. Keep sitting on your a** Higgins. It's this way every summer. We do nothing to address the PF spot. We traded for Diaw, a fine player but an undersized 4 who hurts us on rebounding. Do not bring McMay back. I'd rather have Gooden, Wilcox or a few other players before throwing any money back into Sean's strip bar account.

Posted by: Mark | Jul 14, 2009 8:32:29 AM

The 'Cats can't do anything until they see what happens with Felton. People aren't understanding this. If they went out and signed a PF to anything more than the MLE any team could offer Felton a high contract and we wouldn't match if it pushed us into luxury territory.

Ultimately, the team's goal will be to re-up Felton, then look to see what PF options are out there. I'm personally glad to see some poise while other teams are overpaying for players (see Paul Millsap and Martin Gortat).

Posted by: James Dator | Jul 14, 2009 9:01:57 AM

I would really like for the Bobcats to sign Chris Wilcox. I think he'll be great for the Bobcats PF spot and he's a 6-10 that can ocasionally play C if Emeka or Diop get in foul trouble. He's young, athletic and a decent scorer and rebounder, he can easily get 10ppg and 7rpg every night as a backup. I'll take that every day, and he knows he'll get more playing time here than pretty much anywhere else.

Posted by: RobC | Jul 14, 2009 9:26:54 AM

vegas is perfect for May, they have all those cheap buffets.

Posted by: michael avery | Jul 14, 2009 9:28:24 AM

please help a brutha out

Posted by: Sean May | Jul 14, 2009 9:32:32 AM

Rick - I like your work and don't mean to sound harsh, but seriously, who cares? Please - enough with the May articles. Let's talk about AI or what we should do to get better. I liked your article about the rest of east getting better while we stand pat. Even if our front office is not doing squat, let's make some suggestions. One thing for sure - please, no more Sean May updates. He didn't even suit up for 1/4 of the games last year.

Posted by: HJ | Jul 14, 2009 9:34:28 AM

I recognize the controversy around the word Tarbaby, though I don't think it was used w/ racist intent.

What should be recognized is that we're dealing with southerner white people here. Racism is ignored, denied, and silently accepted. It's a sad fact, but it's a fact. Most people don't care.

Posted by: Bobby | Jul 14, 2009 10:00:24 AM

Vegas suits Sean fine.
They have some great dinner buffets there!

Posted by: joe wallis | Jul 14, 2009 10:00:28 AM

Look at all the GM's. Maybe you should apply for your rightful positions cause you all know so much about basketball and the business!! How about they (Higgins, MJ and Brown) know what they're doing. Or you should write them and tell them what YOU think they should do.

Posted by: jdub | Jul 14, 2009 10:15:12 AM

I tink he'd do better as a paid spokesman for McDonalds and Cosmos....much more his fit.

Posted by: Nina_Beezy | Jul 14, 2009 10:17:18 AM

Sean May is a fat dump

Posted by: Fat Dump | Jul 14, 2009 10:20:51 AM

You aren't being harsh, but let me explain something. I was off yesterday (I'm owed a lot of time off that I need to use up before training camp). I emailed Sean to see if anything was new and he happened to reply with something newsworthy. So I blogged something brief. Just because you don't care doesn't mean others don't.

Posted by: Rick Bonnell | Jul 14, 2009 10:26:24 AM

I would rather spend the MLE in a 2-3 year deal with Wilcox than sign Sean May to a 1 year deal for the minimum. At least you can count on Wilcox, that he'll be in shape and will be a consistent backup PF. $5M/Year for a back up PF is not that bad if we consider than 90% of bigs in the NBA are over paid ($7+M most of them). Also, Wilcox is 6-10, long and athletic. He can run the floor and he can play both PF & C.

Posted by: RobC | Jul 14, 2009 10:27:56 AM

who cares about Sean May ...

Lets talk about ADAM MORRISON killin it for the Lakers in their summer league....this kid has a better NBA future than sean may...

The only GOOD move the bobcats have made is getting Diaw & that old shooting guard raja

Posted by: Scott | Jul 14, 2009 10:27:58 AM

I think signing Wilcox would be a good move too.

Posted by: Art of the Fan | Jul 14, 2009 10:29:27 AM

If you add up all of the time Sean May has played for the Bobcats will it add up to a half of season yet? If I was Bob Johnson I feel that Sean May owes me a refund for money spent.

Posted by: Hands | Jul 14, 2009 10:37:23 AM

Why dont the bobcats persue drew gooden? And on top of adam morrison killin it in the summer league, cartier martin is playing an awesome few games for golden state..should we have kept him rick?

Posted by: Brett Johnson | Jul 14, 2009 10:42:28 AM

LOL... are you seriously talking about morrision scoring in the summer league as though that means something? The Bobcats knew morrison could score some but he's a liability everywhere else on the court. I'm ok with the Bobcats standing pat. No matter who we sign we are not going to win a championship this year so why contribute any more to future salary. Lets sign someone to a one year deal and make a playoff push this year then use our expiring contracts next year!

Posted by: Tony Belk | Jul 14, 2009 10:52:28 AM

Trade for Ellington and Maye and HANDSBORO! You tell the mangers of the colliseam that is the ONLY way to sell tikets!!!! Go Heels!

Posted by: Tarheel_jo | Jul 14, 2009 10:59:16 AM

Oh, so Adam Morrison is tearing it up in Summer League? Sounds familiar. He played well in Summer League games for Charlotte, if you remember. That has simply not translated into consistently good play at the NBA regular-season level. Keep in mind that rookies and mediocre NBA players can look like all-stars in Summer League, simply because most of the players involved in Summer League play are fighting to get on a roster.

Posted by: The A-Train | Jul 14, 2009 11:00:28 AM

Rick, I'm thankful for any info you can pass on associated with the Bobcats... keep up the good work

Posted by: just me | Jul 14, 2009 11:00:39 AM

i want wilcox, better fit for the team we have, can you imagine gerald, wilcox, henderson running the florr with felton. omg..highlight reel all day

Posted by: teemac | Jul 14, 2009 11:07:10 AM


Well, your blog did make it to ESPN rumors, so I guess someone cares. So, what is your opinion of AI? Bobcats have been mentioned as an outside chance, with the Clps, Grizz, and Heat being the front runners in that order. What are we offering? What can we offer? Is it something that is in the best interest of our organization? What is the opinions within the organization? I, for one, am pushing for it. Start him at the two, with Raja coming off the bench. As you said before, with the East improving, we need to do something, or we could be in the lottery again.

Posted by: HJ | Jul 14, 2009 11:43:43 AM

I have to comment on the people calling out Michael Procton's use of Tar Baby. If he was using this as a racist remark, he would spell it Tarbaby. Instead he was using the beginning of Tarheel, with baby - calling tarheel fans babies. That's so freaking obvious. You overly sensitive PC racebaiting crybabies make me want to puke. It's idiots like you who keep real racist in business. DA's.

Posted by: scott | Jul 14, 2009 12:09:36 PM

The Bobcats will splash HERE: But the offseason of 2010 is not just the Summer of LeBron. It's also the Summer of Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Amare Stoudemire, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, Tyson Chandler, Manu Ginobili, Richard Jefferson, Joe Johnson, Tracy McGrady, Yao Ming, Steve Nash, Dirk Nowitzki and Michael Redd, each of whom can become an unrestricted free agent in 2010.

Posted by: Anonymous | Jul 14, 2009 12:18:03 PM

Jeff, I really don't care. If you choose to be offended by the racial connotations of a statement that had absolutely nothing to do with race, that's your decision.

jdub, Higgins and Jordan DON'T know what they're doing. Look at the franchises they've both run into the ground (GS and WAS, respectively.) Look at the terrible contracts they've burdened us with (Mohammed, Diop, Radmanovic, Diaw.)

Rob, that's all well and good, but are you going to put up the money for that deal?

Posted by: Michael Procton | Jul 14, 2009 12:21:35 PM

Rick Bonnell you should become Sean May's agent. You seem to be the only one in this city that seems to care about him. Every chance you get you write a columns about him and try make sound like a great guy. For those of us who go to the games know that is not true. Can the cheerleading for this guy please end.

Posted by: michael avery | Jul 14, 2009 12:22:16 PM

This is Adam's third summer league with a good showing. I'm afraid it doesn't mean much.

Posted by: DeLaQuest | Jul 14, 2009 1:07:11 PM

what about T Thomas can play the 3 or 4 and he's a LB guy. they did try to trade for em during the season. also like the ideal of going after wilcox

Posted by: Danny | Jul 14, 2009 1:16:44 PM

James, the Cats do not have to wait on what they do with Felton. All they can offer any free agent player is the MLE or some portion of it. They signed Felts (a restricted free agent) to the qualifying offer, which counts against the cap. Even if they complete a longer term deal, or match another team's offer, IT DOESN'T AFFECT THE MLE!! So the Cat's can offer any free agent (or RFA) up to the max MLE to play for next season. So far they've chosen to do NOTHING! That's not being smart..it's waiting until the worst, cheapest options are available before you spend any money.

Rick, tell me I'm wrong and I'll shut up. But the fact is, no trades and no offers are anywhere close. This team is dealing on the cheap. At least they should admit as much. Heck, if you can't even offer Iverson enough money to play when he's willing to play for ANY team, at the MLE or below, then you're in serious trouble.

Posted by: Mark | Jul 14, 2009 1:58:58 PM

I've received two emails the last couple of weeks, accusing me of deleting comments in response to this blog. I don't control any of that, the editors at charlotte.com do. If you write something vulgar, or blatantly false, I suspect they'll remove it. But I don't make that call.

Posted by: Rick Bonnell | Jul 14, 2009 2:03:31 PM

If most of you don't care about Sean May, stop posting comments when Rick writes about him. Get over it. For those of you who think the Bobcats are sitting idle are just plain ignorant to business. It takes two to make a trade (meaning another team) and if takes a player wanting to take an offer if he is a free agent. No team is going to just give the Bobcats a player because they say we want them and no player in this day and age (me first league) is going to take their money just because it's offered to them.

Posted by: Jimmy | Jul 14, 2009 2:14:03 PM

Also Wilcox is home bread; from Carolina. He didn't get much playing time when he was in L.A. But it was the Clippers though. He took off when he was traded to Seattle.. His stats is not bad and he'd be a welcome addition off the bench to back up Diaw at the four spot. I'm sure MJ, LB and Higgins are looking at different ways to improve the roster. Remember, Richardson for Diaw and Bell trade came out of no where. There wasn't a rumor on anyone's radar that the Bobcats were looking for a major trade. Not saying that they are now, but I'm sure they're looking at the best free agents out there and they're going to bring in the best fit for LB.

Posted by: Tyrone | Jul 14, 2009 2:17:21 PM

What is the leaque minimum? What about a series of 7 game contracts?

Posted by: Musson | Jul 14, 2009 2:37:59 PM

wilcox has never put up 32 points on dwight howard. we already have a lotta bigs with little to no game, we're looking for post scoring and we have no money. our options our slim. i say you take the guy that's been quite dominant when healthy over a guy that's a small time contributer. we got guys that can be chris wilcox. i like wilcox but not for us right now.

Posted by: charlottean | Jul 14, 2009 2:48:27 PM

oh and morrison asked for his trade so technically that was a pretty good move regardless of how much radmonovic gets paid.

Posted by: charlottean | Jul 14, 2009 2:49:17 PM

"This organization LOVES its Tar Babies, and, sadly, May’s potential is as high as any player left in FA."

Rick, why is this racist comment still posted on your blog?

Posted by: B.Brown | Jul 14, 2009 3:11:45 PM


Posted by: tampa-fan-N-pnthr-Land | Jul 14, 2009 3:15:39 PM

There is a restaurant at the beach (Cherry Grove) called Tar Babies.

Posted by: Andy | Jul 14, 2009 3:59:18 PM

Actually Bobby, I am a "southerner white person", and I don't ignore, deny or silently accept racism. I was pointing out the comment to the person who made it, not making broad generalizations about a large group of people, as you are doing now.

I'm sure I don't need to point out that when you make a comment like that, you sound just as ignorant as you accuse others of being.

Posted by: jeff | Jul 14, 2009 4:55:56 PM

Trade for Boozer ASAP!

Posted by: BobCat Fan Fo'lyfe | Jul 14, 2009 10:37:06 PM

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