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July 17, 2009

May has multiple options, post-Vegas

A quick update on ex-Bobcat Sean May's auditions in Las Vegas:

May emailed me to say he worked out for Cleveland, Chicago, Sacramento, Portland and the Los Angeles Lakers. He says that resulted in multiple contract offers that he and his agent (Arn Tellem) are considering.

Talking to others who saw him in Las Vegas (where most of the NBA's 30 teams have converged for summer league), May is in good shape -- trimmed down both in terms of weight and body fat. Many of you don't want to hear this, but I think May understands he's running out of chances to restore his reputation as an NBA player. Wherever that next stop is, I think he'll take it very seriously. May is one of the smarter people I know, as NBA players go.

This is just my educated guess -- not inside information -- but if I were May, I'd give Sacramento every consideration. The Kings aren't close to playoff contention and they need more big men. So there's playing time available, and May needs every opportunity to prove he's ready to contribute. He's no longer a former lottery pick; he's a guy in search of work. 

Posted by Observer Sports on July 17, 2009 at 04:50 PM | Permalink


the bobcats need to sign sean may back!!
they also need to trade felton to the knicks for nate robinson since they wont sign him back

Posted by: jeremy | Jul 17, 2009 5:22:36 PM

I hope someone signs him other than us.

Posted by: Panthers Super Fan | Jul 17, 2009 5:33:44 PM

Kind of pathetic really... both May and Morrison are NBA players, maybe not lottery talents, but NBA players definitely. Just not with the bobcats. Leaves a bad taste in the mouth.

Posted by: David | Jul 17, 2009 5:45:42 PM

The difference is May wanted to be here, to make amends for the perception people have of him. Morrison asked out and Brown was baffled; how could the third overall pick act so shocked and psyched out by public expectation to perform?
It was obvious from last fall's training camp on that it was never going to work here with Morrison. May was something that still might have worked out.

Posted by: Rick Bonnell | Jul 17, 2009 5:51:36 PM

May is still an enigma. Nobody really knows if he can play in the NBA or not. If he's not injured and he's finally got himself into shape he's likely to get one final chance. I don't blame the Bobcats for being unwilling to spend millions per year to see if he's up to it or not.

Posted by: Dirk Diggler | Jul 17, 2009 6:52:53 PM

If the money is right and he has gotten himself into shape finally the cats should definitely bring him back given the HUGE hole at PF.

He's also a good passer for a big and has an outside shot, which would fit well with diaw's game I think.

Still wishing they drafted earl clark...

Posted by: john | Jul 17, 2009 7:17:42 PM

What did you like so much about Earl Clark? Not debating you, but he's not a power forward and they have too many small forwards, not too few.

Posted by: Rick Bonnell | Jul 17, 2009 7:39:32 PM

I hope May get's 30pts a game and 15 rebounds. He has it in him and i hope he stays with the bobcats and does just that.

Posted by: elov2000 | Jul 17, 2009 7:55:38 PM

I think he should get his best offer come back to the bobcats front office and say give me this plus a key to the exersice room and I'll take it.

Posted by: mrtarheel | Jul 17, 2009 8:36:03 PM

May has plenty of options... pizza... seafood... pasta... burgers... steak... cheese fries...

Posted by: James | Jul 17, 2009 9:14:53 PM

Confused....other than UNC alum, who saw anything resembling an NBA player in May? He was fat, lazy, alaways hurt and never motivated.

Posted by: Chris | Jul 17, 2009 9:30:24 PM

MJ drafts horribly....here and elsewhere.....he went to.....hmmmmm.....UNC?
He wasn't involved in drafting fatboy May was he?

Posted by: Chris | Jul 17, 2009 9:33:30 PM

Chris - MJ wasn't involved in drafting May and Felton - he didn't join the team until a few weeks prior to drafting Morrison.....

Posted by: bobfan1 | Jul 17, 2009 9:38:12 PM

Sounds like Chris has a case of the UNC creamed everyone and one the Championship blues to me.I'm sorry what team of yours did we slaughter?

Posted by: bryant80 | Jul 17, 2009 10:15:24 PM


Posted by: bryant80 | Jul 17, 2009 10:16:47 PM

May's top choices will probably be: 1) The Porterhouse at Outback accompanied with a Bloomin Onion and Cheese Fries; 2) An Extra Large Supreme Pizza at Pizza Hut with extra cheese; 3)3 Dozen Glazed Krispy Kreme Doughnuts.

Posted by: Steve Wojo | Jul 17, 2009 10:28:36 PM

Welcome to the 4th annual "Sean May Is Finally In Good Shape" pre-season article. Thanks Bonnell - we can't wait for next year's edition!

Posted by: www.seanmaysay.com | Jul 17, 2009 11:18:10 PM

Man Wojo, that comment was about funny as it was witty. Well I actually can't stand Carolina, but realistically May has a skill set that could translate in the NBA, he's a solid rebounder with soft hands and good touch on his shot out to 18 feet. He's a liability on a pick and roll, but he's no worse than Emeka or any of our other bigs (excluding Boris). He's got good footwork on the offensive end. Yes he had a weight problem, but does he now? Why not take a one year tender on him? Worse case scenario, he does what he did last year on the bench for less money. And if he somehow becomes that player that we envisioned with the 13th pick,we get a good deal.

Posted by: Joe | Jul 17, 2009 11:32:20 PM

Hate to say it but sounds like someone else is about to reap the rewards of May finaly getting in shape/healthy. Could be the same way with Ammo. Now we're gonna overpay for Raymond when a year ago we drafted to take his position.

Let Felton go, DJ and Jefferson man the point and get a freaking scorer not named AI. Someone who can create and bury the jumper ( Henderson's not that guy). Someone like Rip Hamilton, Joe Johnson, Rudy Fernandez.

If going after a PF, get a real one who can toughen up the team and score as well. How much does Big Baby Want? I Like Boris but he is not a natural 4, plays more like a 3.

Our roster sucks as is, even if we make the playoffs, we're not going anywhere. Our ownership is starting to resemble the Hornets. George Shinn won't pay for players in N.O. either. But hey, they are a playoff team(going nowhere). Sound familiar?

Larry can coach em, do more with less, but you can only do so much with Jack/nine offsuit.

Posted by: Phil Ivey | Jul 17, 2009 11:37:23 PM

i hate to agree giving his history, but if he is capable of playing pain free and being somewhat productive, and all he's getting from other teams is a one year minimum contract, why not bring back a player who already knows the system to address an obvious hole at pf? what is there to lose?

Posted by: awayne83 | Jul 17, 2009 11:41:42 PM

i hope that there is more to report on than this. That is not a jab at Rick. The pending sales has us frozen. Funny - if the soon to be former owner signed AI to 5.9 MLE, the owner would make that back and some profit with merchandising (unless there is some deal i don't know about and the increase in ticket sales he would bring. Playoff experience would increase the value of the organization a little as well, making the 5.8 million double. but hey, what do i know?

Posted by: HJ | Jul 18, 2009 12:16:22 AM

Do something already. You snooze, you LOSE (as the Cats may well be reminded during the regular season).

Posted by: Ari | Jul 18, 2009 3:10:04 AM

LB had too many stipulations against May playing, but yet he was very productive given his playing time. He has soft hands, a nice jumper, can stretch the defense, rebound, and is a good foul shooter. The Cats need to resign him and trade Felton to NY for Lee, that would be perfect.

Posted by: D.W.G | Jul 18, 2009 5:17:43 AM

I don't dislike UNC, I dislike MJ and his half *** approach to running basketball teams. I am humored by UNC fans who see only blue, May will never be much more than bench fodder. I did not blame Jordan for drafting May and Felton, in fact I noted that he was not involved. They were drafted by the prior folks thinking it would put butts in the seats. Good plan so far.

How can you screw up a deal that includes a free arena.....oh wait, better than free. They get operating revenues from all events. Ought to be 360 events per year, might be, I don't know.

Have had season tickets from the start and just cannot get excited about them. LB has made great improvements and maybe a new owner could keep the momentum.

Posted by: Chris | Jul 18, 2009 7:08:51 AM

Gloating about UNC basketball championships...yawn. College sports are boring, filled with way too many players of marginal talent. The locals here have a bizarre obsession with amateur sports...remember the Chris Leak buzz...what a frickin' bust; he'll never amount to anything in the NFL. College football used to be enjoyable, but so many teams utilizing pansy spread offenses has diminished the physicality of the game.

Posted by: Rob | Jul 18, 2009 8:00:54 AM

Bobfan, you mean "won" not "one". Homophones are rather confusing to you, aren't they? It's one thing to make a typo...everybody does it. Unfortunately, you're just retarded...

Posted by: Rob | Jul 18, 2009 8:06:51 AM

Augustin, Henderson, Wallace, Diaw, May should be our starting 5 next year. We will win one game.

Posted by: Steve Wojo | Jul 18, 2009 8:49:08 AM

sean May has plenty of options....McDonalds, Wendys, KFC, Bogangles......

Posted by: Bobcat apathy | Jul 18, 2009 9:43:49 AM

just a ??, so have u heard anything about BJ selling the team lately? are we still in nego. with the guy from houston?

Posted by: trudukefan | Jul 18, 2009 10:01:54 AM


Here's a update on our skinny french PF, looking good fella's. Good ball control and a really nice shot.

Posted by: trudukefan | Jul 18, 2009 10:03:43 AM

this guy may have did okin the nba summer league, but he go 82 games is the real question.. this guy will get a deal becasuehe is a big with a jump shot, but a one year deal is all he will get. bobcats may try to sign him for one year..trade felton if we need to and free up some money

Posted by: tim | Jul 18, 2009 10:30:34 AM

Wouldn't it be interesting to see May come into the Arena playing for another team? The fans might start throwing things!

Posted by: Musson | Jul 18, 2009 10:45:16 AM

In those immortal words of Dean Wormer,

"Fat, dumb and lazy is no way to go through life, son."

Posted by: Musson | Jul 18, 2009 10:46:43 AM

Yah, DWG, May was GREAT last year. Shot almost 40%, got to the line an astonishing .8 times a game. We'll never replace that.

Bonnell, why would you defend this guy? If he's finally "motivated" and "ready to take basketball seriously," why the hell didn't he care as he was being paid millions over the last four years?

Posted by: Michael Procton | Jul 18, 2009 11:09:51 AM

Yah, DWG, May was GREAT last year. Shot almost 40%, got to the line an astonishing .8 times a game. We'll never replace that.

Bonnell, why would you defend this guy? If he's finally "motivated" and "ready to take basketball seriously," why the hell didn't he care as he was being paid millions over the last four years?

Posted by: Michael Procton | Jul 18, 2009 11:09:52 AM


He's a tweener who can play down low, he's also a good passer and defender so I think he would fit well with the team. He and Diaw could man the 3/4 as could a clark/wallace combo vs more athletic teams but generally I just felt he was way more talented than henderson - who I think can probably be a decent player in the NBA if he works on his jump shot.

And I guess I don't think they have too many small forwards who can play, I wouldn't call the position overloaded with talent.

Posted by: john | Jul 18, 2009 11:15:27 AM

May has some outstanding qualities. If only we could see them on the court. May has played in 25% of the games since his becoming an addition to the Bobcats. So what is his per game cost to the team? I agree we need a power forward badly but at what cost. Let LB do his job. He is one of the best in the NBA at it. This "In Limbo" ownership mode is not very good either. We need a Mark Cuban type. Always at the games and will spend what it takes to put a championship caliber team on the court.

Posted by: Steve Gilmore | Jul 18, 2009 11:18:23 AM

What kept May from losing the weight this whole last season when Brown gave him an ultimatum earlier this year? Being called out publicly by a coach, even if it is the sometimes zany LB is about as clear a wakeup call as a professional athlete should need. His inability to shed 20 pounds during a few month span with access to the healthiest food and great trainers/equipment should tell NBA teams all they need to know. Though I think he had/has the talent to be a starting middle of the road PF, with an above avergage skillset in soft hands and a 15ft range, all indication is that with his work ethic he'll be more of a 2nd teamer. Though I don't believe he'd have ever been a star, I think when its said and done he will have wasted the talents he was given.

Posted by: Greg | Jul 18, 2009 11:40:37 AM

Chris - I couldn't agree more. I also had season tickets since the beginning (section 112), but like you, am find it harder to get excited. Am originally from North, so don't have that UNC-Duke passion everyone else has. May is a bum who was blessed, but ruined it by being a little too social (those tied in to the uptown scene know what i mean). I do think MJ owning the team would be a very good thing. He would spend money to win.

Posted by: HJ | Jul 18, 2009 1:43:09 PM

MAy has plenty of options; McDonalds, Wendy's, Bojangles, KFC, the list is endless. Good God man, lose the tonnage!

Who really cares?

Posted by: Bobcat Apathy | Jul 18, 2009 4:25:32 PM

You people keep talking about May's soft hands? The only thing they have done in Charlotte is pour liquor drinks and FUEL pizza down his throat.

Posted by: Not a Fan of May... | Jul 18, 2009 4:50:15 PM

we enjoy college sports because we were smart enough to get into college

Posted by: gowolfpack | Jul 18, 2009 5:14:03 PM

Great for him as long as it is not the Bobcats. GO HEELS.

Posted by: Terry Farkas | Jul 18, 2009 6:20:36 PM

82 games in 4 seasons. I thought that Sean May could be like another Sam Perkins, as an undersized big man with an outside shot and so on. Like others have said each season there are stories about Sean May and how he has lost weight and is ready to contribute. It is possible that not playing almost at all for an entire season might have allowed his weak lags to refresh themselves but he has a long history of injuries even at UNC, remember? I wish him and Felton as they will likely move on, but 5 years from now Felton will be in the league and May will be on the UNC pregame show or or out of basketball entirely.

Posted by: Ryan, Greenville NC | Jul 19, 2009 1:23:47 PM

May's only options are what he wants to eat tonight. If he can't get in good enough shape to play for an entire season then he shouldn't be a pro. What a pitiful speciman. Makes me sick. Hopefully the Bobcats can ride Boris and GW to the playoffs this year.

Posted by: chris | Jul 19, 2009 11:13:41 PM


Posted by: Yeah? | Jul 20, 2009 12:46:29 AM


Posted by: Yeah? | Jul 20, 2009 12:57:44 AM


Sorry if this posted multiple times, but it wasn't showing up on my computer.

Posted by: Yeah? | Jul 20, 2009 1:01:05 AM

Sean May has signed with the Kings. Cartier Martin congratulated May on his twitter page

Posted by: Twittere | Jul 20, 2009 1:16:27 AM

Sean is like his dad, potentially solid NBA player that can't stay healthy- how did we get on to dissing college football?

Posted by: Bret | Jul 20, 2009 9:30:30 AM

I'd take May back if he can go 3-on-1 against Mek, Diop, and Diaw. I've personally been hoping that we bring back Juwan Howard and give him 1 more year as a player before he goes to an assistant coaching position. Diaw, Howard, May on the 4 would be good

Posted by: tattoo | Jul 20, 2009 10:48:05 AM

Please sign Hakim Warrick to be our backup PF!!!!!! Give him an offer sheet and see if Memphis matches, we have nothing to lose. What? one more week of inactivity?

Posted by: RobC | Jul 20, 2009 1:26:31 PM

Prediction: the next owner of the Bobcats will not be Jordan. He has had opportunity to close the deal, he just does not have the motive or desire. Even though Jordan probably had more determination and desire to succeed than anyone as a player, he has proven to be lacadaisical as a GM/owner.

It will be interesting to see how a new owner's philosophy changes the team, the players, the fans, etc.

Posted by: Deuce | Jul 21, 2009 11:29:00 AM


Posted by: Yeah? | Jul 21, 2009 2:09:24 PM


Posted by: Yeah? | Jul 21, 2009 2:09:25 PM

Sean just signed with the kings today!

Posted by: me | Jul 21, 2009 4:25:09 PM

Forget May, go get Gooden or Diogu..i personally prefer Gooden at least we know he can score and rebound

Posted by: Jay | Jul 21, 2009 7:22:09 PM

Yeah, so Sean May just signed a 1 year deal with Sacramento. Here's hoping there's a viable option out there for a decent back up at power forward. Any updates on Ajinca? I know Juwan Howard was solid for us last year. Any talks about resigning him?

Posted by: Eric | Jul 21, 2009 8:07:58 PM


Chad Ford via ESPN insider is reporting that the the bobcats are putting wallace on the trade block. What would be the kind of deal that would make them pull the trigger on something like that?

Posted by: HJ | Jul 21, 2009 9:34:05 PM

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