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September 24, 2009

Murray appears headed to Charlotte

Just got confirmation from an NBA source that the Bobcats are close to a deal with free agent Flip Murray to be their third point guard.

This makes great sense, since Murray can play both guard positions in a pinch. He's a better fit that way than Rashad McCants might have been and coach Larry Brown always prefers to have three point guards on his roster.

Posted by Observer Sports on September 24, 2009 at 10:34 PM | Permalink


Great move by the Bobs! This makes so much more sense than Iverson. A proven scorer at the 2 spot to back up Raja. And unlike Iverson, he's fine with being a role player and will actually help the team.

Posted by: BarnOwl | Sep 24, 2009 10:58:25 PM

Yes and with the final pick of Free Agency, the Bobcats sign Flip Murray. (maybe this is what they wanted to do the whole time)

Posted by: GodFaTh3r | Sep 24, 2009 10:59:57 PM

Rick do you see this guy taking all of Henderson's minutes at SG,I sure do we need the scoring.

Posted by: WestBlvdBobcat | Sep 24, 2009 11:02:26 PM

Great move....just got excited about the bobcats for the first time all summer when i saw that deal scroll across the bottom of the screen. Flip Murray is a proven scorer and has played with Lebron and has playoff experience. We now have a very nice bench with dj, flip, vlad,henderson, and nazr/ajinca...please leave diop out ! nazr has much more to offer ! I think this signing will thin out gerald hendersons minutes somewhat...instead of playing 15 mins a game, he will play 8-10. Playoffs here we come..........43-39....you heard it here first....Rick...what do you think ?

Posted by: Elliot | Sep 24, 2009 11:11:38 PM

I like the move, Murray had some big games for the Hawks. Always thought he was more of a 2 guard which is what we need (no offense to Henderson).

What about Dontell Jefferson? Is he signed? He was looking pretty good once he got a few games under his belt.

Score a decent PF and the bobs may be in business.

Posted by: HoopsFan | Sep 24, 2009 11:12:27 PM

Who the hell is flip murray

Posted by: Kevin | Sep 24, 2009 11:34:27 PM

The Bobcats are getting a good player at a bargain price. Flip Murray can score, can defend, and above all, has the versatility that LB likes, since he can play both guard positions (though, he's mainly a SG). We would've been in much better shape last season if we had Murray when Augustin, then Bell, were injured.
But, what minutes does this move leave for Henderson ? This looks like an imbalance in the roster, with all these guards who need playing time versus the lack of a back-up power forward. Trading Raja Bell for a PF seems to be the needed solution.

Posted by: Sandy | Sep 24, 2009 11:53:12 PM

Great pick up. Yes, not a PF, but great pick up. I remember just a few years ago when he started for the then Sonics and tore it up. He's instant scoring and, like previously mentioned, not a head case like Iverson or McCants. I think he will be great off the bench or for when Raja gets hurt here and there and has to start. I really like the shaping of this team thus far. Too bad we don't have Russian tycoons interested in spending lots of money for us though...

Posted by: MJC | Sep 25, 2009 12:34:28 AM

This is good news, he will come off the bench strong. Please scrounge around your couches bobby J and pick up a backup PF

Posted by: BobbinNweavin | Sep 25, 2009 2:17:20 AM

Best move of the summer (read: only move). Seriously though, good pickup. Kind of surprising to see Murray sign with the cats, he had a pretty good year, some contenders could have used his services. Their loss is the cats gain however.

Henderson is going to ride pine like most rookies not selected in the top 10. He's a role player that has promise in the next few years, but his shooting is going to severely limit his minutes this year.

Posted by: David | Sep 25, 2009 2:21:16 AM

Fabulous. And david, we traded Okafor this summer, so this isn't the only move.

Posted by: mp | Sep 25, 2009 4:45:16 AM

"Great move by the Bobs! This makes so much more sense than Iverson."

Is Rod Higgins secretly posting under pseudonyms?

Never did I imagine such positive reaction over the signing of "Flip Murray." Slow, indeed.

Posted by: ASChin | Sep 25, 2009 6:04:02 AM

Yep and the fact that he is a relatively local product (Shaw University grad) can't hurt either. He likely wants to be here and will do what it takes to stay

Posted by: Percy | Sep 25, 2009 6:24:57 AM

Trade Augustine for a power forward, both point guards are bigger than him. The small point guard is a thing of the past. Look at Paul, Billups, and Williams. They're big. Flip will be the number 2 coming out of preseason. Watch for the trade.

Posted by: Dherac | Sep 25, 2009 7:38:55 AM

Is Murray the guy that always burned us whenever he played against us? It was either him, or Smush Parker, or some scrub like that.

Posted by: Will | Sep 25, 2009 7:47:14 AM

solid pickup for a good price

Posted by: HJ | Sep 25, 2009 7:50:53 AM

Trade Augustine and Diop for a back power foward. Pick up Tryone Lue as the 3rd point guard, he shoots 43% from the 3pt line and the Bobcats are playoff bound. Plus covered if someone gets injured. Or keep everything like it is and next year make room for D Wade. lol

Posted by: Dherac | Sep 25, 2009 8:04:25 AM

I'm also in the "good move" camp with Flip. He can be an important role player that helps us reach the playoffs. But a reserve big man is critical. Vlad Rad is not a power forward. Diaw is but he also surrenders size to bigger 4's. Counting on Chandler to play multiple minutes at that spot is trouble. Trading DJ is NOT going to happen, as Felts is on his one year plan and DJ is LB's pet project. Bell makes the most sense to deal but he's also an important contributor. I doubt he's traded until closer to the deadline.

Posted by: Mark | Sep 25, 2009 8:05:59 AM

Flip = instant offense off the bench. He has a lot of experience including playoffs. He has also been in multiple situations where he has had to find his niche with team or take over due to injuries. Im in the majority with this move. Good one for the Cats.

Posted by: Mr. Charlotte | Sep 25, 2009 8:20:04 AM

Augustine won't be there next year. He's not Iverson. Flip is a better player than August. Felton is bigger. Get rid of Augustine and Diop, bring in a back up PF, get T. Lue of the streets and all we'll be missing is Wade. Believe me Jordan knows.

Posted by: Dherac | Sep 25, 2009 8:25:01 AM

I love this signing too... Gives the 'Cats some great depth in terms of scoring off the bench.

Posted by: PantherDave | Sep 25, 2009 8:58:33 AM

If only we had drafted Tyler Hansbrough, not Gerald Henderson (as some of us suggested), we would've had no problem trying to figure out the Bobcats' roster now. Tyler would've been the back-up PF we need, while Murray can be a quality sixth man, covering both guard positions. Too good to be true, right?
But, as the roster stands now, we have a lottery pick rookie guard who needs playing time to develop into an NBA player. I just don't think you use a lottery pick on a player with good potential only to severely limit his minutes. That's why a trade that nets us a PF should involve one of our guards.

Posted by: Sandy | Sep 25, 2009 9:33:27 AM

I think with this signing, barring another move by the Cats, you are going to see Gerald Henderson-DNP (Coach's Decision) quite a bit this season.

Posted by: heelatious | Sep 25, 2009 9:53:24 AM

Gerald Henderson is a rookie on a Larry Brown team... he was never going to play much no matter who was on the roster.

Posted by: mcap | Sep 25, 2009 11:03:58 AM

DJ Augustin was a rookie on a Larry Brown team...last time I checked he lead the Bobcats' bench in minutes played. Sixth on the team with 26.5 MPG, trailing only the starting five.

Posted by: Bill Bigsby | Sep 25, 2009 11:09:39 AM

Great move Flip is a perfect fit for us. Guaranteed scoring off the Bench. I love it!!

Posted by: Bcat2.0 | Sep 25, 2009 12:01:14 PM

DJ did play a lot. There was no veteran alternative that was better. Henderson isn't in the same situation and Larry doesn't like to play rookies.

Posted by: Yeah? | Sep 25, 2009 4:32:31 PM

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