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November 18, 2009

On Jordan, Jackson and cap space

 I wrote some in Tuesday's Observer about the salary-cap implication of the trade with Golden State, but I thought it might be helpful to discuss this in more detail:

The Bobcats made a significant bet that Stephen Jackson will work out here. He's owed nearly $28 million over the next three seasons. Had the Bobcats stayed with what they had, they would have owed Vlade Radmanovic about $6.9 million next season and Bell nothing (his contract expires after this season).

This is consistent with Michael Jordan's strategy since he started shaping the Bobcats' roster. Jordan doesn't give a lot of interviews, but when he does speak he's pretty candid: He's said repeatedly that trading for existing contracts is a more reliable way to upgrade talent than hoarding cap space to pursue big-name free agents.

In general, I think that's sound reasoning, particularly for a team in the Bobcats' market size. But it reemphasizes the stakes involved in Jackson working out here on and off the court.

Posted by Observer Sports on November 18, 2009 at 01:58 PM | Permalink

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jordan can't manage crap.

Posted by: Sean May | Nov 18, 2009 2:19:46 PM

That makes sense because what big name free agent would come to the bobcats. NONE.

The good thing about Jackson he is a proven commodity, we know cleveland wants him and pretty sure close to playoff time, somebody else will come to calling. If it don't work out now, and If it comes down to it we will flip him for something else. I agree with Jordan for the first time.

Posted by: deon | Nov 18, 2009 2:35:55 PM

That makes sense however it assumes that's the only way to improve things for this franchise. I don't think you can consistently upgrade talent with trades. I know that isn't what you're saying but it often looks like that's what the Bobcats are doing. While I believe that trades can help teams talent wise it's not a sure fire way to do that, even the best teams make mistakes with trades.

I think taking an approach similar to that of Portland or Oklahoma City where you acquire draft picks in trades instead more talented but disgruntled players in a better strategy.

Also there's something to be said for really scouting the waiver wire and finding the next Brandon Bass, Earl (JR) Smith, Matt Barnes, etc is a strategy that the Bobcats haven't adopted that could work.

When you stack your cap with Stephen Jackson's, Boris Diaw's, and Desagana Diop's it makes it hard to have the money/flexibility for the true high value/low cost players that come in the draft or waiver wire

Posted by: James Hamlin | Nov 18, 2009 2:50:55 PM

HAVEN'T YOU HEARD...D-WADE WILL BE HERE NEXT YEAR !!! HE LOVES MJ...AND MJ INDIRECTLY CROWNED HIM HIS HEIR APPARENT ALLOWING HIM TO WEAR HIS NEW 2010 JORDANS FIRST !!! HAHAHA YEA RIGHT ! WE CAN DREAM ! WE NEED TO BEAT PHILLY TONIGHT , BUCKS ON FRI AND INDY ON SUNDAY AND WE WILL BE RIGHT BACK IN THE THICK OF THINGS AT 6-7 ! GO CATS !

Posted by: Elliot | Nov 18, 2009 3:38:51 PM

James Hamlin: well said, brother! I agree with everything you say in your post. I would add that in order to improve via the draft, you have to make the right picks. History says that the Bobs need to improve the way they evaluate draft prospects.

Posted by: Deuce | Nov 18, 2009 3:52:23 PM

while his strategy is completely on key with what charlotte can do as an organization in free agency......his implimentation of that strategy is terrible. especially in a trade that doesn't really address any need other than another scorer.

Posted by: charlottean | Nov 18, 2009 4:01:17 PM

jordan could barely manage his bulge in those hanes commercials

Posted by: Sean May | Nov 18, 2009 4:07:24 PM

Trade Diaw for Varejo. Bobcats have to many scorers now that want to take it one on one. Cleveland needs a power forward who can score. We need hustlers like Varejo. Than try to bring Chuck Hayes from Houston. He is another rebounder. Trade Augustine for him. Bring in Iverson. We would be a complete team then for sure. Especially when Chandler get healthy along with MO, they could do things

Posted by: Dherac | Nov 18, 2009 4:11:28 PM

You say that we have too many scorers now that want to take it one on one, yet you want to get rid of Diaw and bring in Iverson? I support bringing Iverson under the right circumstances, but that doesn't fit your logic of getting a player that doesn't want to take it one on one.

Posted by: EricH | Nov 18, 2009 5:08:08 PM

I am the biggest Jordan fan out there, but he has done nothing since joining the Bobcats organiztion that would indicate he is capabable of building a winning team. If only they would have awarded this NBA team to M.L. Carr and Larry Bird, we'd be in a lot better position. The Bobcats?? Orange and Blue?? I can whip a Bobcats ass and with these colors they might as well call us the "Charlotte Pimps"

Posted by: Pantherheels | Nov 18, 2009 5:31:47 PM

Too many scorers???????????What are you on crack dude

Posted by: RufusDufus | Nov 18, 2009 5:59:48 PM

No Risk no reward.....trading may have more 'certainly' because a player's capabilties have been displayed in the NBA, but can be hard to get the other team to free up the calibre of players we need.

With good scouting and 'stock picking' the draft provides a way to obtain a talent and keep him for many years either through the rookie contracts or Bird Rights.

Jordan simply has been burned in the draft: Kwame Brown, Adam Morrison.

A well seasoned NBA General Manager knows how to use the draft, trades and Free agent signings to his advantage.

Posted by: bobfan1 | Nov 18, 2009 8:42:00 PM

bobfan1:
Your concerns about Jordan's track record as a drafter are understandable. But that's immaterial to what I was writing:
I was saying Jordan thinks trading for talent is generally a more reliable strategy than building a war chest to sign a big-name free agent. And, in a vacuum, there's validity in that reasoning.

Posted by: Rick Bonnell | Nov 18, 2009 8:53:30 PM

for the record......iverson creates more assists than our pg's are currently creating. people just don't pay attention to the passing because he shoots so much but he is not a bad passer by any stretch. major misconception of dude.

Posted by: charlottean | Nov 19, 2009 9:51:39 AM

for the record......iverson creates more assists than our pg's are currently creating. people just don't pay attention to the passing because he shoots so much but he is not a bad passer by any stretch. major misconception of dude.

Posted by: charlottean | Nov 19, 2009 9:51:39 AM

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