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February 16, 2010

On trade deadline, Wallace's dunks

 -- The Charlotte Bobcats obviously have needs (experience at backup power forward) and they've demonstrated throughout Michael Jordan's involvement with the team that they're willing traders. Still, there's a factor right now that narrows the possibility of them making a deal before Thursday's afternoon trade deadline:

It's my understanding they'd be reluctant to add to payroll, either this season or in the future, to make something happen. I assume that's majority owner Bob Johnson's position, particularly with Johnson well down the road to selling controlling interest in the team.

I'm not saying it's impossible the Bobcats will make a deal. I'm not even saying something couldn't fall in their lap so attractive that they could be convinced to add payroll. But it's just common sense that if you're shunning contracts with more years than the ones you'd be giving up, you'll have a tough time making an impact deal in this economic climate.

-- It's no secret backup point guard D.J. Augustin would be the most logical player to be moved (although Raymond Felton's unrestricted free-agency would be a disincentive to trading Augustin). We asked Augustin Monday night if he's concerned about being traded or if he's inquired with his agent or team management about the possibilities.

Augustin said he's tuning it all out, since there's nothing he can do to affect whether he stays or goes. D.J. is a bright kid with character, so I'm not surprised this would be his approach.

--Felton said he wasn't particularly surprised teammate Gerald Wallace didn't win the dunk contest. To Felton that demonstrates Wallace values substance over showmanship.

"Gerald is a game-time dunker,'' Felton said. "Some people are just more creative (coming up with spectacular-looking dunks) than others.''

Posted by Observer Sports on February 16, 2010 at 11:36 AM | Permalink


I just said the exact same statement Raymond said at the bottom of another article yesterday....... The dunk contest doesn't really fit him. Add the fact that he still recovering from an injury and its no suprise he didn't win it.

I remember the days when the slam dunk contest would last all night. Now its over after one commercial. And to make matters worst, the guys who can really fly out the gym, never want to be in it. The way its looking now, they might take this event away alltogether.

Posted by: Smitty | Feb 16, 2010 12:11:29 PM

Since all these other crappy deals for Stoudemire are being thrown out there, how come the Bobcats are not in the running for Amare?

How about Augustin, Diaw and Diop for Stoudemire? Money-wise it works out well and they can develop DJ to take over for Nash, Diaw could contribute right away and then they can always use an extra ball boy in Diop.

Posted by: ronnie grillo | Feb 16, 2010 1:06:53 PM

Going after Stoudemire is a waste of time. Stoudemire wants to play for a contender plus wants a max contract which we are not (yet) and won't do. So even if Suns trade with us, we won't get to resign him after this season.

Posted by: B'cats | Feb 16, 2010 1:54:35 PM

Tyrus Thomas please!

Posted by: Yo | Feb 16, 2010 2:13:00 PM

Ronnie, get real. Would you want Diaw, Augustin and Diop for Amare? That would just be stupid. We aren't going to get in the sweepstakes with that because we aren't going to give up the players who are worth something. Wallace, Jackson and Felton aren't going anywhere.

Posted by: Roger | Feb 16, 2010 2:37:39 PM

If you're Phoenix, what's crappy about J.J. Hickson, plus Zydrunas Ilgauskas's expiring contract (which means you drop $11.5 million off next season's payroll), plus whatever else the Cavs would offer?
You think Steve Kerr can't read a spread sheet, concerning Diop's contract?

Posted by: Rick Bonnell | Feb 16, 2010 2:38:06 PM

We would be minus Diop/$ good thing, DJ has no confidence, Diaw is not the same player as last year. Then we would have the cap space to add some more pieces next year.

Posted by: Shakenbaker23 | Feb 16, 2010 2:38:38 PM

The best options for the Bobcats it's try to make that deal for Tyrus Thomas. I know the Bulls were asking for a lot, initially. But as time goes by, they are running out of options. Portland no longer is in the mix, Cleveland is not interested and the Celtics look like they will not do anything big (if anything at all). I guess their best option right know to get rid of Thomas is trade with the Bobcats, the cats might add a 2nd Rd pick to the original deal if needed.

Bulls get: Acie Law, Flip Murray, 1st Rd Pick and 2nd Rd Pick.
Bobcats get: Tyrus Thomas.

That deal will not only make the Bobcats 100% better at the PF position, but it might also cheer up Gerald Henderson, since he might become part of the rotation with Derrick Brown moving to the backup SF.

That'll make the Bobcats so much better, that perhaps that is one of the reason the Bulls don't want to trade with the Bobcats.

Posted by: RobC | Feb 16, 2010 3:22:21 PM

Could we make a move for drew gooden from his new spot in washington? I think there is some restriction about guys traded and then getting traded again in some span of days thats not allowed. Send them law, french toast and golden grahams for gooden.
C mohammad/chandler
PF diaw/gooden
SF wallace/brown
SG jackson/murray
PG felton/augustine

Posted by: brendan | Feb 16, 2010 4:27:17 PM

ok so the clips-blazers deal just went thru for camby in exchange of blake & outlaw. camby is a defensive minded, shot blocking, team oriented vet who can play center and power forward. your telling me the bobcats, in need of a "post" as larry brown calls them who fills all the above needs, could offer a back up PG (augustine) and a back SG/SF(graham or henderson)???? come on
b-cats braintrust theres viable names/players available out there dont miss out.

Posted by: brendan | Feb 16, 2010 4:42:11 PM

Acie Law and Ajinca should be able to net Drew Gooden from the Wiz. Gives them 2.5 mil in expiring and just let AA walk.

Posted by: mrtarheel | Feb 16, 2010 4:56:11 PM

Trading for Drew Gooden is not bad, but we'll need to wait 30 days and that would be way to late. The best options right now are:

1.) Do anything possible to get Tyrus Thomas from the Bulls (without changing our core players).
2.) Trading Acie Law stright up for Jordan Hill from the Knicks (knicks are desperate for expiring contracts).

Posted by: RobC | Feb 16, 2010 5:02:06 PM

The Temberwolves trade to trade PF/C Jefferson (a 20/10 player) to the Pacers for Granger a few weeks ago, but were turned down.

The Temberwolves have no real C, so offer them Chandler (or 1 of the other C's), Flip or Law, their 1st round pick, and a little more if needed, to get Jefferson, who could play PF, and backup C.

Diaw could play backup PF, SF, and SG.

Posted by: FaithandTruth | Feb 16, 2010 5:13:10 PM

Robc - Bobs can't trade away their 2010 1st rounder (already traded to Denver for Ajinca) and because league doesn't allow you to trade two FUTURE consecutive, they can't trade the 2011 1st rounder until the moment after Denver announces who they pick this June (actually Minn, but that's a long story).

we have already traded away this year's 2nd rounder (Diaw / Bell trade from a year ago).

Posted by: bobfan1 | Feb 16, 2010 11:56:29 PM

Trading for Drew Gooden is not required. He will be a free agent in a couple of days. They are in negotiations for a buyout of his contract. I wouldn't count signing him though. Word is that his preference is to return to Dallas.

Posted by: Jerry Leonard | Feb 17, 2010 5:38:23 AM

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