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February 24, 2010

Will Bobcats sign Hughes?

Now that the Sacramento Kings have waived combo guard Larry Hughes (the two sides worked out a buyout), it will be interesting to see whether the Charlotte Bobcats reach out and sign him in time for Hughes to be on a potential playoff roster.

There's no doubt the Bobcats could use a combo guard, with Flip Murray and Acie Law shipped to Chicago in the deal to acquire power forward Tyrus Thomas. Terrific as Thomas has been, the immediate tradeoff was losing depth at point guard and Murray's instant-offense capacity off the bench.

Hughes has a history with coach Larry Brown in Philadelphia, so there's a match there. However, signing Hughes would add several hundred thousand to the Bobcats' payroll this season. Fans can say that's tip money, but they're not the ones paying the bills for a team losing tens of millions.

And I suspect all this is further complicated by the sale of the team in the offing.

The Bobcats already added to the payroll recently, by exchanging a future second-round pick for San Antonio center Theo Ratliff. Is there money left to make this move?

I hope so, in regard to maximizing this team's playoff chances. But I don't think that's any given. 

Posted by Observer Sports on February 24, 2010 at 10:54 AM | Permalink


We need another shooter, this would be a good addition even though hughes doesn't have much tread left. He has played with Larry before and knows the system. The way DJ has been playing lately we could definetly use him.

Posted by: jwalk | Feb 24, 2010 11:06:57 AM

Would love to see us sign Hughes. We're in danger of slipping out of the playoffs and that would kill this franchise's first really positive momentum in their short history. We can't afford to miss out on the playoffs to a mediocre team like the Bucks. We're better than them. Sign Hughes and stop losing to weaker teams!

Posted by: Smitty | Feb 24, 2010 11:09:06 AM

hughes blows...jwalk, it's definitely. smitty, the bucks are hot, the bcats are cold. let's not hit the panic button after a couple of losses to sub par teams. two games removed from a win over the cavs and people freak. they'll be fine.

Posted by: l bo | Feb 24, 2010 11:19:25 AM

What about Rashad McCants, Bobcats looked at him before season started & he could be had for veteran minimum? Might be worth a look.

Posted by: JIMUNC | Feb 24, 2010 11:42:58 AM

dj will come around... and obviously the bucks aren't a weaker team as they took 2 out of 3 from us this year. John Salmons had the bobcats number all season, if it was in a bulls or bucks jersey.

Posted by: tmack | Feb 24, 2010 11:45:22 AM

Both DJ and Felton are sucks thought Felton plays very well as to compare previous years. The problem, Felton is not a caliber point gurard like Rondo, Williams, Kidds, etc. He's not aggressive enough in the lane. He makes poor decisions sometimes causing turnovers, etc. For DJ, this kid is being terrible this year. His lack of confidence on shooting has drop considerably this season. He need to be traded to another team, perhaps where he can grow up.

Thomas being really impressive, but trading Murray was a mistake and DJ should've been traded instead. Flip was an instant offense boast for this team, and loosing him has being a nightmare.

Posted by: bodyworks | Feb 24, 2010 11:48:41 AM

who cares

Posted by: shots956 | Feb 24, 2010 11:58:18 AM

I hope they reach a aggreement on Hughes, he will be excellent in terms of having a solid backcourt. He compliments dj and felton whom are not all star. Hughes definitely would get them in the playoffs. he has less turnovers than felton and we need a good ball handler coming down the court. Let's try to fill them seats for the playoff!

Posted by: tbird | Feb 24, 2010 12:02:40 PM

Rich - I don't see money as an issue - it's rather small. The big issue is the luxury cap, which Bobcats can avoid.

Luxury cap = $69,920,000
Per ESPN,, Bobcats total salaries are $68,406,000

that leaves $1.5mm to avoid luxury.

I think Bob's can sign Hughes for quite a lot less (and it's the pro-rated part of the season that gets measured against the cap).

Figure $400,000 for the remainder of the season - that would be around the minimum salary for a veteran player.

Posted by: bobfan1 | Feb 24, 2010 12:16:10 PM

If they really want to make the playoffs, they should sign Hughes. He's actually exactly what they gave up in Flip Murray, actually an even better player in my opinion. He was on LB's team in Philly at the very start of his career, and I don't think they meshed perfectly, because there was no real need for Hughes with Allen Iverson in the shooting guard role, but now's a different situation. Hope they make the move.

Posted by: Ari | Feb 24, 2010 12:18:44 PM

I think Larry would be a good addition...Also he is very close friends with the Rapper Nelly who owns a stake in the Bobcats which may be a sticking point for Larry.

Posted by: coconut | Feb 24, 2010 12:45:58 PM

Who cares.

Posted by: NBASux | Feb 24, 2010 12:47:57 PM

Hughes is hurt now (broken finger) and won't be available for a while, at least not a full strength. Look at someone else.

Posted by: Mark | Feb 24, 2010 12:50:00 PM

If you don't care, then don't post comments duuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. How dumb do you have to be post a stupid comment like that?

Posted by: Yo | Feb 24, 2010 12:53:13 PM

adds playoff experience....but he's not a shooter and thats more of what we need. mike james might be a better fit. i think we're trying to build a team similar to larry's pistons teams and signing hughes makes us look more like the washington wizards team that had mild success and imploded. i don't think signing anybody makes or breaks us this year. we either are or we aren't at this point. but we look GREAT going forward if we can build on it going into next year with an offseason to work with thomas, jackson, ajinca, DJ, derrick brown, gerald henderson, etc.

Posted by: charlottean | Feb 24, 2010 1:02:59 PM

bobfan1 wrote: "I think Bob's can sign Hughes for quite a lot less (and it's the pro-rated part of the season that gets measured against the cap)"

Good stuff bobfan. I didn't know the part about the prorated applying to the LT...figured it was the entire season's worth. I think it would actually be less than 400k tho...maybe between 200-300. Either way if future management has no problem dealing a future 1st that little bit of change shouldn't be any problem.

I agree with bobfan...this shouldn't be an issue. Hopefully Rick's fears are unfounded.

Posted by: spectre | Feb 24, 2010 1:04:46 PM

Heh, Hughes isn't a shooter? I think the problem is getting him not to shoot!

The 4 weeks thing is an issue tho, and I have no problem entertaining Mike James.

Posted by: spectre | Feb 24, 2010 1:06:09 PM

Spectre - in any event, the rule is:

there is a minimum pay scale depending on years of service.

if a veteran play (3 years or more with the league) is signed to a one-year contract at the minimum salary, it's only the two year minimum that is charged to the salary caps....the rest is paid by the league.

in that way, no team discriminates against seasoned / veteran players - all players who get paid the minimum are judged on their talent and their salary is NOT part of the judgement (since teams will be paying them the 2 year minimum and the leagure pays the rest).

Posted by: Bobfan1 | Feb 24, 2010 1:13:06 PM

Yeah, I knew that part. What I didn't know was that it was prorated for the year in regards to the LT.

Thanks again.

Posted by: spectre | Feb 24, 2010 1:55:22 PM

Hey Rick,

Any news on the Bobcats sale? Is MJ buying or not?

Posted by: RobC | Feb 24, 2010 1:58:05 PM

sign brevin knight !

Posted by: Elliot | Feb 24, 2010 1:59:27 PM

Even with the finger issue, Hughes could be signed and get re-aclimated with LB's system while he heals. Then we use him to put us over the edge in those crucial April games to get into the playoffs.

Mike James is also a viable option. We need another guard because DJ is driving us all nuts with his inconsistency.

Posted by: J | Feb 24, 2010 3:30:27 PM

Spectre, Bobcatfan1, etc.:
I hope my fear is unfounded, too. I'm just saying that with ownership unresolved, money is an issue.
I should hope that doesn't keep them from doing something affordable to maximize their chances of making the playoffs.

Posted by: Rick Bonnell | Feb 24, 2010 5:01:30 PM

cocoNUT buthead..obviously everybody cares except little wimps like you, shut your smelly piehole girly right-wing boy.

Posted by: MajorLeague | Feb 24, 2010 5:13:32 PM

Could have also given Von Wafer a shot, but he just signed with the Mavs.

Posted by: Ari | Feb 24, 2010 6:42:32 PM

I say why not -- never hurts to have additional ammo coming off the bench.

Posted by: rufus say no way | Feb 24, 2010 8:53:36 PM

I think Mike James would be the better fit here although i think no one will be complaining IF we get Hughes....we undoubtedly need one of them at least since we don't have Flip

Posted by: RufusDufus | Feb 25, 2010 1:44:54 AM

Duke is better than Carolina.

Posted by: I'm Smarter Than You | Feb 25, 2010 11:55:23 AM

Uhh...Mike James sucks. Have you people ever even seen him play?

Posted by: Michael Procton | Feb 25, 2010 12:43:18 PM

mccants is the correct answer, but not the answer anybody would consider. when i said hughes isn't a shooter....i mean good. % wise i think he's like 30% career wise on 3's. we've got enough of those guys.

Posted by: charlottean | Feb 25, 2010 1:26:10 PM

"and obviously the bucks aren't a weaker team as they took 2 out of 3 from us this year."

based on that theory...the Cavs aren't the weaker team when compared to the Bobcats? We took 3 of 4, right?

Posted by: gsh | Feb 25, 2010 3:25:26 PM

All hands on deck, all or nothin, go hard or go home; I feel that signing larry hughs is okay;but getting Z would another center would'nt hurt either; bottom line the Emeka OKafur trade was a disater all I kept saying is what are they thinkin about; with Emeka I feel this team would have been even better; and I also feel Charlotte, could have waited at the trade deadline and got more of a better deal for Okafur or not trade at all

Posted by: RAHSHON GAMBLE | Feb 26, 2010 2:44:03 PM

Gerald Henderson needs to step his game up we dont need; larry hughs just need GH to step his game up

Posted by: RAHSHON GAMBLE | Feb 26, 2010 2:46:26 PM

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