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June 18, 2010

Bobcats busy on trade front

The Charlotte Bobcats are " very active'' in various trade discussions around the NBA, according to a friend of mine in a front office.

Considering who said that, I'm confident the perception is accurate and that if the fellow knew more he would have said. The guy said he's been told the Bobcats seem willing to increase their payroll if they can do something to significantly improve themselves.

That suggests they're willing to take some financial risk. That surprises me a little, and I wish I knew the nuance. I got the sense owner Michael Jordan was pretty reluctant to go into luxury-tax territory, and I can't argue with that reasoning for a team slightly better than out of the playoffs and still losing lots of money.

Maybe what they're talking about is more long-term financial commitment that spread the risk over several years.

At minimum, it's obvious they're busy over there, a nice contrast with the sense of head-scratching a few weeks ago when coach Larry Brown was wondering whether he wants to come back. At least from the short time I've been around Brown the past week, he seems energized and engaged by the work. Larry's passion gets everyone else excited, and that's the energy they need to become viral.

Posted by Observer Sports on June 18, 2010 at 10:12 PM | Permalink

Comments

Thanks for the news Rick. Glad to hear the bobcats are active headed into draft season. There is always a deal to be made in the NBA, just have to have the guts to pull the trigger sometimes. Bobcats need a talent upgrade big time, coaching can only carry you so far.

Posted by: David | Jun 18, 2010 10:45:09 PM

Chauncey Billups! They get Chauncey, they get into the second round of the playoffs at least.

Posted by: Ben Hefferon | Jun 18, 2010 11:27:57 PM

Are we talking trades for picks or trades for people preferably collison,jefferson or Williams

Posted by: Julian | Jun 18, 2010 11:49:32 PM

"Maybe what they're talking about is more long-term financial commitment that spread the risk over several years"

I'd say that's exactly what they're looking at Rick. It's what they've been more than willing to do over the past couple of years.

With only 11 guys on the roster and (assuming they're) losing Felton I think that's their only route.

Posted by: spectre | Jun 19, 2010 6:57:14 AM

Get rid of Felton - he is a backup point guard

Posted by: JM | Jun 19, 2010 9:35:21 AM

What wonderful news! An owner that wants to be competitive!!!!!

Posted by: Matt | Jun 19, 2010 10:08:32 AM

Doesn't Larry Brown prefer veterans? If so I'd be more anxious to see what veterans we may be getting.

Posted by: ripp | Jun 19, 2010 11:12:33 AM

I think we should trade Gerald Wallace, Boris Diaw and Diop to the Chicago Bulls for Kirk Hinrich, Luol Deng and their 17th pick in the draft. Then we should draft James Anderson or Craig Brackins. If we draft James Anderson we should also trade Gerald Henderson to the Grizzlies for their 28th or 25th pick to pick up Craig Brackins (a more athletic, taller, aggressive and younger version of Boris Diaw).

This would be good since we need some players who play defense whom can hit open jumpshots.

Posted by: Alphee | Jun 19, 2010 11:54:43 AM

Also, we get the defensive and talented floor general who D.J. can learn from and who we always wanted in Kirk Hinrich. We get a similar less athletic but more skilled version of GForce in Luol Deng. We get a younger and more promising and NBA ready player in Craig Brackins and we get Buckets off the bench in James Anderson, which we probably won't be able to get the 28th or 25th pick by just giving up Henderson, but whatever we do we should get Craig Brackins. Perennial playoff team til Ajinca turns into an Allstar.

Posted by: Alphee | Jun 19, 2010 12:01:36 PM

Trade Gerald Wallace? You're smoking something. No way, no how. You don't trade your team's only All Star for a bunch of unprovens. Though, I would like to see the Cats get rid of Diop and his overpriced contract.

Posted by: PantherDave | Jun 19, 2010 12:25:02 PM

trade gerald???? what the hell are you talking about?!! For those mediocre players? Whatever. Trading Felton or letting him walk is really risky right now as well. Funny how people are so quick to throw hard working players under the bus and cry about production when people they name to replace our particular players are less productive but have bigger contracts. (e.g. tj ford for felton). Do research and look at the games and stop thinking that just because some player is on a different team he's better thatn what we have now.

Posted by: rodrick belton | Jun 19, 2010 1:50:39 PM

Trade gerald wallace, and Steven Jackson also diaw. Foe King James

Posted by: Jeff | Jun 19, 2010 2:47:49 PM

why would lebron want to come here if we trade wallace, jack, and diaw???....sure that frees up a lot of cap, but if he wanted to go to a depleted team, he could just go to NY, where he would make alot more money in endorsements

Posted by: Rain Man | Jun 19, 2010 3:33:40 PM

What you need to do is trade Boris Diaw, so Tyrus Thomas can get some more playing time and show us what he has and drop Felton, either a)trade for a all-star point or b)let dj run the show I think DJ will be a better point than Felton. He makes less mistakes and he needs to get his grove, and you can't get your grove when you're only playing 20 minutes a game. Also, I like Tyson Chandler, but Larry doesn't I don't believe. He hardly played him, so get Chris Bosh to be our Center. I know it probably won't happen, but how sick would it be just think about the possible line-up. Pg- DJ or traded Pg SG Stephen Jackson SF-Gerald Wallace PF- Tyrus Thomas Chris Bosh Center.. we would have the most athletic team in the nba.. We definitely need to upgrade our PG and Centers. Can't wait for Bobcats offseason bc Panthers offseason sucked.

Posted by: steve | Jun 19, 2010 4:04:38 PM

Do you guys realize that Luol Deng was an allstar too? He scored more than 2 points too. I like Gerald, don't get me wrong, but Gerald doesn't seem to be able to make an open jumpshot consistently. If we got Kirk Hinrich, Luol Deng and a 17th round pick for just GForce and Diop we go from being what we were to better. Luol hustles just like Gerald, but he can make an open jump shot multiple times a game. And Kirk would improve us dramatically b/c he can make an open jumpshot as well and guards multiple positions well and people forget he was considered one of the better point guards in the league b4 da Bulls drafted D. Rose. Otherwise, we trade Diaw for a pick and a player.

Posted by: Alphee | Jun 19, 2010 5:48:01 PM

Do you guys realize that Luol Deng was an allstar too? He scored more than 2 points too. I like Gerald, don't get me wrong, but Gerald doesn't seem to be able to make an open jumpshot consistently. If we got Kirk Hinrich, Luol Deng and a 17th round pick for just GForce and Diop we go from being what we were to better. Luol hustles just like Gerald, but he can make an open jump shot multiple times a game. And Kirk would improve us dramatically b/c he can make an open jumpshot as well and guards multiple positions well and people forget he was considered one of the better point guards in the league b4 da Bulls drafted D. Rose. Otherwise, we trade Diaw for a pick and a player.

Posted by: Alphee | Jun 19, 2010 5:48:01 PM

Do you guys realize that Luol Deng was an allstar too? He scored more than 2 points too. I like Gerald, don't get me wrong, but Gerald doesn't seem to be able to make an open jumpshot consistently. If we got Kirk Hinrich, Luol Deng and a 17th round pick for just GForce and Diop we go from being what we were to better. Luol hustles just like Gerald, but he can make an open jump shot multiple times a game. And Kirk would improve us dramatically b/c he can make an open jumpshot as well and guards multiple positions well and people forget he was considered one of the better point guards in the league b4 da Bulls drafted D. Rose. Otherwise, we trade Diaw for a pick and a player.

Posted by: Alphee | Jun 19, 2010 5:48:03 PM

I forgot to mention Gforce averaged 17pts this year, but Luol averaged 18pts and was just as good defensive b/c he averaged the same # of steals; not as many rebounds but that wouldn't make or break the importance of a small forward anyway. I love GForce's game, but I like Luol's game better and he has been in the playoffs more often and he also is younger than Gerald.

Posted by: Alphee | Jun 19, 2010 5:52:17 PM

Wow trade Wallace huh lol. You should have to undergo a drug test before you are allowed to post. I told a few friends about how the bobcats should at least try to go after Lebron. They laughed and so did fellow bobcat fans. They remind me of the nerd in high school who believes he has no chance with the cheerleader without realizing how valueable his new car is. Michael Jordan is a huge asset and you nerds will see how much so very soon.

Posted by: Action | Jun 19, 2010 5:57:19 PM

Luol Deng has never been an All-Star.

Posted by: Rick Bonnell | Jun 19, 2010 6:18:37 PM

What's your idea. To make the 'Cats some kind off poor Bulls, whit Del Negro Coaching!? Not even Bulls fans like Deng, because the relation between is high contract/playing skills are bad. It's was very noticible that Deng is afraid off contact. Hinrich is the type of PG that Brown like, a guys that trully knows how to defend, but is shooting percentage is too poor for a starting guy. The only contract that we should try to get rid off is Diop, even if it's for a couple low draft position, and if by any chance we can get the Turkoglu that play in Orland, then we should trade him for Diaw.

Posted by: Tiago | Jun 19, 2010 6:20:09 PM

Yes! We need to get rid of Diaw and get someone good at the 4 position. I am happy with Felton, but we could definitely use someone better there. Imagine if we got a heavy hitter like Bosh at the 4. That would make our team contenders for the Eastern conference championship.

But whatever we do, we should not trade away Wallace

Posted by: Charlie S. | Jun 19, 2010 6:20:39 PM

alphee you are an idiot...stop talking

Posted by: Elliot | Jun 19, 2010 7:48:46 PM

They are one big play maker and a shooter.

Posted by: Laker 1 | Jun 19, 2010 8:04:32 PM

They are one big play maker and a shooter.

Posted by: Laker 1 | Jun 19, 2010 8:04:32 PM

Away that is im speaking on the bobcats

Posted by: Laker 1 | Jun 19, 2010 8:05:12 PM

the only person i would trade gerald wallace for would be michael beasley. that should be our number 1 target if we're talking about making any trades considering how cold miami is about his future. he needs a fresh start and i think he's got larry brown's next project written all over him.

tell a friend.

Posted by: charlottean | Jun 19, 2010 9:33:23 PM

did anybody really think jordan would sit still and not improve this team. get ready for a big point guard who can cover jamir nelson.

Posted by: joe cool | Jun 19, 2010 9:54:18 PM

Boris Diaw and Diop for Big Al. Long term contract giving us an all star pf/c while giving Minny what they are asking for a wing player and center. Diop wouldn't need to score because Love will, all he has to do is play d. We can play Al at the 4 and 5. Then ship dj and Nazr to Sac for Thompson and Udrih.

felts, udrih
jax, hendo, flip
crash, ups, miles
al, thomas, ajinca
chandler, thompson

Posted by: Andrew | Jun 19, 2010 9:56:11 PM

Alphee you are a moron

Posted by: Brandon | Jun 20, 2010 11:10:40 AM

Shit why don't they trade diow for some shitty player to open up cap room and sign Dirk. That would be the Smartest thing for them to do.

Posted by: Rick | Jun 20, 2010 11:54:30 AM

Deng has been an all star.

Posted by: mike311 | Jun 20, 2010 2:51:22 PM

Wow, you're so detail-oriented, Rick. This article gave us nothing.

Posted by: Buckley | Jun 20, 2010 5:16:16 PM

How in the world can this collection of 2nd stringers be close to the Luxury Tax? Uh...that would be the 3rd string owner & GM that can't evaluate talent or make sound business decisions. 'Bad News Bob' & 'I Like Mike' have put this franchise in a no-win situation for the next 3 years.

Posted by: BIG_MAC | Jun 20, 2010 7:31:32 PM

Al Jefferson or Darren collison anyone? I'll take both

Posted by: Julian | Jun 20, 2010 8:53:52 PM

i said this two months ago, lets get kirk hinrich and let felton go, jordan has bulls connection, trade wallace for deng is crazy, you get the same ppg, but rebounding and toughness, wallace has over deng in a land slide

Posted by: tim | Jun 20, 2010 10:19:01 PM

Haha Rick with the cold one-liner!

But seriously Alphee, no. "Luol averaged 18pts and was just as good defensive b/c he averaged the same # of steals; not as many rebounds but that wouldn't make or break the importance of a small forward anyway." Number of steals does not equal defensive skill. Defensive plays (steals+blocks+charges drawn) would be better, but still not perfect to analyze defensive talent. Gerald- 7th best, Deng- 62nd best. Gerald makes 3.21 defensive plays per game to Deng's 2.01. And no way they had the same number of steals. Wallace averaged a whole half a steal more per game than Deng In fact, Gerald totaled nearly twice as many total steals (117 to 66). You also say that rebounding at the SF wouldn't matter. Consider that the Bobcats have no dominant rebounder at the 4 or 5 position. Why do you think that Gerald had such a rebound increase after Okafor left?

And funny how you don't mention how Deng gets injured more than LeBron's ego. For cryin' out loud, Deng makes Gerald look like Cal Ripken Jr (iron man reference).

Posted by: Yo | Jun 21, 2010 3:35:32 AM

Alphee,

Are you a Bulls fan, or you're just an idiot!!!

Loul Deng should feel blessed that someone actually compared him to Wallace. Also, can you tell me when was Loul Deng an All-Star??? I guess I missed that day.

Posted by: RobC | Jun 21, 2010 10:11:06 AM

jackson for beasley and cook?

Posted by: charlottean | Jun 21, 2010 10:19:38 AM

Who ever posted that Dj could run the show better than felton did not watch a game all of last year. DJ is not even a Point Guard he is a very undersized 2 who cannot defend and has no confidence to lead a team. I do believe the Celtics offered us Glen Davis for DJ and we turned them down. Very stupid on our part. The Fact is Raymond Felton is the best FA option at Point Guard right now. I am all for trading Diaw I believe his trade value may be higher than what he actualy gives us on the court.

Posted by: bcat2.0 | Jun 21, 2010 11:38:37 AM

I've read rumors that Tyson Chandler may opt out of his deal, despite the fact he's scheduled to make $12 million this upcoming season. Why haven't you addressed this rumor, whether it be fact or fiction?

Posted by: Smitty | Jun 21, 2010 12:23:20 PM

Also, you some of you guys are crazy...trade Gerald? No way.

No one is going to trade for Diop either. No one wants that contract on their books anymore than we do until it's an expiring contract. He still has 2 years left on his deal, so expect him to be here another year before someone is willing to take him off our hands as a salary cap dump. Hopefully he can get his confidence back and possibly play some good D this upcoming season. He's been in the leauge 10 years and never has and never will develop an offensive game.

DJ is not a starting PG. The team knows this, has said this, and does not want him running the show. He's a great backup PG but is in no way an upgrade over Felton. We'll keep Ray unless we can somehow find an upgrade.

Diaw will be traded IMO. Thomas brings more energy, defense and rebounding to our team and Boris seemed to lose confidence in his shot at the end of the year and during the playoffs. A jump shooting PF is no good to us if he isn't shooting/making jumpshots. Be nice to have him as a distributor, but I'd rather see Thomas in the starting lineup.

Maybe we trade Boris and/or Chandler to get a PG or a draft pick? Assuming we keep Jack,Gerald and Thomas, we don't really have any players that will net us a really good player in a trade. I'm not sure how they're going to do it, but hopefully they can land a 1st round pick or an upgrade at PG without giving away too much.

Posted by: Smitty | Jun 21, 2010 12:37:16 PM

Rick this article is garbage.. Thanks for spreading rumors. Id expect something more than this garbage about a team you cover as your one job in life. Could you state anything more apparent

Posted by: Ricks sucks long time | Jun 21, 2010 1:09:40 PM

I agree with trading Diaw, and include Felton in a sign and trade, and go get Amare from PHX. They'd have to do a sign and trade as well, but he's not staying there, and Nash will need someone to take over at some point...DJ can take over at point and insert Amare at 5, with Tyrus at 4, Wallace, JAX and DJ

Posted by: Justin | Jun 21, 2010 2:07:08 PM

michael beasley. the heat aren't going to develop the guy in dwade county....he would be perfect for us.

Posted by: charlottean | Jun 21, 2010 3:22:48 PM

They're saying Jordan Crawford might go in the 2nd round!?!?!

The Bobcats could get a steal in this draft.

Posted by: Craig Lieske | Jun 21, 2010 5:55:17 PM

Action I am with you on your comment. People will realize the influence and insight of our now owner Michael Jordan! I do not see any reason Jordan will not end up with an Amare or Bosh or even a LeBron. I say LeBron come build your statue right in Charlotte, the Queen City. Either way Bobcats will land a big free agent prospect! Go Bobcats!!!

Posted by: BobcatFanD | Jun 21, 2010 7:19:45 PM

Diaw for a good PG would be nice. Any ideas?

Posted by: Tyler | Jun 21, 2010 8:35:27 PM

Problem is it would take a miracle to find someone to take on the terrible contracts of one of our 3 below average centers. Odds are we would have to take on a worse contract to unload one of those, which I am fine doing so long as it as an upgrade.

Posted by: YTNC | Jun 22, 2010 8:09:45 AM

How can you talk about trading Wallace before Jackson. Trade Jackson and Diaw

Posted by: Dherac | Jun 22, 2010 9:53:37 AM

Chris Bosh is soft plus we have Thomas. Jackson is slow and Diaw is soft. I personally like Felton at the point from the games I seen in the playoffs. He was hitting key baskets. We good at the point they just need a strong off season. Bring Flip back and trade Jackson and Diaw.

Posted by: Dherac | Jun 22, 2010 9:59:04 AM

Alphee this is real sports, not fantasy. Trade Gerald Wallace? It's obvious you don't know a lot about basketball or Gerald, because he does so much more than score points; hustle plays, blocks, rebounds, steals. Here are a couple of things Deng has never accomplished in the NBA...All-Star status, First Team All Defensive, ranked top 10 in rebounding and steals and moreimportantly, been the face of a franchise.

Posted by: Jimmy | Jun 22, 2010 10:28:40 AM

michael beasley. that's all.

Posted by: charlottean | Jun 22, 2010 1:04:04 PM

The Bobcats should keep Felton at least for another season right now unless they can trade him for a PG other than TJ Ford with already back problems, not as tough as Raymond I might add. Trading Gerald Wallace is unheard of and very stupid right now and if you know business, the ticket sales and season ticket sales would decline. I saw trade Diaw for Turkoglu to Toronto, use the valuable young talent we have in Alexis, Gerald Henderson, and Derrick Brown. Using veterans is not always the best or right way to win, look at Stephen Curry. I'd hate if he sat the bench all season b/c he was a rookie in Charlotte. We will be okay until midway season before the trade deadline we can adjust if need be.

Posted by: Hater Hater | Jun 22, 2010 4:34:22 PM

i'd rather have michael beasley than lebron. not to mention it's way more realistic.

Posted by: charlottean | Jun 22, 2010 9:46:10 PM

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