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January 05, 2011

Diop could take a year to recover

Charlotte Bobcats center Gana Diop had successful surgery Wednesday on his ruptured right Achilles tendon. Just to put the severity of that injury in perspective, projected recovery time is nine to 12 months.

Diop's foot will be immobilized for about two weeks.


Posted by Observer Sports on January 5, 2011 at 07:54 PM | Permalink


To bad for Diop. When he finally gets some playing time he is injured but best of luck to his recovery process.

Posted by: Tyler | Jan 5, 2011 9:32:52 PM

Any word on whether the team will seek a disabled player exception in order to sign a free agent?

Posted by: Mo | Jan 6, 2011 1:53:04 PM

There's no downside to seeking a disabled-player exception, just to maximize your options. But there are two entirely different issues that affect the roster:
1. The fact that Diop is injured doesn't negate that he counts against the 15-man maximum roster. So unless the league made a special exception and granted them a 16th roster spot (rare) they don't have spot to fill.
2. You're assuming they'd spend that money on a free agent, and that's not necessarily so. Yes, they have some room before they'd hit the luxury-tax threshold. But I don't know that there's someone unemployed who would help them enough to significantly change their chances of making the playoffs.

Posted by: Rick Bonnell | Jan 6, 2011 4:03:22 PM

looking at this a little more thoroughly......if diop is under contract for this year and 2 more.....and he's missing the rest of this year and half of next, that leaves only 1.5 years of hypothetically healthy basketball from a guy coming off a MAJOR injury and a guy that was borderline useless prior to the injury........

any chance we can talk the guy into retirement or just waive him anyways. you're going to be paying him for nothing anyways. what's the point to keep him using a roster spot for this year and 2 more when he can't contribute?

and rick they can use the exception for a trade exception so they could go grab a guy like oh i don't know........alexis ajinca off of dallas' bench for nothing in return. and cuban will be happy to lower his luxury tax bill.

there are always ways to manuever in this league and our front office has absolutely failed us in that regard. you can always cut payroll you can always acquire talent, and you can always find a solution for a problem when that problem is a 7 footer who can't do anything but block shots (sometimes) and hardly plays and got injured and gets entirely too much money. there's a whole chapter on it in the league handbook.

Posted by: charlottean | Jan 7, 2011 9:20:15 AM

charlottean, if you think Dallas will just give you Ajinca for "nothing in return" then you know nothing about the NBA.

Posted by: Dallas | Jan 7, 2011 11:22:05 AM

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