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January 03, 2011

Diop out for the season

Charlotte Bobcats center DeSagana Diop is out for the season, after a Magnetic Resonance Imaging confirmed a rupture of his right Achilles tendon.

The Bobcats suspected Diop had sustained a serious injury, when he stuggled to even walk off the court Friday against the Golden State Warriors. Ironically, Diop was getting his best chance to play, due to the coaching change from Larry Brown to Paul Silas. Silas had previously coached Diop in Cleveland.

This likely pushes center Kwame Brown back into the rotation.

It''s yet to be determined whether Diop will have corrective surgery on his Achilles.

If there's any consolation to the franchise, it's now likely disability insurance would cover a large portion of Diop's $6.48 million salary

Posted by Observer Sports on January 3, 2011 at 04:15 PM | Permalink


it's like a dream come true. (i hate to wish poor things on other people who don't deserve it. but in the benefit of the team, this is good news)

come on roster exemption. What are we to say about all of this now rick? is our luck changing?

Posted by: charlottean | Jan 3, 2011 4:28:47 PM

Thank goodness for insurance! Is there a black cloud over this franchise or what? Purely rhetorical!

Posted by: digal704 | Jan 3, 2011 4:36:34 PM

They have 15 players under contract, so unless they had several more long-term injuries, it's unlikely the NBA would grant them a 16th roster spot.
They could apply for a cap exception equivalent to a portion of Diop's salary. However, that assumes the team would choose to use that. The cap isn't so much the issue as avoiding the luxury-tax threshold.

Posted by: Rick Bonnell | Jan 3, 2011 4:39:58 PM

i'm pretty sure teams have already been granted roster exceptions this year that only had 1 significant injury.

portland got one for greg oden, houston for yao ming, i think there was 1 other team but i'm not sure. i think miami got one for haslem's injury.

there aren't many useable 5's laying around not signed, but it might open up the opportunity to bring somebody in a la ratliff last year.

we're at 65.8 for the season and the tax line is 70.3.....there's room to wiggle there and if i'm not mistaken those replacement player exceptions can be used just like trade exceptions. they've been talking about dallas receiving one for caron butler if his injury is season ending.

it's conceivable that we could make a deadline deal that moved a contract for an expiring contract, bought it out.....and used the exception to bring in something of merit. or we could always move 2 for 1 in a deal to create the roster space.

maybe dallas would part with ajinca now that we have a coach that might actually be willing to figure out a way to develop and use the kid. he can block shots all the same, but he's got way more offensive game and more upside.

Posted by: charlottean | Jan 3, 2011 4:51:04 PM

Gosh, that sounds painful. He was just starting to really play hard too. I hope he gets well soon.

charlottean, that was pretty harsh.

Posted by: seasonticketholder | Jan 3, 2011 4:55:18 PM

it's just business, the guy has been a waste of space and salary since he got here. i'm pretty sure they've already planned a parade for the day his contract expires.

Posted by: charlottean | Jan 3, 2011 4:59:28 PM

I think we're talking about two different things. There's an exception to the cap that would allow you to sign or trade for another player. But that's not the same as being granted a 16th roster spot. The league is pretty stingy about doing that, and I don't see how the Bobcats could make the case they're in some dire position, injury-wise.

Posted by: Rick Bonnell | Jan 3, 2011 5:07:40 PM

Also, you're assuming they would spend extra money for another player. I don't know why they'd do that, unless they were confident they'd be dramatically improving their playoff chances.

Posted by: Rick Bonnell | Jan 3, 2011 5:09:37 PM

bonnell the bobcats could get an injury exception to the value of 50% of diop's contract which would have to be used on a single signing and cant be used in combinations of other trades.

so basically they have around three million dollars to burn if they so wish.

Posted by: thevoice | Jan 3, 2011 5:15:27 PM

Rick is right about the 16th player. We had Adam and Sean both inactive all season, and we were not granted a 16th (or 17th) slot.

Posted by: tattoo | Jan 3, 2011 5:23:39 PM

From what Paul Silas said pre-game, it doesn't sound like they intend (for now at least) to bring in anyone. Obviously Kwame Brown will play. Silas also said he's counting on Dominic McGuire to play some power forward and even a little center, when the other team goes small. That plays to McGuire's ability to rebound and the fact that he can body up bigger players.

Posted by: Rick Bonnell | Jan 3, 2011 5:56:30 PM

what about najera? is he ever going to get off the bench?

Posted by: Horncat | Jan 3, 2011 6:41:30 PM

It is nearly impossible to win against the heat without GW and Nazr two starters but they kept their heads unitl Lebron took over the game. Nothing you can do about that it is two of the NBAs best Lebron Wade and put Bosh in the equation. It seem like the roof came tumbling when Gerald missed the dunk and shot it went south from there. I hope we use that Diop injury exception to get someone in here. It is going to be a long season even with Coach Silas. The talent level is not that great it is good but Matt Carrol not cutting like he should. Needs to hit open jumpers when he is open. I got a feeling we will struggle with the next three games. But hopeful Jordan will blow this all up. Man Diaw looks awful out there, I am sorry he has been playing scared I don't care about his skill set. He should not be starting the game.

Posted by: tbird | Jan 3, 2011 9:46:01 PM

if kwame brown is our only active center for any significant length of time and there was an option to trade for or acquire a center by any means possible......as bad as we've played, we are 2.5 games out of 8th it would be unethical not to attempt it. and it wouldn't make sense fiscally given the amount of extra money teams get for making the playoffs. spend 3 million, to make 10. seems like a logical move.

regarding the roster exception for the 16th guy, i'll quote the cba

"G. Rosters

Each team is required to carry 12 players on its active list and one player on its inactive list (which will replace the injured list). Teams may have a maximum of three players on their inactive list (subject to hardship rules, which will apply in the event that a team with three injured players on its inactive list has a fourth player that suffers an injury). Players sent to the NBA Development League (see below) will continue to count on a team’s inactive list.

The league has agreed to guarantee that, on a league-wide basis, teams will maintain an average roster size of 14 players over the course of the season."

end quote.

subject to the hardship rule. the same one that i link to you here:


portland gets a 16th guy in 2009 for greg oden's spot. i originally thought this was a year contract but its for a non-guarunteed until other players are available. still necessary when we have no centers and atleast 4 guys out.

and the league is stingy with it because they don't want teams faking injuries and paying guys off to get better players in. or have guys exaggerating nagging situations to benefit the team. but in our situation it's legitimate.

they could atleast bring in the dude from training camp that you raved about rick.

i mean seriously rick, i try not to be hard on you but this is your job and you still don't get your facts straight. its your job.

Posted by: charlottean | Jan 4, 2011 4:51:51 PM

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