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February 24, 2011

Silas: Bobcats aren't dealing

Bobcats coach Paul Silas said this morning that the team won't make a trade by this afternoon's 3 p.m. deadline.

"There's nothing going on, we're not going to do anything," Silas said after practice. "I'm fine with it."

There were reports Wednesday that the Bobcats would send small forward Gerald Wallace to Portland for 7-1 center Joel Przybilla.

"What was reported what we were going to get back, it didn't make sense," Silas said.

Wallace said he didn't pay attention to it and was never informed of any potential deal by Bobcats officials.

"I didn't even think about that," said Wallace, the last of the original Bobcats. "My main thing is we had a great practice yesterday and another today and we're getting ready for Sacramento (Friday). I've been committed (to Charlotte) since I got here. I owe the city. The city doesn't owe me anything. I was given the opportunity to showcase my skills in Charlotte and I'm trying to do everything I can do to help the team win and get to the playoffs." -- David Scott

Posted by Observer Sports on February 24, 2011 at 12:35 PM | Permalink


People need give Gerald all the respect in the world. Sure Crash is having a down year, but this man gives his heart and soul to the game,,,,the block he made in the fourth against the Raptors showed the Gerald I'm used to seeing. Silas sets are not the same,, when we put Wallace on the block and let him tear down the oppenent. He's never been a jumpshooter, but this man still goes for rebounds, blocks, and cuts to the basket.......MJ should know better trading the BOBCAT, that matters the most.

Posted by: JC | Feb 24, 2011 12:54:28 PM

It will make sense to move Wallace for a salary dump and draft pick, but it will again be a mistake by the front office to trade Wallace and get nothing in return. Wallace is a classic player, and besides his hair-do, he is a model for players on this team. He's fan favorite and face of the Bobcats. Moving him and getting nothing in return to help captain Jack is this team is a mistake. I like Coach Silas attitudes. Work with what you have try to make it better. Brown traded for every player that was on this roster and the only trade that made sense is for Captain Jack. Go cats!

By the way David Scott, do you when Tyrus will be back on the court? We anxiously awaits his return.

Posted by: bobcats | Feb 24, 2011 1:01:35 PM

Diaw needs to go to pave the way for Thomas it makes no sense to pay him all that money and NOT Start him. Trade Diaw MJ give your fans something. Would love to see the Greg Odom deal get done as long as we're not trading Wallace.

Posted by: bobcatsfan05 | Feb 24, 2011 1:29:09 PM

Greg Odom? Who is that? If you're talking about Greg ODEN, from Portland, good luck with that one. There's too much potential on that guy for Charlotte to get him cheap.

Posted by: wow | Feb 24, 2011 1:32:07 PM

This is going to shock Rick that I am saying this, but I think it makes the most sense to play the season out, as opposed to trading now to either get better or salary dump.

1. The draft is weak this year. Even if they dumped Wallace/Jack now, a lottery pick might not be worth that much. (would you dump a chance at the playoffs for a guy like James Johnson?) I am not even going to comment on simply trading Wallace for an expiring contract only (ie Portland deal). Thankfully, our management brass rejected that one.

2. Getting better in this market means taking on someone's bad salary. We don't need to do that to ensure we get an 8 seed, only to freeze us moving forward in 2012.

3. Not acquiring veterans to get better this year (Nash, Andre Miller, etc) means Gerald Henderson and DJ get a lot of playing time. These young players (1st round, under the age of 24), become VALUABLE trading chips - as we have seen from the last two days - and packaging two can land you a superstar. (Or, maybe keeping two future all stars/excellent starters on our own team in GH and DJ) Nonetheless, the only way to know is to play them and no trade means that.

Posted by: HJ | Feb 24, 2011 1:35:38 PM

it's probably for the best that we stand pat and accept our mediocrity. Given the transactional ineptitude of our front office, we would've likely ended up with an expiring contract of an overpaid underperformer and maybe an aging former all star while giving up at least crash and a first round pick. I sincerely hope that we miss the playoffs, below the team up and start over. If this city ever hopes to legitimately contend for a championship we have to draft superstars(see OK City, San Antonio), not continue to pull in everyone elses trash.

Posted by: RUN D M SKI | Feb 24, 2011 1:43:16 PM

"Transactional ineptitude"......Shaun Livingston looks to be a good pick up for cheap.....Kwame Brown is exceeding all expectations for his price as well. Not to mention the trades for Jack and Tyrus Thomas. Maybe our front office isn't too bad after all...All the bad contracts on the team are left over from when Larry Brown was running the show and calling for the Cats to pick up these guys.

Posted by: Jlr | Feb 24, 2011 1:56:28 PM

So Yahoo has us doing the Portland deal (Wallace in a salary dump) after all, as well as shipping Mohammed to OKC for Mo Peterson and DJ White.

If this is true, then ugghhhh.... That's all I can say.

Oh, and expect a full blow-up this offseason. Augustin, Henderson, TT the only ones safe now.

Posted by: Joshua | Feb 24, 2011 3:27:26 PM

Naz is gone....

Posted by: Truth_cuts | Feb 24, 2011 3:30:02 PM


Posted by: JPhanatic10 | Feb 24, 2011 3:33:07 PM

The Thunder also made a trade sending Morris Peterson to Charlotte, but it was unclear if that was part of a three-way deal between the Thunder, Celtics and Bobcats.

Posted by: TsgtSimp81 | Feb 24, 2011 3:39:18 PM

Yes, Transactional ineptitude...both from a draft stand point and trade stand point. Only reason we got Jax on the cheap is because hes a cancer who no succeeding franchise will touch.Sure we got a couple of draft busts to contribute(Kwame, Livingston) but for every one of them there is a move like Tyson Chandler for Dampiers expiring and Matt Carrolls ridiculous contract. For Every Jason Richardson for the #8 pick there is giving a future first for Alexis Ajinca...Not to mention:Adam Morrison(instead of Brandon Roy), Felton and May(instead of trading up for Chris Paul), DJ Augstin instead of Brook Lopez

Posted by: RUN D M SKI | Feb 24, 2011 3:41:31 PM

Apparently we get 2 1st rounders and some bench warmer from Portland along with Pryz's expiring deal. Still don't understand this one though...

Posted by: Joshua | Feb 24, 2011 3:46:30 PM

Well, they just traded Wallace and Nazr.....so I guess we know who has input and who does not in the process.

Posted by: calcutta | Feb 24, 2011 4:03:49 PM

ESPN's Jalen Rose said Bobcats are a "winner" by getting picks in trade(s)

Posted by: JC | Feb 24, 2011 4:04:37 PM

Way to get the inside scoop Rick.

Two monumental, give up for the season salary dumps and you bought the company line from Silas. Another swing and a miss.

Gerald Wallace and Nazr Mohammed, you'll be missed.

Shame on the Charlotte Bobcats. Cheap bastards.

Posted by: Kris | Feb 24, 2011 4:05:38 PM

Now the Bobcats have only one captain (only because nobody wants his lazy ass) meet Captain Stephen Jackson a.k.a Captain Whiney.

Can't wait for the Account Rep to call about renewing my season tickets. After 5 years the Bobcats can take their tickets and put them where the sun don't shine.

Time to drop the Bobcats name and change to the Charlotte Wizards

Posted by: Bob | Feb 24, 2011 4:12:46 PM

please move team to vegas. I've seen enough bad basketball.

Posted by: joe cool | Feb 24, 2011 4:17:47 PM

The entire sports staff for the Observer needs to be fired. You guys are constantly behind on every story. And I can't believe the story about Wallace on the front page now links to another site. In ohter words, we don't know, go read somebody elses site. Terrible!!

Posted by: Terrible Sports Writers | Feb 24, 2011 4:20:50 PM

If this trade has happened (as reported) I am done for the season. I will not attend another game.

Posted by: steve | Feb 24, 2011 4:20:51 PM

Can't wait for MJ and his boys to defend these trades. The ship is sinking, get off while you can.

Posted by: I used to sit near Buzz | Feb 24, 2011 4:25:25 PM

Wow. "No Deal" then one occurs hours later. Sounds like coach Silas isn't in the drivers seat.

Posted by: Pirategreg | Feb 24, 2011 4:26:22 PM

Thanks B'Cats for selling us Crash for chump change. A young player with all-star potential for a few blue collar workers and draft picks in a weak draft. Priceless!

Posted by: Trail Blazer | Feb 24, 2011 4:30:03 PM

this trade has me very puzzled and betrayed. On the observer all we're seeing is Bobcats will NOT be making a deal, well i guess MJ wanted to f*ck everything up and ruin the playoff chances. We get garbage in return! Woohoo draft picks, people that arent even proven and we havent been good through the draft yet. Congrats MJ you gave away the face of the franchise and tons of fans, majority of them, will still be cheering for the 'cats with any hope i have left, MJ wish you could see fan response.

Posted by: CLTbobcats! | Feb 24, 2011 4:33:29 PM

oops *i will still be cheering with any hope we have left

Posted by: CLTbobcats! | Feb 24, 2011 4:35:08 PM

Way to be really classy selling Wallace down the river over the radio Bonnell. "Oh his body is going to deteriorate." Right. Face the facts that Jordan is about as incompetant as they come. Can you say Seattle Bobcats?

Posted by: wow | Feb 24, 2011 4:38:07 PM

No more Bobcats games this season for me,,,,,,you can have your sh)+ MJ,,,,,,,that's losing money

Posted by: JC | Feb 24, 2011 4:41:13 PM

Jordan is looking to the future. Wallace is one injury away from being an I.R. Has been. Decent opportunity to save money, accumulate draft picks and put us in a positions to resign our own players when the time comes. It's ignorant to grade this deal with knee jerk pessimistic aTtitudes. I'd like to see all you fans with crappy attitudes pull for another team anyways.

Posted by: DanielTDenny | Feb 24, 2011 4:43:26 PM

Not sure where all the hate is coming from. This wasn't a bad move at all by MJ. Wallace is great but he was due $20+ million over the next two years and hasn't exactly played well this year. Two first rounders and an expiring isn't a bad catch.
Nazr was gone after the season anyway. DJ White has some potential as a keeper down the line. Also like the Cunningham kid from Portland. He's at least as talented as Derrick Brown and may pan out eventually.

Posted by: ASChin | Feb 24, 2011 4:44:17 PM

Does it really surprise any of you that this "paper" is way behind in getting a scoop? When has it ever been any different? And why are any of you surprised that it is anything other than a salary dump? Did you truly expect different?

Posted by: BarelyCareAnymore | Feb 24, 2011 5:04:37 PM

So many reactions, but mostly disapointment. I can't believe the heart of this team is now out the door. Where does the leadership (and Jax's calming influence) come from, especially with Nazr gone too? I like DJ, but he's not the leader. Diaw couldn't care less. Jax is too proned to emotional outbursts on the court. Henderson isn't it yet, and I don't see Tyrus becoming that guy. Is it Livingston, Najera?

I know it makes sense to keep Jax because this team lacks credible scorers, and Henderson can help make up for some of - but certianly not all - Crash's defense. But, not only has the team lost it's second leading scorer and top defensive player, it's lost its leader. There's no making up for that. Good luck finding it in the draft. You know, because Morrison, May, Ajinca worked out so well in the past. At least Okafor turned into some really nice cap relief.

If the team is losing money now, wait until this bumper crop of players hits the floor. I'm sure people will poor in to see them play.

Posted by: Phillip | Feb 24, 2011 5:07:50 PM

Key point here - Mohammed was an expiring contract and so is Mo Petereson - all this does is essentially swap Nazr to OKC for the rights to DJ White. OKC gets a year of a better player, we get potential. Ditto for the Portland deal - both Blazers are expiring contracts... we essentially dumped Wallace's salary and got back 2 1st rounders in the process. The bad news is the picks are unlikely to be very good unless Portland is capped out and collapses in 2013. Which is always possible... On the whole though, I'm really disappointed. I'd rather be an 8 seed and get two more home games vs. Miami than miss the playoffs in a weak draft year hoping for magic in the draft. Even if we are draft winners we can then compete in 2 or 3 years for the... 7th seed. The East is loaded after all the trades, CLT isn't going to be a top club unless we land an MVP candidate in the draft. And for that we either have to lose a ton or win the draft lottery - in 2012. :(

Posted by: Joshua | Feb 24, 2011 5:38:10 PM

how the hell can you say your rebuilding when you haven't built anything in the first place.

Posted by: joe cool | Feb 24, 2011 6:19:52 PM

I don't think this is a as bad a deal as everyone thinks. Yes, it sure means we are in rebuilding mode and that sucks. However, we got 2 1st Rd picks and some real good financial flexibility during the next 2 years. Wallace was my favorite Bobcat and I sure will miss him, however, he was the best player in a team struggling to make the 8th seed in the east and trying to hit .500. He is no Lebron nor Carmelo and I think we got something really good in return.

My only concern is our history drafting players. The Cats better make sure they truly do their due diligence when drafting and that they use the salary flexibility wisely. Next year will be another bad season for this team, then, Diaw, Najera and Livingston are gone and the Bobcats will have even more flexibility, that's the summer of 2012. Netween next summer (2011) and 2012 ther are some pretty interesting names that will be free agents such as: D-Williams, Chris Paul, Dwight Howard, Nene, David West, Pietrus, Richardson, Jamal Crawford, Caron Butler; and some early termination options such as Arenas, Monta Ellis, Jason Terry and Kaman. And even though is not easy for stars to end up in small market teams, the new CBA will change that, plus, if someone can influence a star to play in Charlotte, that is MJ.

I truly think this was a good move, although it hurts and it means will have two more ugly seasons in front of us.

Posted by: RobC | Feb 24, 2011 6:39:30 PM

Before anyone jumps off a bridge on this, does anyone know the details of the picks? Is it someone else's draft position previously acquired? Lottery protected? Hope not on the last.

Posted by: HJ | Feb 24, 2011 6:49:48 PM

Pretty sure its the Hornets pick this year and Blazers 2013 pick.

Posted by: DanielTDenny | Feb 24, 2011 6:59:35 PM

Tip to the observer.....coach is not owner or gm here. And placing definite and specific headlines on the day of trade dealine = not a good look.

Posted by: charlottean | Feb 24, 2011 8:40:36 PM

And our draft picks haven't worked out because we did everything possible to keep it from happening.

Not one of our picks has been put in a successful position to develop from day 1. Okafor was the closest but he got overpaid, under coached and traded even though he was a capable 5 man in this league. They were playing him and felton both out of position for years. May and morrison got injured and wernt properly rehabbed physically AND mentally.

Augustin? Henderson? Its a joke. Its as though they're doing everything in their power to ruin these guys careers. After that many guys its not the players we're picking but what's going on afterward. Nobody is criticizing our picks right after the draft like we're crazy. Not once.

And for everybody criticizing ajinca, we could desperately use a 23 year old 7 footer with ball skills who makes 2 mil a year. It was retarded to trade him unnecessarily instead of bringing in oakley THEN to develop the kid.

We made far too many concessions from the long term plan to cater to the short term coach. But who we have picked isn't the problem.

Posted by: charlottean | Feb 24, 2011 8:56:57 PM

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