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March 02, 2011

Higgins on the roster moves

I spoke with Bobcats general manager Rod Higgins before the game about his plan to re-sign Dominic McGuire, then add D-Leaguer Garrett Temple with a roster spot to be created by waiving Sean Marks.

Higgins said they investigated other possibilities, such as Rasual Butler, but some players wouldn't commit to signing yet, waiting for teams with better playoff prospects to make offers.

Considering how far this was into the season, they saw an upside to signing back McGuire, since he already knows the system and plays multiple positions.

Temple, who will come in on a 10-day, was to fill the request from coach Paul Silas for a third point guard, after they waived Sherron Collins. But Temple is big (6-5) and a good defender, so he's not exclusively a third point.

The rap against Temple has always been his jump shot. But he had solid, if brief, stints with Milwaukee and San Antonio earlier this season.

Both players would be eligible for the playoff roster, should the Bobcats make it, since they weren't on another NBA roster as of Mar. 1. 

Posted by Observer Sports on March 2, 2011 at 08:55 PM | Permalink


I remember when Temple shut down Redick in the NCAAs when LSU made their run to the Final Four

Posted by: Anonymous | Mar 2, 2011 9:36:24 PM

I'm depressed. That was so hard to watch but I watched it all. The altitude can't be the excuse. I've been in Denver many times and its not that hard to deal with; even for an asthmatic.

The rebounding, athleticism, and sheer desire Wallace took with him will definitely be missed. I thought Hendo, Dante, or White might make up some of it but wow. Nothing. But long 2 after long 2. DRIVE please. Dunk on somebody.

Posted by: SternFreeJackson | Mar 3, 2011 12:04:05 AM

If we can't even get players on waivers to agree to play for us, what does that say about our prospects for picking up a big name free agent this offseason?

Posted by: DF | Mar 3, 2011 12:18:23 AM

I have to agree with DF. And the sad part is that more of this is on the way.... There is just nothing on this roster. Forget a playoff push, without Wallace, this team just has no desire and no direction. I wont waste my money on anothr game this season.

Posted by: Smitty | Mar 3, 2011 1:44:48 AM

What it says is that nobody is coming to Charlotte unless they are drafted.While I liked Gerald Wallace to an extent, his absence has nothing to do with the lack of motivation on this team. Gerald's game this season was not what it was in the past. He also didn't strike me as a motivating force. He would call people out though,self excluded.

Posted by: digal704 | Mar 3, 2011 7:36:34 AM

DF & Smitty:

Getting a player "Off-Waivers" to play for the Bobcats this far into the season and signing a Free Agent are two COMPLETELY different stories. Most of these waived guys are in conversation with contenders, which makes it obvious why they want to wait, since they will only be paid a pro-rated portion of the veterans minimum.

On the other hand, an elite Free-Agent will get Max-Dollars and that player IS THE REASON why you'll be competitive. These are two completly different things in two completely different scenarios. I do agree that is tougher for Charlotte to get an elite FA, than it is for big market teams, but these two situations cannot be compared.

Posted by: RobC | Mar 3, 2011 9:48:32 AM

Good point. There was some similar confusion the other day, with people commenting that Derrick Brown chose the Knicks over the Bobcats. His preference wasn't part of the process; the Knicks simply absorbed his pre-existing contract through the waiver system

Posted by: Rick Bonnell | Mar 3, 2011 10:18:06 AM

We are a straight up terrible team now, all the little things GW used to do is what made us better. Denver would have beaten us with GW, but what they got back for Melo compared to us for GW is a joke. We are going to suck until Boris, Diop, and Jack's contract runs out. We will not get anything back for them, they are untradeable each for their own reasons. Two or three more years of crappy ball and home fans unless we play the best teams in the league. Not a good look management.

Posted by: easye | Mar 3, 2011 10:35:18 AM

sign Sean Rooks and dontonio vingfield

Posted by: sdfdsfdsa | Mar 3, 2011 11:32:07 AM

easye -

How can you say that what we got from Gerald was not good. I'm telling you, there is not one single team in the NBA other than Portland that would have give up that much, Protland did it because they've been wanting Gerald for the past 2 seasons. Yes, NY gave a lot for Carmelo, however, who is Carmelo vs who is Gerald Wallace?

Wallace is a very good player who was the 1st or 2nd best player in a team that AT BEST would be an 7th-8th seed in the East. His numbers were a product of the team he was playing for. Don't expect him to put those same numbers in Portland (who have been craving Gerald for years), or any other teams with elite players on their roster. Nothing against Gerald, he was the best Bobcats, and my favorite player and I'll miss him. But he is "At Best" a Top 25-30 in the league, not someone you can build a team around and his production was falling and he is injury prone.

Carmelo on the other hand is a SUPERSTAR who is 2 years younger, is a Top 5-10 guy in the league, All Star multiple times, a Marketing magnet and his numbers "all around" are better than Wallace. He scores almost twice the PPG, almost the same amount of RPG and APG and significantly more efficient in FG%, 3FG% and FT%. That's why Carmelo is a Max-Contract and that's why NY gave up so much.

Wallace is great, my favorite Bobcat and i'll miss him, but he was not the future of this team. Actually, before this trade, this team had no future. Right now, with the Cap Space and the 1st Rd Picks, at least we have an opportunity to change our future for good. No one will know the true value of this trade, up until the 2012 summer. But for now, at least there is hope for the futere, which didn't exist before this trade. All we were before this trade was an 8th seed and a 1st Round sweep or a 1-4 in the 1st Rd of the playoffs at best. The new CBA is suppose to help Small-Market teams, if that holds true and we have Cap Space and Picks, that's the best way for the Bobcats to become relevant in the NBA.

Posted by: RobC | Mar 3, 2011 1:44:22 PM

RobC I know that GW is not melo, but look at what we got for him. These guy's are half azz at best and the picks are protected and will be 15th to 20th at best where are we going to get a potentially great college player from that draft number, it's just not likely. As far as cap space we do have it but it will be depending on who's available and willing to here with the roster that we currently. I believe in DJ, Hendo, Tyrus and Kwame for the future with their improvement and commitment to the team concept. The rest of the team is either too old or nobody wants them. We have to wait until their contracts run out and not trade them for more marginal players. I've been a season ticket holder since day one I enjoy pro ball, I'm just not impressed after watching management operate after all these years.

Posted by: easye | Mar 3, 2011 2:11:34 PM

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