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December 19, 2011

Bobcats acquire B.J. Mullens

The Charlotte Bobcats are acquiring 7-footer B.J. Mullens from the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Bobcats are giving up a second-round pick in 2013 and are receiving cash considerations.

Mullens, who played one year at Ohio State before turning pro, has played sparingly the past two seasons with the Thunder. He averaged 1.5 points and 1.3 rebounds.

Obviously the Bobcats need depth inside after Kwame Brown chose to sign with the Golden State Warriors.  Boris Diaw is scheduled to start at center.

Mullens makes about $1.3 million this season and $2.25 million next season.

Posted by Observer Sports on December 19, 2011 at 01:05 PM | Permalink


Sounds like a solid move to me. We get a young 7ft big man and MJ gets a little casino money for the weekend.

Posted by: DanielTDenny | Dec 19, 2011 1:26:28 PM

Good pick - young, big and cheap.

Posted by: Consuelo | Dec 19, 2011 1:29:34 PM

Sounds like a great addition where need is critical. Is this 14 or 15 under contract? What's the latest on Dante Cunningham?

Posted by: eduardo | Dec 19, 2011 1:37:15 PM

i dont think cunningham will be back after the picked d brown back up. but i like this pick up although he will not see much time we do have 6 fouls for d howard

Posted by: 336nda704 | Dec 19, 2011 1:42:15 PM

this is a GREAT pick up. very very very solid and makes sense since we handed nazr to OKC last year.

i liked what i saw out of mullens in D-league games and figured him to be a solid player with age. not going to be the future starter, but he can definitely be the backup here for a long time.

probably the best pickup available on the cheap.

Posted by: charlottean | Dec 19, 2011 1:43:42 PM

this should make 14 not counting cunningham......


d brown
reggie williams

i thought we were going to grab sean williams when he got cleared today but he's headed to dallas and i gotta say, i like this move a whole lot better.

and najera is waivable given the reasonable, expiring deal. you hope we keep him for the sake of a trade to grab another young guy like a mullens that's somebody else's trash or to pair with boris' expiring deal but if we needed to create a roster spot, that's one we can sacrifice no big deal.

+2 for the day. cups looking 1/8th full about now.

Posted by: charlottean | Dec 19, 2011 1:48:49 PM

Nice affordable move......now lets hope he's not so productive that he takes off after a year to sign a $7 million contract elsewhere.

Posted by: Smitty | Dec 19, 2011 1:49:06 PM

Let's Paul can work his big man magic.

Posted by: Skip | Dec 19, 2011 1:51:43 PM

1.3 million for a B.J. ? I hope it is worth it.

Posted by: Ace Juniper | Dec 19, 2011 1:58:21 PM

Lol Smitty, I was thinking the same thing.

Posted by: apauldds | Dec 19, 2011 1:59:36 PM

smitty, he's under contract for next year (2012-13) and his QO for 13/14 is ~3.3 mil

and dude is 22 years old. this is one that can grow with us. passing on kwame is acceptable at this point. still say you sign him and then trade him later but i'll take mullens at 22 over kwame at 29 with this young team all day every day.

but there's no telling what boris, najera, AND kwame's expiring deals could have fetched at this year's deadline. could have been clipper/cav's dealesque landing another top 5 pick to take back a bad salary. but this is definitely a step in the right direction.

Posted by: charlottean | Dec 19, 2011 2:10:40 PM

I wonder if this might make it easier for the team to amnesty Diop or possibly try to buy out his contract. I think he is owed $7mil next year on a player's option. It still might not make much sense to amnesty him because they have to pay him either way, but he gives them absolutely nothing.

Posted by: Phillip | Dec 19, 2011 2:11:29 PM

I can't think of a more perfect fit for Charlotte than "B.J. Mullens".
See him as a guy who can really take advantage of the Go Kart and dirtbike tracks, proximity to Myrtle Beach and Fish Camps. All of the things that the Carolinas have to offer.
Nice pickup.

Posted by: ASChin | Dec 19, 2011 2:17:20 PM

haha that ^^^ is funnaaaaaaaaaaay. you forgot the nascar hall of fame being a few blocks from the arena.

Posted by: charlottean | Dec 19, 2011 2:20:55 PM

The sinple fact that OKC drafted this kid, gives me hope that this could actually end up being a good pick.

At least, I would dare to say, it won't be worst that Sean May or Alexis Ajinca.

Let's hope and see!!!

Posted by: RobC | Dec 19, 2011 2:25:36 PM

let the B.J. chants begin!

Posted by: joe cool | Dec 19, 2011 2:27:34 PM

i would have said they need to resign ajinca ASAP. but they traded for this guy instead. i'd rather have ajinca than diop and i'd rather have ajinca than start boris at center.

they really effed up ajinca. imagine silas with that dude. he could have been right there with henderson making a huge leap last year. imagine ajinca playing the 4 and biyombo at the 5. would have been pretty sick if they coached the 2 up. mullens will do.

Posted by: charlottean | Dec 19, 2011 2:31:54 PM

I agree with most...good move, a quiet signing that can really help us. Big body, good athleticism and this could be his last shot so hopefully the effort is there

Posted by: Bobcat Terry | Dec 19, 2011 2:42:20 PM

If the deadline has passed to rescind Cunningham's offer, do the Bobcats have to pay him if he shows up on opening day? How does that work?

Posted by: Onlooker | Dec 19, 2011 2:47:55 PM

Y'all should see the idiots who "like" the Bobcats on facebook dissing this move. It's a no-brainer. A very young big man who hasn't tapped his potential, in exchange for pretty much nothing. Love it.

Posted by: DeLaQuest | Dec 19, 2011 2:51:57 PM

Didn't I tell u idiotic people that u need to wait on this team because they will make moves to come. Yal spend all this time dissing the the team when u should be trying to support them. These young legs and good talent will win more games than u think. Everybody got them last in the league but they will be another D Broncos in the making. A sleeper team mark my word. It's Tbird....

Posted by: tbird | Dec 19, 2011 3:03:19 PM

Right on Tbird.

Posted by: Skip | Dec 19, 2011 3:30:08 PM

Man - this is a good move. This guy has a lot of potential and if nothing else gives us some more size. Hopefully he can produce enough to allow the Cats to move Diaw near the trade deadline for a high draft pick.

Posted by: Dirt | Dec 19, 2011 3:40:36 PM

was adam morrison was not avil? sure liked his hair cut

Posted by: 336nda704 | Dec 19, 2011 3:44:11 PM

Tou are spot on TBIRD this is a sleeper team, one that will put you to sleep by the end of the first quarter

Posted by: Bob | Dec 19, 2011 3:55:03 PM

forreal i think people need to spend more time picking up the squad rather than putting them down,i think they will do very good this year make the playoffs actually.

Posted by: derrick blackwell | Dec 19, 2011 4:06:57 PM

playoffs? come on man.

Posted by: Ace Juniper | Dec 19, 2011 4:12:56 PM

I'm sorry for not understanding this. We have 3 guys at 5 now? How is this good? We must have been dealing just in case Biyombo fell through. Help me out.

Posted by: long | Dec 19, 2011 4:17:32 PM

can't speak for everybody but i've always supported the team and remained super optimistic about the PLAYERS but there is no effing way i'm supporting this front office (unless cho proves me wrong over the long term)

we've been burned by idiotic moves over and over and over again. we are just now getting where we should have been 4-5 years ago.

between the biyombo situation being a facade and this move.....things are definitely on the up and up.

Posted by: charlottean | Dec 19, 2011 4:19:29 PM

Actually, wait, do we have 5 guys at 5 now?

Biyombo, the guy signed last week, Najera, this guy, and Diop?

Posted by: long | Dec 19, 2011 4:28:39 PM

Diaw, Biyombo, Diop, Mullens, and Ely will probably all play some at the 5.

Posted by: apauldds | Dec 19, 2011 4:35:09 PM

Make a trade and pick up a combo guard, any suggestions?

Posted by: tim | Dec 19, 2011 4:40:57 PM

Najera is out 6 to 8 weeks with knee issues so this is a good pickup for depth.

Posted by: Rick | Dec 19, 2011 4:42:21 PM

we have biyombo and mullens at the 5
diaw, thomas, and white at the 4
maggette and brown at the 3
henderson and carroll at the 2
augustin and walker at the 1

diop ely najera at the suit section behind the bench. and cunningham at the dime bag spot.

Posted by: charlottean | Dec 19, 2011 4:50:19 PM

Well, Rich Cho "drafted" the guy, but left after a year and this guy was deep on a deep bench there. Cho left before last season, and he obviously liked what he saw in OKC to want to bring him here for that kind of money. Cho is a Moneyball type of guy, and I'm defintely giving him the benfit of the doubt on this transaction. I suspect he will get 10-15 mintues a game here at least. OKC is a transition/running team, so he should have the legs to stay on the floor.

Posted by: Chris | Dec 19, 2011 4:56:23 PM


Posted by: No Name | Dec 19, 2011 4:56:37 PM

Really good move. We only gave up on a second round draft pick for a player drafted in the first round (picked 24th), and has plenty of upside. Together with finally getting Biyombo here, this should really take away the pressure from Diaw to play center. It might take a little while (until Diop too is getting in shape), but eventually the 5 position will be filled by true centers only.

I don't think this was planned when they signed Melvin Ely, and announced Diaw as the starting center. Anyway, this is a needed improvement of the roster. Not only you improve at center (which was clearly the team's biggest need), but you automatically improve at PF too, since that's the position where Boris can do best. And he will, in his contract season.

Posted by: Sandy | Dec 19, 2011 4:59:34 PM

Yeah Yeah, Yeah Yeah Bob u r putting me to sleep with your nonsense. No name, Derrick, Charlottean, Rick, Applauds and others on here seem to have some sense regarding basketball. They have wasted a ton of million on guys but they have made the playoffs with some of the talent. Some of those guys actually weren't that bad. I would take that team they had with Felt, Wallace, Gerald, Jack, Tyson, Tyrus. The only thing they made were bad long term financial moves, but maybe they get it because getting Biyombo and Walker in the same draft was great. They have signed some nice pickups, but would have loved a veteran center. But I have seen footage of BJ and he has a lot of upside. Dude could dominate under Silas wing. This kid has that "it" factor.

Posted by: tbird | Dec 19, 2011 5:10:00 PM

MJ would have a fit if they actually made the playoffs. Throws off the whole long-term strategy - tank in '12, get a top 5 pick, sign a decent midlevel FA in the offseason (Kaman and/or Steph Curry). This is all about 2013/2014.

Posted by: DH | Dec 19, 2011 5:11:43 PM


Posted by: RAHSHON GAMBLE | Dec 19, 2011 7:15:37 PM

rashon you baffle us all with your wonderful and insightful ramblings.

amnesty deadline passed. not to mention we aren't going over the cap/tax ANYWAYS no point in ANYBODY getting amnestied. we have 14 contracts and 2 guys out half the season already. 2 more that haven't practiced with us yet. 2 more that are on the otherside of 30 and showing it.

conveniently.....we have it available for next offseason when it might be useful on either maggette, or diop. carroll doesn't make enough money for there to be big impact in amnesty. do you even know what that means? of course not.


Posted by: charlottean | Dec 19, 2011 8:41:33 PM

Hi from okc. Just seeing what the Charlotte people had to say on this. Mullins is a pretty darn athletic 7 footer. I always saw promise in him. Really nice touch out to 15-18 feet as well. Hope it goes well. He just needs to get some meanness to him.

Posted by: Jh | Dec 19, 2011 9:17:20 PM

@charlottean - LOL - like the sperm part... we are doing fine.. this year wont be that spectacular as a team but the development of the 2 picks, hendo, white and augustin will be a thing to watch... Im bloody freaking excited of kemba right now! see him in the pre season? he'l be doin great as time goes by.. he may be the next isiah thomas... and BEAST-SMACK, will be the next hakeem (prefer alonzo than olajuwon in comparison).. So hell yeah!!!

Posted by: arky | Dec 19, 2011 9:44:56 PM

Again, someone knows what they are doing here. A young 7 fter with good skill and athletism. This guy really jumped out to me coming out of high school, check his youtube to see what I mean. The brass are making some very solid moves right now. Biz is still a project but a huge guy with great wing span, the tools are there. Bravo Bobcats.

Posted by: Brian | Dec 19, 2011 10:17:17 PM

we completely downplayed the return of derrick brown. I hope his rebounding isn't an aberration but an addition to his game. he and DJ white both looked solid.

walker is going to put us in a tough predicament. the guy clearly has the biggest balls out of anybody we have. but he's also not 6-1 like he's listed. that dude is 5'10/5'11 at best. him being smaller rather than bigger than augustin is going to keep them from being able to play together at all. i don't see that working for more than 3-6 minutes on a regular basis and that KILLS minutes for both of them. they both deserve 30+. i'm afraid of the new car smell wearing off and we realize that we gave up on the reliable sedan for the new sports car and what we really needed was the sedan. We have 4 other people we have to transport not just the 1.

if he's iverson then augustin has to go in favor of a bigger point guard (like livingston ironically) who can guard 2's. but if he's david wesley or jason terry, he probably needs to be the 6th man of the year for his entire career playing 25 mpg. jonny flynn is a pretty comparable case. walker might tebow the position and make sense of something that just doesn't make sense but RIGHT NOW.......the guy isn't a point guard. he's a heck of a ball player. if it works it works but I don't see it happening on a regular basis. just goes against conventional wisdom.

the isiah thomas comparisons can stop until dude starts averaging 9+ assists a game.

Posted by: charlottean | Dec 20, 2011 2:00:49 AM

UPS was a beast on the boards. Once again what we need is offense. Hopefully the shots will start falling.

Posted by: apauldds | Dec 20, 2011 10:14:59 AM

Thanks for the breakdown, Charlottean. That little quip about Cunningham was mean.

So, we need some more backup at 2.

Posted by: long | Dec 20, 2011 11:31:58 AM

Charlottean, Walker measured 5'11.5" in socks at the combine, which makes him 6'1" in shoes. Virtually all NBA players go by shoe height. HOWEVER, I hear what you are saying. He still has one of the shortest standing reaches around, which makes him too small to play with Augustin for very long. They will get absolutely abused on defense. There will be a dilemna about their playing time.

Walker claimed he was not a distributor at UCONN because Calhoun wanted him to shoot, shoot, shoot. We'll see about that.


Posted by: DeLaQuest | Dec 20, 2011 11:36:54 AM

Jh, thank you.

Posted by: DeLaQuest | Dec 20, 2011 11:40:14 AM

i don't know about those measurements, they also have him weighed at 184. that dude does not weigh 184. he has never seen 184. that dude is 165 tops, they have him listed at 172.

all i know is......he says he's taller than augustin yet silas and jordan both said he was smaller. didn't say shorter but I think that's implied along with the slight weight difference. and watching him last night, he looked CRAZY SHORT. even next to augustin dude looked short and augustin is very small by today's nba standards. in the 90's it was regular to see point guards from bogues to blaylock or tim hardaway or webb on up to bibby, brevin knight, earl boykins, etc.

now augustin is one of if not the smallest starting point guard in the league and has enough trouble guarding bigger 1's as is. it's completely out of the question that he and walker pair up against ANYBODY other than MAYBE dallas/washington/indiana/new orleans/philly and that's only when those teams go small and or have their second team backcourt on the floor.

if we can steal minutes that way to get these guys on the floor as much as possible, great. but that's not really going to be fair to either because both HAVE to be point guards long term. the only way I see this working is if you have augustin playing 32 mpg as the starting pg and walker playing the other 16 at point and then playing another 9 minutes (mostly 4th quarter) along side of augustin with a really really really good shot blocking group behind them (think some combo of biyombo/thomas/brown/white/cunningham/diop).
and we zone up during that time period.

it's tough because i see so much tebow in walker in that he's unconventional, but he's a gamer. I've always taken the gamer over the prototype. matt carroll wins you way more games than jason richardson that's just the truth nobody wants to admit. tyler hansbrough, jason terry, rondo, etc. walker falls in line with those guys on the intangibles.

it's going to be so hard for them to co-exist this year (and next) and simultaneously giving walker a chance to see if he can actually win games on his back at this level without disrupting augustin's development as the pure pg. I think augustin was poised for a breakout year 4 with a full year under silas but the lockout killed a lot of that and having to give walker a lot of minutes will kill a lot of that too. it's going to be tough, I just hope it works. Atleast was have the shot blockers to surround the 2.

maybe we can tebow it.

Posted by: charlottean | Dec 20, 2011 12:13:59 PM

why do ya think okc got rid of him? you are alll really excited for a undevoloed 7 footer who should have stayed in school.okc has been the best drafting team over the last 4yrs. he isnt with the thunder because its the one guy who couldnt make it.

Posted by: zstorm | Dec 20, 2011 8:00:52 PM

Zstorm...you got it ALL wrong on your comment...OKC got rid of him because they wanted a draft pick out of Mullens and they save some money as well. It's a WIN-WIN for both teams...since we have the roster spot and need a BIG man. Honestly, I'm pretty certain this dude has some form of a jumpshot and a better FT percentage than Diop. Would you want to trust Diop and Diaw to handle the low-post? Didn't think so!

CHO picked this guy, and if he works out, it's a HUGE win for the Bobcats...at the very least, Mullens will have a CHANCE with Silas at the helm and he will get some much-needed PT to see how he does in the course of receiving 15-20 min/game. I think this guy will surprise you...and heck, even if he can give us 8pts/7rebs per game, for what we're paying him, it's a steal! Go check out his stats...if you look at a 48mpg comparison, dude can average 10/10 for us...not too far away from Kwame Brown, which GSW is dumb enough to sign him for $7mil. And IF Mullens doesn't work out, we didn't lose much of anything, so why not?

Have you heard of Dante Cunningham and DJ White when the Cats' traded for them by shipping out G-Dub? I bet you were also bi**** about that move, but look at that trade now? White is a decent player and Cunningham is receiving offers from other teams for $2mil/season because he was averaging about 14pts per game when Silas gave him a starting role shooting over 50% on the floor!

Let's give this guy Mullens some time here and see what he is capable of...if anything, Silas can get the most of any player that play for the 'Cats, so he may just surprise all of us!

Posted by: KYL | Dec 20, 2011 11:38:59 PM

Okc gave him up to clear cap space. They are in win now mode now and he's 22 and lacks experience. And they have perkins, ibaka and muhammad. They also gave us dj white for the same reason. Point is... okc was really really really stacked. Is.

We are excited because we gave up nothing, and the alternative was diop or melvin ely. Name all 7 foot nba prospects with ball skills under the age of 25. Now show me the list that can be signed for under 10 million. I'll wait.

Posted by: charlottean | Dec 21, 2011 12:00:55 AM

Ohio State tattooing bust!!!

Posted by: Scott | Dec 22, 2011 8:11:36 PM

LOVE ALL THIS POSITIVE BOBCATS TALK! And that Mullens dude paid off big time tonight. 5-7 from the field with 10 pts. Nice jumper. Um yeah...he's a keeper and should be backing up Diaw and not Diop.

Posted by: trust_in_justus | Dec 26, 2011 11:04:31 PM

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