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November 13, 2012

Charlotte Bobcats trade Matt Carroll for frontcourt help in Hakim Warrick

    In return for footing an extra $500,000 in payroll this season, the Charlotte Bobcats just traded an expiring contract for some frontcourt help.

                Tuesday afternoon the Bobcats dealt little-used shooting guard Matt Carroll to the New Orleans Hornets for forward Hakim Warrick. Warrick can play either forward position, though he’s generally been more effective as a power forward in the NBA.

                Carroll was a co-captain for the Bobcats this season, but he played little in a packed rotation of shooting guards. He makes $3.5 million this season, compared to Warrick’s $4 million salary.

                “We’re still figuring how he fits in, but with the (salaries close), I don’t think there’s much of a risk at all,’’ Bobcats president of basketball operations Rod Higgins told the Observer. “I’ve always seen him as more of a 4 (power forward) than a 3 (small forward), but you never want to completely tell about players until they’re with you.’’

                Warrick’s contract has a $4 million team option for next season, so he’s obligated to the Bobcats in 2013-14, but the team isn’t obligated to him. A former star at Syracuse, the 6-9 Warrick is in his eighth NBA season. For his career, he’s averaging 9.5 points, 49 percent shooting and 4.1 rebounds.

                He was out of the rotation with the Hornets, playing in just one of their first five games.

                While Carroll, a nine-season NBA player, wasn’t in the rotation in Charlotte, he will be missed for his intangibles.

                “That Matt was chosen as a co-captain (without playing much) speaks volumes,’’ Higgins said. “He was well-respected by all his teammates because he works so hard at his craft. When coach (Mike) Dunlap was going two-a-days in the summer, Matt was out there with the kids. That said a lot.’’

Posted by Observer Sports on November 13, 2012 at 04:39 PM | Permalink


Glad to see we are trying to better ourselves. And Matt, if you are reading this, thank you for your two stays here. You are a class act.

Posted by: PantherHead | Nov 13, 2012 4:48:50 PM

Does this trade mean that we have found a possible taker for Tyrus?

Posted by: Geraldmutumbo | Nov 13, 2012 4:53:59 PM

Wow, looks like we actually have a professional team in Charlotte! Can Rich Cho work for the Bobcats and the Panthers? Good luck tonight- will be a good measuring stick if we can beat a bad team we're supposed to beat.

Posted by: Rguy | Nov 13, 2012 4:55:23 PM

Sweet! Lets see what Warrick can bring...

Posted by: amosby | Nov 13, 2012 4:55:33 PM

Hate to see Matt go a class act but this trade will help

Posted by: jay$$$ | Nov 13, 2012 4:55:37 PM

This is a very good trade for Charlotte. Carroll is essentially an assistant coach in a uniform. Great for younger players but was not even in the rotation.

Warrick can give Charlotte solid minutes and more importantly, depth. He will be a part of the rotation and help younger guys like MKG.


Posted by: Rich | Nov 13, 2012 4:56:00 PM

I always liked Matt for his great attitude, but evidently, he wasn't going to get any playing time here.
It's a good move. Warrick is a pretty good player, and the Bobcats can use some help at PF.

Posted by: Sandy | Nov 13, 2012 4:59:27 PM

was higgin out in this deal too??

Posted by: 336nda704 | Nov 13, 2012 5:01:36 PM

I like the trade but I don't know if he will get many minutes unless somebody gets hurt. We will cut him at the end of the year anyway. The Cats actually are in a rather good position going in to 2014. They have a young team, could have as many as three first round picks and they have a ton of money to spend in the off season. I think this team is a playoff team in 2014-2015. I don't think we make it this year - but we will win 25 or more games.

Posted by: Dom | Nov 13, 2012 5:04:50 PM

Now, if we could only get rid of Diop and Higgins......

Posted by: TheRealJD | Nov 13, 2012 5:06:48 PM

Excellent, Excellent move. Not sure how they pulled it off, but that really adds depth at a key position. Well done.

Posted by: James | Nov 13, 2012 5:11:55 PM

Keep Warrick after the season and amnesty Thomas. I can see the plan coming together.

Posted by: Stevo | Nov 13, 2012 5:13:10 PM

Sad to see Mr. Bobcat go. I have a feeling he will be back though, maybe as an assistant coach. Welcome to the Bobcats Mr. Warrick, we'd love to see some productive minutes from you this season.

Posted by: Ocracoma | Nov 13, 2012 5:13:54 PM

What? Did MJ just spend more money? This after he spent an extra 14 million on Ben Gordon to get another #1 pick.

Where is that idiot that claims MJ won't spend and that Kemba will be playing in the Italian league? What a complete an utter moron. Wrong and wrong again.

Go Cats!

Posted by: Action Jackson | Nov 13, 2012 5:21:40 PM

^^^^^^man. you are so right. Where is that joker? Way to go Mr. Cho. Stocking draft picks, clearing cap space and getting the current team better. Have to love it.

Posted by: Spencer | Nov 13, 2012 5:24:57 PM

If they get rid of Corey Higgins I might actually take this team seriously.

Posted by: Basil | Nov 13, 2012 5:30:17 PM

Move makes sense. I hate to see carroll get traded, although he might actually play in new orleans with gordon out.

this must mean something regarding thomas. the option for next year creates the flexibility both with the draft and with thomas. or it might be insurance for mullens. Use the fact that they have warrick as leverage in his contract situation this offseason.

I just hope they don't take minutes away from mullens OR biyombo OR MKG/Taylor for another 30 year old. if it's simply swapping for depth at the end of the bench and for the leverage/flexibility mentioned above....can't be mad at it.

now let's see us parlay diop to golden state for biedrins and a 1st.

far cry from the old trades of small great contract for big horrible contract(s).

higgins really needs to go. diop's days are numbered regardless. and thomas really needs to do something immediately.

Posted by: charlottean | Nov 13, 2012 6:02:19 PM

cats need to use expiring contracts to clear room to make a run at free agent Al Jefferson next year. that would make a dynamite front court

Posted by: fan | Nov 13, 2012 6:19:59 PM

Minutes will be at the expense of Thomas as soon as Warrick is ready. Expect to see Biyombo at center. Also, no way Carroll plays in New Orleans. Likely gets bought out.

Posted by: Bball Expert | Nov 13, 2012 6:38:30 PM

This definitely limits the minutes of Thomas and Biyombo which is for the best. Also means that the small lineup involving Hendo at the 3 and MKG at the 4 won't be necessary.

Posted by: buckshot jenkins | Nov 13, 2012 6:38:46 PM

Squeezing water out a turnip

In Cho We Trust

Posted by: Tinybton | Nov 13, 2012 6:38:56 PM

Is it just me or has bizmack regressed this season?

Posted by: ttom tom | Nov 13, 2012 8:03:02 PM

Warrick fits our system!!

Posted by: Scott | Nov 13, 2012 9:58:04 PM

Bismack tries maybe to hard seems to not know basketball fundamentals at all, but I would not give up on him I would have him work with an old big during all star break and watch a lot of old games of someone he should model.

Posted by: Darian | Nov 13, 2012 10:13:48 PM

Anyone see a trend? Warrick played on a championship team in college...as did MKG and Kemba. Bobcats are assembling a team that is athletic and hungry to win!

Posted by: Airbrush87 | Nov 13, 2012 10:54:59 PM

So did sean may and raymond felton and emeka okafor and ben gordon. Don't believe henderson did but i could be wrong. Not a new trend. That's why entire starting 5's from title teams tend to make it at some point.

Posted by: charlottean | Nov 14, 2012 9:29:57 AM

I think the trade screams at Tyrus Thomas: "GET YOUR BUTT IN GEAR OR YOU'RE ON THE STREET!" Warrick immediately is the first frontcourt player off the bench. If Thomas gets the message and brings it every night, he can get back to where he was when he first came here and we don't need to pick up Warrick's option. If he doesn't, we amnesty him and pick up Warrick's option. Either way, it's a plus for the team. Diop is gone after this year, with his monster contract finished. Now if we can just get rid of Cory Higgins...

Posted by: J | Nov 14, 2012 9:54:08 AM

Good trade!! Matt was great guy but not what we needed.
Will be a good asst coach one day.
You know I have to admit folks the past 18 months have been filled with good smart decisions across the board that show.
I mean team of winners are coming in and a few draft picks and a trade with salary cap and we are playoff bound next year. Shoot no one had us winning 18 games or more this year it seemed and I figure 25 and maybe even 30 with some breaks.
What a good solid change with a young team with lots of upside.
MJ, Cho, etc.. doing smart things.
Except keeping Cory but hey if that's the worse we did so be it.

Posted by: Season Ticket holder for now | Nov 14, 2012 11:16:16 AM

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