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June 28, 2013

Charlotte Bobcats not making a qualifying offer to free agent Byron Mullens

    The first tumble-down effect of the Charlotte Bobcats drafting forward Cody Zeller came to light Friday, when president of basketball operations Rod Higgins told the Observer the team will not extend a qualifying offer to Byron Mullens, restricting his free-agency.

            According to Higgins, the Bobcats would have had to block out about $4 million for Mullens next season to reserve the right to match other teams’ offers for him. With Zeller having similar “stretch 4’’ qualities at power forward – i.e. shooting range out to the 3-point line -- the team decided not to make that investment in Mullens, who averaged 10.6 points and 6.4 rebounds last season.

            The Bobcats will make a qualifying offer to shooting guard Gerald Henderson, Higgins said.

            Mullens, acquired in a 2011 trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder, had a strong early season last year before suffering a severe ankle sprain in late December. He missed about a month, then never quite regained his form.

            The Bobcats made a February trade for power forward Josh McRoberts, who beat out Mullens for the starting job late in the season. McRoberts is an unrestricted freeagent, and said money – wherever that leads him – would be his priority in choosing a team.

Posted by Observer Sports on June 28, 2013 at 02:05 PM | Permalink


so yea.....moot point sandy.

i think this is absolutely the right move because of the cap hold it would place going into free agency and the bottom end number that you place on mullens.

I love the fact that they didn't tie him up for 2 weeks only to pull the offer like they did last summer with brown and augustin, but i don't think they did it for any other reason than to have max flexibility going into free agency.

it's my understanding that they can now only offer a contract to mullens that does not exceed the qualifying offer but that might have changed in the new CO.......rick PLEASE confirm on that.

curious to see if they want him back at all. I think he would be valuable as the backup center on a 2 million dollar 1 year deal. I highly doubt another team makes a splashy offer to him after he disappeared at the end of the year. if he ever found his balls, he would be something, but until then....he's a lot like anthony randolph - insane talent that never puts it together.

safe bet we can land either mcroberts or mullens or a veteran like a landry or humphries (way more expensive of course) to be the backup 4. i would much prefer that they make the thomas robinson thing happen.

and seth curry already....DAMN. i really hope they're just ironing out language on a 4th year team option on his deal. if they seriously let this dude sign elsewhere......absolute insanity. you cannot tell me that we are going to field a roster with 14 or 15 guys BETTER than seth curry.

Posted by: charlottean | Jun 28, 2013 2:22:40 PM

Please let Henderson walk. Go after a Tony Allen or Iggy. They actually make the team better and can play defense.

Posted by: Jason | Jun 28, 2013 3:52:01 PM

I thought we drafted Zellar to play center ?? So we will still be soft down low just like always. WHy we didnt draft Noel or Len baffles me.

Posted by: Frank | Jun 28, 2013 3:59:08 PM

Charlottean, things happen fast!

I only saw now these news about Mullens, after posting my previous comment (that I don't see him as a keeper)! Funny, I start being in agreement with the management decisions!

Also, I was saying C.J. Leslie deserves a chance to develop as a SF in the NBA; then, you let me know the Knicks also see his potential, and they already signed him up! I'm glad for him, I hope he doesn't drop out of the NBA (like many others did) before having a real chance to develop and be successful.

Seth needs to become a combo guard; because of his size, he needs to develop his ability to play both guard positions (playing in the D-League can always help).
He's a very talented shooter, but he also needs an ability to run the offense. If he and the management feel he can do it, then I'm all for it.

Posted by: Sandy | Jun 28, 2013 4:05:23 PM

How does placing Zeller at the 4 make us softer than him playing at the 5?

Posted by: Oates | Jun 28, 2013 4:08:54 PM

and who the eff would call biyombo soft?!

Posted by: charlottean | Jun 28, 2013 4:18:29 PM

any logical mind that doesn't like henderson would say "please sign him to a great contract, let him play great for the first half of the season and then we trade him at the deadline"

but saying "please let him walk" ???

right so....instead of keeping the guy as a 6th man. or trading him down the line........you want to let ANOTHER LOTTERY PICK walk away to surely show up in next year's nba finals to rub it in our face again and again and again? you want him to walk with no compensation?!

i have to question the henderson haters sanity. he plays hard, every year he improves, he scores efficiently, is a 2 way player, and gives you highlight reel dunks on a regular basis to keep the lottery bound season entertaining. how do you hate THAT dude?! as a UNC fan, i love that dude.

Posted by: charlottean | Jun 28, 2013 4:31:12 PM

Good, now hopefully he'll sign with a real team that actually gives a crap about actually putting a winner on the floor.

Posted by: TP | Jun 28, 2013 4:50:54 PM

^^^ like the one that drafted him?!

Posted by: charlottean | Jun 28, 2013 4:52:32 PM

Charlottean: agreed on Henderson. A really good player at both ends of the floor, starter caliber, just one notch less than All Star level; to lose him for nothing would be a terrible repeat of a very bad pattern, and I just hope it won't happen.

A note on Seth: he played both guard positions in his earlier college years, but he needs to take those skills to the next level.

Posted by: Sandy | Jun 28, 2013 4:53:27 PM

I agree, but i think he's completely capable and entirely too talented a shooter to not be in the league let alone on OUR roster.

Sign him to a 1 year deal with 2 year team options and put him in the d-league playing point guard THE ENTIRE YEAR (barring injuries). maybe even the entire year 2 also. but to pass on the guy?! insane.

equally as bad as va tech passing on he and his brother. just illogical. low risk. insanely high reward potential.

Posted by: charlottean | Jun 28, 2013 5:16:25 PM

I will respectfully decline watching Boobcats basketball until they start getting serious about putting together a championship team. The name doesn't even matter now. Jordan threw us all a bone by changing the name back to the Hornets just to shut us up but he is not serious about putting together a championship team. Whoever thought Jordan would be much worse than Shinn. Shinn was stingy and greedy owner but some people call that a savvy business man but he tried to always put a competitive product on the floor. Jordan wants the team for a tax write off. He makes too much money with his other ventures. What a joke! Sorry Larry Bird I voted for Boobcat Johnson.

Posted by: GUESS WHO | Jun 28, 2013 6:46:04 PM

Wait a minute, I thought Mullens was a "borderline All-Star"?

When he puts his mind to it there isn't a single thing Mullens doesn't do better than Buttfumble....so where does that leave him.

Seen what the Nets are doing? That's the competition folks -- the MULTI-BILLIONAIRES.

Prokhorov could care less about the salary cap and the luxury tax, His Minimumness cannot compete.

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Jun 28, 2013 8:04:47 PM

Seth Curry not drafted? No, say it isn't so. Oh, but the native Carolinians said he would dominate the NBA.


Posted by: Bob Goes Horny | Jun 28, 2013 9:00:40 PM

What an effing jackass. Who the hell cares what Prokoroff is doing. Even Cuban would not go that route. That won't win jack squat with that over the hill team.

By the way....you still ripping the Wallace trade moron? What an idiot.

Posted by: Bobnet | Jun 28, 2013 9:30:35 PM

if you thought the bobcats drafted zeller to play center you obviously know very little about the bobcats or the way the NBA game functions....

Posted by: tmack652 | Jun 28, 2013 10:12:13 PM

Hey Bobnet, you are the effing idiot here. MJ simply needed to keep the playoff team together and improve it from there. Sure, you would replace a player with a draft pick, or replace a free agent for a better free agent...but you NEVER throw away a playoff team. That team had one thing you cannot take for granted, and that thing was chemistry. You watched it on the floor and they worked together. In fact, they enjoyed playing together.
Instead, someone got it in their head that, just because Charlotte got swept, the Bobcats were doomed to always be an 8th seed, which is so far from the truth. No, instead you like being the laughingstock of the NBA, breaking the record for the lowest winning percentage in NBA History, alienating former players so that other free agents won't even consider Charlotte, and you hedge all bets on rookies.
As Jalen Rose pointed out on draft night,of the 2008 draftees, almost 40% of them are already OUT of the NBA...and this is only 2013.
Yeah, let's talk about the Wallace trade, the Tyson Chandler trade, letting go of Raymond Felton, trading Jax...and on, and on, and on.

You're obviously from Cackolacky, so you don't know the first effing thing about building a NBA Championship team. So pipe down, shut up, and learn from people who have grown up in cities that have witnessed dominating NBA teams.

Bad Boys.

Posted by: Bob Goes Horny | Jun 28, 2013 10:17:37 PM

you all act like byron mullens was a franchise player when he wasn't even the third best player on a bad team... get over it, the dude is gone and for good reason. HE WAS A 38% FG SHOOTER AND A 31% 3PT SHOOTER LAST SEASON!! THATS NOT GOOD! A 7 FOOTER WHO WEIGHS 275 AND ONLY PULLS DOWN 6REBS A GAME??? COME ON!! Now I remember why I hate reading Bonnell's blog, because the only ones that comment on here are total clowns with bold opinions that have no ground to stand on. sorry, rick, you're the man.

Posted by: tmack652 | Jun 28, 2013 10:19:00 PM

Mullens is gone because he's not a traditional back-to-basket C. I'm encouraged that we now have a scorer in Zeller. BUT...whooooo is our other scoring threat in the front court? Biyombo? Haywood?

Now would be a good time for Tyrus Thomas to step-up and be more than a bench warmer.

Posted by: Airbrush87 | Jun 28, 2013 10:57:46 PM

Wow horny bob you are the man! What an accomplishment to grow up in a city that won an nba championship! Did you get some rings too? Wow you are impressive! Stfu douchebag...take a hike son

Posted by: DNYCE | Jun 29, 2013 12:03:38 AM

Sure. The Bobcats should have kept Wallace. A marginal player at best that could not help 2 teams that were both better than the Bobcats one he was playing on. Now he is on to his 3rd team because they all know what the Bobcats knew. He was not worth the money and his body was breaking down. You are a complete dope.....anyone that can even attempt to argue that trade now has to be the biggest moron in the free world. After they use that other number one in a fantastic draft next year you will look like a bigger fool.

Posted by: Bobnet | Jun 29, 2013 4:10:26 AM

I loved Wallace, but that was one of the smarter things the Bobcats ever did unloading him. His production has continued to drop. Can't believe people still talk about it, but it is even more unbelievable to still say the Bobcats should not have made that trade, especially with the way next years draft is looking.

Posted by: Skip | Jun 29, 2013 8:55:52 AM

I think you also failed to remember Felton didnt want to play here anymore. So he was gone no matter what. Of the players from the playoff team Chandler had the most success. But he played with Dirk. Boris came close but he played with TD, and Parker. Jackson is no longer in the NBA. My point is how far would they have gone really? Chances are they would not have even made the payoffs the next year.

Posted by: David | Jun 29, 2013 11:21:36 AM

he didn't break up a legit playoff team. he broke up a team that squeaked into a 7 seed and got destroyed by the magic. it's no different than breaking up milwaukee after this past season. they weren't in contention.

AND to keep that mediocre team together, he would have had to gone into the luxury tax to do so. early in his ownership also after having just ponied up the cash and taken on big debt from johnson. and BEFORE his team got to selling all of the sponsorship slots and season tickets that they have since he bought the team.

we weren't going to win a championship and probably not even a playoff series with that felton/jackson/wallace/diaw/chandler thomas/augustin core. group was riddled with overpaid mid level players.

3 years removed and jackson is out of the league, wallace just got dumped on the celtics, diaw is making 3 million instead of 9, felton is making 4 million instead of the 7.5 he got originally from the knicks when we let him go, thomas is quite possibly going to be out of the league after we amnesty him, if not, he'll be playing for the minimum at most.

only guy legitimately earning the big money is chandler and some would argue otherwise on that. THATS the team yall whine about wanting to keep together. let's no distort the facts.

walker/hendo/mkg/zeller/biyombo + taylor + cap room and draft picks is going to equate to a MUCH more legitimate contender than that group ever was if you all have 2 more years of patience. they'll win 30 games this year, 40 games the next and then 50+ for like 5 years in a row after that.

and insinuating that prokhorov has it figured out is nuts. that dude is paying double for a team that has 5 superstars and one ball. can't wait to see how that plays out. KG is the only one of the bunch that can successfully play a "floor game" while others get off. and the dude is paying out the A for that team. he's going to look like the dodgers/angels/marlins have in recent years when they don't get past the 2nd round of the playoffs.

it's unreasonable to even compare.......brooklyn has new york money, new york tv deals, new york brand equity. prokhorov is spending that money and might even be in the black. charlotte couldn't create that revenue for the panthers and bobcats combined.

Posted by: charlottean | Jun 29, 2013 2:31:43 PM

Charlottean, you make good points. Hopefully this franchise will turn things around in a big way.

Posted by: J. Mixon | Jun 29, 2013 5:43:48 PM

charlottean, the BOBcats continue to refuse to provide any legit data on sales and lapsed renewals of season tickets or luxury boxes, there's a reason they want to keep it a secret.

Everyone needs to keep in mind Air Minimum has now been in complete control for 7 YEARS!

He and Prokhorov bought their teams at effectively the same time and the big Russian inherited a much worse situation,

Look where the two franchises are now. Nets won 49 last year and took the Bulls to 7 games in round 1. Since then they have made a series of MONSTER moves that only make them a LOT better. Meanwhile the BOOBcats are 28-120 last two years.

Everyone quit whining about and citing the luxury tax as a reason things can't be done -- I can GUARANTEE you the competition (Prokhorov) cares less about the luxury tax. His Minimumness is under-financed and will always be at a disadvantage vs. the billionaires.

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Jul 1, 2013 11:46:43 AM

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