Charlotte general manager Rod Higgins met with the media late Friday morning.
Owner Michael Jordan did not. The best known owner in sports did not talk to the media after he fired Larry Brown, after he hired Paul Silas or after he gave Silas an extension. On Thursday, Jordan traded Gerald Wallace. He didn't talk to us Friday, either. I had requested an interview earlier this week. I didn't get it.
Give Jordan this: He was consistent as a player and he's consistent as an owner.
"Flexibility is the word we put before us," Higgins says Friday at Time Warner Cable Arena.
Trading Wallace for two first-round draft picks and two expiring contracts creates options in reconfiguring the roster through free-agent signings and trades. Since the Bobcats owed Wallace $10.5 million next season and $10.5 million the following season, the trade also creates financial flexibility.
But the trade works only if Jordan is willing to spend money.
Is he, I ask.
"Of course Michael is willing to spend the money," says Higgins.
It could be today, says Higgins. It could be in a few years. It could be a "marquee free agent" in 2011, or '12, or '13.
"Mr. Jordan is willing to spend the money," Higgins said a second time.
Later, Higgins will add: "Michael is in this business to compete at a high level. He's also going to be wise with his spending."
The deal makes sense only if the Bobcats are wise with their draft picks and wise with their trades and willing to invest wisely.
Because of the trade, there's more of a buzz about the Bobcats than there has been all season. We all like new. We all like to take sides. We're all talking.
But buzz doesn't last. There was buzz when the Bobcats selected Adam Morrison with the third pick in the 2006 draft. I believe it has expired.