What the hell are the Charlotte Bobcats doing?
This week’s indefensible trade is only the latest boneheaded move by an “NBA franchise” whose history is woefully short on good decisions. To offset the benefit of clearing Jason Richardson and the $40 million he’s owed between now and 2011 off the books, the Bobs agreed to take on more $46 million worth of Raja Bell and Boris Diaw- particularly Diaw, who’s still guaranteed $36 million over the last four years of his deal.
So, lemme make sure I’ve got this right: Charlotte traded away a legitimate 20-point scorer who while hardly a bargain, does not have a cap-killing contract, and a potentially solid young forward with a cap-friendly deal, in exchange for Bell, a 32-year old defensive stopper who is clearly on the downside of his career and Diaw, an inconsistent frontcourt guy whose remaining guaranteed money is 90% of Richardson’s ($36 million v. $40 million) and annual salary is 67% of Richardson’s ($9 million v. 13.3 million average for J-Rich)?
Really? What’s the defense here?
Sadly, the Charlotte Bobcats have not fared much better in the draft, and that’s quite a shame for a team that’s never won more than 33 games in a season, averaged just 27.3 wins in their 4 seasons in existence. The Bobs have had 8 first-round draft picks since entering the NBA in 2004:
2004- Emeka Okafor (#2 overall)
2006- Adam Morrison (#3)
2008- DJ Augustin (#9), Alexis Ajinca (#20)
Of these eight players, only Okafor (14 ppg, 10.8 rpg), when healthy, and DJ Augustin (based on a VERY small sample) look like they are lottery-pick worthy- though it should be noted that Okafor was the incorrect #1 pick in 2004, when Charlotte went the “safe” route with the top pick, leaving Dwight Howard on the board for the Orlando Magic to grab at #2. Of the remaining six, Raymond Felton is potentially a solid point guard (though likely to be pushed out by Augustin), Sean May “may never” be in NBA game shape, Adam Morrison (aka “Kwame 2.0”) is a complete disaster, and Alexis Ajinca may one day be a decent NBA player, but there is little evidence of it thus far. That leaves just Brandan Wright and Jared Dudley, who were effectively traded for Diaw and
Considering the money they’ve spent and committed to spending, along with the quality draft picks they’ve had, it’s inconceivable that the
Despite the dream of every sports fan to be a professional GM, even in this economy, would anyone really want Rod “Tossed under the bus by Michael Jordan” Higgins’ job? By the way, check out the best/worst transactions- hilarious!