No Offense, Who Will Get Traded?

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It seems to be understood that the Bobcats’ scoring troubles are going to be a major concern for the team’s progress next season.  NBA.com even featured an article titled “Bobcats Search For Go-To Scorer.”

Recently, it appeared that some sort of progress was just on the horizon, but now it’s not certain that “The Answer” will be the answer for these problems.  It looks as though Memphis is willing to provide Allen Iverson with an offer that the Cats can’t match, so the idea of a scorer coming to Charlotte seems less likely through free agency.  The Bobcats haven’t done a lot to improve their on court situation this off-season.  Some were concerned about the “locker room cancer” of Allen Iverson.  Still, rumors have been reported that fans usually pay to see what happens on the floor, not back stage.

Despite the arguments for or against Iverson, the club needs something or someone to push the team forward.  This week, ESPN had their basketball contributors collaborate to predict the Eastern Conference rankings.  Unfortunately, the Bobcats didn’t look too high on the list ( #11).  As they put it, the Bobcats are “stuck in purgatory.”  Actually, I would say that the fans are stuck in purgatory. . .  getting paid millions to play basketball sounds a lot more like heaven to me.  Getting back to the point. . .   If the offense proves to be an issue with the club, will Larry Brown push for more moves to remix the roster mash-up he’s already created?

If a trade were to be made to strengthen the offense, the Cats would have to look at their most valuable trade assets.

#1 GERALD WALLACE

His all-around basketball skills and raw talent have got him this far, and a season under Larry Brown has made him looked as polished as ever.

#2 BORIS DIAW

There aren’t too many power forwards with Diaw’s skills.  Thanks to  last season’s unspectacular point guard play, he was able to showcase his court-vision and ball handling skills .  His value has probably benefitted the most by getting a chance to start for Charlotte last season.

#3 RAYMOND FELTON

Starting Point Guards are in demand in the NBA.  Several teams still lack a solid starter, and Felton would be much more needed among several other rosters.  His lack of improvement over the past few years subjects him to the same argument made about Okafor’s lack of progress – solid stats, but no real up-side.

#4 RAJA BELL

Defensive specialist with an expiring contract – sounds like the kind of thing every contender is looking for.  What do you do when you don’t have Kobe, D Wade, or Vince Carter?  You get someone that can keep those guys below 30 pts a game.

#5 DJ AUGUSTIN

Based upon his potential as a point guard and his solid play as a rookie last season, there could be plenty of suitors for Augustin.  His rookie-scale contract is just the right price for any team looking for a rotation player.

Giving away any of these players would be tough, but it looks like there are several quality players on the trade market – Carlos Boozer, Amare Stoudamire, Stephen Jackson, & Monta Ellis.  The major question is if the Bobcats have the capacity to make a trade in which they actually come out as a winner.

Bonus :  NBA.com gives a recap of their Top 10 Bobcats Plays

11 thoughts on “No Offense, Who Will Get Traded?

  1. dudemanhey

    How about this trade:

    Raja Bell & Nazr Mohammed to GS

    Stephen Jackson & Brendan Wright to CHA

    it works in the ESPN trade machine.

  2. That Bobcats Top 10 looked more like a Wallace highlight reel.

    To make a trade for a real-deal scorer, a major shakeup would have to happen (again). When JRich was traded it was shocking and it came out of nowhere…maybe a similar storm is a-brewin'.

  3. Danny

    how bout trading for Rip Hamilton i see issues there with the pistons pushing him back to a 6th man role sinced they signed B Gordan

  4. skidnsnap

    Stephen Jackson said he wanted to play for a winning team for instance the 3 teams in Texas or even the Cavs, I doubt Bobcats would be a destination for him.

    Danny, I kinda think Gordon will be the one who comes off the bench since he hasn't been a consistent starter and he can still be very effective off the bench. Who knows, I might be wrong. I would like to have Rip play for us though.

  5. Check out the latest from Allen Iverson. By the use of his exclamation points, he’s pretty excited. . .

    “Whats up! Well I guess it is time for another update. Me and ESnow workout moving along great! Talked about it on NBA-TV. Signing? Man! . . . I will really be glad when this is done! It feels like the summer before my draft day! But its all good! I want to get on the court! . . . I’ll be working out again today in ATL. Spoke with a couple teams this week, and I think we are getting real close to a deal. I hope so! ”

    8 Exclamation marks!

  6. Guys-

    Looks like Iverson is in Atlanta to meet with the Memphis brass.

    Doesn’t look good from the Bobcats perspective.

    I’m not going to write anything definitively until a deal is officially announced.
    My initial thoughts? Typical Bobcats.

    Hey Stern! Any chance you could move BJ and the Bobcats out of town and give us another “Expansion” Team???
    Third time’s the charm, right???

  7. Jody

    Maybe Bobcats Baseline should change to remember how much fun we had going to hornet games .com. The old coliseum, 2 super dogs and a coke for 6 bucks(that was a lot for a 16 year old in 1993), First Union assist leaders posted on tv screens throughout the concourse, that fat dude doing flips across the court, Mugsy to LJ, the list goes on.

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