A Potential Dark Day In Bobcats History
So, the internet rumor reporters are spreading the word that the Charlotte Bobcats have nearly completed an agreement to trade Gerald Wallace to the Portland Trailblazers. The reports vary about what the Bobcats will receive in return.
We can only hope that the team will bring in some type of player that will outweigh the backlash that Jordan and Co. will face upon sending Wallace, an entertaining and respected fan-favorite, off to the Northwest.
Links To The Rumors :
Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski Reports via Twitter
The barrage of rumors this afternoon were not followed by any confirmation, and now we have it on good authority that the Portland/Charlotte talks for Gerald Wallace are, in fact, dead. The Bobcats will not be sending Wallace to Portland for Joel Pryzbilla’s expiring contract in a salary dump.
Around 6:00 PM ET, we began seeing Tweets from various reporters that the deal was “not done” and that others had “jumped the gun” in reporting it as nearly done. Then word spread that Gerald Wallace was present and accounted for at an autograph session the Bobcats held this evening for season ticket holders (DJ Complete breaking news AND rockin the party!), making it highly unlikely that anything was going down tonight.
And just after 9:00 PM ET tonight, Rick Bonnell posted that the talks are indeed dead. I’ll note again, as I have before here, that Bonnell is careful and conservative when it comes to addressing stories like this. If he says it’s dead, it’s dead.
The implication here is that GM Rod Higgins was authorized to shop Wallace, but that Michael Jordan nixed this particular trade as the talks got serious. Maybe that frustrates teams looking to deal with the Bobcats — remember how public and how far along the talks with the Raptors (Diaw/Calderon) were this offseason before the Cats pulled away? But if Jordan gets a reputation as Mr. Cold Feet for nixing bad trades, then so be it.
The fact remains that Wallace and/or Jackson and/or Diaw are available, and that the Bobcats are considering dumping salary. But apparently they won’t make a bad trade just to do so.
Just as I was set to post this, here’s Mike Cranston via Twitter at 10:30 PM ET:
So much for “dead”. Look for this to go right up to the deadline Thursday at 3:00 PM.
UPDATE # 3
2/24/11 - 4:30pm EST
Well, it looks like this morning’s report from the Observer gave us some hope that Gerald Wallace wouldn’t be moved by the deadline.
Then, this news pops up on ESPN.com – Gerald Wallace to Blazers