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Felton in demand, but trade on hold

Posted on: January 12, 2009 9:59 pm

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- A three-team trade that would send Raymond Felton from Charlotte to Dallas is on hold partly because of D.J. Augustin's injury and could take a different form when it's revived in a week or so. That's because both the Mavericks and the third team, Oklahoma City, wanted Felton in the deal.

The key pieces involved were Felton going to Dallas, Earl Watson and DeSagana Diop to Charlotte, and Jerry Stackhouse from Dallas to Oklahoma City along with a second-round pick, according to a person with knowledge of the agreed-upon parameters. Talks cooled last week when Charlotte point guard D.J. Augustin was shelved for 10 days with an abdominal injury, making coach Larry Brown and G.M. Rod Higgins reluctant to part with Felton, who will be a restricted free agent after the season. But even before Augustin's injury, there was not complete agreement as to which team would be getting Felton, who has also been rumored to be going to Golden State in a proposal that died on the rumor mill. There was reluctance in some segments of the Warriors' front office to part with one of the team's young forwards, Anthony Randolph or Brandan Wright.

The Thunder, playing in New Jersey Monday night, are believed to have been planning to buy out Stackhouse after the trade. Stackhouse's $7.25 million contract for next season includes only $2 million guaranteed. So Oklahoma City, clearing cap space and assembling young assets under G.M. Sam Presti, would have another draft pick to add to its growing arsenal and would get Watson's $6.6 million contract off the books for 2009-10 at a fraction of the cost. Charlotte would get the defensive-minded big man (Diop) Brown has craved. Dallas would get another bench scorer and a potential successor to Jason Kidd at point guard.





Since: Apr 21, 2008
Posted on: January 13, 2009 1:47 pm

Any Way You Cut It

The Bobcats are still trash.  They would have been better hanging onto J-Rich instead of acquiring Diaw and Raja Bell, as these 2 guys are taking PT away from youngsters; the standings might say differently, but the team they put on the floor to start the season didn't really have a chance to gel or get any kind of consistency going.  At the end of the season, whether or not the J-Rich trade is made, the team is still heading for the Lottery with an abysmal record, no doubt, and would have done so regardless of personnel.  Yes, Felton still has to go, because Augustin is the superior talent, but there has to be more creative (and sane) ways to get rid of him for something instead of just a salary dump for a bunch of stiffs in a 3 -way.  Larry Brown knows what he wants -- he just is too much of a perfectionist to ever attain it.  Michael Jordan and Co. have no clue as to how to run a winning organization, and Bob Johnson is being shamelessly bled for funds without any solid results to show for it.   

Since: Jul 8, 2007
Posted on: January 13, 2009 12:35 pm

Felton in demand, but trade on hold

is felton due to make a lot of money next year? thats the only explanation i can think of that makes this not an awful trade for charlotte. felton is by far the best player in this deal.

Since: Feb 11, 2008
Posted on: January 13, 2009 12:00 pm

Felton in demand, but trade on hold

To:  Michael Jordan and Larry Brown

From: Me

What the heck are you guys thinking?  Are you watching the same game, teams, and players we are? 

The last trade I liked very much - at least you heat their names mentioned during games.

Diop?  Who?  Yeah he's a force - maybe at   "Wii Bowling"  but not in the NBA.....C'mon Man!!!!

Spend some dang money and get some on that team that gives 100% every night.

And another thing,  I saw the Celtics/Bobcats the dau after Thanksgiving andfI want my money back. Besides the $8 beer, I had more fun at the Cheerleading competition the day before..... C'mom Man!!!!  



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