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Bobcats talking to Blazers about Miller, Camby?

Posted on: December 23, 2010 4:59 pm
Posted by Royce Young

It's pretty clear that Michael Jordan is making some phone calls right now. On the heels of reports that Charlotte is interesting in trading for Baron Davis, there's another rumor via FanHouse that Jordan has discussed a trade with Portland sending Gerald Wallace, DeSagana Diop and D.J. Augustin to the Blazers for Andre Miller and Marcus Camby.

The Davis trade had a strong smell of desperation to it, but the possible deal with Portland makes a bit more sense. The Bobcats give up a lot more, but they don't jeopardize any long-term financial flexibility with the deal. Camby's contract is up after this season and Miller has a team option on his contract next season.

Obviously Jordan is interested in acquiring a more play-making oriented point guard. The Bobcats lost that when Raymond Felton went to New York over the summer. Most felt like Augustin might be able to handle that responsibility, but it hasn't worked out well. Plus, who knew the Bobcats would also miss the inside presence of Tyson Chandler. Camby would certainly be a solid addition in that sense.

But the Bobcats would lose a core piece in Wallace to get two veteran players. Much like the Davis deal, it's a bit of a now-or-never move, but the good news to this one is that it doesn't put a bunch of cash on the books for the next few years. Giving away Wallace hurts but if the Bobcats are considering a blow-up of the roster, this deal makes a lot more sense than the one with the Clippers. There's a chance the team could win with Miller and Camby (especially in the weak bottom half of the East), plus the Bobcats open up a number of new roster options with the new financial flexibilty.

The Blazers would certainly be interested in this deal as Brandon Roy has publicly voiced some issues he has playing with Miller in the backcourt. Plus there are reports Roy has even asked for either he or Miller to be moved because he doesn't feel they can co-exist in Portland's backcourt. Ken Berger of reported last week that Portland is considering going young and trading Camby and Miller. Maybe this is a suitable deal for Rich Cho and company.

Wallace was an All-Star last season and one of the premier small forward defenders in the league. While he's a really good player, he's also under contract through 2012 with a player option in 2013 at around $9.5 million a year. Not a massive financial committment, but depending on where Portland is at, it's something long-term.

Portland isn't extremely strong at small forward with Nicolas Batum, but I'm not sure Wallace is that big of an upgrade. Batum has shown flashes of being a good scorer in addition to a premier defender. So what's better to do, cut into Batum's minutes but get Gerald Wallace or go with Batum as the future at small forward?

Just another rumored deal that probably isn't that close to getting anywhere near done, but it's clear that Jordan is on the move with his roster. And Portland makes a good candidate to play with.

Since: Oct 8, 2010
Posted on: December 24, 2010 11:56 am

Bobcats talking to Blazers about Miller, Camby?

AES I agree with what you just said.   I think the thing that this article failed to mention is the Bobcats push to get Kaman from the Clippers.  I really believe that is why we keep hearing about Baron Davis is that the trade would have to include Kaman.  I am not a Bobcats fan, but I live in the NC area so I hear the rumors a lot.  Kaman has been a guy who for some reason the Bobcats love and want.  The reason Jordan let Brown go is because of the mistakes that Brown has made with the team.  Brown wanted nothing to do with Felton, he also wanted to pass up Brooke Lopez becasue he thought Augustin would be the better player, but he has been wrong a lot. 

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: December 24, 2010 11:20 am

Bobcats talking to Blazers about Miller, Camby?

They're offering up their point guard and their best player for two expiring contracts. Let's just call it what it is. And there's nothing wrong with doing that, but it makes the Davis rumors even more baffling. If shedding payroll is part of your strategy (and it is if you swing a deal for Camby and Miller, neither of which would be on the team after this season), then why even talk about Davis? Or, if you're going to try and win now and are willing to add big contracts, then why trade two assets for two expiring contracts? Commit to one side of the road or the other. Build or rebuild.

Since: Aug 24, 2010
Posted on: December 24, 2010 12:35 am

Bobcats talking to Blazers about Miller, Camby?

Perhaps a longer term financial move for Charlotte, who can't seem to do anything right, but Portland is thin at center and fat at small forward.  They give up Miller, who they might like to trade, but get no one to replace him.  This move just doesn't make any sense for Portland.  I think they should have traded coaches.     

Since: Oct 8, 2010
Posted on: December 23, 2010 11:11 pm

Bobcats talking to Blazers about Miller, Camby?

I actually like this move.  Sure they are giving up Wallace who can score in a lot of ways, but Miller is a good player and I think this move is more of a money saver in the long run for next year.  Also I am thinking that Jordan is wanting to rebuild this team.  The previous team was never going to work anyway and Felton was going to be wanting a lot to stay in Charlotte, so giving up him was not great, but on the money side it was a decent move.  Brown is gone, move Wallace, they might try to move Jackson too, I wouldn't be surprised.  Miller has an option and Camby's contract is up, so I think this is a move to start fresh.  I know I have seen some pretty harsh things on the board about MJ owning, but this is a decent move.  Plus with NBA lockout looming the Bobcats, put them in a good position to survive it.  I am glad they do this instead of being bought out like New Orleans.  I think the Bobcats will end up going after a big named player and a top draft pick.  Either a PG in the draft or other than the draft.  Whoknows.

Since: Nov 3, 2010
Posted on: December 23, 2010 11:07 pm

Bobcats talking to Blazers about Miller, Camby?

If the Bobcats make this deal, this could be an all time dumb move. Why do you need 2 old players when your team is not even remotely close to being a contender?

Since: May 24, 2010
Posted on: December 23, 2010 9:58 pm

Bobcats talking to Blazers about Miller, Camby?

If this deal goes through as laid out I would begin to think that MJ got his MBA in Ownership practices and Personnel Moves from the Isiah Thomas school of business!

And don't even get me started on Baron Davis, yeah, he is still in the league unfortunately!

Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: December 23, 2010 8:09 pm

Bobcats talking to Blazers about Miller, Camby?

I don't think "MJ needs to calm down" , but he does need to think before he makes a stupid impulse deal....It's obvious changes need to be made in Charlotte...they really can't afford a lottery finish season as far as ticket sales go, there in rough shape as is.It doesn't matter how many or lack of scorers you have on your team if you don't have a guy who can actually get the ball to them...and run the point effectively, I'm guessing that's where the Baron Davis rumor comes from....his big contract aside, I don't think he's the answer.
Blazers also need to shake things up a bit, there close to going back to a lottery finish team as well...sad, they had made some big strides.They deal Miller & Camby , that leaves them soft up front & a guy with no experience running the a tougher western conference.They don't have a deep roster like they did in the playoff runs.

Since: Jun 14, 2010
Posted on: December 23, 2010 7:15 pm

Bobcats talking to Blazers about Miller, Camby?

Miller is a great playmaker and would help the Bobcats out. But for how long? Who would score the ball besides S. Jackson. You also get older by acquiring Miller for Augustin, and Wallce for Camby. The East is strong now, so with that roster you won't get far. I could go on and on. MJ needs to calm down.

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