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Report: Bobcats trying to dump Wallace

Posted on: January 14, 2011 9:41 am
 
The Bobcats are reportedly considering trading Gerald Wallace for peanuts to struggling Cavaliers

Posted by Matt Moore

Just when things seem to be looking up for Bobcats fans, here comes Michael Jordan. 

Yahoo! Sports reports that the Bobcats are considering trading Gerald Wallace, their lone All-Star, to Cleveland for ... a first-round pick and the Cavaliers $14 million trade exception garnered when their All-Star LeBron James took off for South Beach. That's it.

That the Bobcats are considering trading Wallace should be no surprise. He has a big contract with multiple years left on his deal. He'll garner the most assets as he is their best overall player, and he's the easiest to move as people are actually interested in acquiring him. The team has never really committed to Wallace as a building block, and Wallace struggled for durations under now-fired Larry Brown. Even with the Bobcats 6-2 since Paul Silas took over and in the 8th playoff spot, moving Wallace is the best plan towards a true rebuilding effort. 

But this deal? This deal would be devastating. It's trading your best overall player, a high energy veteran who rebounds, steals, blocks, and scores for a first round pick when your history of drafts since Jordan came in with a strong voice has been nothing short of horrific.  And that's counting D.J. Augustin who has looked phenomenal this year in a season where many expected him to fail. Trading Wallace for only a pick and the trade exception, which you're unlikely to be able to move again in a clogged trade environment (thanks to both the upcoming CBA talks and Carmelo Anthony's situation) would set your franchise back significantly. All-Stars do not grow on trees in this league, and while Wallace is not a No.1 guy you can build around, he's a No.2 guy you can help to build around that star, should you find him.

For the Cavaliers, the deal makes sense to a certain degree, but only to a certain degree. Yes, he's a player you can help build around a star with like I said, but that's $31 million and three-years remaining on that player when you don't have that star in place and are as far from contention as you ever has been. The Cavs need to stay light and trim, maintaining flexibility should the right move come along, and target more draft picks, not fewer, in an attempt to rebuild. Make the right moves and you can pull yourself into Thunder capacity. But commit yourself to margin All-Stars without ever finding that No.1 guy and you're going to be spinning your wheels in NBA purgatory, the last place on Earth you want to be. 
Comments

Since: Jan 10, 2011
Posted on: January 14, 2011 8:43 pm
 

Report: Bobcats trying to dump Wallace

How do you explain to the casual fan that you traded away a fan favorite (and an All Star in 2010) along with a first round draft pick for a "roster exemption"?  Ol' Jack of beanstalk fame probably had a better case discussing dem magic beans with grandma.  I can hear Bobcat management now, "we're not sure what a roster exemption is, but it sounds pretty cool...we'll give you Wallace, a first round pick, and a pound of NC BBQ for this fancy schmancy exemption you got there."



Since: Sep 10, 2007
Posted on: January 14, 2011 6:12 pm
 

Report: Bobcats trying to dump Wallace

Well, atleast the cavs will have a chance to win some games now.




Since: Jan 14, 2011
Posted on: January 14, 2011 5:28 pm
 

Report: Bobcats trying to dump Wallace

Check Your facts Matt,
We (the Cavs) would be getting Charlotte's first round draft choice (lottery protected) and NOT trading away our first round picks. As you said, we are not looking for any deals which would leave us with fewer draft choices. We would consider using our trade exemption for teams whom are looking to dump salary to do so, but at a cost. For taking on Gerald Wallace's contract we would require compensation which would be, at a minimum, a first round pick. Also Charlotte would not receive the entire 14 million dollar trade exception but only about 10 million of it. That would leave us with a 4.5 million exception to trade elsewhere, such as a 4th team in the Carmelo Anthony deal currently being discussed, but again - for us to take on a deal such as Al Harrington, we would require first round picks. So you see Matt, we are currently stockpiling draft choices to get out of NBA purgatory, as you put it, and the players involved are secondary considerations.



Since: Aug 28, 2007
Posted on: January 14, 2011 4:53 pm
 

Report: Bobcats trying to dump Wallace

I'm not too sure this story is entirely accurate. The rumor I am hearing is that the Cavs are offering their trade exception to the Bobcats, but they are not giving up their first round pick, but are GETTING Wallace plus a lottery protected first round pick (i.e., they get the Bobcats first rounder in 2011 only if it is not a lottery pick - if it is a lottery pick, then they get the Bobcats first rounder in 2012).



Since: Nov 27, 2006
Posted on: January 14, 2011 4:44 pm
 

Report: Bobcats trying to dump Wallace

man michael jordan just stinks it up as a GM.  I understand trading Gerald Wallace, he is always hurt.  but if it includes getting rid of a 1st rounder just for money or for a 1st rounder from another team...it makes no sense.  You might as well keep wallace and the future first rounder versus giving up wallace & getting a different first round pick. 




Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: January 14, 2011 4:28 pm
 

Report: Bobcats trying to dump Wallace

The Cavs don't need Gerald Wallace, they need a LOT more than him.  All Wallace will do for the Cavs is to blow their chances of getting a HIGH lottery pick.  Maybe you have noticed that NBA teams with mediocre records pretty much stay mediocre year after year.  This is because mid level draft choices don't turn into guys who lead you to a championship.  Three times in the Cavs history they have been competitive.  All three times, they had the first overall selection to build around, Austin Carr and the Miracle of Richfield team, Brad Daugherty with Mark Price, Larry Nance and Ron Harper, and finally "Dung Boy" James.  The Cavs are beyond Gerald Wallace's help.  They need to trade Jamison, Williams, Moon and anyone else for young players with good potential and draft picks.  The Cavs need to lose as many games as possible to secure that first over all pick in the lottery.  THAT is what the Cavs need!


There is plenty of talent to be had after the 1st 4 picks. The teams that stay mediocre are stayting there not because there arent talented players in the middle of the 1st round, but because they dont know how to identify WHO those talented players are. They are poorly run organizations with piss poor scouts...



Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: January 14, 2011 1:58 pm
 

Report: Bobcats trying to dump Wallace

Maybe the Cavs could get Wallace and a 1st rounder and then turn Wallace around for an expiring contract and more draft picks. Also, the best they can secure is the 4th pick due to the NBA's stupid lottery system.



Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: January 14, 2011 1:09 pm
 

Cavs Don't Need Wallace.......

The Cavs don't need Gerald Wallace, they need a LOT more than him.  All Wallace will do for the Cavs is to blow their chances of getting a HIGH lottery pick.  Maybe you have noticed that NBA teams with mediocre records pretty much stay mediocre year after year.  This is because mid level draft choices don't turn into guys who lead you to a championship.  Three times in the Cavs history they have been competitive.  All three times, they had the first overall selection to build around, Austin Carr and the Miracle of Richfield team, Brad Daugherty with Mark Price, Larry Nance and Ron Harper, and finally "Dung Boy" James.  The Cavs are beyond Gerald Wallace's help.  They need to trade Jamison, Williams, Moon and anyone else for young players with good potential and draft picks.  The Cavs need to lose as many games as possible to secure that first over all pick in the lottery.  THAT is what the Cavs need!



Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: January 14, 2011 11:39 am
 

Report: Bobcats trying to dump Wallace

Good call, clay. Woj's yahoo article does say the Cavs are pushing for a lottery protected first rounder. That makes much more sense.



Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: January 14, 2011 11:12 am
 

Report: Bobcats trying to dump Wallace

i wouldnt do this if i am any team, i think the Bobcats should see if the Grizzlies will trade OJ Mayo for Wallace.


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