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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. 

Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: January 14, 2011 10:55 am

Report: Bobcats trying to dump Wallace

The fact that there is even talk about this trade makes me think the Cavs are being run by idiots. They are not Gerald Wallace away from being good. Maybe Rasheed Wallace and Ben Wallace in their primes added to Gerald Wallace, but not just Gerald.

Since: Jan 14, 2011
Posted on: January 14, 2011 10:52 am

Report: Bobcats trying to dump Wallace

I think that Woj's article says that the Cavs are pushing to get a 1st rounder from the Bobcats. I think the only thing the Bobcats would get is the trade exception, aka salary cap relief.

Since: Jul 17, 2008
Posted on: January 14, 2011 10:34 am

Report: Bobcats trying to dump Wallace

I read elsewhere that the Cavs were pushing for a future lottery-protected first round pick from the Bobcats.  I don't think that the Cavs would trade their 1st this year.

Since: Mar 10, 2009
Posted on: January 14, 2011 10:03 am

Report: Bobcats trying to dump Wallace

The cavs should keep there first round pick the trade make no scenes.Even with Wallace they wouldnt make the playoffs.

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