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Posted on: May 3, 2011 8:42 pm
 

Bobcats F Cunningham arrested with weed, BB gun

Charlotte Bobcats forward Dante Cunningham was reportedly arrested for speeding and marijuana and a BB gun were found in his possession. Posted bydante-cunningham Ben Golliver.

NBA Players Rule No. 1: If you were drafted in the second round, traded during the season and don't yet have a contract for next season, don't begin your offseason by getting pulled over by the police for speeding.

NBA Players Rule No. 2: Definitely don't have marijuana and a loaded BB gun in your vehicle if you fail to adhere to Rule No. 1.

Unfortunately, Charlotte Bobcats forward Dante Cunningham allegedly violated both of these rules according to NBCPhiladelphia.com.
Dante Cunningham, former Villanova basketball star and current NBA player for the Charlotte Bobcats, was arrested in Radnor Township Friday, sources tell NBC Philadelphia. 
Cunningham was pulled over by township police on the 100 block of East Lancaster Avenue for alleged speeding and reckless driving Friday, according to sources.
After Cunningham was pulled over, police found marijuana, a marijuana pipe and a loaded BB gun, sources say.
Cunningham is the son of two military parents and he has often joked about how strict his mother was in raising him. Just imagine her reaction to this. 

You did what? You had what? Where do you even buy a BB gun, Dante?

On the bright side, this incident, while bizarre, fars fall short of Delonte West's high standard for poor motor vehicle conduct
Posted on: February 24, 2011 11:02 pm
Edited on: February 24, 2011 11:06 pm
 

Gerald Wallace trade came down to the wire

The Portland Trail Blazers made a last-minute play for Charlotte Bobcats All-Star forward Gerald Wallace. Posted by Ben Golliver.

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PORTLAND -- The 2011 NBA trade deadline was as wild as it gets, with seven late trades clogging up the league office, and an eighth - a potential deal that would have sent O.J. Mayo to the Indiana Pacers - that wasn't executed in time. As crazy as it was for fans and media to process shortly after the noon PST deadline, things were even more hectic for the executives in the minutes just before.

According to Portland Trail Blazers GM Rich Cho, his organization did not agree to trade for Charlotte Bobcats forward Gerald Wallace until just seven minutes before the deadline. "The trade did not get consummated in principle until 11:53 AM this morning," Cho said at a press conference Thursday afternoon in the Rose Garden. "All the variables in the trade, the terms and conditions, we didn't come to an agreement until the very end."

Wallace, an All-Star and NBA All-Defense player in 2010, was finally swapped for Blazers center Joel Przybilla, center Sean Marks, backup forward Dante Cunningham and two future first round picks. Cho said the last-minute exchange wasn't entirely expected. "This morning we thought would stand pat. We were sitting in my office, me and my staff, and thinking 'Well, it doesn't look like anything is going to happen.' All of a sudden we had about five deals we could have done."

The late scramble happened despite the fact the Blazers first broached a Wallace trade as far back as "a few months ago" and the fact that acquiring Wallace "was at the top of the list" of Cho's trade deadline priorities. "He exemplifies everything we are looking for in a player," Cho said. "He plays both ends of the floor, his work ethic is tremendous ... He has a lot of toughness, his nickname is 'Crash' for a reason. He just plays really hard."

As we all know, motivation to deal increases exponentially as the clock ticks. Cho compared his team's trade to the one made by the New Jersey Nets that nabbed Utah Jazz point guard Deron Williams, noting that the type of assets present in both deals made the late execution possible. "One thing I really believe in is accumulating assets, acquiring picks and young players. It's for this very reason: to acquire better players to improve the team. If you look at some of the deals that were made recently, like the Deron Williams trade that Utah made. One of the big reasons they were able to make that trade is because they had those two picks and that was really attractive to Utah. I really believe in accumulating assets and turning those assets into players to improve the team."

As the deadline neared, the thought of long-term salary cap relief and the hope that two draft picks represent was apparently too much for the Bobcats to pass up. A few more minutes of indecision, however, and Wallace would still be in Charlotte.

The Blazers brass was clearly happy the trade clock didn't run all the way out. "We're thrilled to death to have him," Cho said, cracking a slight smile.
Posted on: February 24, 2011 5:50 pm
Edited on: February 24, 2011 5:54 pm
 

Trade Deadline: Bobcats trade Wallace to Blazers

The Charlotte Bobcats have traded forward Gerald Wallace to the Portland Trail Blazers. Posted by Ben Golliver and Royce Young.
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Portland Trail Blazers receive Gerald Wallace from the Charlotte Bobcats

by Ben Golliver

Years of rumored interest culminated on Thursday when the Portland Trail Blazers acquired Charlotte Bobcats forward Gerald Wallace for reserve center Joel Przybilla, reserve forward Dante Cunningham, reserve center Sean Marks and two first round picks.

Wallace, famously nicknamed “Crash”, is a prototype for the type of basketball Blazers coach Nate McMillan likes to play: hard-nosed, aggressive, versatile, two-way and old school. He will find himself in like company alongside Blazers guard Wesley Matthews and forward Nicolas Batum, who both share his enthusiam for defense and high-intensity play.

This trade does not push the Blazers over the top into the realm of championship contention, but the fact that it didn’t require Portland to give up any of its major assets makes it a trade more than worth doing. None of the pieces sacrificed were critical or irreplaceable, and allowing Przybilla’s contract to expire this summer wouldn’t have helped the Blazers financially, as they are almost certainly committed to being over the cap for the foreseeable future thanks to long-term contracts already given to Aldridge and Roy, as well as big money that will need to be committed to center Greg Oden. As for the picks, the Blazers can always purchase draft picks in the future as they often have in the past. This trade comes down to cashing in multiple smaller assets into one big chip, a move the Blazers have been hesitant to make in previous years, much to their fans’ collective disappointment.

Pulling the trigger on this trade simply boiled down to whether Wallace was worth adding to the roster at his salary price of $10.5 million. Given his all-NBA defensive pedigree and the fact that two major division rivals – the Utah Jazz and Denver Nuggets – lost their franchise players this week, that question feels like a no-brainer. The Blazers get better, without a doubt, while the competition got worse. Portland is now poised to compete for the Northwest Division title and has improved its chances of winning a playoff series, something that would mean a lot to Allen and his management team given how injuries to Roy and Oden seemingly derailed the team’s carefully-constructed championship blueprints. 

The trade leaves Portland thin in the frontcourt, but the Blazers have found success playing small ball lineups because of a string of injuries this season, and Wallace should fit nicely into that plan. When the Blazers move LaMarcus Aldridge to center, McMillan will be able to use Matthews, Batum and Wallace nearly interchangeably on the perimeter.  The rotation could get tight, though, when guard Brandon Roy continues to make his comeback from knee surgery but the Blazers could opt for a big lineup with Roy playing the point guard spot on offense and defending off the ball on defense.

A few questions remain: Are there enough minutes for both Batum and Wallace, how will Portland address the age of key players like Andre Miller and Marcus Camby and where will Portland turn to address its lack of frontcourt depth? But this trade made the Blazers better this season and it didn’t meaningfully compromise their future flexibility. That adds up to a strong start for first year GM Rich Cho.

Charlotte Bobcats receive Joel Przybilla, Dante Cunningham, Sean Marks and two first round picks from the Portland Trail Blazers

By Royce Young

It had been something on the table this entire season. It was whispered by many, but it didn't appear that the Bobcats were going to get serious about truly blowing up the roster and starting anew. 

Wednesday, there was a lot of chatter that Charlotte was in active talks with Portland about sending former All-Star Gerald Wallace to the Blazers. And after a good amount of back and forth with one report saying Michael Jordan was getting cold feet, it finally happened. 

Wallace is headed to Portland for Joel Przybilla, Dante Cunningham, Sean Marks and two first-round picks. The Bobcats decided to set fire to the roster and it was about time. 

The price of this trade is the two first rounders, but also Przybilla, whose contract is up after this season. Charlotte is now setting itself up to actually rebuild, instead of just treading water. 

They are still in the Eastern playoff hunt and they'll likely slip from there, but it's worth it. That just means they get another lottery pick this season. At some point, hanging on to mediocrity just isn't worth it. If you're actually going to contend and make a dent in the tough top tier of the East, you've got to do better than what Charlotte was putting out. 

Yes, losing Wallace hurts. He was under contract through next season and had a player option in 2013. He was making almost $10 million which isn't a ton, but it was painfully clear that he wasn't the type of player that really was going to be a true building block. He's a great player, a great rebounder and a good scorer. But the Bobcats need to find a new identity and the best way to do that is by creating financial flexibility and stockpiling picks. 

In this NBA atmosphere, you're either trying to contend now or build for later. The Bobcats had caught themselves in a Bermuda Triangle in between of being good enough to win sometimes, but never with a vision to actually be a true contender. The step to blow up and is rebuild isn't easy and that's why Jordan probably hesitated, but this was the right move. 

 

Posted on: February 24, 2011 4:30 pm
Edited on: February 24, 2011 5:37 pm
 

Trade Tracker: Bobcats trade Wallace to Blazers

An updating list of trades at the NBA Trade Deadline. Posted by EOB staff. 

The Charlotte Bobcats trade Gerald Wallace to the Portland Trail Blazers for Joel Przybilla, Dante Cunningham and two first round picks

Charlotte receives: Joel Przybilla, Dante Cunningham, Sean Marks and two first round picks
Portland receives: Gerald Wallace

Analysis: The Bobcats look to the future, moving Gerald Wallace and his eight figure multi-year contract for the expiring contracts of center Joel Przybilla and forward Dante Cunningham, netting two first round picks in the process. Przybilla, a veteran center who has been slowed by injury, isn't likely to be a major factor for the Bobcats, and has hinted that he might prefer a buyout and/or retirement in the near future. Cunningham, a talented but undersized power forward with a high basketball IQ, had demonstrated the ability to knock down a mid-range jump shot and defend a variety of players both in the post and on the perimeter. Marks is a friendly, fringe NBA center on the tail end of a long career. The Blazers have reportedly coveted Wallace for years, and will add his defensive versatility to a team that features other tough-minded perimeter defenders like Nicolas Batum and Wesley Matthews.
Posted on: January 20, 2011 2:18 pm
Edited on: January 20, 2011 2:22 pm
 

Blazers' Camby out 3 weeks after knee surgery

Portland Trail Blazers center Marcus Camby is expected to miss "approximately three weeks" after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery. Posted bymarcus-cambyBen Golliver.

The Portland Trail Blazers announced that center Marcus Camby, who suffered a knee injury on Monday during a game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, underwent successful arthroscopic knee surgery on Thursday. Camby is expected to miss "approximately three weeks."
Portland Trail Blazers center Marcus Camby underwent successful arthroscopic surgery to repair a partial medial meniscus tear in his left knee this morning, it was announced by General Manager Rich Cho.
Dr. Don Roberts performed the surgery in Vancouver, Wash., and Camby is expected to miss approximately three weeks.
"We're pleased with the outcome of today's surgery, and look forward to seeing Marcus back on the court soon," said Cho. "In the meantime, we have confidence in our frontcourt players to step into the void left by Marcus and help us continue to win games."
As far as injury news goes for the Blazers, this is about as good as it gets. Already this season, guard Elliot Williams, forward Jeff Pendergraph and center Greg Oden have been lost to season-ending knee injuries, and guard Brandon Roy is also out "indefinitely" after undergoing dual knee surgeries earlier this week.

In Camby's absence, the Blazers will use centers Joel Przybilla and Sean Marks, and will also play some small ball with power forward Dante Cunningham. Cunningham got the start for Portland last night against the Sacramento Kings, but Przybilla played a season-high 29 minutes and grabbed 11 boards. It's unclear whether Przybilla can sustain that type of playing time, though, as he is still working his way back to 100% after dual knee surgeries last year.

Without Camby, the team's leading veteran voice, emotional leader and key defensive centerpiece, the Blazers will simply look to tread water and keep their heads afloat. The team plays just nine games over the three weeks, so the hit could have been a lot worse.

Some more good news: Camby's return is expected to come before both the All-Star break and the trade deadline. While his name has come up in scattered rumors, it's unlikely that Portland moves him this season, as they need his production if they hope to make a playoff push. However, Camby's presence on the court might make it easier for Portland GM Rich Cho to part with other trade pieces -- perhaps including Przybilla's expiring contract -- prior to the deadline.
Posted on: October 22, 2010 9:37 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 7:59 pm
 

Portland Trail Blazers To Sign Fabricio Oberto

The Portland Trail Blazers will sign Argentinian big man Fabricio Oberto. Posted by Ben Golliverfabricio-oberto

Marc Stein of ESPN.com reports that the Portland Trail Blazers will sign Argentinian big man Fabricio Oberto.
Sources told ESPN.com that Oberto -- who has turned down several offers from Europe in recent weeks because he was determined to keep playing in the NBA -- is joining the Blazers on a one-year deal to fortify their depth as Greg Oden and Joel Przybilla continue to recover from the serious knee injuries they suffered last season.
A league source with knowledge of the deal has confirmed the report to CBSSports.com Friday evening. The news comes as no surprise because the Blazers have limped through the preseason, often using power forwards LaMarcus Aldridge and Dante Cunningham in the middle and getting production from veteran (aging?) center Marcus Camby only when he's been healthy. A season-ending knee injury to big man Jeff Pendergraph left the Blazers with no frontcourt depth, making life even more difficult in the continued absence of Oden and Przybilla. Oberto will likely serve as Portland's fourth big man, at least until Przybilla's return, which is anticipated in mid-November.  Rookie Luke Babbitt -- a combo small forward/power forward -- had been logging time at the four spot during the preseason, but he isn't yet ready to play heavy minutes in the NBA. With the signing, Portland's roster currently stands at 17 players, meaning GM Rich Cho will need to trade or waive two players before Monday's deadline. If no trade develops, those two players are expected to be Australian guard Patty Mills and, in a sick twist of fate, Pendergraph.  It's been a horrible month for Pendergraph, a second-year fan favorite out of Arizona State, who went from being projected as a major contributor for the Blazers to, likely, a player without an NBA home. On the bright side, his contract this season is fully guaranteed, so he won't walk away empty-handed.   
 
 
 
 
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