Haywood, Sessions should help Bobcats

The Sports Xchange

Brendan Haywood and Ramon Sessions aren't the flashiest of NBA players. But the Bobcats added much needed depth at center and point guard, key positions where they looked pretty shaky.

The Bobcats will pay ex-Laker Sessions $5 million each of the next two seasons to play point guard, presumably as Kemba Walker's backup. They claimed Haywood off secondary waivers after the Mavericks waived him under the amnesty clause. The Bobcats will pay a little more than $2 million each of the next three seasons as a portion of what the Mavericks still owe him.

Haywood might start at center. At minimum he'll add some shot-blocking and rebounding to a team that was gruesome last season at protecting the rim from layups and dunks. The Bobcats have gotten little from veteran center Gana Diop, and two other big men -- Byron Mullens and Bismack Biyombo -- are still learning the game in general and specifically how new coach Mike Dunlap can best use them.

The Bobcats shot higher in free agency, recruiting Kris Humphries, who re-signed with the Nets, and Antawn Jamison, who is signing with the Lakers to pursue a title late in his career. The Bobcats had an in with Jamison, who grew up in Charlotte and still lives there in the offseason. Jamison was attracted to staying home his last two NBA seasons to live with his four children but ultimately chose a shot at a championship.

The Bobcats have also investigated the availability of free agent power forward Carl Landry, and there's still some hope that Landry might sign with them. But he's also being pursued by the Warriors and has indicated a desire to play for a contender.

Not signing another power forward leaves the position up to Mullens, Biyombo and Tyrus Thomas, who is coming off a particularly disappointing season as a Bobcat.

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