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Okafor/Chandler Trade Agreed in Principle

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Okafor/Chandler Trade Agreed in Principle

http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=4359609

There goes the Bobcat's chances at the Playoffs next year.

Good job MJ, you are the greatest GM ever!!! /sarcasm


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wow

this trade makes no sense for the bobcats what is michael jordan doing

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he's getting rid of a

he's getting rid of a long-term commitment, plain and simple

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Why did they give him the 5

Why did they give him the 5 year 72 million deal last summer then? He had a solid year of 13/10. That's what you get with him. It's not like he got hurt or under performed.

THE ONLY thing I can think of is that the Bobcats are going to scrap this season and try and start creating cap room for 2010....I don't know if MJ being in town can pull in any big stars but we'll see.

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And I planned on keeping a

And I planned on keeping a $3 Hilton Armstrong onto my roster this season. What a pity he won't become a starting center next season.

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Charlotte needs to do a Sign

Charlotte needs to do a Sign and Trade with David Lee..

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The article claims that

The article claims that Okafor's offensive limitations bother him and has never liked him on the team and that Chandler's athleticism is what he wants from his center.

I dunno....

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OMG

Wow...well then, I believe it is, Desagna Diop who is with the Bobcats? Good luck with him.

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Diop is a great backup

Diop is a great backup Center, not a starter. He is incredible on defense and has no offensive game, consistently air balls free throws, etc.

AI is still on the block, although Charlotte hasn't been talked about lately with him.

I also wonder why Felton hasn't signed yet. He openly said he wants to be in Charlotte. I wonder if this trade is the start of some more moving around?

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Hollinger says: Usually when

Hollinger says:

Usually when a trade happens, I'll write something like "on the surface, it makes no sense" and then proceed to walk you through all the cap ramifications to show why a seemingly lopsided deal can actually make some sense.

This isn't one of those.

I'm just as puzzled as anyone why the Bobcats would agree to trade Emeka Okafor for Tyson Chandler, because in terms of both basketball and cap implications the deal makes a lot more sense for New Orleans than it does for Charlotte.

The Hornets pulled off the rare feat of saving money while becoming a better team. Yes, Okafor's contract runs three years longer, but that matters much less than the near-term implications of having a lower payroll this year and next year because of the luxury tax calculations.

He'll save the Hornets $1.1 million in salary and another $1.1 million in luxury tax, and puts them close enough to the tax line that the Hornets could put themselves under by bribing somebody to take Antonio Daniels at the trade deadline. That will be difficult, yes, but it's not impossible.

Ditto for next year, where the Hornets are already threatening the lowered tax threshold for next summer and the trade would give them an extra $1.2 million in wiggle room to add players. (This presumes Chandler doesn't opt out of the final year of his contract at $12.7 million, which based on his present production would be fiscal insanity).

And, as I mentioned, Okafor is better. Both players have consistently been honorable mention getters in my All-Defense picks, but Okafor is a superior scorer. That may not be saying much -- both players are somewhat limited offensively -- but Okafor can score on post-ups occasionally and make short bank shots, while Chandler's range ends at the charge circle. Over the past three years, Okafor has averaged nearly five points more per 40 minutes -- that's big.

The health disparity between the two has also been mentioned, but look closer and I'm not sure there's any difference. Okafor has averaged 66 games per season over the course of his career, Chandler 67. Chandler has a bad toe that already nuked one trade, but Okafor has a problematic back. Okafor has played 82 games each of the past two years, but over their careers their injury histories show little separation. Age isn't an issue either -- they were born four days apart.

Nevertheless, the Hornets have to be stoked. Getting a not-quite-All-Star caliber center who will do the dirty work on D and also score a little improves their chances of hanging with the West's upper crust, though there remains much work to be done.

As for the idea that this shows a willingness by the Hornets to spend, I'd only believe it up to a point. Yes, they could have just done a straight salary dump of Chandler to ease their way under the tax line, so in that framework their striving to keep the team competitive merits applause. But they did cut their payroll the next two years with this deal and the ones after that don't matter nearly as much -- based on present deals New Orleans goes well under the cap in 2011 even with Okafor's money tacked on. Besides, by then they'll be in a new arena in Las Vegas and money won't be so tight (Kidding, people, kidding ... back off with the knives).

As for Charlotte, I don't get it. This was already a terrible offensive team, ranking 27th in the NBA in Offensive Efficiency a year ago. Chandler is a demonstrably worse offensive player than Okafor, and his one offensive skill (throwing down dunks off pick-and-rolls) doesn't seem to mesh terribly well with the Bobcats' personnel.

Charlotte fans will point out that they freed up some cap space for 2011; of course that space might have been more easily obtained by not signing Okafor to a six-year, $72 million deal a year ago when they were bidding against themselves.

It's hard to believe that the Bobcats' front office had that severe a change of heart over a player in just 12 months, especially when Okafor put up a pretty typical season by his standards. This is prime golfing season in northern Illinois so you know Michael Jordan wasn't pushing for it, and Rod Higgins is too sensible to pull such an overnight 180.

That brings up two other plausible possibilities. The first is that this is a classic Larry Brown grass-is-greener trade. Okafor is a good player but he doesn't exude passion for the game and Brown had grumbled about this last season. Chandler is certainly more passionate, and perhaps Brown -- infamous for wanting to trade everybody on the roster -- convinced management to make the swap. (And by "convinced," I mean "whined incessantly about it until they finally agreed to do it just so he'd shut up.")

The other possibility is that it was driven by owner Robert Johnson's need to sell the team. In that case, clearing the $40 million owed on the final three years of Okafor's contract removed a potential liability from his books, possibly making it easier for him to unload the team sooner. If that ends up happening, Bobcats fans might still feel like they won the trade.

Whatever the motivation, it sure as heck doesn't make them a better basketball team. There isn't a wide gulf separating these two players, but Okafor has been consistently more productive, particularly at the offensive end. For a team that desperately needs to find more scoring, it was an odd way to try to improve. And for the Hornets, it's a tremendous opportunity to keep pace with the heavy hitters out West.

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they resigned okafor to a

they resigned okafor to a SIX year-72 million dollar contract because they basically had to... i mean, let's be honest, if you're a team and you don't resign your best players, you're in bad shape... if you don't sign him, he walks and then you're in deep doo doo ya know? that's what the salary cap does to you. you could be $1 million over and that means you really can't sign any free agents so you're basically TRAPPED into resigning your own players... which makes the draft all the more important.

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I heard

this was used to help resign Felton too, but A.I needs to call Charlotte and tell them, "I'm your guy"
He and G. Wallace can still lead this team of mediocre players besides Augustin, Raja, and Boris.

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No Iverson

No Iverson

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Lol "this isn't one of

Lol "this isn't one of those..."

he says that, but then he goes on to say later that the bobcats will save about 40 million dollars, so he's contradicting himself. I don't understand how that isn't reason enough

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All Okafor needed to be an

All Okafor needed to be an all-star was about 5 more points a game. He averaged 15/10 his first season and then went down to a 13/10 player. I think around 18/10 with the defense he played he would be an All-Star. Honestly, he could get 5ppg by shooting better than 60% from FT and being more aggressive in the post.

Oh well. I'm hoping this is part of a bigger plan that we don't see yet (if you are a Bobcats fan that is)

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OKAFOR and CHANDLER

I dont know about this trade but it is a BIG win for the Hornets... The Bees get a guaranteed double-double guy who can be a great defensive presence in Okafor...Despite getting featured in SLAMADAMONTH in most of the mag... He is definitely a guy that I would prefer than Chandler... I think MJ is making bad decisions after bad decisions... Is LB making those whispers to him?

Chandler has always been marred by injuries and I felt like the Bobcats are just making a mistake in this trade... I was hoping that MJ could save his GM reputation and this is not helping him at all.... But then again, I could be wrong... It might turn out opposite of what I said but the again I could be right because Chandler has done nothing but crash the boards and play defense... His numbers increased at NOH because of CP3... The Bobcats have no such point guard in their roster and I don't know whether or not he could shine there...

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Charlotte has no chance of

Charlotte has no chance of making the playoffs now. Their starting lineup is below average as well as their depth.
PG- Augustin
SG- Bell/Henderson
SF- Walllace/Brown
PF- Diaw
C- Chandler/Ajinca/Diop

I think Charlotte is moving in the wrong direction this offseason for sure which is disappointing. I mean they could still easily lose Felton, Okafor is gone, & May is gone. They haven't added any quality free agents. For a team that was so close to making the playoffs last season you have to scratch your head.

As for the Hornets...this is a good move but not great. This still doesn't make New Orleans a real factor in the West. I'm not sure Okafor & West is that great of a combination in the post. Also the Hornets need an upgrade at SG & SF. Chris Paul just doesn't have enough help still. Peja is falling off fast. Even when he is healthy he isn't the player he used to be. Rasual Butler is a good backup that shouldn't be starting at SG.

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Yall are sheep!

Make up your own mind and dont be lead by biased reporting of this trade...To counter Hollinger...

Here's the headline on NBA.com
"Trade for Okafor a puzzling move for Hornets"

Hmmm...kinda the exact opposite of John Hollinger. Honestly, even if you think Okafor is better, he is barely any difference.

Okafor is a grind it out player who needs multiple dribbles in the post to score, thats why they were terrible on offense...he limits their total posessions.

I like their roster other than drafting Augustine when you have Felton, but I see New Orleans in a shyt can situation...12 mil a yr for an undersized 13 and 10 Center?? Wake up people.

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I dont fully understand this

I dont fully understand this deal. This deal is a shock to me. I really wish I knew what the Hornets were doing. The Bobcats or known for making dumb deals but this deal does like seem to make sense for the Hornets especiallly after they drafted 2 quality perimeter guys and next year draft will be packed with talented bigs that have great potential then Okafor.

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Well that sucks for

Well that sucks for Charlotte :/

Why would you trade such a well-liked double-double machine for Chandler, someone who couldn't even score 10 ppg with one of the better PGs the game has seen... At least they will have a chance to get a better big next season in the draft.

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Whoo hoo!!! Go Hornets!!!

Whoo hoo!!! Go Hornets!!!

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Charlotte

Was looking to save money, but I think this is a stupid deal for them. This really hurts their team. They are going backwards.

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