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RoboHicks
10-02-2006, 03:00 PM
Melvin Ely signed a one-year, $3 millionqualifying offer with the Charlotte Bobcats on Monday after turningdown offers from Golden State and Phoenix.

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Isaac
10-02-2006, 03:03 PM
Boy are they doing a good job building that team in Charlotte. Props to them for being able to retain him. What a smart offseason they had.

I'm real high on Charlotte right now.

Los Angeles
10-02-2006, 03:11 PM
Ely signs one-year, $3 million offer with Bobcats

Associated Press

CHARLOTTE, N.C.-- Melvin Ely signed a one-year, $3 million qualifying offer with the Charlotte Bobcats on Monday after turning down offers from Golden State and Phoenix.

Ely, a 6-foot-10 power forward, had until Sunday to accept the Bobcats' offer or work out a sign-and-trade deal with another team. Ely said the Suns were prepared to give him a multiyear deal while the Warriors were offering a one-year contract.

"They both had interest in me. It was a good thing," Ely said "It's happy to be loved, but I didn't feel comfortable making a move. I know Charlotte is home to me, so I came back."

But Ely, who averaged a career-best 9.8 points and 4.9 rebounds last season, will face stiff competition for playing time with the Bobcats, who welcome back Emeka Okafor and Sean May from season-ending injuries. The Bobcats also signed Walter Herrmann of Argentina last month, who is expected to play both forward positions.

"Melvin's here. He'll compete and it just makes camp more competitive, which is what we wanted anyway," Bobcats coach and general manager Bernie Bickerstaff said. "No promises have been made to Melvin about minutes or any of those things."

Ely, acquired by Charlotte in a trade with the Los Angeles Clippers in 2004, ended up starting 22 games last season when the Bobcats were hit with numerous injuries on the front line.

"It was a crowd last year and I ended up with time, so God willing I'll come into camp and earn it," Ely said. "I know what I need to do here to get time on the floor."

The move means the Bobcats have 16 players with guaranteed contracts and 15 roster spots available once the regular season begins.

Ely acknowledged he turned down the security of a multiyear contract for the comforts of playing with the Bobcats.

"Hopefully I can play well this year and make Charlotte my permanent home," Ely said.

bulldog
10-02-2006, 05:01 PM
Boy are they doing a good job building that team in Charlotte. Props to them for being able to retain him. What a smart offseason they had.

I'm real high on Charlotte right now.

WHile I agree they've done a good job being patient, I think they're heading into a danger zone now. Gerald Wallace and Melvin Ely, two key components of their future, are heading into the final season of their contract. Will they be able to keep them? I think Charlotte will have to make some moves next off-season, both in order to convince those two to stay and to make the money they're going to have to spend on them worthwhile.

Eindar
10-02-2006, 06:41 PM
They've certainly made a lot of smart moves, not sacrificing cap space to win now, not overpaying guys. The downside is they don't have a "star" on that team, yet. And without one, it's hard to get out of the lottery.

Naptown_Seth
10-02-2006, 07:14 PM
I know Charlotte is home to me, so I came back for one year because it's not enough of a home to stay for a long time.
Fixed.


Hopefully I can play well this year and make Charlotte my permanent home.Why not do it with this contract instead?

Not sure how this went down, but it seems odd if it was up to him only. Seems like CHA wasn't totally behind keeping him long term which isn't exactly a vote of confidence. He's a talented player. Just wondering if he is playing the "I'll do great and hit a better market next year" game or if CHA was playing a bit of hardball too regarding the length. Could be part of why he was looking at other teams.

Anyway, I agree that the Bobcats have made very solid, steady progress. Fuzzstache should do well, but even if he doesn't they have a ton of talent starting to get some legit experience behind them. They should push toward the postseason this year and perhaps break through next year.

Or tank and go for Oden, I'm sure that plan couldn't fail. ;)

CableKC
10-02-2006, 07:30 PM
I think that Ely ( much like what Bonzi went through ) isn't finding the market as favorable as they would have hoped....hence signing the 1 year ( or 2 year deal in Bonzi's case ) so that they can play the market again next season.

Ely isn't that great...nor is he that bad........I just don't think that he is truly in the Bobcat's future plans...if he was....he would have resigned with the Bobcats before today and wouldn't be stuck with a 3 mil contract.

Kegboy
10-02-2006, 07:46 PM
Ely could be in trouble. If Okafor and May are healthy next year, he could get dramatically less minutes, simply because they are the future of the franchise. Still, he did what every restricted player should do, he signed the Qualifying Offer and will wait until he's unrestricted.

If Okafor and May do stay healthy, Charlotte might just trade him before the deadline. He has value. Hell, I sure wish we had him.