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Will Galen
06-14-2004, 08:05 AM
http://www.charlotte.com/mld/charlotte/sports/basketball/nba/charlotte_bobcats/8912150.htm (I had to register to get the article. Jeesh, what I do for you guys!) :)

For future Bobcats, look past big names
RICK BONNELL
Staff Writer
CHICAGO - Hey, Bobcats fans: Want Allan Houston? He's Charlotte's for the taking. So are Eddie Jones, Brian Grant, Kerry Kittles and Antoine Walker.

More likely, the Bobcats would be interested in Troy Bell, Keyon Dooling, Gerald Wallace, Tamar Slay and Jason Kapono.

Based on conversations out of the Chicago pre-draft camp, the Observer has confirmed which players eight NBA teams made available to the Bobcats, plus partial lists for several other teams. The Bobcats must select at least 14 veterans -- each off a different team -- when the draft is held June 22 or 23.

Predictably, teams are dangling huge salaries at the Bobcats, even if that means losing a high-profile player. For instance, the Miami Heat has left Jones and Grant -- both former All-Stars -- available. But Jones and Grant each will have salaries of $14 million-plus each of the next two seasons. So the only way the Bobcats would select one is to move him on via trade.

More likely, the Bobcats will select young, inexpensive players and hope they blossom with more playing time -- players such as Bell, a rookie point guard with Memphis, or Wallace, an athletic small forward who hasn't cracked the rotation with Sacramento. Kapono, a solid jump-shooter with Cleveland, also fits that description, as might Los Angeles Clippers restricted free agent Dooling.

Some other recent first-round picks who haven't contributed much weren't made available. The Clippers' Melvin Ely and Milwaukee's Marcus Haislip both were protected.

Hornets guard David Wesley also was protected. After the team moved, Wesley, who kept his home in Charlotte, had speculated he might be available to the Bobcats. However, New Orleans retained Wesley and his $4.9 million salary and left restricted free agent Courtney Alexander unprotected instead.

Size is the hardest thing to acquire in the NBA, and some is availableMilwaukee's Brian Skinner, Seattle's Vitaly Potapenko and Memphis's Jake Tsakalidis could all play center. Potapenko would be expensive next season at $6.1 million, but several scouts said he'd provide the toughness an expansion team usually lacks inside.

Available Players

With position, height and age

L.A. CLIPPERS: Matt Barnes*, F, 6-7, 24; Keyon Dooling*, G, 6-3, 24; Predrag Drobnjak, C, 6-11, 28; Eddie House, G, 6-1, 26; Josh Moore*, C, 7-2, 23

MEMPHIS: Troy Bell, G, 6-1, 23; Ryan Humphrey, F, 6-8, 24; Dahntay Jones*, G-F, 6-6, 23; Bo Outlaw*, F, 6-8, 23; Theron Smith, F, 6-8, 23; Jake Tsakalidis, C, 7-2, 25; Lorenzen Wright, C, 6-11, 28

MIAMI: Brian Grant, C, 6-9, 32; Eddie Jones, G, 6-6, 32; Loren Woods*, C, 7-2, 25

MILWAUKEE: Brian Skinner, C-F, 6-9, 28; Erick Strickland, G, 6-3, 30

NEW YORK: Shandon Anderson, G-F, 6-6, 30; Penny Hardaway, G-F, 6-7, 32; Allan Houston, G, 6-6, 33; Moochie Norris, G, 6-2, 30; Cezary Trybanski, C, 7-2, 24

SACRAMENTO: Gerald Wallace, F, 6-7, 21

SEATTLE: Calvin Booth, C, 6-11, 28; Jerome James, C, 7-1, 28; Richie Frahm*, G, 6-5, 26; Vitaly Potapenko, C-F, 6-10, 29

UTAH: Curtis Borchardt, C, 7-0, 23; Aleksandar Pavlovic, F, 6-7, 20

* Restricted free agent. If the Bobcats draft a restricted free agent, he immediately becomes an unrestricted free agent and his contract does not count against the Bobcats' salary cap. The team that loses that player is not allowed to re-sign him.

Interesting that Brezac isn't mentioned as able to play center. I'm still wondering who the Pacer's have protected. The NY Times article was to confusing to be sure what they were saying about Reggie. And Hoopsworld had to many players wrong in it's NBA list to believe what they said about the Pacer's Croshere being protected.

SkipperZ
06-14-2004, 09:54 AM
Interesting that Brezac isn't mentioned as able to play center. I'm still wondering who the Pacer's have protected.

no its not. Primoz Brezec is a nobody

Jose Slaughter
06-14-2004, 10:51 AM
I can't believe the Bucks left Skinner out there.

The guys started 54 of the 56 games he played in last season. After starting on the injured list he came back & had a very solid year.

10.5 points, 7.3 boards & shot 49.7 from the field.

His contract is juicy too. 1.65 next seaon & 1.8 the following.

Skinner, pack your bags dude.

Tsakalidis is another big that will be taken. Just one more season at 2.3 & he showed some promis last season when he got some time.

With Skinner & Tsakalidis available, maybe Brezec is safe.

ChicagoJ
06-14-2004, 11:07 AM
Interesting that Brezac isn't mentioned as able to play center. I'm still wondering who the Pacer's have protected.

no its not. Primoz Brezec is a nobody

Well, if the Bobcats didn't scout the preseason, then they could be overlooking Brezec. Brezec may be a nobody but when everybody saw him last (granted it was October), he was outperforming Pollard AND Foster because, unlike Pollard, he has some skills and soft hands, and unlike Foster, he's a legit center.

:pepper:

Kegboy
06-14-2004, 01:00 PM
Interesting that Brezac isn't mentioned as able to play center. I'm still wondering who the Pacer's have protected.

no its not. Primoz Brezec is a nobody

Well, if the Bobcats didn't scout the preseason, then they could be overlooking Brezec. Brezec may be a nobody but when everybody saw him last (granted it was October), he was outperforming Pollard AND Foster because, unlike Pollard, he has some skills and soft hands, and unlike Foster, he's a legit center.

:pepper:

Yeah, but, but, what if Charlotte is reading this board. :o *****, we better shut up about him. :blush:

Brezec = :unimpressed:

Snickers
06-14-2004, 01:06 PM
Yeah Primoz is awful. No wonder he can't get off the bench. :unimpressed:

:D

Suaveness
06-14-2004, 01:19 PM
Interesting that Brezac isn't mentioned as able to play center. I'm still wondering who the Pacer's have protected.

no its not. Primoz Brezec is a nobody

Well, if the Bobcats didn't scout the preseason, then they could be overlooking Brezec. Brezec may be a nobody but when everybody saw him last (granted it was October), he was outperforming Pollard AND Foster because, unlike Pollard, he has some skills and soft hands, and unlike Foster, he's a legit center.

:pepper:

And that's why Pollard played and he didn't? :unimpressed:

If she shows he has skills next year, I'll shut up. But he hasn't shown me anything. Like Brewer. But at least Brewer has played.

edit: :laugh: I meant HE...though she would represent his basketball skills :unimpressed:

Kegboy
06-14-2004, 01:20 PM
Yeah Primoz is awful. No wonder he can't get off the bench. :unimpressed:

:D

Yeah, I sure hope they take him off our hands. But I don't think even Bernie Bickerstaff is that stupid. :devil:

Snickers
06-14-2004, 01:23 PM
Yeah Primoz is awful. No wonder he can't get off the bench. :unimpressed:

:D

Yeah, I sure hope they take him off our hands. But I don't think even Bernie Bickerstaff is that stupid. :devil:

Yeah.... but I really hope they don't take Pollard. Dude's gonna be an all-star this year, I just know it. :cool:

Kegboy
06-14-2004, 01:24 PM
Yeah Primoz is awful. No wonder he can't get off the bench. :unimpressed:

:D

Yeah, I sure hope they take him off our hands. But I don't think even Bernie Bickerstaff is that stupid. :devil:

Yeah.... but I really hope they don't take Pollard. Dude's gonna be an all-star this year, I just know it. :cool:

Man, wouldn't that suck. It'd be like we traded Brad away for nothing. :cry:

Snickers
06-14-2004, 01:28 PM
Yeah Primoz is awful. No wonder he can't get off the bench. :unimpressed:

:D

Yeah, I sure hope they take him off our hands. But I don't think even Bernie Bickerstaff is that stupid. :devil:

Yeah.... but I really hope they don't take Pollard. Dude's gonna be an all-star this year, I just know it. :cool:

Man, wouldn't that suck. It'd be like we traded Brad away for nothing. :cry:

Aww, don't cry! We'll still have Primoz! .... not that that's any consolation, since he's about as exciting as a 7-foot statue of Queen Elizabeth, made out of yoghurt. :unimpressed:

Suaveness
06-14-2004, 01:31 PM
Yeah Primoz is awful. No wonder he can't get off the bench. :unimpressed:

:D

Yeah, I sure hope they take him off our hands. But I don't think even Bernie Bickerstaff is that stupid. :devil:

Yeah.... but I really hope they don't take Pollard. Dude's gonna be an all-star this year, I just know it. :cool:

Man, wouldn't that suck. It'd be like we traded Brad away for nothing. :cry:

Aww, don't cry! We'll still have Primoz! .... not that that's any consolation, since he's about as exciting as a 7-foot statue of Queen Elizabeth, made out of yoghurt. :unimpressed:

Speaking of yogurt, I'm eating this delicious strawberry cheesecake parfait with whipped cream. REALLY good.

Snickers
06-14-2004, 01:40 PM
Yeah Primoz is awful. No wonder he can't get off the bench. :unimpressed:

:D

Yeah, I sure hope they take him off our hands. But I don't think even Bernie Bickerstaff is that stupid. :devil:

Yeah.... but I really hope they don't take Pollard. Dude's gonna be an all-star this year, I just know it. :cool:

Man, wouldn't that suck. It'd be like we traded Brad away for nothing. :cry:

Aww, don't cry! We'll still have Primoz! .... not that that's any consolation, since he's about as exciting as a 7-foot statue of Queen Elizabeth, made out of yoghurt. :unimpressed:

Speaking of yogurt, I'm eating this delicious strawberry cheesecake parfait with whipped cream. REALLY good.

Yeah, well I'm eating a pepperoni hot pocket and chocolate chip cookies. Beat that. :tongue:

And Primoz sucks.