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Charlotte will receive lists from each of the 27 teams not competing in the NBA Finals 10 days prior to the scheduled Expansion Draft (June 12) and those from the competing teams in the Finals within two days of the conclusion of the Finals. Team lists will designate a maximum of eight protected players for that teamís players under contract or restricted free agents for the 2004-05 NBA season. The unprotected players are eligible for selection by the Bobcats, who will draft a minimum of 14 players from NBA rosters.
These 4 are unrestricted free agents & can not be protected.
The Clippers no brainers list will have more names on it than you might think. Brand & Maggette are only the beginning. Kamen, Wilcox, Jaric & Richardson gives us 6, with the following 4 players vying for the last 2 spots.
Drobnjak, Ely, House & Dooling.
Drobnjak has 3 years remaining on his contract starting in the 2.8 range next year. That's about right for what he does. He is a fairly solid back up that generally doesn't hurt you & on occassion can give you some points & rebounds. Being 6-11 270 doesn't hurt either. I think L.A. puts him on the list, giving us 7.
Ely is exactly what the Bobcats want. He is 6-10 260 & will turn 26 in May. Even better news is his contract. 1.7 next season, followed by a "team option" year paying him 2.4. Ely hasn't really worked out well in L.A. I know it doesn't make a whole lot of sence to leave the #12 pick from the 2002 draft out there for the taking but I think the Clippers will leave him off the list.
Eddie House has entrenched himself in the Clippers rotation & is a major bargin at 800K next season. It makes a lot more sense to keep him over Ely, so House gets spot #8.
Keyon Dooling has been given every opportunity to succeed in L.A. & just isn't cutting it. I know he's had some issues with injuries but his shooting percentage (.391 FG - .156 3FG) & assist to turn over numbers (2 to 1) are weak. On top of that his contract for next season would be just over 3M. No way they keep him.
So, the Clippers protected list is .....
Players available for the Clippers.....
Like I said above, Ely is exactly what Charlotte is looking for, he gets selected.
Here is the Charlotte Expansion Draft.
Atlanta ------------- No Pick
Boston --------- C - Kedrick Perkins ------- $729,500
Chicago ------------ No Pick
Cleveland ----- G - Kevin Ollie ----------- $2,704,350
Dallas ---------- G - Tony Delk ----------- $3,150,000
Denver --------- F - Ryan Bowen -------- $1,400,000 (est)
Detroit -------------- No Pick
Golden State ------ No Pick
Houston ------ GF - Adrian Griffin ---------- $807,546
Indiana -------- C - Primoz Brezec ------- $1,554,326
L.A. Clippers -- F - Melvin Ely ------------- $1,742,400
Ely just makes to much sense to pass up for the Bobcats. I can't argue against any of the logic here.
Atlanta - no pick
Boston - Jumaine Jones
Chicago - Chris Jeffries
Cleveland - Kedrick Brown
Dallas - Tony Delk
Denver - no pick
Detroit - no pick
Golden State - Popeye Jones
Houston - no pick
Indiana - Primoz Brezac
L.A. Clips - Melvin Ely
Basketball isn't played with computers, spreadsheets, and simulations. ChicagoJ 4/21/13
Given what I have the Bobcats taking before, I don't see how they take Dooling (not that he's been impressive anyway). Ely it is.
Atlanta - No Pick
Boston - Kedrick Perkins
Chicago - No Pick _or_ Eddie Robinson + Draft Pick
Cleveland - No Pick
Dallas - Tony Delk
Denver - No Pick
Detroit - No Pick _or_ Campbell (in hopes of getting talent for an expiring contract at the deadline)
Golden State - No Pick
Houston - Adrian Griffin
Indiana - Primoz Brezec
LA Clippers - Melvin Ely