June 21st 4:37AM
I've been up all night reading my scouting reports, talking to Larry, and sneaking over to PD for last minute insight. Everyone there is clamoring for a shooting guard. But I've been in this business long enough to know that shooting guards are a dime a dozen - we'll get one in a few weeks. I'm looking high and low for a big man. So is everybody else
. I have a feeling that we are going to have to play the hand we are dealt and just get the best guy on the board. I can already hears the screams "ANOTHER SMALL FORWARD?!?!?" Oh well. The guy that we will probably end up with is Lawrence Roberts
. He's a bit of a tweener SF/PF, but his offense game and rebounding skills are similar to Al, and we can work on his defense.
June 22nd 9:35PM
Well we slipped through the cracks on expansion day. The Bobcats have been wheeling and dealing all day (must be nice to have all that room under the cap). I was conflicted about putting Reggie on the list, knowing what it would mean if Charlotte selected him. Ironically it was his decision to play another year that cemented his spot on the list.
If Charlotte thought he would retire they would have snapped him up for the cap space. His salary was just too high for them, knowing that he would play one more year.
July 5th 11:56PM
Well, Larry and I finally pulled the trigger. Houston and Orlando had been trying to work a Francis-McGrady trade, but Orlando wanted a big guy too, and Houston wanted to unload Mobley with McGrady coming in. So they called us up asking about Harrington. I'll probably get crucified publicly (I'm used to that), but we need a guy that can shoot from the outside and Mobley hits at almost 40% from the arc, so we are putting the finishing touches on a deal that sends Harrington and Francis to Orlando, McGrady to Houston and brings Mobley here.
I've decided to stand pat at the point guard spot. We've promised Jamison the 3rd spot - that should keep him happy. I'll smooth things over with Reggie and Freddie tomorrow.
I'll also need to talk to Jonathan about his critical role next year. He's got big shoes to fill.
Ironically the position I'm concerned about the most is the backup PF/C spots. When Jeff sits we can move Jermaine over, but JB won't be able to fill that spot the way Al did. Larry's been looking for a big guy that we can use the MLE on. More later.
July 7th 5:21PM
I wish we still had Brad Miller
. The search for a backup PF/C continues. We might be stuck with Scot as our Center and Bender as our PF. Spoke with Vlade's agent and he said that he is not really interested in coming here, even with our team at the cusp of winning it all. Stromile said that he is about to re-sign with Memphis. Will talk with Etan and Joel tomorrow.
July 10th 3:14PM
We just agreed to terms with Antonio McDyess
. His injury history concerns me, but he can play the PF and C spots and getting him for the MLE could be a steal if he is back to his old self. I would have liked to have gotten more than a 1 year contract out of him, but he is determined to show that he is back and will look for that payday next year. If he does play well, we have a shot at resigning him, or could swing a sign-and-trade. I've got my fingers crossed, but its worth it.
I guess that solidifes us.
Jamaal, Anthony, and Jamison
Cuttino, Fred, and Reggie
Ron, and Jonathan, and James
Jermaine, Antonio, and Austin
Jeff, Scot and Primoz
I think we are a little more balanced and ready to go. This is the year.