Oh Corey, sweet, sorry, injured Corey. We barely got to know you as a Bobcat, and now, you are gone. Stephen Jackson and Shaun Livingston to swap picks and bring in Maggette, last year on draft day, worked. It was worth it to get Bismack Biyombo, or was it Kemba? This time around, Corey Maggette for Ben Gordon and a protected first round pick, might just be crazy enough to work.
My question is, did Cory Higgins demand the trade because he has to be the only person named Cory or Corey on the team? How would that conversation go? ”Dad! I’m tired of the coach saying “Corey, get in the game!” and then he looks at me and Maggette getting up and tells me to sit down!”
No, that probably wasn’t it. I wondered aloud if this was a trade for trading’s sake, sort of to kick-start the week of the draft. That was immediately met with “Nah, Rich Cho just loves him some draft picks.” Very true. Rich Cho is all about acquiring assets. As “assets” go, conditional first round picks seem pretty easy to come by, if you have a guy that is that puzzle piece that a team thinks they need.
It’s interesting to me that Maggette was traded the same week as Kevin Youklis of the Boston Red Sox. If you have read or seen “Moneyball,” you know that Youklis is the “Greek God of walks.” Similarly, Corey Maggette is the “Greek Sub-God (if that’s a thing) of going to the free throw line).” When he came in, a quick glance at his numbers would tell any Bobcats fan that he gets to the line a lot for a guy who doesn’t average as many points as a superstar or has the cache to draw fouls like a superstar. His attempts jump off the page at you as probably the one thing he did really well.