With the February 23rd trade deadline looming, I am hopeful that Bernie Bickerstaff will bite the bullet and make a move. The biggest chips that he has to play are starting point guard Brevin Knight and power forward Melvin Ely.
Brevin Knight has been the subject of trade rumors all season, most recently with the Memphis Grizzlies. Knight would be of interest to many playoff caliber teams because he could be a solid backup to an established point guard or because of his improved jumper and solid ball handling he could log starter minutes if needed.
Why he is expendable: Raymond Felton, The Bobcats invested the 5th pick in the 2005 draft in Felton, so there is absolutely no way that Knight gets significant minutes following this season.
Melvin Ely would also be an excellent addition to a playoff caliber roster, he is a fantastic low post scorer and a solid rebounder. In the NBA you can never EVER have too much low post scoring.
Why he is expendable: Emeka Okafor and Sean May: As much as the Bobcats claim that Sean May might be able to play multiple positions, and claim that Okafor can play a little center. The hard cold truth is that they are both power forwards and having a 3rd quality power forward in Ely is a luxury that this team just can’t afford at this stage of their development. That along with his contract situation makes him a likely candidate to be moved.
Lets hope that the Bobcat’s front office looks at the big picture and tries to get something for either or both of these two players rather than keeping them on the roster just to salvage a few extra wins this season.