The more I think about His Airness signing Kwame Brown the more I think it is actually a good idea. Before you guys pepper me with comments like ‘what the *^&^’ or ‘are you stupid????’ just hear me out a little.
It is a given that this team needs some help at center. Is Kwame the man for the job? If you look at his body of work you have to think not a chance. BUT as most of you know if anyone is up for the challenge of a reclamation project it is Larry Brown. I can see in the forum that many of you are tired of him being so willing of taking these challenges on, but from what I can see the man is a good coach (I have no idea how successful he has been in the past with project players like Kwame).
When it comes down to it, for the price this kid is getting paid, why not? These players make ridiculous amounts of cash and while $1.3 million is not chump change in the real world, in the NBA it makes you a pauper. Kwame was one of the dumbest moves in NBA history the first time around for Jordan, but could end up being one the smartest ones this time.
That brings me to another of the forums favorite players (sarcasm completely intended)—Erick Dampier. It appears as if most of your wishes are likely to come true and we will not have to worry about this guy and his hefty price tag. I find it interesting that a guy that really does not have sparkling statistics throughout his career is so adamant about taking less money. Does he really think that there is that much demand for him out there? Hopefully the team will be able to sucker someone into taking him in a trade otherwise I would not be surprised to see Dampier slinking back later in the year and signing whatever contract Jordan is willing to give him.
Speaking of trades, it appears as if the Bobcats may have a chance at landing the current flavor of the month—Carmelo “Get me the heck out of the Mile-high City” Anthony.
When a player’s agent tells the front office to do itself a favor and trade him then you know the contract talks are not going well. The team has offered an extension to the forward for $65 million over three years; apparently ‘Melo wants more or is simply tired of the thin air. Either way, it will make for some interesting developments over the next few weeks/ months.
The early frontrunners are already considered to be New Jersey and New York but apparently the Bobcats are in the thick of it as well:
“What’s more, the Charlotte Bobcats are a sleeper because of Anthony’s Brand Jordan shoe deal and the team’s ability to give the Nuggets a salary-dump proposal.” (Yahoo)
Denver has let it be known that the team want s youth and draft picks for Carmelo Anthony. They have also alluded to being open to trading J.R. Smith and Kenyon Martin as well.
Why you would want to all but start over a season after you win 53 games and go into the post season as the #4 seed is beyond me; something had to work, but for whatever reason the Nuggets do not want to give it another go.
That could work in Charlotte’s favor if Jordan can figure out a deal that does not decimate the team in order to get Anthony. I agree with most of you that trading away Wallace would be a bad idea, but beyond him I think just about anyone should be considered fair game.
Since I know you guys know your stuff and have no problem sharing your thoughts, I look forward to hearing what you think!