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Bobcats out of big trade; Barbosa for Turkoglu still on

Jul 13, 2010, 12:40 PM EDT

NBA_jordan3_250.jpgMichael Jordan may made a descent owner after all.

He had second thoughts about shipping out two solid big men — Tyson Chandler and Boris Diaw — for one nice point guard — Jose Calderon. He was right. The Bobcats are now out of the reported big three-team deal, according to Ken Berger at CBSSports.

Toronto should be a little bummed, but not that much. The bigger half of the deal for them, moving the seemingly unmovable contract of Hedo Turkoglu, is still on.

What is left of this deal will send the speedy backup point guard Leandro Barbosa to Toronto for Turkoglu. It’s really a win/win deal.

If Toronto really wants to run now, Barbosa is the guy. He’s as quick as anyone in the league. He is a year off an injury and if he can return to his 2009 form he can score fairly efficiently and give the Raptors some assists. And turnovers, but more assists.

Turkoglu was a bad fit in Toronto but could be reborn in the ball-handling forward role where he did so much better in Orlando. The Suns are loaded with interesting forward combinations when you look at Turkoglu, Grant Hill, Jared Dudley, Josh Childress and Hakim Warrick.

  1. Bobcats Nation - Jul 13, 2010 at 12:56 PM

    I’m glad that Jordan made this decision. The trade would have saved the Bobcats a ton of money, but without Diaw and Chandler, there would have been a real lack of big men on the team. I’m glad Jordan is showing he is the type of owner that cares about improving the team more than getting away from the Luxury Tax. Signing someone like Luke Ridnour would improve the PG situation a lot more than a trade like this.

  2. Bob the Builder - Jul 13, 2010 at 1:09 PM

    Michael Jordan “may made a descent owner”?
    Is that even English?

  3. Mike - Jul 13, 2010 at 1:50 PM

    Does anyone even fact check/spell check these things? Yesterday Da’Sean Butler of West Virginia was “De’Sean Butler of Wake Forest” and now Michael Jordan “may made a descent owner”… C’mon

  4. Braziman - Jul 13, 2010 at 3:29 PM

    I clap for the poorfeader

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