Jan 14, 2011, 11:14 AM EDT
Michael Jordan is just like almost every other owner in the NBA — he is concerned about payroll more than wins.
That would be the only explanation for a trade discussion being reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo — Charlotte trading Gerald Wallace and maybe a pick to the Cavaliers for just the trade exception received in the LeBron James “trade.”
The Cavaliers would use their trade exception to acquire Wallace, but have also pushed for a lottery-protected first-round pick for them to take on the two years and $22 million left on Wallace’s contract through the 2012-13 season, the source said…
The Bobcats have been shopping Wallace for several weeks and discussed packaging him in deals to several teams. Charlotte has struggled to a 15-21 record, and replaced Larry Brown with interim coach Paul Silas last month. Facing significant financial losses this season, Bobcats owner Michael Jordan has targeted his highest-paid player as a way to trim payroll.
It would trim payroll. And while the Bobcats made the playoffs for the first time last season, this is a roster that is basically in need of being rebuilt. But moving Wallace — the Bobcats best player averaging 16.4 points (although his shooting percentage has dropped off this season) and 8.1 rebounds per game, plus he is their best defender — and getting no players or picks back not only sets the Bobcats back to rebuilding mode, it also gets them there with no easy way back up. Heck, they give up another pick they could use.
Denver may move Carmelo Anthony but in doing so they are getting a lot of parts to help kick-start their rebuilding. Wallace is no Anthony, but getting nothing back drags out any rebuilding process many more years. It is bad for basketball
But it saves money, and this appears to be all the Bobcats are about.
This move would make Cleveland a little better, and next season having Wallace and Anderson Varejao side-by-side would bring some energy and defense to the front line. Maybe they wouldn’t be the worst team in the league. But they are a long where from anywhere good, still.
This trade is not expected to happen anytime soon, but it is being discussed.
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