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Thunder trade Byron Mullens to Bobcats for pick

Dec 19, 2011, 3:29 PM EDT

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B.J. Mullens is a guy who can’t get off the Thunder bench — he’s played in just 26 games over two years.

He’s going to get his chance now — Mullens has been traded to the Charlotte Bobcats to help out their depleted frontcourt, reports the Oklahoman. The Bobcats are sending back a second-round pick.

Mullens was buried behind Kendrick Perkins, Nazr Mohammed and Cole Aldrich in OKC. He was not going to get to play much at all this season, now he should get some real run.

Charlotte came into today talking about all the minutes 6’8” Boris Diaw was going to get at center. Now they have both Mullens and rookie Bismack Biyombo to at least give them some size and depth up front. Quality remains to be seen, but it is some size and depth.

Mullens was the No. 24 pick overall of the Mavericks but was traded to the Thunder on draft night. It didn’t work out there, but now he gets his chance.

  1. blueintown - Dec 19, 2011 at 3:41 PM

    NOW the Bobcats have a star.

  2. bparmalee - Dec 19, 2011 at 6:44 PM

    Just when you thought the Bobcats roster couldnt get any worse. Did MJ lose a bet? How did that phone call go? Thunder GM “You want to trade for who? Deal…deal deal deal. You sure you dont want us to give you a 2nd for taking him? No…pleasure doing business with you MJ.”

    • snoopy2014 - Dec 19, 2011 at 7:12 PM

      …The Bobcats gave up a second round pick. It’s not like they traded a franchise player or something. Mullens isn’t good, but a 2nd-round pick in the hands of Michael Jordan is guaranteed to be worse.

      • bparmalee - Dec 20, 2011 at 11:57 AM

        The Bobcats have one of the worst rosters in the league. Their 2nd round pick is like a late first round pick. I contend that every single player selected in the 2nd round in next years draft will be better than BJ Mullens. A team like the Bobcats need to get lucky with their first and second round picks so they can grow their franchise. Its not like this is some Euro guy that no ones about. The book is out on BJ Mullens and he cant play.

  3. genericcommenter - Dec 19, 2011 at 7:53 PM

    This is one guy who probably got hurt by the “one and done” rule. There was a lot of hype for him coming out of high school, but he didn’t show much in his 1 year of college. OSU had a pretty bad run of one and done big men- as far as their pro careers go. Oden, Mullens, I can’t even think of the other guy’s name- he’s taking up a roster/bench spot somewhere. Of course Oden was pretty good when he was healthy in college.

    • 00maltliquor - Dec 20, 2011 at 5:00 AM

      Kosta Kufos (Denver)

  4. watchfullhose - Dec 19, 2011 at 8:16 PM

    Kosta kufos

  5. 00maltliquor - Dec 20, 2011 at 5:06 AM

    Perfect example of why the Thunder are the Thunder and why the Bobcats are the Bobcats.

    That ‘Cats 2nd rounder is going to look more like a late 1st with the way Charlotte’s team is just slapped together.

    “And with the 31st pick in the draft the Oklahoma City Thunder select…”

    • bparmalee - Dec 20, 2011 at 11:58 AM

      I should have looked at your comment before I replied… well said sir.

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