Charlotte Bobcats managing partner Michael Jordan confirmed to the Observer on Thursday that they were talking to the Raptors about a swap of Wallace and point guard T.J. Ford. The talks apparently hit a snag when Toronto additionally asked for a draft pick. Instead, the Raptors are moving Ford to Indiana in a trade involving forward Jermaine O'Neal.
The salaries for Wallace ($9.5 million) and Ford ($8.77 million) are close enough that the deal easily could have worked under salary-cap rules. Wallace is to make $9.5million each of the next four seasons.
It's clear the Bobcats are looking to reshape their roster. Multiple league sources confirmed that the Bobcats spent the days leading up to the draft assessing trade value for all their veterans.
That is a crazy trade. Maybe we thought Lopez would fall to us but not Augustine? I want to keep Wallace personally as I think his contract is a decent one not overpaid like 3/4 of the players in the NBA, plus he does everything both on offense and defense. Sure we have alot of money invested in our wings but I'd rather have it in our 2 starters than in guys like Morrison and (hate to say it) even Carroll if we are that cap stretched. Sure Crash has some injury history but he recovers fast and has great work ethic, and he's still much younger than he seems.
I just don't know why they are so down on wallace lately...he seems to play the right way like borwn wants, and he seems to want to improve on his already good game. I just don't see a point in trading Wallace.
Bob Johnson = tightwad...major tightwad. The only reason that the Bobcats have been somewhat aggressive the past 2 years is because MJ is in there telling Bob things will be okay. I get the feeling that Bob doesn't like Wallace because of his risky style of play. I mean, after all, if Wallace gets severely hurt and is out for the year, the Cats still have to pay him is 9mil. Knowing Bob, he is only willing to pay for something if he's getting something in return. In Wallace, when he performs well, Bobert gets ticket sales, wins, and other perks. If Wallace is out injured, Bobert is seemingly throwing 9mil down the drain, and knowing him, that thought probably kills him inside.