Originally Posted by Timmeh
3 for 1? We're already doing 10 day contracts for guys. We've used 22 different players this year and you want to free up 2 more roster spots? On top of getting rid of 2 big men leaving us with only 3 bigs?
Charlotte's FO has been working hard to ship Mohammed out of Queen City. Mohammed could have packed with Felton and traded to Dallas but didn't happen.
Larry Brown simply doesn't want Morrison in his lineup but he doesn't have a choice when Wallace's out indefinitely (well...he says he'll be back just about the all-star break but I don't believe it. It's always better to be a little more pessimistic and prepare for the worst rather than believing you're the luckiest person).
Ajinca isn't gonna be a solid player for, I say at least two years. He's too thin and not muscular enough to box out against power big men, much like Primoz Brezec. Plus we'll never know how fast he'll improve, too much uncertainty.
Even though Charlotte has only 3 big men (i.e. Okafor, Diop, and Diaw), they play most of the minutes at PF/C, except that Diaw's playing much more at SF since Wallace's injured. I personally feel that Diaw's most effective at PF. Playing Okafor at PF will collapse the entire defense, too slow. (see Atlanta at Charlotte, how Marvin Williams drew so many fouls...)
By the way, Charlotte still has Juwan Howard who has contributed very well. Howard can be a solid role player providing experience and some bench relief.
The loss of Mohammed, Ajinca, and Morrison will not create a huge impact to Charlotte's rotation (yeah...see how many minutes they play combined...)
As a result, there are 4 players in Charlotte's roster playing frontcourt (not even including chubby May...). Okafor and Diop will play C, while Diaw and Howard play PF.
However, if you look at Charlotte's backcourt, Augustin, Bell, and Wallace have all injured this season (Bell's injured twice; even though not severe, the injury will sure affect his performance). Shannon Brown is not a long term solution for a solid backup at SG or PG and I don't think he dribbles too well.
If Felton will be traded in near future, Charlotte will need a veteran guard to help out distributing the ball. Though Hughes' not the best solution out there, he's probably the easiest to acquire and can play multiple positions. Quite a few veteran point guards have been traded this season (e.g. Antonio Daniels, Mike James, and recently Tyronn Lue), so getting a veteran PG's an uneasy task.
did I just write an ESSAY?