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Old 05-22-2009, 01:17 PM   #1
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Default Bobcats for sale?

I realize its just a rumor, but if the cats are being shopped, could I hope to get Okafor from you for Kirilenko? I know you just paid for him and are probably happy with it. Butm, AK's salary doesn't run as long, and that flexibility would be useful for a moving team.

Perhaps I could hope for another offer if we learn that Boozer isn't opting out, then you'd have an expirer on your hands.
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Old 05-22-2009, 02:58 PM   #2
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From things that Coach Brown has said about Okafor I suspect that Brown questions Mek's passion for the game. But I don't think that Brown will seriously consider major trades/signings until training camp.

As far as the sale of the Cats, I'm curious why Michael Jordan appears to be out of the running? Last season it was all about MJ wanting to buy controlling interest in the team. Personally I'm nervous about what Robert Johnson might do. He never had any business owning a basketball team in the first place. I think a new owner needs passion for the game, for the Cats and for the Cats fan-base. MJ has that. But if Johnson insists in asking a hundred million dollars more than the team is valued at then I doubt that there will be any bites.
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Old 05-22-2009, 03:11 PM   #3
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I realize its just a rumor, but if the cats are being shopped, could I hope to get Okafor from you for Kirilenko? I know you just paid for him and are probably happy with it. Butm, AK's salary doesn't run as long, and that flexibility would be useful for a moving team.

Perhaps I could hope for another offer if we learn that Boozer isn't opting out, then you'd have an expirer on your hands.

Pray tell what would be our motivation to take on an inferior player that costs 6 million more next year? We can almost pay Mek to play for 3 seasons for what AK is owed in 2!

BTW...no one should think this might mean Charlotte would lose the Bobcats. The penalty to move the team is 200 million bucks until 2010. From there it's a very gradual drop to 150 million in 2030.
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Old 05-22-2009, 06:45 PM   #4
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Old 05-22-2009, 10:36 PM   #5
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Wasn't this resolved earlier this year? Bobcats are staying in Charlotte, end of discussion.
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Old 05-23-2009, 07:39 AM   #6
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Default Re: Bobcats for sale?

It's possible they could be moved...if a new owner is willing to kick out about a half a billion bucks to do it.

200 million penalty if they move before 2010; after that it's prorated for like the next 20 years down to 150 million.

No potential owner would buy the team with that in mind when they could just buy a team like Memphis, Jersey or the Bucks and move them without any penalties.

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I'm off on that. I was getting my info from a previous Observer article, but per their attorney:

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Q: Can the team leave?
A: No. The city may seek an injunction to force the team to honor the commitment to play here, or can enforce liquidated damages of $200,000,000 in the first 5 years (2005-2010), $150,000,000 in years 5 – 10, and a declining balance going from $85,000,000 in year 11 down to $7,000,000 in year 25.

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Old 05-25-2009, 03:59 PM   #7
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Apparently MJ has the financing and the desire. The sticking point is the price.
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Old 05-30-2009, 03:27 PM   #8
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MJ sucks as an owner anyways. sell the team to someone good.
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MJ has only been a minority owner. But why does he suck? He's so enthusiastic and committed to the success of the Bobcats that I think he'd be a terrific owner. IMO, only.
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MJ has only been a minority owner. But why does he suck? He's so enthusiastic and committed to the success of the Bobcats that I think he'd be a terrific owner. IMO, only.

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Old 05-31-2009, 07:52 PM   #11
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mj isnt out of the running to become owner of the bobcats. He said that him and bob johnson might switch percent of ownership but before they did that mj said he needs to get the finances together. Give him time though. I wouldnt doubt he wont be majority owner in the next few years
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Here's the thing: People are going to automatically freak out and slam the organization if MJ becomes majority owner for the sole reason he drafted Morrison and Kwame. What people don't realize is that in an owner's position, he will have the ability to hire the minds to help make the decisions rather than make them on his own. Having MJ would be great because, who wouldn't want to work with MJ?
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Here's the thing: People are going to automatically freak out and slam the organization if MJ becomes majority owner for the sole reason he drafted Morrison and Kwame. What people don't realize is that in an owner's position, he will have the ability to hire the minds to help make the decisions rather than make them on his own. Having MJ would be great because, who wouldn't want to work with MJ?

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... you're right ... MJ could probably lure some talented desk NBA nerds / legends simply because hey "I'll be working for/with Jordan!" ... it's a no brainer to me in regards to this being good for this franchise and the city / state of Charlotte / NC.
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... you're right ... MJ could probably lure some talented desk NBA nerds / legends simply because hey "I'll be working for/with Jordan!" ... it's a no brainer to me in regards to this being good for this franchise and the city / state of Charlotte / NC.
He could already lure them as the minority owner...
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