The Charlotte Bobcats have been reported to be shopping stars Gerald Wallace and Stephen Jackson before the trade deadline Thursday.
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports tweeted Charlotte executives are in discussions to move one of the two if not both. He also mentioned the Houston Rockets and the Portland Trailblazers as legitimate suitors.
The Bobcats lost center DeSagana Diop for the season more than a month ago while the Blazers Brandon Roy is most likely out for the season after having surgery on both knees. Wallace could be dealt to the Blazers to help soften the blow of Roy’s absence for a big man such as Joel Pryzbilla or Marcus Camby.
Camby said he would retire if he was traded…okay, it gives Charlotte money.
The Bobcats and the Blazers were in trade discussions at the beginning of the year and may revert to them since a trade would help both rosters.
Houston comes into the situation because they could offer Charlotte Shane Battier’s expiring contract to help them in free agency or another trade.
Charlotte’s situation is mystifying to me because they were a solid team last season and a hard out in the playoffs, but have been hit hard with injuries this season. The Bobcats have a 24-32 record and are a game behind the Indiana Pacers for the eight seed if the post season started today.
If Wallace is traded, the Bobcats are blowing up the team. Jackson, not so much, because he is just a shooter/scorer while Wallace does everything on the floor.
Pryzbilla would help Charlotte in the middle, but who is going to score; Jackson can’t do it all by himself. D.J. Augustin and Tyrus Thomas have shown signs of being able to perform on a high level, but Thomas is injured and the little Augustin can’t contend against bigger point guards. Charlotte should try to put Jackson in the trade, not Wallace.
Like I said, if Wallace leaves the Bobcats become a bottom feeder in the Eastern Conference once again.