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Bobcats Acquire Gary Neal, Luke Ridnour

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I surely hope that's the plan....I am hesitant about Biz though.  I just don't think he's where he needs to be yet.  He can help on the boards and on defense.  He's just got no game offensively unless it's a put back.  

 

I know the FO probably has a plan in place and all that.  But this team has been playing pretty good basketball lately.  I'm not sure if this trade is going to improve our team much more, and I'm not so sure we won't get a little worse now before we get better.  Something that we can't really afford if we want to make the playoffs.   

 

We're 6-4 in our last ten.  That's tied with a number of teams for second best in the east.  The only team better has been the Heat.  Every playoff team 5th seed and below have a worse record over the last ten games with only a game and a half separating us from the 5th spot.  

 

We could have climbed to the 5th seed without a trade.  If we go 2-5 over the next 7 games while they're trying to figure out player roles and sort out chemistry....we've pretty much would lose all of the ground we've made up.

 

I hope I'm wrong.  I'm glad to have Neal.  I'm just not sure Sessions was the best candidate for that trade.  Guy meant a lot to this team. 

 

 

It's likely the team would have gone 2-7/3-6 over the next 9 with the old roster as well. I mean you're talking about a stretch of 

 

vs NO, vs Memphis, @ SA, @ OKC, @ Miami, vs Indiana, vs Cleveland, @ Memphis, vs Denver. 

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Look at the Magic back when they went to the finals, It was Howard and a bunch of jump shooters. It's the system that Charlotte pretty much uses here. When Charlotte is playing at it's best it's running a inside out with Jefferson and McRoberts being keys in the lineup. 

 

Jefferson is the key, McRoberts is the second key on the starting lineup. The team relies on McRoberts drive's and Jumpshots right now, those open up space for him and allow him to be a passer and playmaker. They rely on that already, this only improves his ability to drive and make plays. (he's third in the NBA in Assist to Turnover ratio and he leads the team in Assist/36m). 

 

 

As for Ridnour, he's a drive and kick guy who is excellent at the pick n roll which makes him a very nice fit in Charlotte. Add his ability to shoot the 3. = a great fit. 

 

Neal is an excellent 3pt shooter and that's what he's going to bring to Charlotte, he's never really been an effective player inside the arc. 

 

We'll see what happens.  You could be right.  My gut though just isn't responding well to this trade.  Right now McBob is enjoying a decent stretch of basketball, but it's not a trend he's shown historically of being able to perpetuate.  Part of the reasons his numbers are up is because he is what the defense lets us have and he's actually hitting some shots compared to earlier in the year.   BTW I don't trust his shot mechanics....his shooting wrist flops all over the place and it takes him a long time to square his feet up.

 

Sessions just has this uncanny ability to get to foul line and force other teams into substitutions they're not ready to make.  Which has been a HUGE part of the reason we've been competitive.

 

It would have been a good trade in the off season.  I just don't think the timing is right on this.  We'll find out Friday.

 

Like I said....it's all here say.  I hope you're right.  We'll see what happens.

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It's likely the team would have gone 2-7/3-6 over the next 9 with the old roster as well. I mean you're talking about a stretch of 

 

vs NO, vs Memphis, @ SA, @ OKC, @ Miami, vs Indiana, vs Cleveland, @ Memphis, vs Denver. 

 

That's a tough stretch.  I think pre-trade we're going 4-5 over that stretch.

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We'll see what happens.  You could be right.  My gut though just isn't responding well to this trade.  Right now McBob is enjoying a decent stretch of basketball, but it's not a trend he's shown historically of being able to perpetuate.  Part of the reasons his numbers are up is because he is what the defense lets us have and he's actually hitting some shots compared to earlier in the year.   BTW I don't trust his shot mechanics....his shooting wrist flops all over the place and it takes him a long time to square his feet up.

 

Sessions just has this uncanny ability to get to foul line and force other teams into substitutions they're not ready to make.  Which has been a HUGE part of the reason we've been competitive.

 

It would have been a good trade in the off season.  I just don't think the timing is right on this.  We'll find out Friday.

 

Like I said....it's all here say.  I hope you're right.  We'll see what happens.

 

The biggest question mark for me is the locker room and chemistry. However, I'm looking at it from the perspective that if this doesn't work and Charlotte falls. They keep their pick and have three first round picks plus Neal when Sessions was going to be a fa. 

 

 

So at worst you're looking at the team missing the playoffs and having a team that looks like this next season.

 

Kemba, Smart, Pargo

Henderson, LaVine, Neal

MKG, Ejim,Tolliver

McRoberts, Zeller, Payne

Jefferson, Biz. 

 

Or any other crazy combination you can think of.. 

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The biggest question mark for me is the locker room and chemistry. However, I'm looking at it from the perspective that if this doesn't work and Charlotte falls. They keep their pick and have three first round picks plus Neal when Sessions was going to be a fa.


So at worst you're looking at the team missing the playoffs and having a team that looks like this next season.

Kemba, Smart, Pargo
Henderson, LaVine, Neal
MKG, Ejim,Tolliver
McRoberts, Zeller, Payne
Jefferson, Biz.

Or any other crazy combination you can think of..


I think this team might add a few FA in. I expect this team to be looking for a 2 guard in FA.

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More shooters create more space. Not the other way around.

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I think this team might add a few FA in. I expect this team to be looking for a 2 guard in FA.

 

Yea, there's also the large amount of free space. Idk why but because of LaVine's jumpshot, I just like the way him and Kemba or Smart would work in a back court together.You could go another route though in the draft, if this season doesn't work.

 

 

 

 

Charlotte misses playoff's and has all three picks. 

 

Kemba, Smart, Pargo

Stephenson, Henderson, Neal

MKG, Saric, Tolliver

McRobets, Zeller, Saric

Jefferson, Nurkic, Biz

 

 

Charlotte makes the playoffs and has two picks. I think Smart is out of the running and goes to high for Charlotte to grab him. 

 

Kemba, Deonte Burton, Pargo

Stephenson, Henderson, Neal

MKG, Saric, Tolliver

McRoberts, Zeller, Saric

Jefferson, Biz

 

 

If you can't tell, I really like Saric's game. 

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I'm firmly in the camp of Sessions had to go. I wouldn't have cared what we got in return. I've been worn out by his repeated ability to shit the bed when Kemba goes out and he ran the point. I wish him luck but I'm happy now. We've been on a good streak of late and we acquired a good outside shooter in Neal. hopefully Pargo gets the backup pg duties.

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I'm firmly in the camp of Sessions had to go. I wouldn't have cared what we got in return. I've been worn out by his repeated ability to poo the bed when Kemba goes out and he ran the point. I wish him luck but I'm happy now. We've been on a good streak of late and we acquired a good outside shooter in Neal. hopefully Pargo gets the backup pg duties.

 

Ridnour will get the backup PG spot.

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seems like a 50-50 trade. luke is injury-prone, neal can shoot and play D. i like sess, a good back combo guard. arian was a effort guy.  

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