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#1064018 Wallace to Portland, For 2 first rounders, Pryzbilla + Dante Cunningham

Posted by pantherfan49 on 25 February 2011 - 11:06 AM

Players Lost:
Okafor: 11 ppg, 10 rpg
Chandler: 10 ppg, 9 rpg
Felton: 17 ppg, 9 apg
Wallace: 15 ppg, 8 rpg
Mohammed: 7 ppg, 5 rpg

Players Gained:
White: 3 ppg, 2 rpg
Cunningham: 5 ppg, 3 rpg
Livingston: 6 ppg, 2 apg
2 first round picks )that go back to Portland if top 7 in '11 or top 12 next three years)

Yep, clearly looks like we are headed in the right direction, to the top of the East.

The short-term impact of this move (and prior moves since last summer) is at best a push and more than likely a drop-off. I don't think anyone is arguing that. But the long-term impact is more than likely a positive one. With the East piling up star after star, the Bobs only chance is going to be by building around young talent ala OKC.

Why do people have such a hard time seeing that?

And while you can say that the Bobs lost both Oke and Chandler, they found a very low cost alternative in Kwame Brown. They should get credit for that.

And yes they lost Raymond Felton, but found cheaper and much smarter alternatives in DJ and Liv.

And yes they lost Gerald Wallace and his 15/8 numbers, but Hendo is slated to eat up a lot of the minutes lost by Wallace and Hendo has been averaging a nice 12/4 in 24 minutes of play in the month of February. Plus Wallace is off 20% from last year's numbers and is clearly not the same player anymore. Trading Wallace while he still has value is a smart move. Wallace is clearly a player that is 28 years old going on 34.

So, really the Bobs have lost some depth, but the talent drop-off from the starting 5 of last year to the starting 5 we will have now isn't much.

Last year:

Theo Ratliff/TC

This year

DJ (better than Felton, regardless of what the stats say)
Jax (taken a step back from 2009-2010 season)
Diaw (taken a step forward in 2010-2011 from 2009-2010 season)
Kwame (shows up every night and is solid on defense).

The Bobs have a bunch of money coming off the books in the next 2 seasons. By my count, the expiring contracts of Diaw, Diop, Pryz, Mo Pete and Najera all come off of the books this year or next. That frees up roughly 35 mil in cap space, with the only noticeable subtraction being Diaw. That 35 mil will then be used to sign Hendo, DJ, and Kwame to long-term deals, shore up the team with a couple of mid-level FAs, and then swing for home runs in the draft.

#1063045 Wallace to Portland, For 2 first rounders, Pryzbilla + Dante Cunningham

Posted by pantherfan49 on 24 February 2011 - 04:02 PM

I can't believe people hate this trade. What is it that you hate? Did you really think we were going places this year?!?!! Seriously, I'm at a loss for words.

NBA fans attach emotions to players and fail to understand the business of the game. There are similar threads about DeAngelo in the Panthers section.

The fact is that Crash has crashed and looks to have slowed a LOT. To be able to move him for an expiring, a promising youngster, and 2 first round picks is as good as it can be for the Bobs.

The Nazr deal--- still don't quite understand.

#1008782 Think that AE will become a real NFL receiver next year?

Posted by pantherfan49 on 22 January 2011 - 02:35 PM

He quite frankly didn't look all that athletic when he was playing in the preseason last year.

Still it's too early to say anything at this point, other than the Panthers royally fuged up trading a 2nd round pick in the 2011 draft for a 5th round player, particularly when chances were likely that the Panthers were going to be in the bottom half of the league and therefore the pick was likely to be early second round.

#701635 Predict Your Team's Record

Posted by pantherfan49 on 19 August 2010 - 07:12 PM

WF- 1 and 15 on the year

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