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Bobcats send Hakim Warrick to Magic for Josh McRoberts

According to Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer, the Bobcats have agreed to send PF Hakim Warrick to Orlando in exchange for PF Josh McRoberts.

Maybe your reaction was the same as mine when I learned about the deal- ‘Uhhhh, okay?’

After crunching the numbers McRoberts will save Charlotte about $300,000 as his contract expires at the end of the season. Warrick has a team option clause in his contract for next season for $4mil, which almost certainly will not be picked up by Orlando. So, essentially the Bobcats get a different style of PF if nothing else.

The Bobcats traded Matt Carroll and his $4.3mil expiring contract for Hakim Warrick earlier this season. They have now flipped Warrick for McRoberts $3.2mil expiring contract. In all, Cho has weaseled his way into saving $1mil.

QCH Reacts:

Brett: The Bobcats are bringing back Boris Diaw!  Well, not quite – but McRoberts is likely to frustrate fans as well, as an over-passing big man who shoots as a last resort.  Given his athleticism and size, you’d expect him to be useful on defense – but you’d be disappointed.  I would rather McRoberts than Warrick through the end of the season, since Warrick has already shown that he is not what the Bobcats need.  And if McBob doesn’t show anything by the end of the season, he was at least cheaper for the duration.

Greg: McRoberts saves the Bobcats a shade under $300,000 for the rest of the year, so the move makes some sense. You can accuse the team of being cheap if you want, but Warrick was racking up DNPs and it’s a lateral move at worst. It’s always possible that McRoberts shows a spark that Warrick didn’t, even if it’s unlikely. If they sell an extra ticket or two to hardcore Duke fans out there, all the better.

Mathew: It’s a minor deal, to be sure. Sometimes making any deal – no matter how inconsequential – is better than nothing at all, especially from a perception standpoint. Assuming the trade doesn’t blatantly make your team worse off (see Sacramento Kings). That’s how I would justify this swap, I suppose. Other than that? Sorry.

5 comments to Bobcats send Hakim Warrick to Magic for Josh McRoberts

  • charlottean

    I keep seeing matt carroll- 4.3 million. That was his salary last year….he makes 3.5 this year. We just swapped carroll for mcroberts via warrick.

    And nobody will ever confuse mcroberts for diaw. He might pass a bit, but he also launches 3′s at the worst possible times josh smith style and isn’t nearly the playmaker diaw was. Bobcats fans hated diaw because bobcats fans aren’t smart basketball fans. And because he was overpaid. Dude showed up every night, ran the floor, boxed out, moved the ball, shot good %’s, played solid defense.

    This trade is still good because mcroberts could show us something. Warrick was gone regardless. He had a decent run with indiana and the lakers. Beats the hell out of the rod higgins special.

  • Spencer/SDS

    Diaw had potential to be great if he learned to be more assertive…and worked out more, he was fat and overweight…a GREAT role player for any team, especially a fundamentalist team like the spurs with a lot of talent in the scoring department…This was basically give up a contract of 3.5 mill for warrick/decent backup that came into use fairly early due to injuries, then once we got healthy we swaped for McRoberts with potential to get better and potential to get released immediatly after this year if Dunlap doesn’t like him…its all bout getting young bodies to see if Dunlap likes him or not, good move^^ nothing bad happens from it…

    sadly we still have Ben Gordon…may be able to do the same type of deal that we did with Maggette and get a decent role player + a 1st rnd again since his contract will be coming up…look at Al Harrington of Orlando mainly, i believe he has a 3 yr deal left (2 at the end) of which is similar to Gordons contract (money wise) and we might be able to entire them to give us a 1st rnd…or a couple of 2nds…at least i hope^^

  • Elcor

    It’s not a great trade, but it doesn’t make the Bobcats worse, so it counts as a win I guess.

    Concerning Gordon, it’ll be interesting to see if he takes the money on a team that doesn’t want him or if he tries to go to a team that might actually play him/win.

  • charlottean

    Ben gordon won’t play for any contender. He might have a similar bench role for a decentteam, but nobody great wants him. Not even for the minimum.

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