By Marcus Thompson
Wednesday, January 3rd, 2007 at 11:17 am in Uncategorized.
The Bobcats’ acquiring Jeff McInnis from New Jersey gives them three point guards — Brevin Knight, Raymond Felton and McInnis. Both McInnis ($3.6M) and Knight ($1.5M buyout for 2007-08) are expiring contracts. Which is extra salary cap flexibility to go with the $10 million in cap room they already have.
All this means Charlotte has the cap space to absorb some of the Warriors contracts. It might require a first-rounder or Jason Richardson, but they could do it. For instance, the Warriors could package Troy Murphy and a draft pick for Brevin Knight Knightand the deal would work even though the salaries don’t match because the Bobcats have cap room to absorb the salary. (That’s just an example.)
The Bobcats like their young players, but they still need a shooting guard and can improve at center, especially athletically. They may be interested in Murphy (and move Emeka Okafor to center and bring Sean May off the bench) too.
They will likely prefer to spend their cap money on the star player they need, a la Vince Carter. But maybe Mullin can convince them to deal.