i don't get the nazr deal. dj white is not a great prospect by any means if he were able to play good minutes he would be by now. we didn't get any value in the deal and could use nazr 10x over what we got back for him. we should have gotten a pick. maybe take on an extra year of salary but added a first.
SOMEONE will pay for THIS!
...probably a look thing...Mo pretty much equals Nazzy and his expiring...so you'd have to think they wanted to look at White...and if the FO did not plan to resign Nazzy this year it could give him some "burn" playing on a better (likely) play off team...I say good for Nazr...
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Going with my "theme" I have a theory on why this trade went down.
According to Bonnell we got cash in the POR trade. By making this deal Jordan got a guy who was willing to be bought out...MoPete had less than 3 million left on his prorated salary...as well as "something" in White.
He was saving money (again).
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I'm thinking it kinda serves multiple purposes. I think we are trying to get younger and clear some $ off the books and removing ourselves from the older guys (See Carolina Panthers, 2010-11). Not that Wallace is old, but by the time we are a viable contender, Wallace will be over 30, so why not get Cunningham and a couple of draft picks (not fair value, and not beating a dead horse). Same with Nazzy.... I don't believe White will be our center of the future averaging 17/10, but it doesn't hurt to take a look as a depth guy that could maybe contribute 10/7/2 off the bench. Now for the other purpose.... maybe giving a good guy like Nazzy a chance with a contending team out west. Yeah, we could use Nazz, but if he isn't in our long-term plans, why not put him somewhere where he could be in a place to vie for a ring. It would've been cool to add a draft pick, but OKC's 2nd rounder in this draft is the same as an UDFA in any other draft.
Dealing Nazr was also further justification to get the Vanilla Gorilla in Joel Pryzbilla. I know the deals were seperate with no guarantee that either trade would be approved. But if the Nazr deal had gone down and GW's didn't...we'd be screwed at the Center position whenever Kwame was on the bench resting (or in foul trouble) or out with an injury.
I think there were probably several factors at play. I think we were rolling the dice with DJ, hoping maybe he'd turn into a decent player (he may still yet). Also, Nazr has stated that he really didn't want to leave Charlotte and didn't intend to uproot his family. As a FA, he'd likely be willing to re-sign here for cheap in the off-season and resume his role as our back up C next year, since Pryz will likely be returning to Por as well. And yes, it worked to our advantage financially. That's not necessarily a bad thing. When it's all said and done, we could come away with DJ, $, and still end up with Nazr anyway. If DJ ends up being any kind of contributor, history might view this as a pretty shrewd move. Even if he doesn't, we're no worse off.