Damn he looked good last night!
We really, really, blew that one. I think letting Chandler go for Dampier, Carroll and Najera was the biggest mistake this franchise made. (yes, that includes drafting Adam Morrison).
Dirk said he's the most positive teammate he's ever had.
Chandler was an unmotivated under-performing waste of talent here last year. Probably the best example of such in Charlotte since Julius Pepper's phantom year or Derrick Coleman's last year w/ the Hornets.
Chandler is performing well because he is in a contract year....period.
Last season, these words actually escaped his mouth in front of a reporter: "I'm not going to try anything until I feel zero pain" I'm glad GW, Felton, Capt Jack, etc never played that way.
Chandler (unfortunate for us since we traded him) has a history of "huge years" when he is contract eligible...so his performance this year was no surprise...
his defense was on display last night and yes we missed that but, he didn't play much while he was here. he is the primary example of contract year player. his eyes lit up when he heard he was getting traded to dallas during a contract year.
Still, you can't deny we really blew that trade. We knew he was in a contract year and it was very safe to assume he would perform well because of that. Could have at least held onto him until close to the trade deadline and sent him to any number of pseudo-contending teams that would have needed big man help and would have coughed up dough for it (OKC, Dallas, PDX).
Also, wouldn't we have rather had one year of Tyson in a contract year and them have the cap space instead of having to pay Matt Carroll?
Such a stupid, stupid trade.
The choice of keeping Chandler didn't just fall into the fans desires, the NBA is a business, and as a business owner, MJ was not going to pay luxury tax for a 6-8th seed in the East...it was not a possibility.
So, despite the timing, a couple of things would not have happened if they weren't planning on dumping salary-Those things included:
resigning Tyrus Thomas
Signing Shaun Livingston
Signing Kwame Brown
The 1st priority of Chandler's trade was trying to turn the dust chip into CP3 or some other all-star in a trade...it didn't work, but we tried, and for that, and the bodies we did have on our roster, I'd make the same trade again and again and again (knowing what the Cats knew at the time the trade was made). Hindsight isn't something they (MJ, Rod, LB at the time) should belabor, when making decisions, you don't have the benefit of hindsight when making the decision, so the examination should be judged on the information they had available at the time.
The reality is, Chandler is all about Chandler, and nothing else, despite how he performs on or off the court in contract years.
We traded TC in the summer right? The LT wouldn't have come into play until the end of the next season. A smart team would have recognized that and kept him til the trade deadline.
Moves like this are why we're low on assets.
Sell low, buy high. The Bobcats Way.
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