Not exactly breaking news at this point, but this trade leads me to ask, what's wrong with Emeka Okafor? There has to be something wrong for Charlotte to agree to this trade and more interestingly, why did the Bulls decide not to trump it?
Cost conscious Charlotte is publicly saying they like Tyson Chandler. Please. There's no way on earth any team could like Tyson Chandler more than Emeka Okafor. This was a straight up salary dump. Larry Brown's quote is hilarious.
"Emeka is a great kid, but we all felt that with the way Tyson plays, with
his quickness and his ability to handle the ball and his length, that was
something that was very important to us," Brown said. "That was the overriding
It's almost as if he believes that Tyson can be a superior offensive player to Okafor. For that matter, he's not as good a defensive player either.
Tyrus + James easily kills what the Bobcats got back in Tyson Chandler. Kills it from a talent and salary perspective. The Bobcats either didn't do their due diligence in looking for a deal, or the Bulls simply decided they Okafor wasn't worth breaking the 2010 bank for.
There might be something to that. Emeka is what he is at this point, and a 13/10 big man who plays very good defense is good, but it's not franchise changing. His contract is on the high end for his ability as well, not to mention the health problems he had in the past.
Still, it's hard not to want to see the Bulls make that move even if it sacrifices 2010 flexibility. It definitely raises the stakes on what the Bulls need to get out of next year's free agent class in order to feel good about passing on getting involved in this trade.