It looks like the Charlotte Bobcats are going to re-sign Gerald Wallace to a 6-year, $57 million deal. That’s a nice signing for Charlotte; they get their young, talented leading scorer back and don’t have to break the bank to do it. I think most of us thought Wallace would get a deal in the $10-$12 million per range, so 6 and 57 isn’t too shabby.
The reason I bring this up is that things are relatively quiet on the Blazer front today, and I’ve been thinking for a while that I like what Charlotte is doing with their team. They’ve got a nice young PG in Ray Felton, acquired Jason Richardson to play the “2”, have Wallace at the “3”, and Emeka Okafor on the front line. Throw in Adam Morrison and Sean May off the bench, and that’s a darn good nucleus right there. Combine all that with a new coach - Marc Iavaroni, whom I was pushing hard for Portland to hire two years ago - and I might even go so far as to say that Charlotte may be a playoff-caliber team in the East. I expect them to fight for a playoff spots this season and they might just be a legitimate center (sorry, Primoz Brezec and Jake Voshkul) and a few years’ experience away from being a legitimate force in the East.