Weird Team Makes Weird Trade With Bad Team, News At 11

So that happened.

My initial reaction is very much similar to the same reaction I had to the Diaw-Bell for Richardson trade.

“Well. That’s really weird.”

It’s just a weird trade. Weird players, weird swap, weird identities.  The Bobcats needed a scorer, so Jackson can definitely contribute there, and when motivated can play some serious defense. So in the short term, that’s probably a good move. But then again…

Jackson’s salary increases every season, culminating in $10 million in ’12-’13 when he’ll be 34. So you know, big expiring contract for them at that point! But that’s three years from now, and the Bobcats are hanging on by a thread as it is. It’s almost as if Larry Brown saw what happened with the Hornets and Peja and said “that sounds like fun!”

On the flip side, I’ve discovered that every move Brown has made has helped the franchise. It may not have helped them after he’s gone, but it’s made them a better team.  The jury’s still out on Chandler, though that’s looking like his first miss, even though Okafor’s not exactly flourishing in NOLA. So there’s a certain level of trust I put into Brown to know what will work on his squads. The issue I think is that this team still lacks a creator. Jackson can knock down shots, but there’s still no one on the team you can give the ball to down 1 with 24 ticks left and say “get us a bucket.”  They have a solid supporting cast, but still not one guy you point to and go “They have to go to X now.”

For Golden State? I mean, is this even worth mentioning? The best part about this is Anthony Morrow should get more time. But then, he should have been getting time all the while. So who knows. The only thing this affirms for Golden State is what we already knew. The Warriors suck.

Matt Moore

Matt Moore is a Senior NBA Blogger for CBSSports.com's Eye on Basketball blog, weekend editor of Pro Basketball Talk on NBCSports.com, and co-editor of Voice on the Floor. He lives in Kansas City due to an unbelievably complex set of circumstances and enjoys mid-90's pop rock, long walks on the beach and the novels of Tim Sandlin.