Thursday, June 30th, 2011 at 1:25 pm  |  14 responses

Corey Maggette on Trade to Bobcats: ‘I Was Ecstatic’

On Draft night, Corey Maggette was traded from one Eastern Conference franchise to another, but his new one is owned by the greatest basketball player of all time, so he didn’t mind too much. Via HOOPSWORLD: “‘If you understand Michael Jordan’s game, then you know that he’s a winner,’ Maggette said. ‘Eventually, he’s going to get to the point where he’s winning. He’s definitely trying to start that process and get the right caliber of players and leadership that he wants for his ballclub. When I heard that I was going to play for Michael Jordan’s team, it was an honor.’ ‘If you know Michael, he’s definitely starting in this field as an owner and still understanding about the business of basketball, but he’s an incredible winner,’ he added. ‘He has an incredible drive and that’s something that Michael will never let go.’ The Bobcats have only nine players under contract for next season and their $47,481,490 payroll should fall under the cap in the next collective bargaining agreement. Maggette believes that Jordan will be able to attract free agents to Charlotte. ‘Who wouldn’t want to play for Michael Jordan?’ Maggette asked. ‘He’s one of the greatest players ever. I mean, when I heard about it, I was ecstatic about this. I think Mike is going to do a great job.’”

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  • JL

    uh oh. One of the greatest. not THE greatest. Maggette’s in trouble!

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    How is trading for a guy who has made the playoffs once in his career “starting the process to get the right players” – Maggette has a reputation as a virus to teams. Obsessed with “getting his” Maggette plays little defense, passes as often as lunar eclipses, and does little to improve on his weaknesses, like shooting. — Michael Jordan has made two very questionable moves already this offseason.

  • http://www.optimabbc.be Max

    Is Kobe a better GM than MJ?

  • bike

    Who is the greatist GM of all time?

  • jedi420

    I’ve had this guy on my fantasy team on and off over the past few years,and he is a horrible player.. it’s unbearable to watch him put his head down and drive to the hoop throwing up garbage shots while trying to get to the free throw line.. Guys like him, VC, and a few other ‘vets’ that have such low b-ball IQ are painful to watch…haven’t they ever watched themselves on film and seen their mistakes??

  • http://Slamonline.com CatKiller

    Poor bobcats!! They are screwed with this guy on their team as he is right now but he has the talent to become a leader in the lockerroom and on the court is could be a poor mans Andre Igudola

  • @Deknowz

    @bike, that would be Jerry West.

  • angus

    jerry west definitely would be at the top of the list in that discussion, would be awesome if SLAM or someone put together a list of top gms and historical moves they’ve pulled. Nice to see corey going to be a starter, dude was ballin hard way under the radar when he was a clip, dude has game. and guns

  • the Dude

    Yeah West’s best move was beefing up HIS team and getting Pau … er, I mean trading him.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Greatest GM of all time is Greg Popovich, imo.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Pat Riley has made some pretty great moves as GM as well.

  • Ronald

    JERRY KRAUSE! Only he could’ve won so many championships and whilst having his whole team hate him.

  • JC

    way to suck up to your boss, Corey !! hope u play as well as you a$$-kiss

  • youngmuggsy

    @jedi – It’s not a very pretty way of playing, but it does mean he can score a lot of points very efficiently.