Thursday, July 12th, 2012 at 10:25 am  |  11 responses

Charlotte Bobcats Interested in Ramon Sessions and Brendan Haywood

The Charlotte Bobcats’ latest free agent targets are point guard Ramon Sessions and center Brendan Haywood, reports the Charlotte Observer: “Sessions, an unrestricted free agent who finished last season with the Los Angeles Lakers, has drawn interest from the Bobcats, an informed source said. Haywood, a center who grew up in Greensboro and played for North Carolina, will reportedly be waived by the Dallas Mavericks under the NBA’s amnesty clause. The Mavericks will swallow the remaining $35 million on Haywood’s salary in order to sign free-agent center Chris Kaman. That would open the door for the Bobcats to offer a homecoming and likely a starting spot. Haywood often spends the off-season in Charlotte, working out frequently at Time Warner Cable Arena. All that could make sign-and-trade discussions between the Bobcats and Indiana Pacers moot. If the Bobcats strike deals with Sessions and eventually Haywood, it’s possible their best course would be rescinding a qualifying offer of about $4 million to point guard D.J. Augustin, allowing him to become an unrestricted free agent. Regardless of the machinations, it seems unlikely Augustin will continue to be a Bobcat long-term. He turned down a lucrative contract extension last season and the Bobcats considered moving him at the trade deadline. Augustin was the No. 9 overall pick in the 2008 draft. The Bobcats chose him over now-Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez. The Bobcats were prepared to pursue Lopez vigorously this week had the Nets not offered him a maximum, four-year contract. Sessions averaged 9.7 points and 3.6 assists last season with the Lakers after leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers. He’s known as a capable penetrator, but a suspect jump-shooter. He’d likely back up Kemba Walker, who new coach Mike Dunlap is grooming in an up-tempo offense in Charlotte.”

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  • jayrose

    I wonder if this will be the only comment here…..

  • http://www.nba.com Shadojoker

    (@Jayrose – It wont be..plus my comment is better.) Charlotte could make a little noise if they get a few key role players.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Bobcats will have the chance at the number one pick again, they drafted a defensive player that occasional scores, that is very athletic. Bobcats will be playing for last place in league again. I can’t believe MJ sucks so bad at evaluating talent, he might need to hire his nemesis Zeke, because at least with the Knicks and Pacers he helped make value pick late in the draft. Since the Kobe draft trade, the Hornets/Bobcats have been on a free-fall with a few good years in there. Imagine if the Hornets would have kept Kobe. Jerry West got them.

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    these owners must be so filthy rich, just amnestying players and paying them 20-30 mil just to get rid of them

  • Dungeon Family

    Sessions You just got Ariza’d

  • anonymous

    if sessions has any other offers on the table I don`t see him going to charlotte? why would he want to backup 2nd year player walker?

  • http://www.slamonline.com JTaylor21

    Brendan Haywood??? Really?? And Kobe didnt want to play with Charlotte, even if he would have played there, no way he makes it past his rookie deal.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    ^^^You never know, until you force someone to do something. I would have made him play for us or don’t play at all. That’s how real GM’s do it, not give away top talent for aging flopping big man. I live in NC, so if we had him, Hornets never move, since his game has been the closes to MJ’s ever.

  • Treshiq

    i thought Bobcats should have went For Beal…thought it was a beter move…MGK definitely talented but not what they needed. well, that’s to stupid to say, they need everything..so…

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  • Linda Singleton

    Well, I guess Ramon Sessions has taken on the bad luck that happened to Ariza when he decided not to re-sign with the Lakers. If he goes to the Bobcats, then I will wish him good luck. Sessions should have signed with the Lakers, but I am glad that he changed his mind because we got an experienced point guard in Steve Nash, which was a miracle in itself, and whatever is meant will happen. I don’t believe too many teams were interested, especially in his showing in the playoffs … that may have been the reason his value went down.