Breaking Down the NBA Offseason Trades, Part Two

July 20th, 2010 by Erick Blasco Leave a reply »
The summer days lazily drift by, but not for NBA general mangers still maneuvering to make their teams better. Let’s examine the latest round of trades, and what they mean for each new employer, and each new employee.

Charlotte acquires Erick Dampier, Eduardo Najera, and Matt Carroll from Dallas for Tyson Chandler and Alexis Ajinca

After suffering through an ineffective season marred by injuries and foul trouble, Charlotte shipped off Tyson Chandler for a more reliable center. Dampier doesn’t have the defensive range of Chandler, but he’s more forceful inside, and less brittle.

Because Gerald Wallace is an undersized power forward in Charlotte, the Bobcats need to make up for their lack of defensive bulk in the frontcourt. Dampier should do that, improving an already solid defense.

Offensively, Dampier doesn’t provide much, but he’s always been a terrific offensive rebounder, and finisher around the rim.

Matt Carroll is a shooter to store at the end of Charlotte’s bench, while Eduardo Najera is a hard-working scrapper on his last NBA legs.

The Bobcats didn’t acquire a player who ...

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