Bobcats trade Journeyman McRoberts for Magics’ Warrick

2/21/13 in NBA   |   BrianMaddock   |   1429 respect

The Charlotte Bobcats quietly moved Hakim Warrick to Orlando Magic in exchange for Josh McRoberts from the Magic minutes before the trade deadline on Thursday.
Josh McRoberts was acquired by the Orlando Magic as part of the summer blockbuster trade that sent Dwight Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers last year. The 25-year-old Josh McRoberts played in 41 games with three starts this season, while averaging 3.9 points on 30 percent shooting and 3.3 rebounds in 16.7 minutes per game for the Orlando Magic. Although Josh McRoberst was dropped in the Orlando Magics’ rotation over time, he could give the rebuilding Charlotte Bobcats  some valuable minutes as a scoring threat in the front court while providing them good size in the low post.
“Josh McRoberts is a quality young big man who can play either post position for us,” said Charlotte Bobcats President of Basketball Operations Rod Higgins. “We look forward to adding his size and energy to our rotation.”
The former 37th overall pick by the Portland Trail Blazers in the 2007 NBA draft has career averages of 4.5 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 246 game appearances, while splitting six seasons among the Trail Blazers (2007-08), Indiana Pacers (2008-11), Los Angeles Lakers(2011-12) and Orlando Magic (2012-13). However, 6-foot-10 is expected to be in the final year of a two-year contract that will give him 3.135 million this season, and is essentially set to expire at seasons end as a team option.
The 30-year-old Hakim Warrick arrived in Charlotte in the November trade between Bobcats and Hornets that sent Matt Carroll to New Orleans. Although Hakim Warrick provided some quality minutes to the Charlotte Bobcats in early season, due to the injuries to Tyrus Thomas and Byron Mullens, his production dropped in recent weeks. After initially being replaced by Jeff Adrien and returning Mullens in the lineup, Hakim Warrick becoming inactive for the team.
Hakim Warrick started 14 of 28 games for the Charlotte Bobcats this season averaging 6.9 points and 3.2 rebounds in 17.5 minutes per game. He is set to make $4 million, while having a $4 million team option for 2013-14. But the Charlotte Bobcats are most likely to waive the seventh-year pro Hakim Warrick.
The trade certainly bodes well with the Charlotte Bobcats who saved less than $1 million this season, while the $4 million they saved in Hakim Warricks’ contract next season could help in acquiring a player of value.
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