If you go by the axiom that it is always a good thing to trade a small for a big, the Charlotte Bobcats made a nice move today by acquiring forward Hakim Warrick from the New Orleans Hornets in exchange for shooting guard Matt Carroll.
The move should give the Bobcats an extra defensive presence, which is something you need when you are ranked 30th in the NBA in points allowed (107.2).
As for Carroll, he gets an opportunity to jack up 3-point shots for an indeterminate amount of time until Eric Gordon is ready to return from knee surgery.
“We are very excited to add a player of Hakim’s ability and overall NBA experience,” said Bobcats VP Rod Higgins. “His athleticism allows him to play multiple positions, which will make for a smooth transition into our current roster and style of play under Coach Mike Dunlap.”
Currently in his eighth NBA season, the 6-9 Warrick has career averages of 9.5 points and 4.1 rebounds, along with a career field goal percentage of .494 (1710-3464), in 499 games for the Grizzlies, Bucks, Bulls, Suns and Hornets. He saw action in one game this season for New Orleans, scoring four points in seven minutes played, after being acquired by the Hornets in July in a three-team trade that also involved the Suns and Timberwolves.
Warrick, who was originally selected by the Grizzlies with the 19thoverall pick in the 2005 NBA Draft, has averaged double-figure scoring in three of his seven previous seasons.