Losing Ramon Sessions
There’s no denying that the Bobcats gave up a solid reserve point guard in today’s trade with the Milwaukee Bucks, as Ramon Sessions averaged over ten points, three assists, and two rebounds for Charlotte this season. Unfortunately for Sessions, who is headed to the league’s worst team, the ‘Cats needed an outside shooting boost that he couldn’t deliver on a game-by-game basis. Sessions is a driver and slasher, not a shooter. While many NBA teams will be able to appreciate the Nevada product’s contributions in the future, his expiring contract and lack of shooting ability made him an easy piece for GM Rich Cho and the Bobcats to move to another team.
Gaining Gary Neal
While Gary Neal’s lackluster season statistics won’t impress Bobcats’ fans, his outside shooting ability will soon become an important part of the ‘Cats’ second unit. Neal, who is a 39% career three point shooter, was also a key component in the Spurs’ run to the NBA finals last season, as he averaged just under two three-pointers made per game in the playoffs last year. For Charlotte, who is hoping to make a postseason run this season, will welcome Neal’s postseason experience and ability on the hardwood.
Losing Jeff Adrien
Jeff Adrien certainly played well for the ‘Cats during a couple of the team’s winning streaks in earlier months, as his defensive ability allowed for him to see some significant minutes at times. While Adrien being in a Bobcats’ uniform will not make-or-break Charlotte, ‘Cats’ fans certainly appreciated his effort as a member of the team.
Gaining Luke Ridnour
While Ridnour won’t see the minutes that Ramon Sessions did in a Bobcats’ uniform, he, like Neal, was brought to the team to spread the floor for Al Jefferson. Ridnour, despite averaging only 5.7 points a game this season for Milwaukee, is a career 37% shooter for beyond the arc. While Steve Clifford will certainly have to experiment with different lineups in the near future, Ridnour, as an experienced veteran, should be a positive addition for the ‘Cats going forward.
While the Bobcats were unable to garner an elite performer such as Evan Turner or Arron Afflalo, the deal solidified the Bobcats' playoff aspirations. With both Ridnour’s and Neal’s ability to spread to floor for Al Jefferson, look for Charlotte to continue to gain ground in the Eastern Conference standings and be competitive in the playoffs.
Lead Hornets Writer: Jonathon Hoppe