Just wanted to come in quick and let you guys know what my buddy inside has told me about the whole thing that I havent seen touched on much:
This has been in the works for a little over two weeks as Charlotte has wanted to wait a while to see how Chandler's injury is coming along. They arent purely dumping salary, they could have trading Okafor for an expiring if they wanted to do that. Instead, they believe Chandler is a better fit for Augustin and Felton pushing the ball, and he wont require as many touches in the post as Okafor does. They are thinking- if TC is the old TC, great, he fits perfectly. If not, he is a great trade chip next year or gives them cap space in 2 years.
As for us, there has been two goals this offseason with regards to our roster:
2.) Guys who can score without CP3 spoon feeding them
Okafor and Thornton definately fit the bill for their positions and all 3 of our additions fit the 2nd criteria. Even if TC was 100 percent, this trade would have gone down. One of the first things Scott brought up to Bower when they met this offseason was the fact that teams had figured out the screen and roll. TC, even at 100 percent, would never be the threat offensively they needed. The first target was Shaq, a guy who could get his own in the post. Wallace was looked at ONLY if they could buy him out super cheap and then they could go after a marquee big with the MLE. Indy also was very interested in TC, as were Miami before the Boozer and Odom talk. About two weeks ago Charlotte called them about Okafor and Bower I believe made a comment not to long ago about a shakeup. This is what he was referring to. We sent our latest reports to Charlotte about TC's progress this past week and Charlotte is ready to go through with this deal and take the risk for the before mentioned reasons.
Now this is what I have been told by my buddy who has been watching tape on Okafor for about a week now but wasnt told why until yesterday. As for my opinion, if anyone cares. I Love it and I really think you are starting to see us implore the 80's Detroit Piston model I have been begging for to be put around Paul (in fact I have a post where I listed my dream team around Paul and Okafor was the starting PF) Thornton is the undersized tough shooter a la Dumars or Microwave, Okafor will be our Rodman/Mahorn type, etc.
Yes, i think eventually Okafor will be our PF. I just dont think titles are won with a PF who is 6'8'' and center who is 6'10". How or when this will happen, I have no clue but Okafor's contract is 3 years longer than West's and I think he is our long term PF.
Anyway, I am glad to see people are happy with the offseason and have learned to wait until the offseason is actually over before making assumptions and pushing the panic button. Speaking of, yes we have talked to Warrick and Big Baby is only a possibility if Boston reconsiders and takes Posey.