April 21, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets power forward Luis Scola (4) drives the baseline against Golden State Warriors forward Jeremy Tyler (3) during the second quarter at the Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Campbell-US PRESSWIRE

Charlotte Bobcats Free Agency Update: PF


Kris Humphries and the Nets are close to agreeing on a new contract, Elton Brand was picked up by the Mavericks off waivers and JJ Hickson was signed by Portland. The Charlotte Bobcats still don’t have a proven power forward on their roster.

There are still two options available for the Bobcats (although I think Humphries was the best long-ish term option) in Antwan Jamison and Luis Scola.

Jamison is an unrestricted free agent being pursued by his hometown Bobcats, the Lakers, Nets and a few others. Scola was waived by Houston, a team trying to clear enough space to take on Dwight Howard and essentially the rest of his Magic teammates.

Brand was picked up off waivers for just $2.1 million. The Bobcats are in position to bid significantly more than that on Scola, if they really want him.

If they don’t, the ‘Cats will rely on Jamison choosing to play at home over playing for a title.

I’d go for the sure thing and make an unbeatable bid on Scola, who is a skilled big guy. He scored 15.5 points, dished two assists and grabbed 6.5 rebounds per game last season for the Rockets.

Jamison would be great, but Charlotte shouldn’t wait on him and risk being forced to start Byron Mullens, Bismack Biyombo or, God forbid, Tyrus Thomas at power forward next year.

 

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