Michael Jordan expected to hire Rod Higgins as GM.

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» Mon May 28, 2007 2:10 pm
ESPN Mark Stein.
The leading (and only) candidate for the Bobcats GM job at present, I'm told, is Golden State's Rod Higgins.

Michael Jordan has asked for and received permission from the Warriors to interview Higgins, according to NBA front-office sources.

Barring an unexpected snag, MJ is expected to hire Higgins formally soon, as well, which shouldn't be too surprising given that Higgins served as an assistant GM to Jordan and Wes Unseld in Washington for two-plus seasons.

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» Mon May 28, 2007 2:36 pm
thats f'd up, why can they take him away from us when he's our gm? i know mully is the vp and that all decisions go through him, but does this mean the bobcats will give higgins more control?
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» Mon May 28, 2007 5:25 pm
I'm confused, too...

How can Michael Jordan sign Rod Higgins away from us like that? Is his contract up?
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» Tue May 29, 2007 12:58 am
32 wrote:I'm confused, too...

How can Michael Jordan sign Rod Higgins away from us like that? Is his contract up?


He might have an opt-out clause if given a position as GM or something like that.
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» Tue May 29, 2007 1:51 am
cladden wrote:
32 wrote:I'm confused, too...

How can Michael Jordan sign Rod Higgins away from us like that? Is his contract up?


He might have an opt-out clause if given a position as GM or something like that.


He already is the GM... I doubt he has a clause allowing him to leave for the same position.

And the only weird thing is that he wouldn't have more control there. MJ would be the one that calls all the shots in that front office.


(btw, I'm willing to bet that MJ will destroy the Bobcats in 4 years...)
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» Tue May 29, 2007 10:13 am
It doesn't really matter that much to me. Mully's the one who put the team together and called the majority of the shots. Losing Higgy would hurt, but not as bad as if we lost Mullin. :oops:
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» Tue May 29, 2007 9:25 pm
Yeah, Higs is nice but Mullin is the man that put this core together. I think we can survive without him. Not like it's the end of the world of course.
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» Wed May 30, 2007 12:17 am
TMC wrote:
cladden wrote:
32 wrote:I'm confused, too...

How can Michael Jordan sign Rod Higgins away from us like that? Is his contract up?


He might have an opt-out clause if given a position as GM or something like that.


He already is the GM... I doubt he has a clause allowing him to leave for the same position.

And the only weird thing is that he wouldn't have more control there. MJ would be the one that calls all the shots in that front office.


(btw, I'm willing to bet that MJ will destroy the Bobcats in 4 years...)


Right. Then I have no idea. Maybe he has a clause allowing him to leave for the dirty south if possible, or if he could work for a future hall of famer.
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» Wed May 30, 2007 10:04 pm
If this is true, bet that Jordan is likely to give back something in return, maybe a large sum of money. Is strange that a current GM of one team gets signed to be GM of another, unless his contract ends now ofcourse
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» Thu May 31, 2007 3:01 am
migya wrote: a large sum of money.


You got it. That's the only reason for the change... What I wonder is why is MJ insterested in him, as it seems obvious that MJ will have the final say in every decision.
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» Thu May 31, 2007 7:23 pm
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migya wrote: a large sum of money.


You got it. That's the only reason for the change... What I wonder is why is MJ insterested in him, as it seems obvious that MJ will have the final say in every decision.


Yeah, that makes me question this move a bit. I'm not sure who to reward this years success to... Mullin, Nelson? Was Higgy involved just as much as Mullin? I'm curious to what made Michael want Higgy because I've seen him make "questionable" moves on signings and what not. I'm not saying Mullin's never done that, but Rod has been apart of the reason why we're in debt.
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» Thu May 31, 2007 11:04 pm
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TMC wrote:
migya wrote: a large sum of money.


You got it. That's the only reason for the change... What I wonder is why is MJ insterested in him, as it seems obvious that MJ will have the final say in every decision.


Yeah, that makes me question this move a bit. I'm not sure who to reward this years success to... Mullin, Nelson? Was Higgy involved just as much as Mullin? I'm curious to what made Michael want Higgy because I've seen him make "questionable" moves on signings and what not. I'm not saying Mullin's never done that, but Rod has been apart of the reason why we're in debt.

Rod Higgins had nothing to do with how well the Warriors did this year.

Higgins worked with Jordan in Washington for the Wizards. In fact, I believe he was among those confident with the infamous Kwame Brown pick. In case you don't remember the Wizards in the pre-Gilbert-Arenas Era, I always have a little visual aid for such an occasion:

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The Verizon Center, 2001. On a good day.
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» Fri Jun 01, 2007 4:48 am
32 wrote:Higgins worked with Jordan in Washington for the Wizards. In fact, I believe he was among those confident with the infamous Kwame Brown pick.


Nice pic. :wink:

And yeah, he was part of the Wiz front office when they drafted Kwame. Seems like MJ is hiring people he already knows to work with him (Sam Vincent also played with him)... which doesn't neccesarily is a good thing. We already know how it worked in Washington.
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» Fri Jun 01, 2007 10:00 am
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32 wrote:Higgins worked with Jordan in Washington for the Wizards. In fact, I believe he was among those confident with the infamous Kwame Brown pick.


Nice pic. :wink:

And yeah, he was part of the Wiz front office when they drafted Kwame. Seems like MJ is hiring people he already knows to work with him (Sam Vincent also played with him)... which doesn't neccesarily is a good thing. We already know how it worked in Washington.


True. But it seems like Charlotte is headed in the right direction. They still can screw it up though.
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» Fri Jun 01, 2007 11:30 am
JayPat wrote:True. But it seems like Charlotte is headed in the right direction. They still can screw it up though.


That's what I'm saying. MJ wasn't involved in any of the moves that had Charlotte heading in the right direction. His only move, so far, has been replacing Bickerstaff with Sam Vincent... and hiring Higgings, although that's hardly a move.

We'll see what happens, as MJ still has to make a move with the Bobcats roster. This year's draft will be his first.

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