Corey Maggette has played 12 NBA seasons, and in 11 of those his team has missed the playoffs. That is the biggest hole in the resume of a solid small forward who has averaged 16.2 points and five rebounds over his career. "That's definitely something that's missing," Maggette said Wednesday in a conference call with Charlotte-area reporters. "You can score 18, 19, 20 points a game, but it really doesn't matter if you don't get to the big dance." So now Maggette has been traded to the Charlotte Bobcats, who have never won a playoff game and have missed the postseason every year but one. Given that his career is well past its midpoint, you might expect Maggette to be miffed about the trade to Charlotte. But you would be wrong. He said Wednesday he will embrace both the trade and the opportunity -- even though the trade is not what at first he believed it to be. Maggette was on a plane back to his Chicago hometown on draft day last week, headed toward a friend's wedding. He was asleep on the plane when a friend prodded him awake and said something to the effect of "You just got traded to Charlotte." That's cool, Maggette thought to himself. He and Stephen Jackson had always gotten along. Now they could team up. Oops! Maggette found out when he got off the plane that Jackson had been traded in the same deal -- he was headed toward Milwaukee just as Maggette was leaving. Maggette, in fact, will be counted upon to take on much of Jackson's scoring and leadership load. (Maggette said he had talked to Jackson since the trade and that while Jackson wasn't as happy about the deal as Maggette was, he planned to be a professional about it, too). Coach Paul Silas met with Maggette in Charlotte on Monday and the two came to several agreements. "He didn't want to play the '4' spot," Silas said. "He wants to play the '3,' so that's what he's going to do. He wants to start, and that's what he's going to do. So we're giving him everything he needs to be successful." Silas said he also expected Maggette to play consistent defense and not hold the ball too much on offense. Maggette and Jackson have both been offensive black holes at times -- the ball goes in and it never comes back out -- and Silas wants quicker movement.
Maggette: Trade to Bobcats all about opportunity
Charlotte Observer | Jun 30