NBA Rumors: Emeka Okafor Out of Charlotte?

Monty SinghSenior Analyst IJuly 22, 2008

Michael Jordan should have been fired as making executive decisions in the NBA since he drafted Kwame Brown, but right now Emeka Okafor looks like he is on his way out of Charlotte.

This is Larry Brown's worst nightmare. Brown came into Charlotte expecting to have a solid line up behind big man Okafor.

Last season Okafor rejected a $12 million contract, and now this year the Bobcats are offering him less than last season. This does not make him happy. From an inside source, Okafor is getting frustrated with contract talks.

The Bobcats decided to pass up on Brook Lopez, which would have made Okafor and Lopez the smartest front court in the NBA, and they took DJ Augustine, even though they already have Raymond Felton.

With Okafor leaving, the Bobcats will be left in a horrible situation with no big man.

There are many teams that would like Okafor, but only a few that have enough money to land him.

The Clippers, since Elton Brand bolted from LA, would have been an ideal fit, but with Marcus Camby coming in they do not have enough money.

The main team out there that has cap space is the Memphis Grizzlies. This is where I think Okafor will have to land.

The Grizzlies are full of guards and are set with their forwards. Darko Milicic is their projected starting center for next season. Okafor would be a huge upside for this team.

The Grizzlies will be the fastest team in the NBA, and having Okafor as a defensive minded player would make them a team on the rise in the West.

A starting line up of Mike Conley Jr, OJ Mayo, Rudy Gay, Marc Gasol, and Emeka Okafor is really talented. They run an old-Suns type of offense, which is why I believe they will be a threat.

They have the money to land Okafor and a large need for a legit big man.

Besides Okafor going somewhere via free agent contract, he can be signed and traded.

The best possibility is with the Heat. A sign and trade situation could be with the Heat landing a much needed center in Okafor and the Bobcats getting Shawn Marion.

The Heat need a center. They even are as desperate as to signing Kwame Brown. A line up of Mario Chalmers, Dwayne Wade, Michael Beasley, Udonis Haslem, and Okafor would be a line up that could get to the finals in the future.

The Bobcats at least get something for Okafor. Marion can bring a defense to the Bobcats, and can play the small and power forward positions. A line up of Felton or Augustine, Jason Richardson, Gerald Wallace, Shawn Marion, and Nazr Mohammed may be good enough to actually make the playoffs in the East.

The Bobcats are making a huge mistake not giving full effort on keeping Okafor, which will pull them back even more years. In my opinion Okafor would be better off with the Grizzlies. If he does leave, Jordan needs to be fired.