In a somewhat surprising move, the Charlotte Bobcats waived guard Cory Higgins, a guard who didn’t play much this year, and signed Jeff Adrien, a forward who probably won’t play much this year.
The move is a smart one, though.
Charlotte is extremely deep at guard, while the forward position is a little less stacked.
Adrien has averaged 17.6 points and 11.2 rebounds per game in five D League games this year. In his last game, he scored 23 points, grabbed 15 rebounds and blocked four shots.
In his two year NBA career with Golden State and Houston, Adrien has averaged 2.5 points, 2.6 rebounds and 0.4 assists in 8.5 minutes per game.
Higgins, who is the son of Bobcats executive Rod Higgins, has played in just six games and averaged 2.3 points, 0.8 assists and 0.5 rebounds.
In two years with the ‘Cats, Higgins had averaged just 3.7 points, 0.9 assists and 0.9 rebounds in 10 minutes per game.
This is the second guard-for-forward move Charlotte has made this season to bolster its front-court; just a few weeks ago, the Bobcats traded Matt Carroll for Hakim Warrick. Warrick has played in just over 10 minutes per game and is averaging 2.9 points and 1.6 rebounds per game.
Adrien will likely become part of a group that’s already made up of Charlotte forwards and centers who play less than 11 minutes per game; Warrick is the lead member of that party, along with Gana Diop and Reggie Williams.
If I had to guess, Adrien will be in direct competition with Williams for playing time the rest of the year.