Basketball

Bobcats cut 2 players, add another

The Charlotte Bobcats plan to sign former Cleveland Cavaliers center Dwayne Jones to fill one of the roster spots they opened Wednesday, the Observer has learned.

Jones could be in practice as soon as today, after the Bobcats cut forward Andre Brown and Linton Johnson Wednesday. Neither had a guaranteed contract and neither was active for the Bobcats' past four games.

While those moves would leave the Bobcats one short of the maximum 15 players under contract, general manager Rod Higgins and coach Larry Brown said nothing was imminent on the trade front.

“We weren't playing these guys,'' Larry Brown said of the forwards waived Wednesday. “Sure, we're looking to see if there's anything we can do, but I don't know that (anything else will happen). I feel bad (about the cuts) because these are good guys, but we moved on.''

Bobcats managing partner Michael Jordan recently acknowledged in an interview that he's looking to add another big man and a third point guard. The Bobcats have been among the more active NBA teams, in looking for a trade.

“There are so many rumors out there,'' Higgins said. “We're always trying to improve our talent.''

Jones is a 6-11 forward-center from St. Joseph's who spent parts of the past three seasons with the Minnesota Timberwolves, Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers.

He was in the Cavaliers' rotation last season, playing in 56 games, averaging 1.4 points and 2.5 rebounds.

Jones was with the Orlando Magic in the preseason before being cut. Since then he's played overseas in Turkey.

Andre Brown made the Bobcats for his rugged play at power forward in the preseason. He played in four regular-season games, but never for more than 15 minutes.

Johnson was brought in as a defensive specialist who could play either forward position, replacing Jermareo Davidson. He played in two of the Bobcats' first 10 games, never for more than 13 minutes.

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