Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Spurs have traded Theo Ratliff to the Charlotte Bobcats. It is unclear what the Bobcats will be sending to the Spurs in exchange. Ratliff was once one of the league’s most fearsome defenders of the paint, but has slowed down at 36. Ratliff is only averaging 9 minutes a game for the Spurs when he does play, and has often been a DNP-CD. He’s still an effective shot-blocker, averaging .9 blocks per game in those 9 minutes. Jeff Green doesn’t average that many blocks, and he averages 33 minutes per game.
The motivation for the Spurs dumping Ratliff is likely to give promising rookie DeJuan Blair more minutes. Blair is a tough role player like Ratliff, but is obviously much younger and a piece the Spurs will look to hang onto for a while.
On the Bobcats’ side of the equation, Larry Brown likes guys who play defense and he likes veterans. Ratliff is exactly the type of player Brown likes. The question is how long it will take before the occasionally overzealous Brown benches new acquisition Tyrus Thomas for Ratliff one game to prove a point.