Cory Higgins RumorsAll NBA Players
24 Dec 14
Marc J. Spears: Ex-Bobcats guard Cory Higgins, son of Bobcats GM Rod Higgins, signed a one-year deal with Russia Triumph Lyubertsy.
Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia is still on the market looking for the last addition to finalize the roster for the coming season. Lazar Hayward and Justin Holiday are the two main targets of the team with Cory Higgins being the third choice. Hayward spent last season in D-League with D-Fenders averaging 15.9ppg and 8.1rpg.
“Just think of the pressure he was under every day,” Rod Higgins said. “Just step in his shoes for a second. He had to be a good pro. He had to toe the line. He is still trying to find his place in the NBA, but he’s proven that he’s an NBA player.”
Cory Higgins is expected to become a free agent once he clears waivers. He averaged 3.7 points, 0.9 assists and 10.3 minutes in 44 games over the past two seasons. “It’s part of the business,” Rod Higgins said. “The human factor? The conversation is probably more in-depth with Cory than another player. That is just human nature because of our connection.”
Rod Higgins has waived his share of players in 12 years as an NBA executive. But his most recent cut hit especially close to home: On Saturday night, the Bobcats president of basketball operations waived his own son. “When you make a decision like that to sign your son, you know a day like this could always happen,” Rod Higgins told Yahoo! Sports. “The player realizes the same thing. The personal aspect is the personal aspect. But when you take the next step and realize it’s a business, you always know this could happen.”
The mistake was holding onto Cory from the start of last season to now. He was in over his head. If it wasn’t apparent at the end of last nseason, it was obvious this preseason: There was nothing about Cory’s performance or potential that would make you not give someone else a chance to see what he could do.
I’m going to say this up-front: There were people who call themselves Charlotte Bobcats fans who were cruel to Cory Higgins. Whatever snarky is, Cory took it: “Daddy’s boy,’’ “Nepotism child.’ It wasn’t his fault. Cory’s dad runs the Bobcats’ player-personnel department. And this idea he had a job only because of the family tie is laughable.
Charlotte Bobcats President of Basketball Operations Rod Higgins announced today that the team has signed forward Jeff Adrien and waived guard Cory Higgins. Adrien will wear No. 4. The Bobcats roster remains at 14 players. The 6-7 Adrien joins the Bobcats from the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA D-League, where he averaged 17.6 points on .563 shooting, 11.2 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.2 blocks in five games played so far this season. He becomes the fourth Gatorade Call-Up of the season.
Rick Bonnell: Not that this is a revelation, but Cory Higgins will be back in #Bobcats camp,competing to be the 3rd point guard.
Rick Bonnell: Biyombo, Mullins, Carroll and Higgins in gym. Dunlap coaching #Bobcats like it’s mid-training camp already.
Higgins acknowledged he expects a little extra scrutiny, playing for a team his father assembled. “A lot of people are going to think I’m here just because of him,’’ Cory Higgins said. “That’s not the case. I worked hard to get here and I’m here to prove to everybody, and the coach staff, that I belong here and I keep this spot.’’
Cory Higgins, Colorado’s all-time leading scorer, will fill the Charlotte Bobcats’ 15th roster spot. Higgins is the son of Bobcats president of basketball operations Rod Higgins. Cory Higgins was recently cut by the Denver Nuggets. At 6-5, Higgins fills what the Bobcats wanted from a fifth guard: A player with the size and skill set to play either guard spot. “One of the things I pride myself in is playing either position, and more importantly, being able to guard either position,’’ Higgins said after practice Sunday night.
Cory Higgins was a fun story this camp – a former CU standout getting a crack at playing for the Nuggets. And for a couple of the practices, Higgins was one of the five-best players on the court. But those were snippets. The kid still has room to improve. And the Nuggets waived him today, along with Denver native Michael Ruffin, bringing the roster to 15 players – the NBA maximum.