HoopsHype Rod Higgins rumors

March 5, 2013 Updates

Charlotte Bobcats power forward Tyrus Thomas was told not to accompany the team on their four-game West Coast trip by team management. Bobcats president of basketball operations Rod Higgins said Monday the front office felt Thomas’s time was better spent in Charlotte, doing some physical rehabilitation and individual on-court work, rather than be on the road with his team. Charlotte Observer

January 19, 2013 Updates
December 10, 2012 Updates

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." Yahoo! Sports

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." Yahoo! Sports

November 3, 2012 Updates
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Those comments came as a surprise and a disappointment to Rod Higgins, who heads the Bobcats’ basketball operations. The Bobcats offered Augustin a lucrative contract extension last season that he turned down. When the Bobcats came to terms with Ramon Sessions, the team rescinded a qualifying offer for more money than the one-year, $3.5 million contract Augustin signed with Indiana. “I’m not going to go into specifics, but we offered him more than he signed for in Indiana,’’ Higgins told the Observer at Friday shootaround. “I don’t think it would be appropriate to comment further than that.’’ Charlotte Observer

October 28, 2012 Updates

Charlotte Bobcats President of Basketball Operations Rod Higgins announced today that the team has waived forwards Josh Owens and DaJuan Summers. The Bobcats roster currently stands at 14 players. NBA.com

September 5, 2012 Updates

Bobcats Sports & Entertainment and University of North Carolina Asheville officials announced today that the Charlotte Bobcats will hold their 2012 Training Camp at Kimmel Arena on the campus of UNC Asheville. “Kimmel Arena is a new, state-of-the-art venue that will be an ideal place for our players and coaches to prepare for the coming season,” said Bobcats President of Basketball Operations Rod Higgins. "We look forward to utilizing all of the various amenities UNC Asheville has to offer, and we thank Coach Biedenbach and Coach Kirkpatrick for opening their facilities to us." NBA.com

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"Mike Dunlap embodies the characteristics we were seeking in a head coach," Bobcats president of basketball operations Rod Higgins said. "He is renowned in basketball circles as a teacher, developer of talent, communicator and collaborator. His energy and work ethic are endless, and we are excited to have him in charge of our team." Sun Herald

June 18, 2012 Updates

A source familiar with the process said Dunlap was offered the job Monday night, after interviewing in Charlotte with owner Michael Jordan, vice chairman Curtis Polk, president of basketball operations Rod Higgins and general manager Rich Cho. He has accepted. Charlotte Observer

June 15, 2012 Updates

Charlotte Bobcats president of basketball operations Rod Higgins said Friday the team is getting closer to making a decision on their next head coach, but no one has been offered the job. ESPN.com

Higgins said two finalists -- Indiana Pacers assistant coach Brian Shaw and Los Angeles Lakers assistant coach Quin Snyder -- had a second round of interviews this week that included Bobcats owner Michael Jordan. Higgins confirmed that Hall of Fame coach Jerry Sloan told the team he was withdrawing from consideration for the job. ESPN.com

Nonetheless, Higgins would not rule out the possibility of the team interviewing another candidate. "Maybe," Higgins said. "I want to be as transparent as possible but at the same time there are certain things we want to keep private." Either way, it appears the Bobcats' coaching search will continue into next week and possibly longer. ESPN.com

June 14, 2012 Updates

Rod Higgins and Rich Cho understand that the Bobcats need more than just a talented rookie, whether it be Bradley Beal, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Harrison Barnes, Thomas Robinson or even Andre Drummond -- to make the Bobcats competitive from their laughingstock of a season. CBSSports.com

Higgins and Cho share front-office duties. Though he is too modest to admit it, Cho is the point man on virtually everything, including the draft, free agency, putting together a summer-league team and the hiring of a coach. "Rod has been wonderful to work with," Cho says. "We complement each other really well. He has a smart basketball mind." Cho is mindful of not trying to take credit for Charlotte's front-office decisions. He wants everyone working toward a common goal. "It was a team effort in OKC," he says. "One of the things Sam always preached -- and I really believe in, too -- is teamwork. That's something I've instilled here with the Bobcats." Portland Tribune

June 11, 2012 Updates

The Charlotte Bobcats have narrowed their list of head coaching candidates to Jerry Sloan, Brian Shaw and Quin Snyder, according to league sources. After going through an initial interview with Charlotte executives Rod Higgins and Rich Cho, each of the three candidates will meet with Bobcats owner Michael Jordan within the next week or so. ESPN.com

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