Bobcats Wave Goodbye to Sean May
May went No. 13 in 2005 after his North Carolina won the NCAA Championship. He was one of four Tar Heels -- with Marvin Williams (No. 2, Atlanta), Raymond Felton (No. 5, Charlotte) and Rashad McCants (No. 14, Twitteronia) -- to go in the lottery that year. And although McCants has been a disappointment and Felton was clearly a reach, May is certainly the worst of the bunch.
Injuries kept May in suits for much of his first three seasons (including all of 2007-08). This year, it was fitness, or rather the lack thereof, which prevented May from daylight. Juwan Howard, age 35, ended up seeing more minutes than the 24-year-old May.
Will May get an NBA job, or will he forced to Europe? It's a tough question. In his limited NBA minutes, he was a great rebounder and good scorer. But like Mike Sweetney and Jackie Butler before him, he can't keep his weight down, hurting his effectiveness and limiting his potential impact. I can see a young team taking a flyer near the end of free agency (September or so) if May whips himself into shape. But there's no way he recoups the $3.6 million he lost Tuesday. What a sad descent into relevance for such an obviously talented player. (It also happens to be sad for Charlotte, who needs post scoring as much as anything else.)