Ex-Charlotte Bobcat D.J. Augustin says he never felt good communication with the front office during his four seasons with the team.
You hear all kinds of stuff how a bunch of times I was going to be traded, said Augustin. I didnt always believe those things. But all through being here, I just never knew what would happen. Thats just how I felt.
Augustin said those detached feelings grew once he became a restricted free agent following last season.
I just didnt hear anything the whole summer I didnt hear anything and my agent didnt hear anything, said Augustin, who played Friday against the Bobcats as a reserve point guard for the Indiana Pacers. I didnt know what would happen, so I got ready for whatever.
Bobcats management sees it otherwise. The team offered Augustin a significant extension last season, which he turned down. The $4.4 million qualifying offer, to restrict his free-agency, was more than the one-year, $3.5 million deal Augustin signed with the Pacers.
Responding to Augustins comments, Bobcats vice president of basketball operations Rod Higgins told the Observer, Im not going to go into specifics, but we offered him more than he signed for in Indiana.
The Bobcats rescinded Augustins qualifying offer once they came to terms with free agent Ramon Sessions during July. Within hours, Augustin signed with the Pacers.