Christmas is going to be more than a tad awkward at the Higgins residence this year. Bobcats president of basketball operations Rod Higgins cut his own kid, Cory, so that Charlotte could attain more size.
“When you make a decision like that to sign your son, you know a day like this could always happen,” Rod Higgins said. “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.”
Rod Higgins told Cory in a face-to-face meeting Saturday night, hours before the team announced his waiver on Sunday.
Cory Higgins was getting little playing time as Charlotte’s third point guard and the Bobcats needed size and rebounding. The 7-12 Bobcats, losers of seven straight game, still have a roster spot open after replacing Higgins with journeyman forward Jeff Adrien.
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.”
Higgins continually described his son as “the player,” rather than call him by his name. But the Bobcats executive also showed his paternal side when he called his son late Saturday night and on Sunday to check on him. “He doesn’t stop being my son,” Rod Higgins said.