NBA Roundtable

Hilton Armstrong Salary Dump

In Trade Talk on January 11, 2010 at 2:29 pm

Yahoo Sports reports

The New Orleans Hornets have traded center Hilton Armstrong and cash to the Sacramento Kings in a salary-clearing move, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

The deal removes Hilton’s $2.8 million salary from the Hornets’ payroll, leaving them only a little more than $500,000 over the luxury-tax threshold. The Kings will send the Hornets a future, conditional second-round pick.

Excellent trade by the New Orleans Hornets.

Hilton Armstrong is not a rotation caliber player, and his loss does not effect the Hornets playoff chances. The value gained from the salary dump outweighs his value as a player.

As for the Kings, I don’t see the value in this move. Even if the Hornets offered the full $3 million in cash considerations, the Kings will only end up receiving $200k of profits. I think they could have found a better use with this salary dump opportunity.  Either by gaining (1) a draft pick, likely a second rounder, or, (2) a superior talent to Hilton Armstrong, or, (3) taking back a smaller contract and making a larger profit.

So a poor trade for Sacramento but thoroughly unimportant.

Update: The draft pick is a conditional 2016 second rounder. It’s likely so heavily protected that the Hornets never see it. Also, Kings GM Geoff Petrie feels that Armstrong will be a valuable player for this team:

Kings president of basketball operations Geoff Petrie announced the deal Monday, saying Armstrong would contribute immediately at power forward and center.

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