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Trade: Emeka Okafor for Rashard Lewis

In Trade Talk on June 26, 2012 at 11:32 pm

ESPN writes

The New Orleans Hornets traded forward Trevor Ariza and center Emeka Okafor to the Washington Wizards on Wednesday for forward Rashard Lewis and a second-round draft pick.

“We are rebuilding our team and this is one step in our new direction,” Hornets general manager Dell Demps said. “This trade will provide an opportunity for our young players to develop and create flexibility to add to our core group moving forward.”

Grunfeld said the deal won’t have any effect on the team’s draft plans.

“We felt like we needed to add some veterans to the roster, and we were able to do that with this move. … We get players that are good solid players and fill two needs for us,” he said. “Instead of going into free agency to try to fill our needs, we did it through a trade.”

The second round pick is the #46 pick. Read the rest of this entry »

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Game Time – 26/12/2012

In Game Log / Recap on December 27, 2011 at 5:26 am

Thoughts on a few games

Detroit vs Indiana

Pistons Frontcourt

Greg Monroe gets into foul trouble early in the game so Lawrence Frank goes to his bench and brings in Jason Maxiell. So at this point, the Pistons are going with Jason Maxiell (center vs R.Hibbert) and Jonas Jerebko (big forward vs D.West) … man, the Pistons are going to get killed in the paint, again, this season.

Jerebko clearly looks over-matched physically in the post against David West early on. Not convinced about those reports of added weight / muscle / power. Jerebko does look more fluid offensively and comfortable/confident in his ball-handling though.  Read the rest of this entry »

Memphis Trades Vasquez for Pondexter

In Trade Talk on December 24, 2011 at 9:52 pm

Adrian Wojnarowski tweets

New Orleans has traded Quincy Pondexter to the Memphis Grizzlies for Greivis Vasquez, a league source tells Y! Sports.

Analysis

I like this trade for both sides Read the rest of this entry »

New Orleans Overpay Jason Smith

In Free Agency on December 17, 2011 at 1:25 am

Adrian Wojnarowski tweets

Jason Smith has agreed to a three year, $7.5 million deal to stay with the New Orleans Hornets, a league source tells Y! Sports.

Haha, that’s hilarious. Read the rest of this entry »

Surprisingly, New Orleans Holds Onto Carl Landry

In Free Agency on December 16, 2011 at 3:30 am

Nola.com reports

The New Orleans Hornets and free-agent Carl Landry have agreed to a new contract, sources said Thursday morning.

Landry, who had been aggressively pursued by several teams, including the Portland Trail Blazers, accepted the Hornets’ proposal. He likely will step directly into the starting power forward role, left vacant when David West signed with the Indiana Pacers.

Marc Stein tweets that the contract is worth $9 million over one year. Read the rest of this entry »

New Orleans Keeps Belinelli

In Free Agency on December 13, 2011 at 6:04 pm

Nola.com reports

The New Orleans Hornets will have one more familiar face for Wednesday’s practice: shooting guard Marco Belinelli. Bellinelli has accepted the team’s qualifying offer, extended prior to the beginning of the 149-day lockout.

New Orleans’ qualifying offer to Belinelli was worth $3.377 million. Read the rest of this entry »

Clippers Close In On Chris Paul

In Draft, Trade Talk on December 12, 2011 at 3:37 am

The LA Times reports

The Clippers and the New Orleans Hornets were working vigorously Sunday night to consummate a blockbuster deal that would send All-Star point guard Chris Paul to Los Angeles to play for the Lakers’ cross-town rivals, said two people with knowledge of the situation who were not authorized to speak on the matter.

The deal hasn’t been completed, but both sides were in the closing stages of the negotiations. Read the rest of this entry »

Celtics Near Trade For David West

In Free Agency, Trade Talk on December 10, 2011 at 12:09 am

David Aldridge reports

A source briefed on discussions Friday evening said that the Boston Celtics are close to a deal with free agent power forward David West, who has been with the New Orleans Hornets since being drafted in 2003.

West, 31, was expected to be one of the top free agents in this year’s class, but he is coming off of a torn ACL suffered late last season in a game against Utah. West has diligently rehabbed his injury in North Carolina last summer, but teams have been slow to make significant offers to him. Read the rest of this entry »

Vetoed – Major Trade: CP3 To LA, Pau To Houston, Who To New Orleans??

In Trade Talk on December 9, 2011 at 12:46 am

Update: NBA, owners of New Orleans Hornets, have vetoed this deal on basketball grounds.

Trade Details

Los Angeles sends out: Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom
Los Angeles receives: Chris Paul

Houston sends out: Luis Scola, Kevin Martin, Goran Dragic and a #1 pick.
Houston receives: Pau Gasol

New Orleans sends out: Chris Paul
New Orleans receives: Lamar Odom, Luis Scola, Kevin Martin, Goran Dragic and a future Rockets #1.

The Hornets will also have to rescind their rights to David West to create enough cap space to make this deal work.

Source

Adrian Wojnarowski breaks the story on twitter (too many individual twitter posts to link too)

The Hornets are near a deal to send Chris Paul to the Lakers for Andrew Bynum and Lamar Odom, league source tells Y! Sports.

The Hornets have started to inform teams that they’re sending Chris Paul to the Lakers for Bynum and Odom, league sources tell Y! Sports.

Correction: The proposed deal to the Lakers is Chris Paul for Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom, source says.

Hornets working to finalize details on 3-team deal to send Chris Paul to Lakers, Gasol to Rockets and Odom, KMart, Scola to NO, sources say.

Says a front office executive in the 3-team talks to send Chris Paul to Lakers: “We have not yet finalized, but we are close…”

A deal has been reached in principle to send Chris Paul to the Los Angeles Lakers, an executive in the three-team talks tells Yahoo! Sports.

Besides Luis Scola, Kevin Martin, Lamar Odom and Goran Dragic, Hornets will also receive a draft pick from Houston, source says.

Houston’s agreed to send a 2012 first-round pick — previously obtained from the Knicks — to New Orleans as part of package, source says

Update: Wojnarowski continues

NBA owners have pushed commissioner David Stern to kill the deal sending Chris Paul to the Los Angeles Lakers, sources tell Y! Sports.

Owners were irate in Board of Governors meeting with Stern, livid that the league-owned Hornets were allowed to make Paul deal, sources say.

The NBA has killed the proposed deal to send Chris Paul to the Los Angeles Lakers, league sources tell Yahoo! Sports.

The NBA has caved to pressure from owners that the appearance of this deal, on heels of lockout, had to be stopped, sources tell Y! Sports.

Wojnaroski adding

New Orleans GM Dell Demps is “disconsolate” over this stunning, heavy-handed move from the commissioner’s office, source tells Y! Sports.

All along, the league office had allowed the Hornets to negotiate the Chris Paul trade without interference, sources said. And then, this.

Update: ESPN has the story

NBA spokesman Mike Bass says: “It’s not true that the owners killed the deal, the deal was never discussed at the Board of Governors meeting and the league office declined to make the trade for basketball reasons.”

Sources said that a group of NBA owners, assembled in New York for the ratification of the league’s new labor pact with the players, protested vigorously that the league-owned Hornets were trading Paul to the star-studded Lakers and convinced NBA commissioner David Stern to intervene.

Link: Yahoo Sports has a copy of Dan Gilbert’s letter to David Stern imploring him to reject the trade

Commissioner,

It would be a travesty to allow the Lakers to acquire Chris Paul in the apparent trade being discussed.

This trade should go to a vote of the 29 owners of the Hornets.

Over the next three seasons this deal would save the Lakers approximately $20 million in salaries and approximately $21 million in luxury taxes. That $21 million goes to non-taxpaying teams and to fund revenue sharing.

I cannot remember ever seeing a trade where a team got by far the best player in the trade and saved over $40 million in the process. And it doesn’t appear that they would give up any draft picks, which might allow to later make a trade for Dwight Howard. (They would also get a large trade exception that would help them improve their team and/or eventually trade for Howard.) When the Lakers got Pau Gasol (at the time considered an extremely lopsided trade) they took on tens of millions in additional salary and luxury tax and they gave up a number of prospects (one in Marc Gasol who may become a max-salary player).

I just don’t see how we can allow this trade to happen.

I know the vast majority of owners feel the same way that I do.

When will we just change the name of 25 of the 30 teams to the Washington Generals?

Please advise….

Dan G.

Analysis

First Thoughts

This trade is as much about Dwight Howard as it is Chris Paul.

The Lakers have effectively positioned themselves as the ideal candidate for Dwight Howard to join + maintained their most valuable trade asset, in the eyes of Orlando, in Andrew Bynum to facilitate that trade.

New Orleans Hornets

It’s not a bad team. This new Hornets group. It has some nice balance and depth to it.

PG – Goran Dragic, Jarret Jack
SG – Kevin Martin,
SF – Trevor Ariza, Quincy Pondexter
PF – Luis Scola, Lamar Odom
C  – Emeka Okafor

I think that group would have led to a better squad than last year’s Chris Paul-led Hornets.

I really liked how Kevin Martin and Trevor Ariza complemented one another when they played together in Houston. Admirer of Dragic, I think he’d do well with the opportunity and give them good minutes (regardless of whether he starts or backs up Jack). The Odom, Scola and Okafor is one of the better big man rotations in the league.

Needs a little more depth on the wing, but yeah, I like it (short term, not long term).

Long term = I still think Rondo was their best option

Houston Rockets

So Houston would have had about $12 million in cap space this summer. They could even increase that if they wished by amnestying Hasheem Thabeet ($5.1mil) or Jonny Flynn ($3.4mil).

Next summer, the only contracts on their books would have been Pau Gasol + Kyle Lowry + their rookies from this year’s draft. About $32.5 million in total salaries including cap holds giving the Rockets up to $25 million to spend in free agency next summer if they chose to carry over their funds. Or $12 million this summer and another $12 million player next summer.

That cap space sure would have created some nice opportunities for Daryl Morey to add some talent around Pau Gasol and Kyle Lowry.

PG – K.Lowry, [need backup], J.Flynn
SG – C.Lee, T.Williams
SF – C.Budinger, [need backup]
PF – P.Patterson, M.Morris
C  – P.Gasol, H.Thabeet, J.Hill

Even if they didn’t make another key addition this summer, I sure would have preferred to have watched that team play than their current group of players.

That is a really fun team right there. Highly skilled offensive center in Pau Gasol. Quick four in Patrick Patterson. Nice shooting on the wings. The dynamic Terrance Williams off the bench. Kyle Lowry’s hustle in the backcourt. Nice. I like it.

Los Angeles Lakers

In the immediate sense, they have weakened their roster

PG – D.Fisher, S.Blake, D.Morris
SG – K.Bryant, J.Kapono
SF – R.Artest, M.Barnes
PF – [need starter], [need backups]
C  – A.Bynum, [need backup] D.Caracter

That big man rotation is heavily exposed and the Lakers salary situation doesn’t give them much flexibility in filling those holes. Plus, the pickings for those slots are fairly slim.

Quick Aside

It’s a little funny to see Houston and New Orleans improve and the Lakers get worse (in the short term I mean) … and everyone freaks out because LA got Chris Paul.

Obviously, things are more complex than that and LA Lakers have improved their long term prospects considerably (assuming C.Paul’s knees hold up) and the Hornets have hurt theirs considerably (compared to acquiring Rondo).

League Office and Trading Chris Paul

I have to believe at this point that the league will refuse to sanction any Chris Paul trade until after the Hornets are sold.

This could put New Orleans in a perilous situation heading into this year’s transfer deadline and possibly lose Paul altogether without compensation this summer if transfer of ownership doesn’t happen in time.

David West Done For Year

In General NBA on March 30, 2011 at 3:01 pm

ESPN reports

An MRI exam Friday revealed that New Orleans Hornets forward David West suffered a torn ACL Thursday night when his left knee buckled late in regulation in an eventual 121-117 overtime victory over Utah. Read the rest of this entry »