The Hornets New Center???

Look, it’s no secret that the Hornets are in an unenvious position. 

Right now they’re about $18 million dollars over the projected NBA luxury tax…meaing the team has very very little cash (if any at all) available for free agents.

The Hornets also have arguably the worst front court bench players in the NBA.  So how will they get better?

The club will have to be creative and hopefully find a diamond in the rough.

That said, I couldn’t help but notice that on the Hornets summer league roster are two very interesting big men.  A pair of 7-footers that could both be on the team this season. 

Former Harvard star Brian Cusworth who’s been playing in Europe and University of Utah big man Luke Nevill…a 7’2 Australian who many were surprised was not taken in the NBA draft last week (the knock on Nevill is that he’s super soft….something that won’t sit well with Byron Scott). 

It’s just my opinion but I believe both of these players are going to get a very long look from Byron Scott and Jeff Bower.  If either can play at all I’d expect thay’d both be signed to replace Sean Marks and Melvin Ely.  Both Cusworth and Nevill would be much cheaper and as young players probably have more upside than both Marks and Ely.

Cusworth played in the NBA Las Vegas Summer League in 2007 with Golden State but did not get a contract offer from the Warriors…but just by looking at the video I found of Cusworth it seems the Hornets may have unearthed a player ready for the NBA!!!!

BRIAN CUSWORTH:

7’0, 255 LBS.

25 YEARS OLD

HARVARD UNIVERSITY

 

 

LUKE NEVILL

7’2, 265 LBS.

23 YEARS OLD

UNIVERSITY OF UTAH

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And quickly…with the Hornets having very little money here is a recap of the budget conscious moves I’d try to make if I ran the team:

1. Sign restricted free agent Glen ‘Big Baby’ Davis to the full mid-level exception (roughly 5 years/$25 million dollars).  Boston is reportedly close to signing Rasheed Wallace so the Cletics probably will not match a huge offer like this to Davis. 

2. Sign restricted free agent Pops Mensah-Bonsu to the bi-annual exception (roughly 2 years/$4 million dollars)

3.  Trade Peja Stojakovic To the Los Angeles Clippers for Marcus Camby. (The deal works under NBA trade rules, helps both clubs on the court and amazingly saves the Hornets 5 million dollars!).

{UPDATE: AT 9PM CENTRAL WEDNESDAY NIGHT THE CLIPPERS ARGEED TO SEND ZACH RANDOLPH TO MEMPHIS FOR QUENTIN RICHARDSON…MEANING THE CLIPPERS ARE KEEPING CAMBY…SO THIS TRADE CANNOT HAPPEN!}

4.  Trade Julian Wright to the Phoenix Suns for Matt Barnes.

5.  Trade Hilton Armstrong to the Milwaukee Bucks for the rights to Ersan Ilyasova (Ilyasova will probably remain in Europe for another season which will allow him to build confidence.  Couple trading Hilton with Ilyasova staying over seas and the Hornets save another $3 million dollars by not filling that roster spot this year). 

6.  Trade Tyson Chandler & Devin Brown to the Phoenix Suns for Ben Wallace (This move is a salary dump because Wallace will retire.  His full salary will count against the luxury tax but the Hornets will recoup millions by buying him out).

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5 Responses

  1. Get rid of Chandler and stop at nothing to get Rasheed Wallace.

  2. Glen “Big Baby” Davis would be perfect for the Hornets. I hope that the Hornets will get him.

  3. I think we need to focus on getting rid of Peja Stojakovic instead of Tyson. At least Tyson can be of some assistance to the team. I agree with Fletcher, we need to sign these two 7 footers to a cheap contract and work them in off the bench. Go after big baby, and release Hilton and Mo Pete. We need some strong back up. San Antonio and Houston isn’t playing, we need to get serious because if not, we won’t go anywhere in the 2009 – 2010 season.

  4. I forgot we need to get rid of Antonio Daniels as well. There’s enough backup point guards out there who can play very well and wouldn’t mind being a backup to one of the leagues best point guards.

  5. i agree w/ raymond. peja needs to go first before chandler.

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