Archive for February, 2009

Tyson Back…The Playoffs…Jindal…And The Dreaded Luxury tax
February 21, 2009

I think the entire Tyson Chandler trade disaster will push the Hornets to new heights.

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The bungled deal…which went sideways when TC was unable to pass a physical due to a big toe condition…will make Hornets players realize that the window of opportunity in the NBA is small.  Paul will make every player even better than he already does in his quest for a title.  David West will have a monster finish and Chandler will finally emerge as the double-double force we remember. 

Personally, I think the Hornets will finish 4th in the Western Conference.  Lakers #1, Spurs #2, Nuggets #3…Hornets #4.  It’s a long way away but I’d bet its Hornets/Rockets in the first round of the playoffs.

I’d also like to see the Hornets make a run at free agent big man Mikki Moore.  Moore was just bought out of his contract and can sign with any team he chooses.  Last season the 7-foot center scored 9 points and grabbed 6 rebounds and would provide the Hornets with nice depth. mikki

My other question is…how will the Hornets get under the dreaded NBA luxury tax next season?  The return of Tyson Chandler means the Hornets will be over this limit.  Since 1999 when the NBA introduced the luxury tax the Hornets have never had a payroll that has required paying the luxury tax.   

Ethics Session

 

Sources tell me Hornets majority owner George Shinn may consider asking new governor Bobby Jindal to help pay the luxury tax.  The Saints get over $20 million dollars annually to remain competative in the NFL…why shouldn’t the Hornets get a bigger inducement payment (corporate welfare check)?  Stay tuned to see if anything comes from that tip.

If the state doesn’t chip in the Hornets will have to make a trade but that won’t be easy.  The team will have to get very creative.

In my opinion what would have to happen is something like the following.

These deals are just hypotheticals to show how the Hornets could be creative getting under the luxury tax (the team is expected to be 5-7 million over this tax).

Tyson Chandler to Cleveland for Anderson Varejao (assuming Varejao picks up his player option or signs a new deal making roughly the same annual salary) and the Cavs 1st round pick.

Chandler is on the books for 11 million in 2009-2010 and trades have to be within 25% of the total contracts being exchanged or the league will not approve them. 

Varejao will make 6 million in 2009-2010 and a non-lottery 1st round pick is valued at 3 million dollars.

This deal would work.  

The Hornets could then sell the 1st round pick just as they did last year to a team looking to load-up in the NBA draft. 

Total money saved against the 2009-2010 luxury tax: 5 million dollars…and the Hornets get an athletic big man in Varejao.     

The team could also make another deal to make sure they were well under the luxury tax.

James Posey is set to make 6 million dollars in 2009-2010.  The Hornets could send Posey to Golden State for Kelenna Azubuike and the Warriors 2nd round pick. 

Azubuike is on the books for 3 million dollars…2nd round picks are valued at 1.5 million dollars.  This deal would work.  The Hornets could then draft a player in the second round…stash him in a european league and control his rights.  This player would not be on the 2009-2010 roster. 

Total money saved against the 2009-2010 luxury tax: 3 million dollars…and the Hornets get a quality wing player in Azubuike.

I realize these are just hypothetical cases but these deals would cut 9 million off the Hornets books and allow the team to remain competative by getting less expensive but talented players.

I’d also love to see the Hornets pursue former LSU Tiger Glen Davis.  No offense to Ryan Bowen and Melvin Ely…but give ‘Big Baby’ the money you’re paying those two….Davis will probably sign for a 2 year 4 million dollar deal.

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Chandler Back In NOLA: Worst Case Scenario
February 19, 2009

Tyson Chandler failed his Physical with the Oklahoma City Thunder and is coming back to New Orleans. I was one of the very few people who thought the Hornets trade with OKC was a good deal…so I now believe that TC’s return to NOLA is the worst case scenario for the Hornets.

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Hornets players were elated after Wednesday night’s nationally televised win over the Orlando Magic upon hearing one of the most popular players in the their locker room would be returning.

But to me…again…this situation is worst case scenario for the Hornets…and here’s why:

Will Tyson feel comfortable playing for an organization that traded him due to financial reasons?

If Tyson failed a physical with OKC how hurt is he?  His failed physical is reportedly the result of a turf toe injury.  Will he really be able to help the Hornets this season?  Remember, Tyson was having an AWFUL season before the trade!

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Tuesday Hornets General Manager Jeff Bower said the trade with Oklahoma City gave the Hornets front court depth that they desperately needed for a playoff run.  Now that the team does not have the front court depth they acquired in the Tyson trade are the Hornets legitimate contenders?

How will the Hornets get under the dreaded NBA luxury tax next season?  The Hornets have never paid the luxury tax and will have too now if they can’t dump some salary.

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Also, could Tyson still be shopped until the trade deadline passes Thursday afternoon?  Will any team still want the 26 year old or is he considered damaged goods?

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Will the Hornets have to shop another player like James Posey to dump salary?  I can’t see owner George Shinn getting desperate enough to shop David West but Posey being dealt is now a real possibility.  I suggest Posey because CP3 is untouchable, Peja’s contract coupled with his age and injuries makes him immovable…and guys like MoPete, Antonio Daniels, Rasual Butler and Hilton Armstrong have very little if any trade value at all.   

Hornets Posey Basketball

 

Don’t be surprised to see a late trade involving Posey between the Hornets and Cleveland Cavaliers.  The Cavs wanted Posey when the Hornets signed him….package Posey with Julian Wright and a first round pick or two and the Hornets could swing a deal for Wally Szczerbiak and J.J. Hickson.    

Lots of very very very big questions for our cities NBA team!

Are The Hornets Done Trading?
February 18, 2009

I hope the Hornets can pull off one more trade before Thursday’s NBA trade deadline. 

I know people are down on the Tyson Chandler to Oklahoma City deal but fans should not be too upset. 

Look, I like Chandler as much as anyone.  Tyson even did a segment called “Tyson Talk” last year here at WDSU.  But Chandler has regressed as a player and does not have the trade value fans in New Orleans believe he does.  Before today, did you hear Chandler’s name in any real trade rumors???

He’s super popular but once fans look past the personal ties they feel regarding Tyson they’ll realize the Hornets picked up two players who can help the team make a playoff run.

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Joe Smith will be David West’s primary back-up.  Smith is really West-lite.  Chris Wilcox is very similiar to Chandler and will no doubt thrive playing alongside Chris Paul (much the way Tyson did).      

I realize fans look at this trade as a straight salary dump…which it partially is….Smith and Wilcox are both free agents this summer so the team will clear 11 million off their books when the season ends….but I think the Hornets can make things right in the eyes of the fans by picking up another ligitimate player that can help the team win a series or two in the playoffs.

The Hornets could package their 2009 1st round pick along with Julian Wright or Hilton Armstrong (because with Smith and Wilcox on board both of those guys have become irrelevant) for a player like the New York Knicks David Lee.  Lee is averaging a double double and would really bolster the

 

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And don’t give me any flack about trading away a first round pick….the Hornets got DeVon Hardin in the Chandler Trade.  Hardin is playing in Europe…he’ll return next season and will in essence be the Hornets draft pick for 2009. 

Other guys the Hornets may be able to obtain for some combination of Wright/Armstrong and a 1st round pick:

 Keleena Azubuike-SG/SF Golden State

Marco Belinelli-SG- Golden State

Joey Graham-SG Toronto

Nate Robinson-PG/SG New York (I think getting the combo guard who’s the slam dunk camp would fire up fans!!!)

Jarvis Hayes-SF New Jersey

Hakim Warrick-PF Memphis

Steve Novak-SG Los Angeles Clippers

Charlie Villanueva-PF/SF Milwaukee (Charlie V will only be dealt if the Bucks can’t move Richard Jefferson’s bloated contract….if Jefferson goes Charlie V stays and will more than likely be re-signed….if Jefferson can’t be dealt….Villanueva is traded.)

Tyson Chandler To Oklahoma City?
February 16, 2009

courtesy: Marc Steinstein_marc_35

 

www.espn.com

http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/columns/story?columnist=stein_marc&page=TradeTalk-090216

Our freshest non-Amare scenario: Sources say Oklahoma City is going after New Orleans center Tyson Chandler, with the Hornets known to be seriously interested in slicing payroll and with the Thunder capable of offering the Hornets two replacement big men with expiring contracts (Joe Smith and Chris Wilcox) as well as one of its five first-round picks in the next two drafts.

 
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You’d like to think that the Hornets would first try to get through this season, see how far they go in the postseason and then shop Chandler closer to the draft if moving him remains their best money-saving option, since trading its interior defensive anchor — in spite of Chandler’s struggles this season — would force us to reevaluate New Orleans’ status as a contender. Yet it remains to be seen if the Hornets can pass up such a payroll-friendly proposal. Word is he remains very much available if the right deal presents itself.
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Fletcher’s Take:
Wilcox is one of the players I thought New Orleans would target.  I proposed a huge trade involving him weeks ago. 
I DON’T LOVE THIS TRADE….BUT I DO LIKE IT AND HORNETS FANS SHOULD KNOW THAT IT’S NOT NEARLY AS BAD AS PEOPLE WILL MAKE IT OUT TO BE!
Make no mistake, it’s a straight salary dump for the Hornets….a trade that keeps them right where they are competatively and eases the teams wallet. 
The Hornets do not get back a ‘big name’ player and they don’t get a player who can score which is something, in my opinion, they need…..but Smith and Wilcox are decent big men who’s numbers are not that different from Tyson Chandler’s this season. 
If Byron Scott can get his team to play up to the level they did last year this trade works…if not…the Hornets will be bounced by one of several teams in the first round of the playoffs.
Personally, I think the Hornets should get a player that is a consistent scorer…defense has not been the team’s problem…scoring on a consistent basis is what’s ailing the Hornets!
GETTING TO KNOW WILCOX AND SMITH:
***CHRIS WILCOX:
6’10, 235 LBS.
POWER FORWARD/CENTER
University of Maryland

Chris Ray Wilcox (born September 3, 1982 in Raleigh, North Carolina) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Oklahoma City Thunder of the NBA. He previously played for the Los Angeles Clippers and collegiately at the University of Maryland, where he helped the Terrapins win their first NCAA championship. While at Whiteville High School in Whiteville, North Carolina, he led the basketball team to the 2A State Championship in 1999, before transferring to the Enloe High School for his senior year.  In his five seasons in the NBA, Wilcox is averaging 9.3 points and 5.4 rebounds. While playing for the Sonics in 2005-2006, Wilcox averaged 14.1 points per game and 8.2 rebounds per game. He was on the starting lineup for 23 of his 29 games with the Sonics that season.

Wilcox was traded on February 14, 2006, to the Seattle SuperSonics in exchange for Vladimir Radmanovic.

On April 4, 2006, Wilcox recorded a career-high 24 rebounds in a win over the Houston Rockets. Wilcox’s rebound total was the most by a Sonic player since Jack Sikma grabbed 25 at Utah on February 10, 1983.

Suns Thunder Basketball

***JOE SMITH:

6’10, 225 lbs

POWER FORWARD/CENTER

University of Maryland

Joseph Leynard Smith a.k.a. “Silk” and “Smooth Joe” (born July 26, 1975, in Norfolk, Virginia) is an American professional basketball player for the Oklahoma City Thunder in the NBA. His height is listed as 6’10”.

Smith attended Maury High School and played at the University of Maryland. In the 1995 NBA Draft, Smith was selected by the Golden State Warriors as the first overall pick, before fellow power forwards Kevin Garnett, Antonio McDyess and Rasheed Wallace as well as Jerry Stackhouse. Smith was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team for the 1995-96 season and finished second in the Rookie of the Year voting to Damon Stoudemire.

Joe Smith would play two-and-a-half years for the Warriors before being traded to the Philadelphia 76ers midway through the 1997-1998 season. Smith’s statistics declined immediately after the trade, and have never fully recovered.

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Now, I’m really inclined to LOVE the Hornets/Thunder trade if the Hornets can take the first round draft pick they’d pick-up in a deal with OKC (let’s assume it’s a lottery protected 2009 1st rounder) and package that selection with the teams own 2009 1st round choice and perhaps a player like Julian Wright and make a deal with a team like Milwaukee for Charlie Villanueva.  Villanueva is a free agent to be and the Bucks are reportedly trading several of their top players.  Two first rounders and a young player should be enough to land Villanueva. A player capable of playing power forward or small forward Charlie V is currently having his best year as a pro averaging nearly 16 points and 7 rebounds per game. 

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Another deal the Hornets could perhaps get done for one or both first round picks and a young player like Wright may be with the New York Knicks.  I’d love to see David Lee in a Hornets uniform. Lee will be a free agent this summer and like Villanueva he’s having a career year averaging a double double.    

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Oh No…Vince Carter To San Antonio??? (Plus My FINAL Two Trades To Help The Hornets)
February 14, 2009

I almost threw up in my mouth as I was looking through the trade rumors just now.

According to multiple sources the New Jersey Nets and San Antonio Spurs are close to a deal that would send Vince Carter to the Spurs.  vince-carter-picture-2

 

Let me repeat…VINCE CARTER TO THE SPURS!!!!!

The Nets would pick up two young players (Mason, Hill) from the Spurs and San Antonio may be able to re-sign the two veterans (Bowen, Oberto) they’d send Jersey because the Nets say they’ll waive those guys.

I can’t imagine a team with Tony Parker, Tim Duncan, Maun Ginobili & Vince Carter!

That said, it’s time for the Hornets to make a bold move.  Yeah, I know, the Hornets finished second in the west last season and they run the same team onto the floor.  But this year’s edition of the Hornets has not lived up to expectations and in my opinion the club needs a shock to its system!

I know the club is shopping Tyson Chandler.  TC could be dealt to help the team get under the NBA’s luxury tax next season…and to get a player (or players) to help make the Hornets better 

Here are the two deal I’d pursue if I were general manager Jeff Bower or executive Chad Shinn.  I’d love to get the players in the first deal with Hoston but I’m not sure the Rockets would think the trade was fair.  The second deal is more even to me and something I’d go after hard!

Fletcher Mackel & Hornets General Manager Jeff Bower

Fletcher Mackel & Hornets General Manager Jeff Bower: The Meeting of the Minds!

TRADE #1

***NEW ORLEANS HORNETS ACQUIRE:

Ron Artest

Brent Barry

***HOUSTON ROCKETS ACQUIRE:

Tyson Chandler

 

***WHY THE DEAL WORKS:

Houston could pair up Chandler with Yao Ming and match-up perfectly with the Lakers twin towers of Gasol and Bynum (assuming Bynum is back for the post season).  TC could either repalce Luis Scola in the starting line-up or come off the bench behind Yao and Scola and the Rockets front court would be exceptional.

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The Hornets would get arguably the most tenacious defender in the NBA in Artest.  Artest (who’s contract comes off the books this summer) is also a 20 point a night scorer who’s having a career year from beyond the arc.  Barry makes the deal work money-wise and would provide the Hornets with even more consistent shooting. 

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Barry is a player the Hornets tried to trade for 4 years ago and a player that could push Rasual Butler for minutes and hit big shots off the bench.

Would the Hornets crunch time 5 be small?…you bet…but I’d put an end-of-the-game line-up of CP3, Posey, Peja, Artest and West up against any club in the west.  It could even be argued that the Hornets could start CP3, Peja, Artest, West and Hilton Armstrong or Sean Marks and be better than they are now!          

I keep hearing over and over that if the Hornets trade Chandler they need to get a big man back!  I THINK THAT SCHOOL OF THOUGHT IS A TOTAL JOKE!

Last time I checked the Hornets suffered double digit losses to Boston, Orlando, Cleveland, the Lakers (twice) and San Antonio….plus they had horrible defensive efforts in losses against New York  and Charlotte….and Tyson Chandler was in the starting line-up for all of those games.  The Knicks game jumps out at me because New York is one of the worst defensive teams in the NBA….a team that was giving up an average of 109 points to opponents when they played the Hornets…and the Hornets could muster only 94 points.   

To me Tyson is a very good player that fits what the Hornets do….but they do not need to him to win. 

What the Hornets need is more scoring.  In all of the losses I mentioned above, the Hornets could not score.  They could not crack the 100 point mark because besides CP3 and David West the rest of the team was too inconsistent offensively. 

I feel the the Hornets need another all around player who can defend and score….and I believe Artest is that guy!

The second deal I’d try to get done if Houston doesn’t bite on the Chandler offer (and assuming Amare Stoudemire doesn’t end up in Cleveland).

TRADE #2

***NEW ORLEANS HORNETS RECEIVE:

ANDERSON  VAREJAO

WALLY SZCZERBIAK

***CLEVELAND CAVALIERS RECEIVE:

TYSON CHANDLER

RASUAL BUTLER

JULIAN WRIGHT

WHY THE DEAL WORKS: 

Cleveland gets an exceptional defensive big man to replace Ben Wallace and play alongside Zydrunas Ilgauskas.  The Cavs also pick up a solid shooter in Butler and a young player with up-side in Wright.

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The Hornets get an athletic big man in Varajao who could easily replace Chandler in the starting line-up and a shooter in Szczerbiak who could replace Butler.  Szczerbiak’s 13 million dollar contract comes off the books this summer.

SO GET IT DOWN CHAD SHINN!!!!! OR MAYBE HIRE ME AND LET ME PULL THE TRIGGER ON THESE DEALS!

Hornets Owner/Executive Chad Shinn & Fletcher Mackel

Hornets Owner/Executive Chad Shinn & Fletcher Mackel

Hornets-Jazz Gamble
February 13, 2009

Once Amare Stoudemire is traded (in essence setting the market value) to a new team I expect three other big man to be dealt.

Tyson Chandler, Chris Kaman and Samuel Dalembert.

As previously stated on this blog and during the sportscasts on WDSU Tyson is not being traded because the Hornets don’t want him…he’s being shopped because the Hornets will be over the dreaded NBA luxury tax next season so they have to try to dump some salary and Chandler is the team’s most move-able big contract (CP3 and West are untouchable and Peja’s age and injuries make his contract immovable). 

Their are many deals being talked about regarding Tyson Chandler.  The hard part for the Hornets is trying to find a player (or players) who can help push the team toward the playoffs AND who has a contract that expires this summer.

The hottest rumor is Tyson (and another Hornet, perhaps MoPete or Rasual Butler) for Miami’s Shawn Marion. 

But what about a wild card deal that would be a huge gamble?

Would the Utah Jazz consider trading Carlos Boozer for Chandler?  Boozer is a dynamic player when healthy….WHEN HEALTHY!carlos-boozer1

Boozer has missed the last 41 games for Utah due to a knee injury.

Could the Hornets really send their starting center to a rival western conference team for a player that might not play this season and will sign with another team during free agency this summer?

BIG GAMBLE!

If Boozer could return he could push the Hornets to new heights.  But wow what a risk.

Here is a deal I’d consider:

***NEW ORLEANS HORNETS RECEIVE:

CARLOS BOOZER

KOSTA KOUFOS

***UTAH JAZZ RECEIVE:

TYSON CHANDLER

JULIAN WRIGHT

The Jazz get a tough defender that Jerry Sloan would love and a young player in Wright.  The Hornets get a tremendous forward (IF HEALTHY) in Boozer and a young big man. 

     

Tyson Talk
February 11, 2009

Look, it’s no secret now…the Hornets are shopping Tyson Chandler in an attempt to get under the NBA’s luxury tax for next season.

But the big question is:  Can the Hornets pick up a good player or players for a post season run…and does that player (or players) have an expiring contract that can come off the Hornets books this summer?

Here are some deals that may work….some of these trades are very very very far-fetched…other make sense!

New Orleans Hornets

Incoming Players
Drew Gooden
Drew Gooden

Salary: $7,151,183  Years Remaining: 1
PTS: 13.1  REB: 8.6  AST: 1.4  PER: 15.46

Ben Gordon
Ben Gordon

Salary: $6,404,750  Years Remaining: 1
PTS: 20.1  REB: 3.3  AST: 3.7  PER: 16.67

Outgoing Players: Tyson Chandler, Julian Wright

Chicago Bulls

Incoming Players
Tyson Chandler
Tyson Chandler

Salary: $11,350,000  Years Remaining: 3
PTS: 8.8  REB: 8.3  AST: 0.5  PER: 14.18

Julian Wright
Julian Wright

Salary: $1,869,600  Years Remaining: 2
PTS: 3.0  REB: 1.8  AST: 0.7  PER: 11.46

Outgoing Players: Drew Gooden, Ben Gordon

WHY:  Hornets get size and a scorer and 13 million of salary relief after the season…but would Chicago take Chandler back?
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New Orleans Hornets

Incoming Players
Lamar Odom
Lamar Odom

Salary: $14,148,596  Years Remaining: 1
PTS: 10.1  REB: 6.6  AST: 2.4  PER: 15.36

Sun Yue
Sun Yue

Salary: $442,114  Years Remaining: 2
PTS: 0.6  REB: 0.0  AST: 0.2  PER: -8.69

Minimum Salary Exception allowed trade to be successful

Outgoing Players: Tyson Chandler

Los Angeles Lakers

Incoming Players
Tyson Chandler
Tyson Chandler

Salary: $11,350,000  Years Remaining: 3
PTS: 8.8  REB: 8.3  AST: 0.5  PER: 14.18

Outgoing Players: Lamar Odom, Sun Yue

WHY:  Lakers get size (and a Los Angeles native) to replace the injured Andrew Bynum.  Hornets get a talented, versitile playoff tested player in Odom….but would these teams help each other?
(Odom’s 14 million dollar salary comes off the books this summer.) 

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New Orleans Hornets

Incoming Players
Marquis Daniels
Marquis Daniels

Salary: $6,864,200  Years Remaining: 1
PTS: 13.3  REB: 4.5  AST: 2.1  PER: 13.62

Jeff Foster
Jeff Foster

Salary: $5,500,000  Years Remaining: 3
PTS: 6.8  REB: 6.7  AST: 1.9  PER: 13.73

Outgoing Players: Tyson Chandler

Indiana Pacers

Incoming Players
Tyson Chandler
Tyson Chandler

Salary: $11,350,000  Years Remaining: 3
PTS: 8.8  REB: 8.3  AST: 0.5  PER: 14.18

Outgoing Players: Marquis Daniels, Jeff Foster

WHY: Free-agent-to-be Daniels would provide nice offensive punch….but Larry Bird reportedly loves Jeff Foster….would he give him up for Chandler?
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New Orleans Hornets

Incoming Players
Shawn Marion
Shawn Marion

Salary: $17,810,000  Years Remaining: 1
PTS: 12.0  REB: 8.8  AST: 1.8  PER: 15.87

Outgoing Players: Tyson Chandler, Morris Peterson

Miami Heat

Incoming Players
Tyson Chandler
Tyson Chandler

Salary: $11,350,000  Years Remaining: 3
PTS: 8.8  REB: 8.3  AST: 0.5  PER: 14.18

Morris Peterson
Morris Peterson

Salary: $5,592,240  Years Remaining: 3
PTS: 5.4  REB: 2.1  AST: 0.5  PER: 13.10

Outgoing Players: Shawn Marion

WHY:  The most rumored deal floating around on the web.  The Hornets lose size but pick-up tremendous scoring ability and salary relief this summer with Marion.
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New Orleans Hornets

Incoming Players
Brent Barry
Brent Barry

Salary: $1,910,000  Years Remaining: 2
PTS: 4.2  REB: 2.0  AST: 1.5  PER: 9.80

Ron Artest
Ron Artest

Salary: $7,400,000  Years Remaining: 1
PTS: 15.8  REB: 5.3  AST: 3.1  PER: 15.34

Outgoing Players: Tyson Chandler

Houston Rockets

Incoming Players
Tyson Chandler
Tyson Chandler

Salary: $11,350,000  Years Remaining: 3
PTS: 8.8  REB: 8.3  AST: 0.5  PER: 14.18

Outgoing Players: Brent Barry, Ron Artest

WHY: These division rivals did a deal last season so helping each other is not out of the question.  The gamble for both team’s is how will the players gel?  Will Chandler fit-in with Yao and McGrady?  Will Artest (who’s a free agent this summer) make the Hornets tougher defensively and not cause any head-aches for the franchise?  Barry is a solid shooter the Hornets tried to acquire three years ago who’d be good off the bench. 
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New Orleans Hornets

Incoming Players
Allen Iverson
Allen Iverson

Salary: $20,840,625  Years Remaining: 1
PTS: 18.0  REB: 3.2  AST: 5.2  PER: 16.10

Kwame Brown
Kwame Brown

Salary: $4,000,000  Years Remaining: 1
PTS: 3.4  REB: 4.1  AST: 0.5  PER: 10.50

Outgoing Players: Tyson Chandler, Julian Wright, Melvin Ely, Morris Peterson

Detroit Pistons

Incoming Players
Tyson Chandler
Tyson Chandler

Salary: $11,350,000  Years Remaining: 3
PTS: 8.8  REB: 8.3  AST: 0.5  PER: 14.18

Julian Wright
Julian Wright

Salary: $1,869,600  Years Remaining: 2
PTS: 3.0  REB: 1.8  AST: 0.7  PER: 11.46

Melvin Ely
Melvin Ely

Salary: $998,398  Years Remaining: 1
PTS: 3.2  REB: 1.9  AST: 0.7  PER: 5.86

Morris Peterson
Morris Peterson

Salary: $5,592,240  Years Remaining: 3
PTS: 5.4  REB: 2.1  AST: 0.5  PER: 13.10

Outgoing Players: Allen Iverson, Kwame Brown
WHY:  The most insane trade on this blog!  I could never see AI and CP3 in th same back-court….but I guess you never know.  Iverson would no doubt help sell tickets and jersey’s and the Hornets would free-up 20 million in salary this summer.
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New Orleans Hornets

Incoming Players
J.J. Hickson
J.J. Hickson

Salary: $1,329,480  Years Remaining: 2
PTS: 4.6  REB: 2.7  AST: 0.2  PER: 15.04

Delonte West
Delonte West

Salary: $3,850,000  Years Remaining: 3
PTS: 12.3  REB: 3.1  AST: 3.5  PER: 15.72

Anderson Varejao
Anderson Varejao

Salary: $5,784,480  Years Remaining: 1
PTS: 8.6  REB: 7.0  AST: 1.0  PER: 14.40

Wally Szczerbiak
Wally Szczerbiak

Salary: $13,775,000  Years Remaining: 1
PTS: 7.3  REB: 3.0  AST: 1.0  PER: 12.54

Outgoing Players: Tyson Chandler, James Posey, Julian Wright, Melvin Ely

Cleveland Cavaliers

Incoming Players
Tyson Chandler
Tyson Chandler

Salary: $11,350,000  Years Remaining: 3
PTS: 8.8  REB: 8.3  AST: 0.5  PER: 14.18

James Posey
James Posey

Salary: $5,585,000  Years Remaining: 4
PTS: 9.6  REB: 4.8  AST: 1.2  PER: 12.63

Julian Wright
Julian Wright

Salary: $1,869,600  Years Remaining: 2
PTS: 3.0  REB: 1.8  AST: 0.7  PER: 11.46

Melvin Ely
Melvin Ely

Salary: $998,398  Years Remaining: 1
PTS: 3.2  REB: 1.9  AST: 0.7  PER: 5.86

Outgoing Players: J.
J. Hickson, Delonte West, Anderson Varejao, Wally Szczerbiak
WHY:  This is the deal I like best.  The Hornets get a shooter (Wally), a great combo guard (West), a young player (Hickson)and an athletic big man (Varejao)….they’d also get 18 million in salary this summer.
  
 

Another 4 Team Blockbuster Trade!!!
February 8, 2009

Okay…The ESPN trade machine is officially my new addiction!

Below the blockbuster deal you’re reading about you’ll find two more four team trades which I really like. 

But after getting beat up by Hornets fans for suggesting the two deals below this one…I have come up with a true blockbuster deal that would make four teams happy!

 

 

 

New Orleans Hornets

 

Incoming Players
Matt Barnes
Matt Barnes

Salary: $797,581  Years Remaining: 1
PTS: 9.7  REB: 5.3  AST: 2.0  PER: 11.30

Grant Hill
Grant Hill

Salary: $1,976,400  Years Remaining: 1
PTS: 11.1  REB: 4.8  AST: 1.8  PER: 14.64

Joakim Noah
Joakim Noah

Salary: $2,295,480  Years Remaining: 2
PTS: 5.3  REB: 6.3  AST: 1.0  PER: 15.67

Ben Gordon
Ben Gordon

Salary: $6,404,750  Years Remaining: 1
PTS: 20.1  REB: 3.3  AST: 3.7  PER: 16.69

Outgoing Players: Tyson Chandler, Devin Brown, Julian Wright

Chicago Bulls

Incoming Players
Jerry Stackhouse
Jerry Stackhouse

Salary: $7,000,000  Years Remaining: 2
PTS: 5.3  REB: 1.9  AST: 1.1  PER: 4.72

Amare Stoudemire
Amare Stoudemire

Salary: $15,070,550  Years Remaining: 3
PTS: 20.9  REB: 8.2  AST: 2.0  PER: 20.40

Julian Wright
Julian Wright

Salary: $1,869,600  Years Remaining: 2
PTS: 3.0  REB: 1.8  AST: 0.7  PER: 10.98

Outgoing Players: Drew Gooden, Joakim Noah, Ben Gordon, Larry Hughes, Tyrus Thomas

Dallas Mavericks

Incoming Players
Shaquille O'Neal
Shaquille O’Neal

Salary: $21,000,000  Years Remaining: 2
PTS: 17.7  REB: 9.0  AST: 1.7  PER: 21.98

Larry Hughes
Larry Hughes

Salary: $12,827,676  Years Remaining: 2
PTS: 12.0  REB: 3.1  AST: 2.0  PER: 14.55

Devin Brown
Devin Brown

Salary: $998,398  Years Remaining: 1
PTS: 5.9  REB: 2.1  AST: 1.1  PER: 11.63

Outgoing Players: Jason Kidd, Jerry Stackhouse

Phoenix Suns

Incoming Players
Tyson Chandler
Tyson Chandler

Salary: $11,350,000  Years Remaining: 3
PTS: 8.8  REB: 8.3  AST: 0.5  PER: 14.19

Drew Gooden
Drew Gooden

Salary: $7,151,183  Years Remaining: 1
PTS: 13.1  REB: 8.6  AST: 1.4  PER: 15.47

Tyrus Thomas
Tyrus Thomas

Salary: $3,749,880  Years Remaining: 2
PTS: 9.4  REB: 5.9  AST: 1.0  PER: 15.38

Jason Kidd
Jason Kidd

Salary: $21,372,000  Years Remaining: 1
PTS: 8.8  REB: 6.3  AST: 8.3  PER: 17.08

Outgoing Players: Shaquille O’Neal, Matt Barnes, Grant Hill, Amare Stoudemire

 

Why the deal works:

HORNETS:  They get the scoring two guard they desperately need.  They also pick up a center in the same mold as Tyson Chandler and a solid veteran wing player in Grant.  The Hornets also get over 8 million dollars in cap relief this summer because Gordon and Grant are free agents. 

MAVERICKS: Getting Shaq gives them a superstar big man playing at an all star level who could perhaps push them deeper into the post season.  The Mavs also pick-up Larry Hughes who would relish a chance to actually get off the inactive list and play for a contender. 

BULLS: Chicago gets the superstar front court player they’ve longed for in Stoudemire without giving up Rose, Hinrich or Deng.  The Bulls also pick up a former Lottery pick from Chicago in Wright.  Chicago also parts with Larry Hughes and gets a veteran wing in Jerry Stackhouse. 

SUNS:  Jason Kidd and Drew Gooden would probably be bought-out of their expiring contracts before they arrived in Phoenix.  The Suns would chop close to 30 million off their cap starting this summer and pick up two frontcourt players in Chandler and Thomas who would seem to fit better with Steve Nash.

Hornets-Heat-Knicks-T’Wolves Trade
February 8, 2009

I can’t help myself…I’m addicted to the ESPN NBA trade machine!

Since I have no life I have come up with yet another 4-team deal to help the Hornets make a deeper run into the post season.

***MY FIRST (AND FAVORITE) 4 TEAM TRADE SCENARIO IS BELOW…LETS CALL THIS ONE PLAN-B***

Minnesota Timberwolves

Incoming Players
Al Harrington
Al Harrington

Salary: $9,226,250  Years Remaining: 1
PTS: 20.2  REB: 6.3  AST: 1.3  PER: 15.58

Julian Wright
Julian Wright

Salary: $1,869,600  Years Remaining: 2
PTS: 3.0  REB: 1.8  AST: 0.7  PER: 10.98

Outgoing Players: Mike Miller

New York Knicks

*Cash compensation or 1st round pick received from New Orleans

Incoming Players
Mike Miller
Mike Miller

Salary: $9,028,575  Years Remaining: 2
PTS: 9.2  REB: 5.8  AST: 3.6  PER: 12.61

Outgoing Players: Al Harrington, David Lee

New Orleans Hornets

Incoming Players
Shawn Marion
Shawn Marion

Salary: $17,810,000  Years Remaining: 1
PTS: 12.1  REB: 8.9  AST: 1.8  PER: 16.22

David Lee
David Lee

Salary: $1,788,033  Years Remaining: 1
PTS: 16.0  REB: 11.8  AST: 1.9  PER: 18.54

Outgoing Players: Tyson Chandler, Rasual Butler, Julian Wright

Miami Heat

Incoming Players
Tyson Chandler
Tyson Chandler

Salary: $11,350,000  Years Remaining: 3
PTS: 8.8  REB: 8.3  AST: 0.5  PER: 14.19

Rasual Butler
Rasual Butler

Salary: $3,630,000  Years Remaining: 2
PTS: 9.6  REB: 2.8  AST: 0.8  PER: 12.12

Outgoing Players: Shawn Marion

 

Why the deal works:

HORNETS: Where their is smoke their is fire! I still don’t believe coach Byron Scott wants to trade Tyson Chandler but I can’t turn on my computer without reading about a potential deal with Miami.  So, assuming the rumors from the national experts are true….The Hornets get Shawn Marion to help bolster their offense.  The Hornets also pick-up double-double machine David Lee.  Yes, the Hornets give up size….but they pick up plenty of production and get tremendous salary relief at the end of the season because both players are free agents this summer.  I do worry that this deal would leave the Hornets short on not only size but also a shooter….but with Posey off the bench and perhaps MoPete playing again I think it could work out nicely for Byron Scott.  Personally, I know it’s a small starting five, but I’d have no problem watching a line-up of Paul, Peja, Marion, West and Lee on the floor for the Hornets in the post season.  The Hornets also give the Knicks a 1st round pick in 2009 or 2010 but if the Hornets can re-sign Lee it’s more than worth it. 

HEAT:  Pat Riley gets the athletic big man he’s been looking for to pair with Dwayne Wade and Michael Beasley.  Chandler has a player option on his contract for 2010-2011 which could hurt the Heat’s chances of landing a big time free agent in the summer of 2010.  But winning is important and Chandler and Butler would make Miami better this year and next.         

KNICKS:  The Knicks probably won’t be able to afford Lee when he hits free agency this summer.  In return for the two players they give up NYC gets a smooth shooter in Mike Miller.  Coach Mike D’Antoni is reportedly a big fan of Miller.  The former Florida Gator would immediately make them better and his huge contract comes off the books in 2010….when the Knicks will be trying to land Lebron and at least one other big ticket free agent!

T’Wolves:  They get immediate salary relief because Harrington’s contract expires at the end of the season.  Minnesota also gets a former lottery pick in Wright who would probably be better suited playing for a young team that needs good young people to build around.

Hornets-Bucks-Warriors-Thunder Blockbuster Trade!
February 5, 2009

The Hornets of 2008-2009 are starting to remind me of the Saints from 2007.

After an amazing season that put the team on the map (Saints 2006/Hornets2007-2008)….they suffer through a sophomore slump and fail to live up to expectations.

After being picked to win the Super Bowl in 2007 the Saints failed to make the post season.  Free agent players like Jason David and draft picks like Robert Meachem proved to be awful decisions. 

After being picked to reach the NBA finals in 2009 the Hornets are floundering and look as if they’ll be a club fighting for one of the final few playoff spots no where close to earning home court advantage. Free agent James Posey is a great defender but he’s being asked to do too much and lately he couldn’t shoot the ball into the ocean if he were on a cruise boat.

The good news for the Hornets is that they have a chance to retool and upgrade for a post season push. Unlike the NFL where trading contracts and moving valuable parts is nearly impossible…the guaranteed contracts of the NBA allow creative deals to happen.    

For the Hornets to make any bockbuster deal they’d have to move one of their high paid players and I don’t see this happening (nor do I think it should happen!).

We all know Chris Paul is never going anywhere.  David West is nearly as untouchable.  Tyson Chandler has value (espicially to a team like Phoenix or the L.A. Clippers) but I know coach Byron Scott loves his defense and would probably not be willing to part with TC.  Peja is immovable because of his age and injuries and no one wants an old player with a bad contract.

So what kind of deal can the Hornets make to help themselves? 

Well, if I were GM I’d try to get this monster four team deal done!

(This deal works under NBA salary rules and trade guidelines)

 

 

New Orleans Hornets

Incoming Players
Chris Wilcox
Chris Wilcox

Salary: $6,750,000  Years Remaining: 1
PTS: 8.4  REB: 5.3  AST: 0.9  PER: 13.39

Charlie Villanueva
Charlie Villanueva

Salary: $3,448,050  Years Remaining: 1
PTS: 15.1  REB: 6.6  AST: 1.6  PER: 20.08

Marco Belinelli
Marco Belinelli

Salary: $1,446,720  Years Remaining: 2
PTS: 9.6  REB: 1.7  AST: 2.1  PER: 12.56

Outgoing Players: Sean Marks, Hilton Armstrong, Julian Wright, Morris Peterson

Oklahoma City Thunder

Incoming Cash
*Cash compensation or 1st round pick received from New Orleans
Incoming Players
Morris Peterson
Morris Peterson

Salary: $5,592,240  Years Remaining: 3
PTS: 5.4  REB: 2.1  AST: 0.5  PER: 13.15

Outgoing Players: Chris Wilcox

Golden State Warriors

*Cash compensation or 1st round pick received from New Orleans

Incoming Players
Julian Wright
Julian Wright

Salary: $1,869,600  Years Remaining: 2
PTS: 3.2  REB: 1.8  AST: 0.7  PER: 11.85

Outgoing Players: Anthony Morrow, Marco Belinelli

Milwaukee Bucks

Incoming Players
Anthony Morrow
Anthony Morrow

Salary: $442,114  Years Remaining: 2
PTS: 9.1  REB: 3.1  AST: 1.0  PER: 15.87

Sean Marks
Sean Marks

Salary: $797,581  Years Remaining: 1
PTS: 2.4  REB: 2.7  AST: 0.3  PER: 6.46

Hilton Armstrong
Hilton Armstrong

Salary: $2,032,800  Years Remaining: 2
PTS: 4.5  REB: 2.6  AST: 0.4  PER: 8.74

Outgoing Players: Charlie Villanueva

 Why the deal works for all four teams:

HORNETS:  Get a versitile big man in Villanueva.  The former UConn star is capable of playing three different positions and is on a roll right now averaging 27 points per game over the last two weeks.  It’s also a contract year for Villanueva so he’ll have to be a good teammate and play at a high level if he wants a big payday this summer.  Belinelli is averaging nearly 10 points per game (more than MoPete or Rasual Butler).  The Italian is also 22 years old and unless Byron Scott buried him on the bench and stunted his growth (like he’s done with all young players and euros) could team with CP3 for years to come in the back court. In Wilcox the Hornets finally get a good big man who could do a great job backing-up Tyson Chandler. 

BUCKS:  The Bucks will not be able to pay Villanueva so they will lose him to free agency this summer.  In return for Villanueva the Bucks get two young players (Morrow and Armstrong) who could team with guys like Andrew Bogut, Joe Alexander and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute to help a team that by the end of the season will have traded away most of it’s moveable veterans.

WARRIORS: A team going nowhere this year the Warriors have more talented wing players than any other team in the NBA so losing two young ones is not that big of a deal because lets be honest….where are they ever going to play with Ellis, Crawford, Jackson and Maggette in the starting 5???  Julian Wright could be a perfect ‘garbage-man’ for Don Nelson’s wide open offense.  As non-stop as JuJu plays he might be perfect tipping-in (cleaning-up) all the missed three point shots Golden State throws up. Plus, Wright is a solid defender againt four positions (1’s-4’s).  The Warriors would also receive cash or New Orleans 1st round pick in 2009 or 2011.      

THUNDER: OKC is trying to stock-pile draft picks for the future.  They will deal Chris Wilcox who’s a free agent this summer.  OKC does not have a true shooting guard so MoPete could fill that role.  Peterson is also as classy a veteran as you’ll find and a guy who could help young players like Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant develop. The 1st round pick in 2009 or 2011 sweetens the deal for the Thunder.   

SUMMARY:  The Hornets give up two first round draft picks in these deals but considering the win-now mentality and the fact that Byron Scott has a bad track record of developing young players I’m okay with that.  The other three teams (all losers this year and building for the future) also all come out of these deals with parts that make them better for the future.  The Hornets also get almost 10 million dollars in salary relief next year with Wilcox and Villanueva becoming free agents.

*****And for all the doubters out there who think the Hornets giving up two former lottery picks, a classy veteran and two future first round picks is too much…I ask you two multi-layered questions:

1.  Where are the Hornets going in the post season with the team they have today? Certainly not past the Lakers or the Spurs!  But the trade I proposed could help them get past those two clubs.

2.  Right now the Hornets have no money to spend this summer and will be drafting low in the 1st round.  Does trading low draft picks really hurt the team?  I say NO!  Does having 10 million dollars freed up to perhpas land  a free agent player this summer help?  YEP!