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.
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!
***NEW ORLEANS HORNETS ACQUIRE:
***HOUSTON ROCKETS ACQUIRE:
***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.
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.
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).
***NEW ORLEANS HORNETS RECEIVE:
***CLEVELAND CAVALIERS RECEIVE:
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.
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!