Archive for April, 2009

Fixing The Hornets
April 30, 2009

The Hornets bowed out of the post season tonight and now the big question becomes:

Will the team use the injury excuse to describe 2008-2009 and do nothing this off-season…or will they come to the conclusion that this team needs a major overhaul and start looking into radical trades?

Lets assume they go the way of change.

The only player on the roster who is a complete untouchable is Chris Paul.  Besides CP3 no one is safe.

So what happens. 

Let’s start with Tyson Chandler.  I found this interesting clip from a New York newspaper:

“The Hornets tried to trade Chandler at the deadline and there’s reason to believe they’ll consider it again this summer. TC has another year left at $12.2M before he can opt out in 2010. He would fill a need in the paint as a shot-blocker, rebounder and ability to run and get at the rim. What the Knicks — and other teams — need to figure out is if he can get himself healthy and get the edge back in his game. With another payday looming in a year or two (his option year is $13.1M for 2010-11), Chandler has to find his old self again. Perhaps a change of scenery (coaching, system) will be a spark.”

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Tyson Chandler To The Knicks?

So, would the Hornets and Knicks consider a sign-and-trade of David Lee for Tyson Chandler? 

I would!

David Lee To The Hornets For Tyson Chandler?

David Lee To The Hornets For Tyson Chandler?

Lee’s looking for 8-10 million per season meaning if the Hornets pulled the trigger on this deal the franchise would actually save a couple of million in the swap.

Another article I found was from Arizona:

“Stoudemire’s future is tied to O’Neal’s. If the Suns can trade Shaq, they’d be more willing to re-up Stoudemire and play him alongside Robin Lopez. But if O’Neal is here next year, Stoudemire might be dealt because Phoenix would need a better defender at power forward.”

 

Look, I think it would be great for ticket sales if the Hornets could acquire Shaq.  A risky on-court move but a total win off the court!  I just can’t see it happening. Acquiring Shaq’s $20 million dollar contract is difficult.  What seems more likely is Stoudemire being dealt.  So, would the Hornets consider a deal of David West, Hilton Armstrong and a 2nd round pick for Stoudemire? 

I would!

Could David West Be Moved...Possibly To Phoenix?

Could David West Be Moved...Possibly To Phoenix?

Stoudemire is a dynamic offensive player and the Hornets need offense!  Make no mistake, the team could not score this season and they need all the help they can get scoring the ball.  West is also a better fit to play in the front court with Shaq and the Suns get more front court depth in Armstrong. 

Now to coach Byron Scott:

“ESPN’s Tony Kornheiser said earlier this week: Byron Scott has gone from being the NBA coach of the to being on the hot seat.”

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Is Byron Scott On The Hot Seat?

Scott has two years left on the contract he signed after last season.  Would owners George Shinn and Gary Chouest take on the $10 million dollar responsibility of firing Scott?

Probably not!

But, if they do decide to make a change keep one name in mind: PJ Brown

Seriously, PJ is as classy an NBA man as you’ll find.  He’s got a championship ring and he loves New Orleans and the Hornets organization. I know he has no coaching experience but neither did Bulls coach Vinny Del Negro when he took over Chicago.  Pat Riley and Avery Johnson had only one season as assistants when they became head coaches and Byron Scott only served two years as an assistant when he took over New Jersey.

So if Byron is out…remember PJ!

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PJ Brown...The Next Hornets Head Coach?

As for the rest of the Hornets.  Don’t be surprised if the Hornets try to work on a deal with Detroit to move some parts.  For instance, Would the Pistons consider re-signing Allen Iverson and working a sign and trade deal with the Hornets for former Michigan State hero Morris Peterson and Julian Wright? 

I would!

Allen Iverson As A Hornet?

Allen Iverson As A Hornet?

I think Iverson still has some gas left in the tank….personally I think he’d help the team on the court and the organization help sell tickets.

Personally, I also think the Hornets should try to sign soon-to-be free agent Glen ‘Big baby’ Davis.  The former LSU Tiger would help the Hornets woeful front court and he’d be a huge hit in the community!

Glen Davis Should Be An Off-Season Priority

Glen Davis Should Be An Off-Season Priority

Just some food for thought.  No matter what happens realize that the odds of the Hornets doing nothing are very very slim.

The Edge To NOLA??? I Doubt It
April 28, 2009

This article was just posetd.  I think with the addition of undrafted free agents PJ Hill and Herb Donaldson (along with Mike Bell, Heath Evans and Lynell Hamilton) the Saints have no interest in James…but you never know.

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courtesy: espn.com

Where will James end up?

Edgerrin James | Cardinals | Interested: Chiefs? Seahawks? Buccaneers? Dolphins? Jaguars? Saints?

With the second-to-last pick in the draft’s first round, the Arizona Cardinals took running back Chris Wells, and the bells you hear tolling are there to signify the end of Edgerrin James‘ time in the desert.According to Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic, the team will likely be cutting the veteran running back within the next week. While James would’ve had a few more teams after him had he been released at the start of the free agent signing period, he could still find some work.

One team rumored to be interested in James is the New Orleans Saints. The Saints bid adieu to Deuce McAllister earlier this offseason, and if James were willing to accept a diminished role on the roster at first, there is a spot for him in a backfield led by Pierre Thomas and Reggie Bush. With just four picks available in this year’s draft, the team elected to focus on defense and special teams, selecting three defenders and a punter.

With Larry Johnson‘s situation not yet figured out, the Kansas City Chiefs have also been rumored to be a destination for James. If Johnson winds up being traded, the team would have unproven commodities in the backfield. To wit, Tyler Thigpen was the team’s second-leading rusher in 2008 behind LJ. The Seattle Seahawks and Tampa Bay Buccaneers have some question marks in the backfield as well, and could be in the mix for James too.

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As with the Bucs, both the Jacksonville Jaguars and Miami Dolphins have also been mentioned as possible destinations for James, given that he is a Florida native. However, Miami already has a long-in-the-tooth running back in Ricky Williams, and the Jaguars would be using James only as an insurance policy should Maurice Jones-Drew break down. Jags coach Jack Del Rio has already emphasized that Greg Jones will be seeing a heavier workload this season, and seventh round draftee Rashad Jennings may also get some work in his rookie campaign.

James proved throughout the playoffs last season that he still has a bit of fuel left in the tank. The tough part now will be to find a new team that will give him a legitimate chance to earn the starting job, because he’ll be most effective as the primary back in an offense. Although he’s nearing the 3,000 carry mark on his odometer – with 430 receptions to boot – a few teams will certainly come calling upon his official release.

Saints Sign 2 Running Backs
April 27, 2009

The signing of these two big backs helps easy the pain of selecting a punter in the 5th round of the NFL draft.

I like both of these guys and think one of them will make the team!

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Saints Sign Herb Donaldson

5’11, 225

Western Illinois University

Herb Donaldson doesn’t have the greatest speed in the world, but his size and production make up for it. He rushed for an amazing 328 yards and six touchdowns against Indiana State on Nov. 4. Think his lacking competition is the reason he compiled 1,417 yards in 2006? He gained 4.1 yards per carry at Wisconsin earlier in the season.

W Illinois Preview

 

 

 

MADISON (WKOW) — P.J. Hill has finally found a home.  He’s heading to the big easy.

According to our conversation with Hill’s agent tonight, the former badger running back has agreed to a three-year deal with the New Orleans Saints.

Hill went undrafted this past weekend — possibly due in part to his DUI on March 16th.

But tonight Hill signs a three-year contract with New Orleans.

Hill rushed for 3,942 yards as a Badger.  He finished 3rd on Wisconsin’s all-time rushing list.

Wisconsin Preview Football

 

Saints Sign QB
April 27, 2009

UCLA quarterback Patrick Cowan, who was an undergraduate assistant coach with the Bruins last season, signed a free-agent contract with the New Orleans Saints.

courtesy: www.dailynews.com

{Fletcher’s take: Don’t expect Cowan to be anything more than an extra arm in mini-camp. He’ll be luck to be invited to training camp in July.}

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Bio courtesy: www.wikipedia.com

Patrick Edmund Cowan (born March 23, 1986 in Surrey, British Columbia) is a quarterback for the New Orleans Saints of the NFL. He was previously the starting quarterback for the UCLA Bruins football team after starter Ben Olson was injured in the middle of the 2006 season. Cowan was a redshirt sophomore. His best game came when he went 12/21 for 124 yards when the Bruins upset the #2 USC Trojans on December 2, 2006. With the win, the Bruins qualified for the Emerald Bowl against Florida State. Cowan was 15/26 for 240 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in the loss to Florida State.

Cowan and USC linebacker Rey Maualuga will be remembered in the tradition-filled UCLA-USC football rivalry for a violent sideline collision-tackle of Cowan in the 2nd Quarter of the 2007 game which was televised to a national audience. To Cowan’s credit, after the collision he walked to his sideline unassisted, and returned to play the remainder of the contest. In the post-game day ESPN telecast, legendary college football coach Lou Holtz observed that the Maualuga tackle of Cowan was “the most violent tackle I have ever seen on a college football field”.[1]

Cowan ended his UCLA football career when he had a knee injury during the 2008 Spring practices. He served as an undergraduate assistant coach on the football team in 2008. He was eligible for the 2009 NFL draft, but was not selected. However, after the draft he was signed as a free agent by the Saints. [2]

Pat Cowan played at UCLA alongside his brother, Joe Cowan. Cowan attended St. John Bosco High School in Bellflower, California. Both brothers were born in Canada while their father Tim Cowan played quarterback for the BC Lions of the CFL.[3]

Grading The 2009 Saints Draft
April 26, 2009

Let’s give the Saints overall draft a grade shall we…I say: C+

I graded the four selections as follows: A, B+, C-, F

ANALYSIS COURTESY: DRAFTCOUNTDOWN.COM

1st Round:

MALCOLM JENKINS-DEFENSIVE BACK-THE OHIO STATE UNIVERISTY

GRADE: A

Also being looked at as a free safety prospect…Probably would have been a first round pick in the 2008 NFL Draft had he come out after his junior season…A three-year starter in the Big Ten…Helped lead his high school team to three consecutive state titles…Was named 1st Team All-Big Ten as a sophomore, junior and senior…Missed the final two games of the regular season with a knee injury as a true freshman but was otherwise healthy…Will attempt to follow in the footsteps of former Buckeyes cornerbacks who have found great success in the NFL like Shawn Springs, Antoine Winfield, Ahmed Plummer, Nate Clements and Chris Gamble…Will likely begin his pro career at corner but if that doesn’t work out he still has Pro Bowl potential as a safety…Best fit may come in a zone scheme where he can press…Eerily reminiscent of Antrel Rolle coming out of college and carries a similar pro grade…Not an elite shut-down cover guy but could be a #1 corner.

SYNOPSIS COURTESY: WWW.DRAFTCOUNTDOWN.COM 

{Fletcher’s take: I think Jenkins will surprise people at corner and start opposite Tracy Porter}

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4th Round:

CHIP VAUGHN-STRONG SAFETY-WAKE FOREST UNIVERSITY

GRADE: B+

SYNOPSIS COURTESY: WWW.DRAFTCOUNTDOWN.COM

First name is “Clarence”…Actually arrived at Wake Forest as a wide receiver…Saw extensive action as a backup early in his career before taking over a starting job in 2007…Led the Demon Deacons in tackles as a junior…A blue-collar prospect who certainly isn’t flashy but has adequate physical tools and even better intangibles…An in-the-box run supporter whose best fit at the  next level will be as a strong safety.

{Fletcher’s Take: I think Vaughn will push or replace Roman Harper at the strong safety position}

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4th Round:

STANLEY ARNOUX-LINEBACKER-WAKE FOREST UNIVERSITY

GRADE: C-

SYNOPSIS COURTESY: WWW.DRAFTCOUNTDOWN.COM

Last name is pronounced “are-NEW”…Was a four-year starter for the Demon Deacons…Played outside linebacker early on in his career then replaced Jon Abbate in the middle in 2007…Was overshadowed by Aaron Curry but really made a name for himself with an impressive performance at the Scouting Combine…Doesn’t play up to his workout numbers but possesses top intangibles…Won’t be a good fit for every team…Could compete for a roster spot as a backup and special teamer.

{Fletcher’s Take: This guy was probably a reach but the Saints were thin at linebacker last year and Arnoux could provide depth both inside and outside and on special teams.}

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5th Round:

THOMAS MORSTEAD-PUNTER-SOUTHERN METHODIST UNIVERSITY (SMU)

GRADE: F

SYNOPSIS COURTESY: WWW.DRAFTCOUNTDOWN.COM

Career average is the fourth best in school history…Connected on 37 of 53 field goal attempts (70%) and went 106 for 108 on extra points for the Mustangs…Named 2nd Team All-Conference USA in 2006 and 1st Team in 2007…Led Conference USA and ranked 9th in the nation with a 44.6-yard average as a junior…Very good prospect who played his entire college career in relative obscurity…Has the physical tools and superb intangibles to be drafted and earn a starting job in the NFL.

{Fletcher’s Take: What The H^&*?!?!?!?!?! I can’t believe the Saints traded up to draft a punter when they have a guy who finished 2008 punting so well.  The Saints tried to trade up on day one and get back into the 1st round to select Ohio State running back Chris ‘Beanie’ Wells.  Why not take a big back in the 5th round?  Or wait and take one in the 7th round without trading up. The Saints should have taken UNLV RB Frank ‘The Tank” Summers, RB Fui Vakapuna from BYU or RB Rashad Jennings from Liberty.}

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Drew Brees Featured In Sport Science (AMAZING STUFF)
April 20, 2009

Saints insider Jeff Duncan of the TP had a nice write-up about this TV show in his column.

This video clip is must watch!

2009 Saints Mock Draft
April 16, 2009

I’ve been saying over and over and over that the Saints would use the #14 pick in the 1st round of the NFL draft on a defensive player.

But I’m officially changing my tune! I think the Saints will do whatever possible to move down in the 1st round and secure a pick in the second round. But will the Saints find a team willing to swap 1st rounders and give the black and gold a second rounder?

If the Saints can’t trade down I think they’ll draft an offensive player at #14.

I love the 3 linebackers at USC (Cushing, Maualuga, Matthews Jr.) but I’m not sure any could come in and start immediately.

I also like Ohio State defensive back Malcolm Jenkins but like the trio from USC I’m not sure Jenkins could make an immediate impact.

To me, this team needs an impact player ASAP!  The Saints are built to win now.

Therefore…I think the teams first round pick will be (drum roll please)……

1ST ROUND: 14TH OVERALL

KNOWSHON MORENO: RUNNING BACK

UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA

5’11 215 Lbs.

SYNOPSIS COURTESY:

WWW.DRAFTCOUNTDOWN.COM

Natural runner with outstanding vision and instincts…Very elusive and creative…Quick and explosive with a burst…Tough, strong and super competitive…Runs hard and will break some tackles…Decisive and hits the hole hard…Excellent balance and agility…Terrific change of direction skills…Keeps his legs moving…Can run inside and outside effectively…Great hands and runs good routes…Big play threat who’ll take it the distance…Gives good effort as a blocker…Doesn’t put the ball on the ground…Very productive…A hard worker and team leader. 

 

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Fletcher’s take: Moreno would immediately emerge as the full time starter Reggie Bush and Pierre Thomas have failed to become.  No offense to Bush and Thomas…they’re productive players who will still be used in the roles they’ve filled in recent years but Moreno would be the starter.

  

 

 

 

NO SECOND OR THIRD ROUND SELECTIONS BUT TWO FOURTH ROUND CHOICES.

4th Round:

Cary Harris: Cornerback

USC

5’11  185 LBS

Was a three-year starter for the Trojans…Played extensively as a backup and special teamer as a true freshman in 2005…Took over a starting job in 2006…Had surgery on a sprained finger prior to 2007 spring practice…Started 12 games in 2007 but missed one contest with a dislocated shoulder…Had arthroscopic surgery on both of his ankles prior to 2008 spring practice…Missed a couple of starts in 2008 with a hamstring injury…Named Honorable Mention All-Pac 10 as a junior and senior..Underrated prospect with the potential to start in the NFL.

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Analysis Courtesy: www.draftcountdown.com

 

4th Round:

Darcel McBath: Free Safety

Texas Tech

6′ 1  200 Lbs.

A three-year starter for the Red Raiders…Began his college career as a cornerback…Redshirted in 2004…Broke his arm in the preseason and missed six games in 2005…Moved to safety in 2006 and started there the next three seasons…Named 2nd Team All-Big 12 in 2006 and 1st Team in 2008…Solid all-around player with a nice blend of physical tools and intangibles..Profiles as a starting free safety at the next level. 

 

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Analysis Courtesy: www.draftcountdown.com

NO FIFTH OR SIXTH ROUND CHOICES…ONE SEVENTH ROUND PICK.

7th ROUND:

David Veikune: Defensive End

University of Hawaii

6’3 255 lbs

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Adequate size / bulk and is still getting bigger…Quick and agile…Plays quite a bit faster than he times…Excellent strength…Has a fantastic motor…Is very intelligent with good awareness…Will offer a lot of versatility…Intense and competitive…Hard worker…Nice production.
Had a fantastic senior campaign and really improved his draft stock…Natural pass rusher who doesn’t possess outstanding triangle numbers but just seems to have a knack for getting after the quarterback…A prospect on the rise.

Analysis Courtesy: www.draftcountdown.com

 

{Fletcher’s Note:  If the Saints trade down look for them to perhaps deal with the New York Giants or the Miami Dolphins.  Both of those teams have two picks in the second round (the Giants second pick in round two is actually the one they got from the Saints for Jeremy Shockey).  It would also not surprise me one bit to see Jason David and one of the Saints two 4th round picks moved for a 3rd round selection.}

If the Saints trade down in the 1st round and pick anywhere between 22-32 look for them to perhaps take one of the following players:

-Darius Butler: CB University of Connecticut

-Victor “Macho” Harris: CB Virginia Tech

-Sean Smith: CB/S University of Utah

-Louis Delmas: FS Western Michigan University

If the team obtains a 2nd round choice I’d remember these guys:

-Max Unger: C University of Oregon

-Ron Brace: DT Boston College

-LeSean McCoy: RB University of Pittsburgh

-William Moore: SS University of Missouri

-Patrick Chung: SS University of Oregon  

ALL IN ALL…LOTS  OF TALENT AT THE END OF THE FIRST ROUND AND IN THE SECOND ROUND SO LOOK FOR THE SAINTS DO BE VERY ACTIVE TRYING TO MOVE DOWN IN AN EFFORT TO OBTAIN MORE PICKS!  

Running Back Visiting Saints
April 13, 2009

COURTESY: WWW.PROFOOTBALLTALK.COM

Liberty running back Rashad Jennings is scheduled to visit the New Orleans Saints this week, according to Scout.com.jennings

 

Jenning has conducted private workouts with the New York Jets, New England Patriots, Denver Broncos and the Philadelphia Eagles. The Cincinnati Bengals and the Eagles have reportedly displayed a lot of interest in Jennings.

The 6′1,” 231-pound runner ran the 40-yard dash in 4.52 seconds at his campus Pro Day workout, and bench pressed 225 pounds 29 times at the NFL Scouting Combine. He posted a 29-inch vertical leap.

He rushed for 1,500 yards and 17 touchdowns last season.

Jennings transferred from the University of Pittsburgh to be closer to his father, who is battling diabetes.

As a freshman at Pittsburgh, Jennings rushed for 411 yards and one touchdown.

In four seasons, the Division I-AA All-American selection rushed for 4,052 career yards and 43 touchdowns.

MORE JENNINGS INFO: rashad-jennings-nfl-draft1

courtesy: www.draftcountdown.com

Strengths:
Excellent size and bulk…Good athleticism…Plays pretty fast for a big guy…Strong and powerful…Decent vision and instincts…Runs hard and is difficult to bring down…Very patient…Good hands…Does a real nice job as a blocker…Excels in short yardage situations and down on the goaline…Offers some versatility…Durable…Was super productive.

Weaknesses:
Did most of his damage against a lower level of competition…Not real quick or explosive…Doesn’t have great feet…Won’t make people miss…Will have trouble turning the corner at the next level…Isn’t much of a big play threat…Conditioning has been a problem in the past…Has some  issues with ball security…Might be a  bit of a ‘tweener.

Notes:
Originally signed with Pittsburgh but had some academic problems in high school and wasn’t in great shape so he used the year off as a non-qualifier to shed 30 pounds and get his grades in order…Enrolled at Pitt in 2005 and played extensively as a true freshman, finishing the year as the Panthers second leading rusher…Transferred to Liberty so he could be closer to his family and sick father…Brother, Bryan, played tight end at Virginia Tech and in the NFL…Another brother, Butch, played running back at Virginia Military Institute and later Liberty…Sat out the first two games of the 2007 season due to an NCAA rule violation…Named a 1st Team Division I-AA All-American as a senior…Was named the Big South Offensive Player of the Year as a junior and senior…1st Team All-Big South three years in a row (’06, ’07 & ’08)…Also being looked at as a potential fullback…Major talent with an intriguing set of measurables who was essentially a big fish in a small pond…One of the  top small-school prospects available this year.

Mackels In Frisco
April 11, 2009

My brother Travers and I went to San Francisco last weekend.

Haven’t been the San Fran since I was 11 years old. 

Great city.

Walking around we of course saw sights that made us talk about New Orleans and how our city can improve.  Hopefully one day our leaders will all be able to get on the same page and act for the greater good of the city and we can re-establish ourselves as the jewel of the south.

Her are some photos from the weekend.

Travers & Fletcher in AT&T park For The Giants/Dodgers Game

Travers & Fletcher in AT&T park For The Giants/Dodgers Game

At Oracle Arena For The Warriors/Hornets Game

At Oracle Arena For The Warriors/Hornets Game

 

Travers With Alcatraz In The Background

Travers With Alcatraz In The Background

 

After Seeing The Movie "Milk" Had To Go See The Castro And Harvey Milk Plaza

After Seeing The Movie "Milk" Had To Go See The Castro And Harvey Milk Plaza

 

Travers, Eddie LaMeire, Fletcher & Eddie's Girlfriend.  Eddie Went To College With Us And Now Lives In The Bay Area

Travers, Eddie LaMeire, Fletcher & Eddie's Girlfriend. Eddie Went To College With Us And Now Lives In The Bay Area

 

More New Orleanians Living In San Francisco.  Beau Boudier & Travers.

More New Orleanians Living In San Francisco. Beau Boudier & Travers.

 

Tori White (Beau's Girlfriend) & Fletcher.  Tori is also from New Orleans.

Tori White (Beau's Girlfriend) & Fletcher. Tori is also from New Orleans.

Travers & Fletcher On Famed Haight Street

Travers & Fletcher On Famed Haight Street

Sports Idiot Of The Week!!!!!
April 10, 2009

The columnist who wrote the blow article, Tim McMahon, gets our overwhelming vote this week for sports idiot of the week!

To even write an article suggesting Chris Paul could be traded to the Hornets biggest rival for scraps is idiotic! 

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Getting Chris Paul could be Plan A for Mavs’ summer

by: Tim MacMahon

Picture Chris Paul in a Mavericks uniform.

That might make it easier for MFFLs to watch this weekend’s home-and-home series with New Orleans if Paul dominates Dallas, as he does most times the Hornets and Mavs meet. But it’s also a realistic scenario for next season.

The thought has apparently crossed Mark Cuban’s mind. Rumor has it the Mavs brass let the powers that be in the Big Easy know before the trade deadline that they’d take the Hornets’ two worst contracts off their hands in a package with Paul. I’d wager the value of Paul’s four-year, max contract extension that kicks in next season that the Mavericks will put on the full-court press with that proposal this summer.

Acquiring Paul, a perennial MVP candidate who hasn’t even hit his prime yet, and a couple of his overpaid pals would be a no-brainer basketball deal for the Mavs. For the Hornets, such a deal would make sense only because of the dollars.

http://mavsblog.dallasnews.com/archives/2009/04/getting-chris-paul-could-be-plan-a-for-m.html