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.”
So, would the Hornets and Knicks consider a sign-and-trade of David Lee 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?
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.”
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?
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!
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 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!
Just some food for thought. No matter what happens realize that the odds of the Hornets doing nothing are very very slim.