Okay…I think I’ve found a way to fix the Hornets…keep them competative this year and build for the future.
Inspired by a report from the Sacramento Bee newspaper and from trade someone sent me from www.hornetsreport.com I’ve come up with the following scenarios:
Peja Stojakovic & Bobby Brown to the Los Angeles Lakers
Luke Walton, Sasha Vujacic & Adam Morrison to the New Orleans Hornets
WHY: The Lakers are reportedly looking for better outside shooting and another point guard. Peja could finish his career with a chance for a ring and Bobby Brown would take minutes from Jordan Farmar. The Hornets would get three wing players because they desperately need wings who can play. Vujacic would automatically start at shooting guard and Walton/Morrison can easily break the Hornets rotation at small forward. Morrison also has an expiring $6 million dollar contract which would help the Hornets get under the luxury tax. Morrison could be re-signed next season (at the veteran minimum) if he plays well.
TRADE #2: (as reported in the Sacramento Bee)
Emeka Okafor to the Sacramento Kings
Kenny Thomas to the New Orleans Hornets
WHY: I’ve been saying for weeks that Okafor and West are too much alike and cannot play in the same line-up. Also, I don’t think Okafor is tough enough for West and has not endeared himself to the team. Okafor goes to a Kings team still searching for a quality big man (Spencer Hawes still looks shakey). The Hornets get an $8 million dollar expiring contract which gets them further under the luxury tax and helps free up some money for free agency in the summer 2010. Yes, the Hornets would have to play the remainder of the season with Sean Marks, Hilton Armstrong and Darius Songaila at center but the three should be servicable enough to stay conpetative.
Julian Wright and Devin Brown to the Portland Trail Blazers
Rudy Fernandez and a future 2nd round pick to the New Orleans Hornets
WHY: Both Wright and Fernandez are young players in need of change. I was at the Hornets/Portland game Friday night and Fernandez seemed to be sulking the entire game. Wright is one of my favortie all time Hornets players because he’s such a great guy but he needs a fresh start. Both of these guys are super talented and could flourish in new systems. Fernandez would start immediately at small forward for the Hornets. Juju would provide energy and solid defense at four positions for the Blazers…Brown gives a playoff team another quality veteran in the back court.
Fletcher’s Revamped 2009-2010 Roster:
1. Chris Paul
2. Sasha Vujacic
3. Rudy Fernandez
4. David West
5. Sean Marks
Darren Collison, Marcus Thornton, Luke Walton, James Posey, Adam Morrison, Darius Songaila, Hilton Armstrong, Ike Diogu, Morris Peterson
Personally….if the Hornets could magically make this happen…I’d be very impressed.
With Paul healthy this team could realistically compete for a playoff spot. If they fall short of the post season you’ve at least got young wing players to run with Paul for the next few years and then the team could pick-up one of three young centers in the NBA Draft Lottery next June (Greg Monroe of Georgetown, Cole Aldrich from University of Kansas or Donatas Motiejunas of Lithuania).