Peja & Thornton Traded?

The simple answer to the above headline is…Yes!

In Tuesday night’s win over the Los Angeles Clippers Marcus Thornton was the only player on the active roster not to play. 

Peja Stojakovic has been inactive the past 5 games.

General Manager Dell Demps and coach Monty Williams seem content with the roster they built this offseason (9 new players) and Peja and MT5 are simply not in their plans.   

Dell Demps was quoted in the Times Picayune newspaper two days ago saying that he is not currently entertaining trade offers for Peja….to that I say….UNTRUE!

I believe that Demps is shopping Peja and Thornton hard right now.

The reason Demps has to shop them now is because if he waits until the NBA trade deadline in February he may not be able to move them.

Lots of teams have aging players with big expiring contracts (think Michael Redd in Milwaukee and Eddie Curry In NYC) just like Peja’s and their will not be enough teams willing to take these guys.

So making a move before Christmas is the Hornets best option.

And yes…I of course have a trade scenario:

3 Team Deal: Hornets, Clippers, Timberwolves

Hornets Get: Chris Kaman & Martell Webster

Clippers Get: Kevin Love & Quincy Pondexter

T’Wolves Get: Peja Stojakovic, Marcus Thornton & Al-Farouq Aminu 

{This trade works under NBA trade guidelines}

Is the deal far-fetched? Yep!

But here is why it’s somewhat belivable: 

Love is on fire for Minny but he’s reportedly not happy with his minutes and the team reportedly feels he does all his damage when the game is out of reach and the team is losing (plus, Minny is 1-7 overall). 

Love goes back to L.A. where he played his college ball and gives the Clippers a young gun to pair in the front court with Blake Griffin. 

The Clips have never won with Kaman…so even though he’s been an all-star…dealing him should not be a big deal.  The Clippers shed payroll and get a young popular player (Love) to replace Kaman. Yes, the Clips have to part with Al-Farouq Aminu but to get Kevin Love I think they’d do it.  Quincy Pondexter is part of this trade to sweeten the deal for L.A.

In Aminu Minnesota gets a player who could become an all-star small forward.  Pair him with Flynn/Rubio (if he ever comes over), Wesley Johnson, Beasley and Pekovic and you’ve got a solid starting 5.  Thornton gives the T’Wolves a shooter off the bench.  Peja’s contract gives Minny even more salary relief and flexability next summer.

In Kaman the Hornets get an all-star big man who can play behind Okafor and West and who is also insurance if/when West bolts via free agency next summer. Webster is a solid small forward who’d fit right in with the second unit (when he comes back from surgery….sometime around the first of the year).  By trading away Peja’s huge expiring contract the Hornets give up getting tremendous financial flexability next summer…but for a chance to win I think it’s what has to be done.


3 Responses

  1. If you trade Peja you are giving up your chance at signing Carmelo Anthony unless you are getting all expiring contracts back, but thats very unlikely. The reason Peja has not been traded and wont be is because Dell Demps wants a shot at Melo.

  2. Nice idea…but do you honestly think denver would want peja and MT…knowing they could possible get anybody else in the NBA….on top of who’s to say melo doesn’t bolt after the season is over

  3. There is no possible way that this three team trade would go down because the hornets don’t want another big man. What they are wanting is a compliment to go along CP3 in the starting line up. Kaman would clearly sit the bench and they need a little more scoring help so Paul doesn’t have to take all the shots and use his whole arsenal of skills.

    I really don’t think they will get Melo either because he gets to decide where he wants to go and he’s already released his list of places he’s wanting to go and I agree that Peja and whoever else they would get is not ANYWHERE close to what they could get from other teams (i.e. Derek Favors).

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