With CP3 off to the L.A. Clippers…it’s time for Hornets GM Dell Demps to start looking at other deals to get younger while remaining competative. 

Below are 2 trades that might work perfectly for the Hornets:

Weather deals like this happen soon or at the trade deadline…I expect Trevor Ariza, Emeka Okafor and Chris Kaman to be dealt as the Hornets rebuild.  I don’t have a trade right now involving Kaman because I think he’ll be with the team until the trade deadline.  Kaman has an expiring contract so serious contenders looking for a former all-star big man at the deadline (Dallas, Chicago) should come calling allowing the Hornets to pickup more young players/draft picks.   

Trade #1:

Emeka Okafor to Houston for Goran Dragic, Patrick Patterson, Chandler Parsons & the rights to Donatas Montiejunas

WHY:  Houston is desperate for a center…the only one they have on their roster right now is Hasheem Thabeet.  Okafor is a Houston native who’d be joining a playoff ready starting 5.  The Hornets get four very nice young players.

Trade #2:

Trevor Ariza to Minnesota Timberwolves for Anthony Randolph and Nikola Pekovic

WHY: Ariza will only stunt the growth of newly acquired Al-Farouq Aminu.  Minnesota has a ton of big men…way too many big men…so dumping a few and picking up a classy veteran who can be a good influence on all the young players the T’wolves have would work for both teams.

VERY Young & Rebuilding…yet competative 2011-2012 Hornets:

PG: Jarrett Jack/Goran Dragic

SG: Eric Gordon/Marco Belinelli

SF: Al-Farouq Aminu/Quincy Pondexter/Chandler Parsons

PF: Carl Landry/Patrick Patterson/Anthony Randolph

C: Chris Kaman, Nikola Pekovic, Jason Smith

*Montiejunas is playing over seas and will come to the NBA next season

*Two 1st round selections in 2012 NBA draft


4 Responses

  1. not sure if the opposing team would be willing to take on our players but it would definitely make for a deep bench. i am not sold on aminu quite yet he needs some work. I would also like to see how okafor would have turned out in his natural position as a 4.

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