'winze', that's just it ... I never stated that Prince was the answer ... it was more about brainstorming and figuring out what Marcus Thornton's value is considered to be, being that I keep reading that he is the key to keeping Chris Paul. If anyone thinks that is true then the Hornets are in more trouble than we thought. "Marcus Thornton is the key to keeping Chris Paul happy?" No, I think keeping Marcus Thornton is the key to keeping 'HiMyNameisSteven' happy, apparently. Tayshaun Prince isn't washed up, but he isn't the answer either, I agree. However, he is better than Marcus Thornton and Emeka Okafor! Nevertheless, every transaction is just a stepping stone to getting better. So, one trade wouldn't put the Hornets in the Finals anyway. In regards to Emeka Okafor ... anyone remember the game at Toronto last season when Chris Bosh destroyed Okafor the same way 'HiMyNameisSteven ' mentions how Jason Smith got destroyed by him? What's the difference? Point is, Emeka Okafor leaves a lot to be desired, and in my opinion he isn't that much better than a back-up BIG-Man. Jason Smith is comparable to Okafor, and if Okafor was traded the Hornets wouldn't lose anything at that position. Like I stated before, 'HiMyNameisSteven' you started the insults with me, because you got sensitive about my harmless trade question about MT5. Why are you so enamored by Marcus Thornton? I'm glad your not the GM, because MT5 would be untouchable, huh? For other 'posters' ... what would be a good trade for Marcus Thornton? ... and Emeka for that matter? L_Reazy
even more glad u are not our gm if u think jason smith and emeka are same quality player and we wouldnt loose anything with the switch. Thats just plain stupid. marcus not untouchable as i have said many times but you dont give up your second best trade chip (besides peja) to get a tayshun prince so u have expirings. what you dont understand is the next year or two is about making chris paul happy so he stays. he leaves then the hornets suck. no chance in many years for a championship if paul leaves. you dont come across top 5 talent often and you dont risk letting him leave by trading players with skill and upside for expirings. yes you can put him in a deal so you can get something better but that would be done by putting a pick in there or peja. emeka i would only trade if we were throwing another piece in there to get another decent caliber center. you cant win with jason smith and aaron gray as our bigs. plain and simple
Two players who are able to play in the top 1-6 spots of the rotation, to replace the two you're losing?
Impeccable. I suppose you'd want to do it if you want to tank or if you want the big expiring more than you want the Belinelli. After all, that's what the Heat did. They happened to have Wade before but they signed him, Bosh, and the other guy by having only $5.5m committed and a deal on the table to dump $5m of that. The experiment has yet to run, but the point is that having the expiring contracts is of value for some. I don't think hoarding expiring contracts is what L is talking about however, nor do I think L is actually advocating this. Dell, however, given the off-season change, could sure do a lot more with Emeka "I'm hard to trade" Okafor not on the roster. I'm not advocating this; I'm just saying it's a possibility.
Actually this may amazing fun trade math if someone can figure it out... if you trade your 3rd guy and your 6th guy, you have to get back someone or a combination of two someones who equal ___. Hmm. For the math to work, you'd have to label everyone backwards on the roster. So CP is #15. West is 14, Okafor 13... Thornton (when playing as usual) is 10 or 9. So, Okafor + Thornton is 23 in roster-spot value. Prince would be like... 12. 23 >12. Therefore this trade is lopsided. You have depleted the quality of your roster by... I dunno, whoever = player #11. By the equivalent of a Belinelli. The question is, do we really WANT to be an entire Belinelli worse? Do we? Do we? LOL.