Breaking News: Hornets Sell 45th Pick to Knicks

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Published: June 23, 2011

The speculation on who the Hornets would draft at number 45 has ended. Just after 10 pm central time Dell Demps came into the media room at the Hornets Headquarters and announced that the team would be selling the pick to the New York Knicks. The reaction wasn’t exactly enthusiastic, since we had been here over four hours waiting for some news.

Am I happy about it? Not really, but I doubt anything that happened with the 45th pick today was going to make me particularly thrilled. It would have been a lot of fun to talk about a new player, and get some cool interviews with him, but in the end it’s better that the Hornets use the money on players that they think will help them.

Dell didn’t think anyone available can help us as much as a few ducats can, and that’s a fairly reasonable assumption considering how weak the draft was this year. If money is what the team needs to take the next step, then this was the obvious decision. Ryan has repeatedly posted that the odds of getting a 6th man type player or better so late in the draft are only around 13%, and the fact that he Dell got such good value for such a late pick in a down NBA economy just makes the decision that much more defensible for both the Hornets and their fans.

I’m sure Dell has nothing personally against Josh Harrellson, but would just rather the team have 750,000 right now.

Talk it up in here or at HornetsReport.

73 comments
Kevin
Kevin

So you really believe there will be $50 million to spend, huh? That wasn't a joke the first time? Oh.

J
J

I for got to add (SF) James Jones Contract 4yr $18 Mill $4 Mil a year with the total in my previous post now totaled $27 Million for year one contracts of the re-signed,extened and signed free agents.The reason i added Glen Davis as a free agent to sign in case D West Opts out.

J
J

$49,552,945 to spend on some good talent. full Contract on the right and per year contract on the left (SG) Arron Affalo 5yr $25 Mil $5,000,000 (PF) Glen Davis 5yr $ 25 Mil $5,000,000 (PF) Carl Landry 4yr $ 18 Mil $4,000,000 (C) Arron Gray 3yr $ 9 Mil $3,000,000 (SG) Marco Belinelli 3yr $9 Mill $3,000,000 (C) D.J MBenga 2yr $1.6 Mil $850,000 (SG) Delonte West 1yr $850,000 $850,000 (PG) Carlos Arroyo 1yr $750,000 $750,000 (PF) Juwan Howard 1yr $650,000 $ 650,000 $23,000,000 in year one salary for the players they would sign,re-sign and extended contracts.

chiefyoungblood
chiefyoungblood

Why in the world wouldn't we take Jamie Skeen. Just plain idiotic

Deebo
Deebo

Some of you are just plain idiotic! Right now the hornets roster consists of 5 players taking up around $42 mil. Hypothetically, let's say DWest opts in for his last year, AG exercises his player option and the team makes qualifying offers to Bellinelli and Jason Smith. The grand total is now at $50 mil with 9 roster spots filled. This leaves the team with around $20 mil to fill 6 roster spots which includes hopefully resigning Carl Landry for around 4-5 mil. We're SOL! We should be holding free agent mini-camps like other teams are doing to find some kind of diamond in the ruff. How are we supposed to find a shooting guard, back-up center and back-up small forward plus fill two more spots with $15mil????

42
42

Hey, Deebo. Write another sentence like your first one, and you are done. Everything else you wrote is fine. Please, don't write another sentence like your first one.

J
J

So you're saying the hornets are going to tank the season for a draft lottery pick you must really want CP3 gone

J
J

Pondexter sucks

J
J

This team have $49,302,945 in the salary cap to spend you want to know how i got those figures because of trade exemptions,expired contracts and west opting out there you go.

Kevin
Kevin

That is absolutely false. And those trade ideas above are terrible. And if Quincy Pondexter is ever a rotation player, we'll have plenty to talk about come draft time, because it's back to the lottery we surely have went.

Tooeasy
Tooeasy

The optimist in me allows for a way to certainly find positives in trading out of the 45th pick, regardless of how much I would have enjoyed to anoint a fresh face as our next unsung gem. To begin, several of the players that were slated as being a potential selection with our pick went completely undrafted (Lighty, Bryan-Amaning, Hopson), which means that they were obviously not NBA talents in the scouters eyes, or they can be brought in later for a look in workouts and training camp. Realistically, the players that could have filled a bench role or be part of a back end rotation kind of flew of the boards right before the Hornets selection, which obviously altered the landscape of things very quickly. Although the $750,000 won't garner a great deal in free agency, and second rounders contracts are not guaranteed anyways, I still feel as if this move will be beneficial in some sense down the road for the Hornets. Demps made some great moves throughout the season that allowed for the team to remain competitive and I believe this slight bit of leverage will assist him this offseason. The sum of the parts is greater than the whole, so we must allow for the GM and Co. to really get the wheels spinning to find out whether this was a great move or error in judgement.

J
J

If West opts out we sign Glen Davis then Jamal Crawford maybe.Trade Okafor and Dave Andersen to the Pistons for Rip Hamiltion & some draft picks.Then sign Wilson Chandler,Samuel Dalembert,Leon Powe,Delonte West and J.J Barea or Earl Watson.Re-sign Gray,Mbenga,Landry and Green. C:Dalembert-Gray-Mbenga PF:Davis-Landry-Powe SF:Ariza-Chandler-Pondexter SG:Hamilton-Green-Delonte West PG:Paul-Jack-Watson I've another Idea Hornets-Cavs Trade Okafor for Varejao and Sessions.Then sign Glen Davis,Crawford,Dalembert,Chandler and Delonte West.Then re-sign Green,Gray,Jack,Landry,Mbenga and waive David Andersen C:Dalembert-Gray-Mbenga PF:Davis-Landry-Varejao SF:Ariza-Chandler-Pondexter SG:Crawford-Green-West PG:Paul-Sessions-Jack

Jalil
Jalil

Awwww man this offseason is gonna be scary and i meant that in a good way because i think our cap is like 70M (roughly) and with everyone coming off the books we have about 40M Spent (Including west and if he opts in then we have about 47M) we can go ahead and make some major moves and sign some major players man i cant wait for Dell to get started with this offseason and plus we even have trade exceptions too so man this should be a fun Offseason my fellow hornets fans

Jacob Parsons
Jacob Parsons

I'm alright with it. I'd have rather saw us draft Leslie from Georgia but the extra dinero aint bad too. We gonna need all the cash we can get if we want a decent free agent class

Monty'sDoghouse
Monty'sDoghouse

Really, the annoying part was watching the Travis Leslie highlight reel two picks later. My thinking is that Demps has been given a set amount of money and he just wanted to stockpile more. That is really our best case scenario here.

Brandon
Brandon

It's alright we didn't do much n the draft. Just think Quincy pondexter developing his handles and his shooting. He can be in the rotation. Nt to push blockbuster deals bt if we can get monta without giving up ariza, we have to get him. Try to sign Greg oden or Deandre Jordan to replace okafor. Also, Denver gt Jordan Hamilton. There is no way they can keep him afflalo jr wilson chandler and gallinarri. I wldnt be mad at getting Brandon Roy. Dnt think iguodala fits in a system with Chris paul. Michael beasley will hit the trade block. Too many names for the hornets to keep steady this offseason.

Kevin
Kevin

I really don't have much faith, going forward. Five players under contract, totaling $40 million. Four of them are very replaceable. West is more or less gone. The free agent "splash" that everybody expects isn't going to happen - it really can't happen. Nothing at all to look forward to.

F******
F******

"West is more or less gone." Hahah, how do you know?

Kevin
Kevin

Because it was reported on here, and I know how to read.

CBee3
CBee3

Lol at Fletcher Mackel whining on Twitter about the sale of the pick.

Eman5805
Eman5805

Oh God. Now I know I'm not right. Ain't no way I could be on the same side as Fletch and think I'm right.

CBee3
CBee3

Oooohooo, Dell Demps is a money man. Look if the guys says that there was no one worth picking, then there was no one worth picking. This was a really bad draft class, producing only one potential superstar in Derrick Williams (Kyrie Irving just doesn't present anything really special to me), so to me it makes a lot of sense to save every dime we could. Harrellson is nothing special, he's probably going to be nothing more than a deep reserve or maybe never find his way onto the court. We're going to need every penny we can get if we want to make a push for next season, so picking a guy just to pick a guy seems like a waste. Dell knows what he's doing, and I apologize if you don't necessarily agree/

QueenBee
QueenBee

Tonight's draft is the least of our worries. If there's anything we should be worried about is that they introduce a new CBA that's favorable for small markets is and we get a local owner that wants to keep the team here so free agents will feel better about coming to play here. We're pouting because we didn't keep a late 2nd round pick and for all we know we may not even have a team in the next 2-3 years.

Eman5805
Eman5805

Josh Smith. Kinda redundant as he's kind of a mix of Landry and Ariza and Okafor. He'd probably be part of a sequence of moves, I hope. Bring in a 2 that can put ball in hoop with required amount of regularity and maybe yet another athletic big like Sean Williams to replace Mbeetaljuice.

Nola Jake
Nola Jake

It takes years to fully evaluate a draft pick. I say give this move the same consideration. Let's see what Demps does with the cash before we judge.

Hollis21
Hollis21

At first I thought we picked Harrellson for our roster and wasn't pleased. However, I'm okay with the pick being sold. I'd really, really like to take a look at David Lighty as an undrafted free agent. I've watched him for five years. The dude works his tail off. I also liked Jon Diebler from Ohio State. I figured he'd go undrafted and would fit great as a shooter.But Portland scooped him up. QueenBee. From what I know, here are our trade exemptions. Collison - 1.36M MoPete - 1.35M Peja - 6.65M Thorton - 762K JuJu - 2.58M I'd love a Josh Smith move. He can be so dumb on the court at times but he's one of my favorite players in the league to watch.

QueenBee
QueenBee

Thanks Hollis21. That's some nice trade exception money. Demps is the GM and I think he'll know what he's doing. We try to play armchair GM but I think he'll handle his business. That te money from Peja alone is really nice. Heehee! ;)

James Online
James Online

750 thousand to help pay the bills? Wow.

Joe Gerrity
Joe Gerrity

I asked about that and the answer is that the money will be used to make the team better.

James Online
James Online

That small amount of money won't make the team better. They had a draft choice who might have worked out in case Gray or Smith isn't back. Maybe the Hornets are trying to save some pennies in a desperate effort to keep David West. Strikes me as sad. West doesn't look like he wants to stay on and a few hundred thousand isn't going to make the difference.

L_Reazy
L_Reazy

Here is one way to obtain Josh Smith, if, the Hornets are really looking to make a play for him! http://games.espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=63shjj5 Add this trade with Emeka for Iguadola, with the signing of Dalembert and Wilson Chandler ... ... might be interesting ... assuming Josh Smith is obtained with the departure of David West. F-Smith, F-Chandler, C-Dalembert, G-Iguadola, G-Paul L_REAZY

QueenBee
QueenBee

Within the next week we will hear what West decides. He'll probably opt out for more money but that doesn't mean he won't remain a Hornet. Demps has said he wants to keep both West and Landry. Hopefully whatever monies they have will allow them to keep both.

QueenBee
QueenBee

How many players do the Hornets have under contract right now? Do they still have trade exception money to use?

Joe Gerrity
Joe Gerrity

5 under contract for sure. Lots of trade exception money.

QueenBee
QueenBee

5 under contract right now? Wow. And the way some people are sounding as though that's all we'll go into the season with (if we even have a season). Moves will be made. They have to. I'm not upset with this move.

NuNu318
NuNu318

yeah i just looked at the trade exemption money. forgot about that. makes me feel a little better

QueenBee
QueenBee

Besides, like I said over at ATH, some Hornets fans want lottery and new bodies every single year. Well when Chris Paul IS gone, they'll have their chance at that happines every year.

QueenBee
QueenBee

Do we seriously think Chris Paul is counting on a player at #45 in this poo poo draft to help this team? I'll bet if they consulted CP and asked him if he'd rather they use the money to re-sign West and/or Landry or would he want the #45 pick, which would CP prefer?

Eman5805
Eman5805

Not loving this. Selling ANOTHER pick speaks to more than just a 45th pick. It suggests sameness, stagnation. Which is a surefire way to lose our two best players and then we're the damn gutter dwellers that everyone else already treats us like we are. I'm not losing hope, but it was a blow to my chops I thought wasn't coming. And now I'm all shook up.

504ever
504ever

Eman5805, This is the 45th pick in a very weak (historically) draft, a team that needs to win now, and a new front office. I don't see anything in common with the selling of our 2nd round draft pick (2 years ago?), except the odds against them making it in the NBA are very high.

Eman5805
Eman5805

Historically weak? How? It just friggin' happened. How could you or anyone possibly know how good this draft could be? I'm over any bad feelings about the draft, though I'll continue defending why I felt that way now that I see things more clearly, and it had NOTHING to do with Harrellson or any player we could've picked in the 2nd round.

QueenBee
QueenBee

How do you know our 2 best players don't want this? How do you know if whether or not CP would rather they sell the pick if it means using the money to sign another player that he'd prefer? And if you aren't losing hope it sure as heck sounds like you're just about there.

QueenBee
QueenBee

Nunu, we have 5 for sure players under contract right now. There will be signings. And I'm willing to bet they'll be better than a Harrellson signing. LOL.

NuNu318
NuNu318

But that offeseason your talking about will last about a week unless they come up with a new deal. If not we're looking at nothing happening till December Jan if this lockout drags out and all indications are pointing that way....

QueenBee
QueenBee

Just because they didn't do much on draft night doesn't mean they won't do anything all offseason long.

Eman5805
Eman5805

I don't. But I do know that not doing a thing but standing still won't cut it. And initial reaction was that this leans towards standing still. There's obviously a plan. I could discern that from watching Demps. So maybe its that I'm not having the best sequence of events. I'll relax, have a good night's sleep and be back to my old self tomorrow. See this all in a new light. But for right now. Bad taste is left in my mouth.

L_Reazy
L_Reazy

I heard Josh Smith's name mentioned in the interview. That's the third time I've heard 'Hornets' & 'Josh Smith' mentioned together in the last two days. Personally, I'd like a move done before the July 1st Lockout begins. Maybe this will be 'Domino #1'! L_REAZY

Joe Gerrity
Joe Gerrity

Josh Smith was mentioned by Tom Haberstroh of ESPN as a possible fit for New Orleans, but I don't think that's based on anything other than speculation. In the Q and A with Dell, John Deshazier meant Jason Smith, but he said Josh Smith. It was a long night.

NuNu318
NuNu318

If they don't make a move by then we are going to be waiting a long freakin time.