Running in Place

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Published: December 9, 2011

I’ve already ranted once about the killing of the trade.  I just want to vent a little more of the miasma of anger I’m feeling right now.  Sometimes it’s good to have a blog, yes?

The Hornets are screwed right now.  Again, we could debate the merits of the trade, but the way I look at it, the NBA blocking the Chris Paul trade has done the following to the Hornets:

  1. Shattered big market team offers for Paul.  Because why would they risk alienating their own players for a deal that could be nixed?  I wouldn’t.
  2. Lowered the offers by small market teams.  The leverage the Hornets had was “look at this great Laker offer!  You don’t have to beat it, since Paul won’t guarantee a signing with you, but at least come close!”  Those offers, such as they were, are now bound to be less because that Laker offer is gone.
  3. Broke Demps plan to field a competitive team.  I mean the Hornets have one restricted free agent, five under contract, and one of those isn’t too inclined to report to camp, right?  But Demps has spent the last three days courting teams for trades to obtain multiple pieces to fill out the roster.  With that trade, the Hornets had a complete rotation.  Okafor, Scola, Odom as bigs, Ariza, Martin, Pondexter and Belinelli on the wing, and Jack and Dragic at the Point.  9 players.  Sign and Trade West somewhere for another good piece or two and you are in great shape.  That’s the core.  Now they have nothing again.
  4. Caused the Hornets to missed out on the Free Agent market.  Demps said he wanted to obtain players during trades, and although we had some reports that he’d reached out to a few players, he was clearly spending his time on this trade, not wooing free Agents.  At this point most of the intriguing players on the Market have deals – or are closing in on them.   Does Dell drop his hopes for this trade and go after them?  Will they even sign considering the turmoil in New Orleans?

Best case scenario?  The Hornets bring back last year’s team with hopefully a single upgrade.  West, Smith, Gray, MBenga, Green?  Still available.  Pick four, find a fifth, and go get McNamara’s wet dream Patrick Ewing, Jr.

Then, 46 wins here we come!  If Paul shows up.

One last note.  I wanted to include here a statement from David Stern last year at the press conference when the Hornets were purchased by the League.  (Hat tip to Mark Haubner of the Painted Area):

Q. Can you explain when trades are made, or if a free agent wants to be signed, what is the process that Dell [Demps] has to go through, do you say yeah, we’ll do that trade or we won’t do that trade?

DAVID STERN: Actually, the league generally approves all trades, number one. And number two, as far as we’re concerned there have been while this process has been going on, there have been two significant transactions. And our response to both of them was you guys are management, you understand your budget and your instructions, just go ahead, because we’ve got Jac Sperling, Hugh Weber here, and if they recommend it, then we’re going to be approving it.

Right.

41 comments
J
J

The trade dead again

J
J

We couldn't get Stuckey because his agent Leon Rose

BigEasyBaller
BigEasyBaller

So David West went to the Celtics. . . I think they are making a super strong push to get CP they just signed wilcox and traded for Bass now they signed West they have like 20 guys at the PF spot, KG, Bass, Green, Wilcox, and now West. Something fishy is going on here.

da ThRONe
da ThRONe

I blame Demps. We should have played hardball with CP3. This deal would have made us competitive for a low playoffs seed if we touched the post season at all. Essentially leaving us in limbo. Who were we to sell to the fans. At least a trade that secured us Curry or Gordon caves us a player to try and build around. Who do we build around with this trade? Sure we win some games maybe enough for the playoffs(however I doubt it), but then what? A bad draft pick and still nobody to build around.

nolahog
nolahog

I'd like to give kudos to Paul for being at the first day of training camp. A lot of other guys wouldn't have shown up. I appreciate the professionalism.

Trey
Trey

Thats a good one too! I think they would be able to make this happen! if only dell could see this.......

J
J

@Trey i've a trade thats interesting with the Hornets,Celtics and Pacers The Hornets get Jeff Green (Celtics) Darren Collison,Tyler Hansbrough,Brandon Rush,Danny Granger,the Pacers 2012 1st rd pick and Celtics 2013 2nd rd pick & 2014 1st rd pick The Pacers get Okafor & Ariza (Hornets),Rondo & Celtics 2013 1st rd pick The Celtics get CP3

HiMyNameisSteven
HiMyNameisSteven

BAD NEWS.... Thorton just signed 4 year 31 million with Kings....

J
J

@Trey I like that trade

J
J

I want us to get Arenas for the leauge minnimum (spell check) if we set aside his past because we need veteran help at PG because Billups says he's not coming to a rebuliding team.

Andrew
Andrew

I feel for you guys. I honestly thought the Clippers had the best offer for the Hornets, then the Warriors offer. But because Paul only wants to sign with the Lakers or Knicks, then the Hornets, Clippers and Warriors get screwed. The reason the Clippers and Warriors hesitated so much giving up their young stars is because they don't want to pay that much for a one-year rental of Paul. I hear so much uproar about the Lakers getting screwed. Why no uproar about the Clippers, Warriors and Hornets getting screwed? I know a lot of sports writers are saying the Hornets were getting a good deal, but was it really? On paper it does, but when you really think about it, it's not as rosy as many sports writers would like you to believe. The Hornets get Odom (who will most likely will be gone next year since he only has one year left), Scola, Martin and a first rounder. The Hornets end up with a lot of salary back, so now the team will have a mediocre team without much cap flexibility to rebuild. Your team would have been stuck in mud for years. Sports writers are upset because they were salivating at the thought of writing juicy stories about Paul, Howard and Kobe with the Lakers. Teams like the Hornets, Clippers and Warriors and their fans are becoming sacrificial lambs. We get to watch shitty to mediocre teams for the sake of high ratings of super teams.

pschafer
pschafer

Send Okafor to the Lakers and get us another pick (the Lakers first rounder), and I'll be satisfied. This would burden the Lakers with more salary, but in a helpful way (given Bynum's history of injury), and it sheds the Hornets of some contract and gets us another pick for the deep 2012 draft.

Michael
Michael

Didn't see any mention of the Dan Gilbert email in the comment, so just wanted to vent a little on that direction. Is this guy a complete clown or what? First, his handling of the Lebron James situation last summer was so classless and unprofessional that I doubt he is qualified to manage a single Arby's franchise, let alone a professional sports team. And now he has helped manage to ruin another franchise. If he has to have any role in our franchise, I recommend the position of schedule magnet manager. He can be given full control of ordering and distributing magnets with this season's schedule on it. That way, when he inevitably screws it up royally, all we will be left with is an open space on our refrigerator instead of mass uncertainty and organization-wide gridlock on the day that NBA operations resume. If you see someone in the arena this season wearing a custom tee reading "The NBA: where collusion happens", feel free to say hi!

StefanC
StefanC

"With that trade, the Hornets had a complete rotation. Okafor, Scola, Odom as bigs, Ariza, Martin, Pondexter and Belinelli on the wing, and Jack and Dragic at the Point." I agree. Add Crawford to the bench, and we have a chance to make some noise. Dallas has been torn apart; the Lakers are Gasol-less; and Roy is retiring. Our chances would be slim, but we would still have a chance to compete and please our season ticket holders.

Mikey
Mikey

ur_gmas_daughter: The Okafor part of that actually makes sense, especially if Dwight Howard goes to NJ, which is projected. The Lakers were holding on to Bynum to use as trade bait for Howard. With him out of the picture, they can include him in the deal as well. I do know this, if a revised version of this deal gets floated to the league office, Stern had better approve it. This thing is a PR nightmare for him right now, and it's a horrifying precedent. If he somehow vetos a revised deal, I don't see him surviving this season as the Commissioner. Personally, I'm through with the little punk. He's exhausted any shred of integrity he had left, and after the Tim Donaghy debacle, it wasn't much. Look, I love the Hornets as much as anybody, and I've been a season ticket holder since they moved back from OKC, and a consistent contributor to this website since meeting Niall Doherty at a streetcar stop back in December of 2007. You won't find anyone out there more dedicated to this team than me. After last night though, I just don't know if I can support anything that David Stern is in charge of. It really has me questioning my loyalty to the NBA, and that's sad. I love this game, this sport, and this team, but I have absolute zero confidence in the competency or the integrity of the NBA Commissioner.

ur_gmas_daughter
ur_gmas_daughter

This could actually work in our favor. We could get more assets! "The Lakers, Hornets and Rockets are talking again about ways to sweeten the three-team trade vetoed by Stern yesterday, tweeted Adrian Wojnarowski: “All three teams are engaged,” one source tells Y! Sports. “Not sure if it will work.” They even mention sending Okafor to the Lakers and getting him off the Hornets books as an option & adding more "pieces" for the Hornets.

chiefyoungblood
chiefyoungblood

I commented when this news came out that my frustration had reached an all time high , while my optimism about the future had fallen to an all time low . After a night of trying to cleanse my mind of all thoughts NBA/Hornets/Demps/Stern, I find that my frustrations are in fact much higher than they were yesterday and my optimism much lower. And I'm not so sure Demps shouldn't resign , Paul shouldn't report to camp over this exercise in arbitration. How can you even as a fan have faith in your teams autonomy to make decisions after this. I never felt betrayed by Chris Paul , I never felt forgotten by the lockout . But I certainly feel betrayed now and forgotten now by Mr. Stern and the NBA

Ryan Schwan
Ryan Schwan

I wasn't upset by the trade actually. I think its one of the best superstar trades I've seen in terms of the assets actually received. I'd argue about the direction it indicates and whether that's good for the future of the team, but it is a completely realistic and anything but one-sided trade.

Rocco
Rocco

The NBA may have instituted the "Stern Discount" in the process of finding a buyer for the Hornets. Who in their right mind would pay anywhere near the going rate for this team with the set of handcuffs the league just slapped on the franchise? This will be worse than a HUD auction sale after what's happened the past day of so.i

LSUhornet17
LSUhornet17

Excellent. I hated this trade. I hated this SO MUCH more. Hopefully the league hears the uproar over this and lets some sort of reconstituted trade happen.

James Online
James Online

From the league's standpoint, the idea is to keep the value of the franchise in place for a new owner who will then be able to authorize the failed trade, or any other reasonable trade. This means that Chris and the Bees will be in a holding pattern until the sale goes through. It may be that the league has some indication that could happen reasonably soon. Chris' father further bungled all of this by saying that it was never Chris' intention to stay in NOLA, that he wants to go somewhere he can win. This further cements the devaluation of Chris in a trade, of course, but at least we know with no question: CP3s heart is no longer in New Orleans, if it ever was. It will be challenging to see what kind of team the league can assemble for the first part of this season, until a new owner is in place and a trade can be consummated. I may be wrong, but Chris Paul did not look physically right last year and he could be damaged goods. Further, the trade to the Lakers was strange from the LA point of view (unless they have some kind of guarantee on getting Howard). Kobe Bryant likes to have the ball in his hands. That's how get uses his creativity and floor leadership. He doesn't need Paul to find him with a clever pass. They were gutting their front line to get a player that actually is not a good fit with Kobe, imo. The players the Hornets would have gotten back would have made David West totally redundant. I wonder what's happening on that front now. It may be that the league wants to see West re-sign with the Hornets to further bump up the cash value of the team for the new owner. What's going on now has nothing to do with basketball.