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Free Agency: It’s not too late

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Published: December 13, 2011

I don’t know if I believe the NBA wants to trade Chris Paul at this point.   The demands seem a bit ridiculous, really.  However, what I do know is a decision needs to be made in the NBA’s front office:  unleash Demps to start signing Free Agents to put around Paul, or just take one the lesser offers and blow everything up in a fire sale.  I wanted to talk about the former.  Building a team around Paul, with trades out of the picture.

The Hornets have around $13.8 million in cap space to tear through, and despite all the quality free agents seemingly already snatched up, there are still valuable pieces out there.  Pieces, that even without David West, the Hornets could turn into a solid team.  So here’s what I want the Hornets to do if Paul is sticking around:

Offer Carl Landry 3 years, $13.5 million.(starts at 4)

Landry has been looking for more money than that, but there aren’t a lot of suitors left out there that can offer much – or that have a glaring need for an undersized, scoring Power Forward who can’t rebound.  The Hornets, on the other hand, do need that.

Offer Samuel Dalembert 2-years, $15 million(starts at 7) with a player option for the second year.

Centers command more money.  Hell, Kwame Brown just got a 1 year, 7 million dollar deal. Combine him with Okafor and Landry and the Hornets already have a trio of big men that are already better than last years  Okafor-Landry-Gray frontline from the playoffs.

Offer Reggie Williams 4 years, 13 million.(starts at 2.8)

With the unexpected news that the Warriors cut Williams in the hope of making the Deandre Jordan offer too big for the Clips to match, the Hornets should pounce.  Williams is better than Belinelli and much better than Green, and even if the Hornets do blow things up, you have to have a veteran or two on the squad, and this isn’t a massive contract.  Oh, and if Reggie wants it, give him an out after 2 years.

Start strewing minimum contract offers across the league veterans:

I’m looking at Craig Smith(PF), Michael Redd(SG, McGrady took it!), Earl Clark(PF), Ben Uzoh(PG), Krylyo Fesenko(C), Jason Smith(PF) and Troy Murphy(C).  See what sticks.  I’m sure Willie Green will get one too, but I’m not sure I’m excited about that.

Best case, we could see a lineup of:

  • C: Okafor/Dalembert/Fesenko
  • PF: Landry/Craig Smith/Earl Clark
  • SF: Ariza/Pondexter
  • SG: Reg Williams/Belinelli/Redd
  • PG: Paul/Jack/Uzoh

If Paul comes back and plays hard, does anyone refute that that team couldn’t push for a lower seed in the West?  And that team would be just as easy to dismantle as the current one is, should Paul walk out that door.

42 comments
Jo D
Jo D

Chris paul to clippers... Done deal We send 2 futures 2nds as well We get gordon, kaman, aminu, and wolves pick

Trey
Trey

Do you know if were shedding Okafors contract too?

Jo D
Jo D

Nope, We just ship out paul with two 2nd round picks But Mek is next in line to be traded, with Ariza following

ur_gmas_daughter
ur_gmas_daughter

Okafor is not included in the deal according to Marc Stein

babyboi5
babyboi5

The Hornets organization and fans have suffered through a long week. Rapidly, the NBA season is approaching. It's unfortunate that we all have to bear witness to this CHRIS PAUL DRAMA, but at the end of the day, there are games that are to be played. It doesn't look like Chris Paul is going to be traded anytime soon. That doesn't mean this organization has to continue to sit still and not make any other moves. The other 29 teams will NOT FEEL SORRY FOR US so I need management, specifically Dell Demps, to start making some moves and make this team better. What is there to lose? Almost everyone will pick us to be the worst team in the league so we just need to give it our all and play. Demps, assemble a team that can compete. Bring in talent to show Hornets fans that despite what is currently going on, this organization is committed to making this a productive and inspired season. Who knows-if we win and @ least show some fight, that 1% chance of Chris Paul staying might increase as the season progress. The TIME IS NOW!!! Let's get the season started!!!

Blake berger
Blake berger

If Chris paul doesn't get traded and plays for us this season, do u think he will just walk and screw us over after this season or try to make it work here?

PP3istheMVP
PP3istheMVP

I think itll depend on whether or not we compete this season. I believe if we kept him and resigned Landry along with other pieces to help the bench we could have a better team than last season. Gut feeling is he will walk after next season unfortunately though

Jason Calmes
Jason Calmes

That is a decision to be made by the currently unknown market, but there will be a strong look around the league, avoiding hyperbole.

NOS-3RD GEN
NOS-3RD GEN

overall what the hornets need is a OWNER!!!

J
J

Hornets-Lakers-Hawks trade just a thought might not happen Hornets get Horford,Josh Smith,Jeff Teague and draft picks Hawks get Gasol and Okafor Lakers get CP3

Jo D
Jo D

Lateral move for Hawks, doesn't make them better. Becoming better is the goal when taking back years of big salary

juan cruz
juan cruz

Love the posts. But why would anybody take the vet min. in NO rather than take it with Mia, Bos, Chi, LA, or Dal.

Jason Calmes
Jason Calmes

There are only 75 of those jobs and more than 75 people want them (and many have them). Someone will get those jobs, for sure, but some won't. Assuming people will take $1m in a market that isn't one of those 5 rather than no money, someone will sign with a 6th team. Pigeonhole principle. Q.E.D.

Lucas Ottoni
Lucas Ottoni

Hornets needs trade Chris Paul immediately!

J
J

Houston could be the thrid team but this time they want Gasol and Okafor.I see us getting the same thing Martin,Scola,Terrence Williams,Jordan Hill,Johnny Flynn and draft Picks

Jo D
Jo D

I'm ok with this but swap a couple of youngsters for budinger and patterson

Taquito
Taquito

Uzoh/Williams/Clark i like a lot, id love to see Landry back too because of his ability to score, Craig Smith is a monolith so he would bring inside strength and i wouldnt mind giving Redd a try, hes a shooter so he doesnt need athleticism to score. I also wouldnt mind looking at some DLeague talent, Millsap's little brother, Elijah and Jarrid Famous are killing it http://www.nba.com/dleague/playerfile/elijah_millsap/ http://www.nba.com/dleague/playerfile/jarrid_famous/ i dont know how the whole dleague works, can teams sign any player or only the ones that play for the affiliated team?

Ryan Schwan
Ryan Schwan

Unless the player was drafted by a team that assigns them to the D-League, you may sign anyone there.

J
J

yeah help me out

J
J

Do anyone know how to do the answer code on the Hornets Report.com i been trying to join there for days?

Joe Gerrity
Joe Gerrity

answer code??? The strong of numbers/simple math problem? Is that what you mean? I can probably help you get on.

J
J

If theres a 3 team trade with the Hornets-Lakers-T-Wolves The Hornets get Pau Gasol (Lakers),2012 1st rd pick via Mavs and Wayne Ellington,Wesley Johnson,Anthony Randolph and Darko Millicic The Lakers get CP3 The T-wolves get Okafor,Pondexter,Steve Blake and Devin Ebanks Then Sign Dalenbert,Landry,Young,Reggie Williams or Stuckey at PG,Shawne Williams and Alexis Ajinca C:Dalenbert-Millicic-Ajinca PF:Gasol-Landry-Randolph SF:Ariza-Shawne Williams-Wes Johnson SG:Young-Belinelli-Ellington PG:Reggie Williams or Rodney Stuckey-Jack

Jo D
Jo D

In the words of CP3... WoW!.. This is not only highly improbable, but also highly illogical. First off... Minnesota gets no benefit from this trade... None! Secondly, no way we get that haul of free agents... Third and lastly... The fact that you have REGGIE WILLIAMS (a score first sg) and combo guard Stuckey playing POINT totally discredits anything you have to say when you still have Jarret Jack. Basically you have a shoot first 2 guard starting at point, a shoot first combo at back up, and the best and only true point guard on the team as THIRD STRING!!! I did get a good laugh tho, thanks!

Hornetsfan!!
Hornetsfan!!

wow! thanks for that post, some really good ideas; we need an SG, and a reg williams/belinelli combination could work well! dalembert would be a good addition, but honestly, i dont think we'll be lucky enough to get Landry(my favourite player :p) for that cheap. Because two seasons ago in sacramento when he started for them, he averaged around 18 ppg and 6.5 rebounds.. But in saying that. he might come to the hornets where he could not only be a starter but also the go to option!! therefore, he may take a small pay cut to get that role :D hope that this actually happens

NOS-3RD GEN
NOS-3RD GEN

Main players they should target should be Carl Landry= A WEST replacement, Reggie Williams =great a those 3 pointers, and can maybe show more of a def effort. To me should start at the 2 for height reasons, Alexis Ajinca = very tall can replace A.G.34, and can be a good backup for our starting Center,Yi Jianlian= 7-0 ft can knock down 3pts, very tall, can play back-up for Landry and fits what the hornets are trying to do this year which is get taller, i can't believe I'm saying this person but Andrei Kirilenko= He have everything Monty is looking for: good height for a "F," very defensive, can at least put up 10 ppg on the bench, and at that point in his career where nobody wants him. I say before he decides to move back to Russia the hornets should give him the Vet min., and besides I rather have him be Ariza's back-up than Q-Pon. Hornets Roster w/CP3 2011-2012 PG-CP3, Jarret Jack, D-L All-Star SG-R.Williams, Marco Belinelli, D-L all-star SF-T.Ariza, AK47, Q-Pon PF-C.L.24, YI aka Yao Ming jr, Lance Thomas C- Big Oak,Alexis Ajinca, Butch whatever his name is

Tyler
Tyler

Re-sign Carl Landry, Jason Smith and Willie Green.

nicks65
nicks65

As a TU student, I would love to see Uzoh get an offer. Right now the waiting is the hardest most awful part. I just want some stability to return to my franchise!

Mark
Mark

Vet min on Redd or Murphy? Damn, they must've fallen off. They were putting up numbers (when not injured heh) only a few years back. I would say as long as we put some moves I'll be happy, but with the administration the way it is, I'd be surprised if we could really get any talent.

Reggie
Reggie

We can also sign a guy who i think nobody has been mentioning Nick Young who was pretty solid last year Avg 17.4 PPG

Ryan Schwan
Ryan Schwan

He's a restricted Free Agent - so you'd have to throw money in the $8-9 million a year to have a chance to pry him away from Washington. I don't think he's worth that - and it's not because of his defense. It's because he takes 17 shots to get 17 points - which is awful - and is one of the worst rebounders and passers in basketball. I say it all the time, but I don't mind repeating myself: To contend, you have to have players who are good at multiple things.

NOS-3RD GEN
NOS-3RD GEN

I do agree with you on that but they might not want him because he show no value in defense. I know sucks tho. most likely they don't get him b/c he doesn't fit monty's system. Prime EX. Marcus Thornton enough said!!

PP3istheMVP
PP3istheMVP

Dalembert would be a great pickup. I realllly want Landry back!

Jo D
Jo D

I would like Redd at vet min. Low risk. Plus I think he still has some gas in the tank. Could be an ideal 6th man on a good team. But why no offer sheet on Afflalo? He might be the best "Monty Mold" left available on the market. I would love having Jason Smith back. Plays with great energy and hustle. Still has some upside as well.

Ryan Schwan
Ryan Schwan

I love Afflalo - but I think you'd have to decide which you want more: Dalembert + Williams or Afflalo + Fesenko/Murphy Considering the Nuggets could still match, I'd prefer to go after the first pair.

Jo D
Jo D

Williams to Charlotte... Lol Afflalo Afflalo Afflalo!

Jo D
Jo D

You also must consider the market movement. the best player in that scenario is AA. The new rule is 3 days to match. No longer a week. And these players aren't exactly getting scooped up at record pace... The market has slowed a bit. Not to mention we have the cap space(pre cp3 trade) to offer Sam, williams, and AA all comparable contracts... But my guess is that NO isn't even on Sammys radar given his age and Meks presence...

J
J

I had Nick Young as the frist choice at SG but with Affalo you've a defender and a 3pt shooter

PP3istheMVP
PP3istheMVP

I think the reason for no Afflalo is because its believed the Nuggets will match any offer given to him.

Jo D
Jo D

Not necessarily, they just traded for Rudy and Brewer. And this goes without saying, but it doesn't hurt to try. Worst case scenario.... They match.... Best case scenario... We get the most well rounded player left on market...

QueenBee
QueenBee

I think it would be great if Landry came back. Getting Dalembert would be cool too.

Simon
Simon

With cp we're not gonna be lottery so may as well go get some decent players..

StefanC
StefanC

A decision needs to be made now. Personally, I don't mind trying to compete.