"The Hornets are the front-runners to sign the Fuenlabrada's center Gustavo Ayon" Does anybody know anything about him? The article is in Spanish so I have no idea.
Hornets Waive Three, Roster Stands at 16
The Hornets announced today that they have requested waivers on guard Justin Dentmon, guard Terrico White and forward Moses Ehambe, cutting the roster to 16 just nine days before the first regular season game of the year.
Dentmon, a University of Washington product, played five minutes in last night’s 97-90 win over Memphis, collecting one assist. He also performed well in the scrimmage today at New Orleans Arena.White, a University of Mississippi product, played 13 minutes in last night’s game. Ehambe, an Oral Roberts product, played five minutes last night, missing on all three shot attempts from the field.
Those on the roster without guaranteed contracts this season include Brian Butch, Jerome Dyson, Carldell “Squeaky” Johnson, Trey Johnson, DaJuan Summers and Lance Thomas. With the Hornets expected to pick up a backup point guard through free agency, that would leave at least two guys currently on the roster on the outside looking in.
Just back from the Sacto-GSW game to see Little Dogface throwing up one bad shot after another and playing no defense, just like days in NOLA, while Jimmer stole the show with fantastic ball handling, shooting, and playmaking. The fat contract given to Thornton is one reason Sacto is going nowhere for the next few years.
I am a big fan of RFAs Aaron Brooks and Patty Mills. They are quick pure PGs who play good on-ball defense. Brooks won’t be available until March because he (foolishly) chose to play in China. Mills is available now and the worst thing that can happen is Portland matches our offer. (I am also interested in seeing what shakes out with the two back-up PGs for the Clippers, especially with Bledsoe once Williams returns.) No one else mentioned on this site is worth considering, except possible N.O. native DJ Augustin. I expect the Hornets to make a run at Mills, or a young unsigned player who is currently a back-up PG. If they don’t get Mills, I expect them to wait and see where their two 1st Round draft picks might fall, and see how bad their PG situation is. Then, if necessary, they can trade the odd man out at back-up SF (Q-Pon or Aminu) and/or the worst 2012 1st Rounder for a young quality PG. Unless we can get Mills now, waiting will likely net a huge young piece, a starting PG, for the Hornets. They may even be able to get Brooks for the qualifying offer they make, without trading a player and/or a pick. That would be nice!
Who'll be starting at the point? I have got Jarrett Jack written in. you know what would be a good idea? If the hornets pick up Gilbert Arenas off waivers once the Magic use him as an amnesty casualty. he would certainly relish being the primary offensive option, even if he's one a bad team.
I had high hopes for White. But in reality, none of these guys were contributors. These move do nothing good nor bad for our season.
Oh wow! I liked Dentmon at today's practice. White wasn't bad either. Oh well, gotta keep it moving.
Here's his highlights on youtube. Moves pretty good for a 6'9" big man! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Rl1a2Dx5mw
I followed Patty Mills at St Marys college and at the Blazers in the small bursts of game time there. He came back to Australia, which is a physical small league and put up some solid games. Now that he has moved onto the CBA in China he has stepped it up another level, outperforming some high caliber NBA players. He is in the top 5 scores and top 5 for steals per game. He has put up a 42 and 39 point games and averaging nearly 30 points a game. Unfortunately he is locked into the CBA until March, but I'd deffinately look at him for the back up spot. The next 3 months will see him log up the most amount of ball time since his college days, and the kid has got some definate NBA skillsets - he'd be cheap too!
I agree with getting Augustin he has alot of potential and I think he will be motivated to play home on a team that has more upside than Bobcats.
Unfortunately Pattrick Mills is also playing in China right now, about 6 weeks ago he was playing in Australia when he asked to be released to play in China.
But I very much doubt Demps went through the trouble of getting Eric Gordon, only to bring in an old veteran to be the primary scorer. You do that and I guarantee Gordon will never sign an extension.
Damn, didn't know that. So I expect us to make a run at Mills or Brooks (or possibly Bledsoe) later in the season after things start to shake out for us at PG for and with the drafting order. Until then it's a stopgap or two at PG. I see Jack as a hybrid guard who is a nice back-up at PG and SG, but he is a shoot first (or lead) PG when we need a pass first (or pure) starting PG. Also, I see this team as an end of the lottery level team with a chance to finish around 0.500 in 2011-12. The last part will depends on how quickly we jell in a shortened season with little time during the seaason to install or modify offensive sets or defense. (If we don't jell as quickly, our draft pick is worth more.) I do expect us to be a playoff team in 2012-12, quite possibly with Kaman returning for a reasonanble salary and Landry getting a longer term deal. Go Hornets!
"I'm not sure he'd fit with Monty's philosophy." I'm not sure if this is hilariously subtle or subtly hilarious, but either way it's golden.