Acquiring Vasquez the final piece in the offseason puzzle

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Published: December 24, 2011

Analysts like to dissect each trade individually, but moves are usually connected to other moves, so looking at each one individually in a vacuum is somewhat pointless. On the surface, the Quincy Pondexter for Greveis Vasquez trade seems somewhat debateable, but if you take a step back it is easy to see how this small move brings everything together.

While Eric Gordon and the Minnesota pick were the highlights of the Chris Paul trade, the player that can turn that trade from a good one to a great one is second year forward Al-Farouq Aminu. He can be the next Shawn Marion or the next Julian Wright, and the sooner the Hornets find out, the better off they will be. In order to find out, the Hornets need to get Aminu consistent minutes and that just got a heck of a lot easier without Pondexter taking reps in games or practices.

Meanwhile, the Hornets had a glaring need at point guard after refusing to accept Mo Williams back from the Clippers in the Paul trade. Vasquez gives the team a young guy to develop at a very reasonable price of 4.5 million dollars over the next three years. Vasquez isn’t a pure point, but there aren’t many of those in the league anyway. He is an oversized point guard who could look really good next to an undersized shooting guard who, like Vasquez, can play on the ball or off of it depending on the situation.

Add Ayon into the mix (he technically is a rookie) and all of a sudden you have prospects to develop at positions 1-4, two likely lottery picks, and two frontline players in Kaman and Landry who should be hot commodities at the trade deadline. Whether or not these guys will reach their potential is a separate issue, but what is clear is that Dell Demps is giving this franchise every opportunity to succeed by paying attention to the pieces that this specific puzzle needs.

62 comments
ellis1966
ellis1966

I like the trades and think we had to get a PG ;so that's what we did. Coach and GM are doing the best for the team. It looks to be a rebuilding year (duh!) but I think we might be better than most people give us credit for. What I think Coach is doing, are what I believe he is trying to do, is have a strong defense and much improved inside (post up) game. I also think we need a bench something we have never had! I hope we use all our players and that is something the hornets have never done. Play everybody and we should not have players that never play not even for a minute. The hornets have had players that sat on the bench and never played or played so little no one noticed. I know this is not real world NBA nobody does this but I do know that other teams play more players because they have a strong bench. WE NEED A BENCH that would be a plus for this team. Coach Monty play everybody if they can't play get them off the team!!!!!!!!

kempleton
kempleton

We love to embrace the members of our team and that's something great but We kinda get attached to our players more than necessary. Why am I saying this now? Because, I think Dell Demps made a fantastic trade by sending Q-Pon for Vasquez. And most of us hate this trade just because we hate to see Pondexter leave. So, I have a question for all those who hated this trade. What is your favourite moment of Q-Pon on the court other than his musical performance at the open practice last year? He has some potential but I never saw him explode. I remember watching Vasquez under Maryland uniform and I can say that he had impressed me as a Terps player. I believe Vasquez might have a very bright future and I am glad that We have him on board! Just check out some of his accomplishments during his college career: 06-07:9.8 points, 4.7 assists and 3.3 rebounds 07-08:17 points, 6.8 assists and 5.7 rebounds 08-09:17.5 points, 5.4 assists, 5.0 rebounds and 1.4 steals 09-10:19.6 points, 6.3 assists, 4.6 rebounds and 1.7 steals 2010 Bob Cousy Award given by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame to the nation's best collegiate point guard, for which he edged out Evan Turner (Ohio State) and John Wall (Kentucky). Only player in ACC history to compile at least 2,000 points, 700 assists and 600 rebounds. Unanimous first-team All-ACC selection and the ACC Player of the Year in 2010. Vásquez was named a consensus second-team All-American in 2010.

p_dizzle
p_dizzle

Take it from a long time Hornet fan and long time Maryland Terps fan. Greivis can play. Has decent handles....More of a scoring gaurd than point but can create when he needs....adds size to a very small team.... can create his own shot....

NEUIL
NEUIL

What about JJ2 suspension?

Jason
Jason

I think we are underestimating the value of having some role players on the team. Pondexter seems like a legitimate team guy with high basketball IQ that will work hard. I'm a little worried about giving up that piece. Hopefully Vasquez works out. I'm glad we're done with the trades for a short while and I just want to watch some basketball =)

nikkoewan
nikkoewan

i can't understand why people are mad at this trade? It's an EXCELLENT trade. Both players are not going to amount into anything more than role players in the future, that is certain. Both are projects of the same potential. Lemme break it down to make it easier for you guys. QPon is 6'6", Vasquez is 6'6". QPon weighs 225, Vasquez weighs 200. Vasquez is a PG, QPon is a 2/3. Both of them played approximately the same number of minutes last season ( QPon got 11.1/game for a total of 734 in 66 games, Vasquez got 12.3/game for a total of 860 in 70 games.) They basically played even through out the year last year, except Vasquez played INCREDIBLY in the playoffs against the likes of Maynor, with a Collison/Ibaka/Perk big that supports Maynor. If you don't think he played great, watch the playoffs. For stat geeks, he had a WS/48 of .157, which is more than you can ask of your backup. I think playing in Monty's system, will make Vasquez flourish even more. I like QPon, i think he has the potential to be a spot up shooter/decent defender. But if you think that he'll amount into anything more than that is being way too optimistic. Vasquez, on the other hand can become the leader of the 2nd unit. I'm not saying he becomes a 6th man, but he can become into something in the mold of Derek Fisher for the 2nd unit i.e. he directs and he leads the 2nd unit, takes and makes shots whenever he has an open shot and play decent defense. That's more important than getting/developing a shooter/decent defender (which is quite easy to find in this league). Add to the fact that we have Aminu, who is more raw than QPon yes, but is younger, longer, more athletic and thus has more potential to become something better. IF Monty could turn Batum into what he is today (a spot up shooter with decent handles and good~great defense), then imagine what he could do to Aminu (who is coachable and is a hard worker, so no worries there). People are letting their feelings get in the way of this being a great trade. GREAT TRADE DEMPS! A+!

Jason Calmes
Jason Calmes

Looking forward to the team being built rather than the one being dismantled will help in evaluations. That's why I think you are happier than some. Overall... size. We are bigger.

MaskedTalent
MaskedTalent

So....Is it gonna be this? Jack/Vasquez Gordon/Bellinelli Ariza/Aminu/Ayon Okafor/Landry Kaman/Okafor/Jason Smith Idk what the opening line will look like...but I do want Vasquez starting...eventually....and Okafor and Kaman on the floor at the same time at some point this season....The only positions I think we're still weak at is the1 & 2 because...Marco...it just depends on which Marco shows up. and same with Mr.Jack. BUT I AM EVEN MORE EXCITED! Qpon was cool. But He wasn't going to get time...sorry, it wasn't happening. and Vasquez(BOLD PREDICTION) will be our starter in the playoffs hooking up with Gordon VERY OFTEN! MANNNN I CAN'T WAIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I feel great about OUR HORNETS! LOVIN THIS!

504ever
504ever

I think the depth chart will look more like this (notice the large gap after the 2nd teamers): Starters 2nd Team Garbage Time Jack, Vasquez, C. Johnson Gordon, Bellinelli, T. Johnson Ariza, Aminu, Thomas(?) Landry, Kaman/Smith, Ayon/Thomas/Summers(once healthy) Okafor, Kaman/Smith, Let's hope we don't see the 3rd team for the wrong reasons.

Jo D
Jo D

Ayon will play the 4 or the 5... He doesn't have the outside game for the 3... Offensively or Defensively

MaskedTalent
MaskedTalent

Yeaahh I was going to correct that but.... Yeah. You're right.

David
David

General Greveis!

J
J

If Vasquez throws an alley oop to Ayon it would be called "The Latin Connection"

Jacob
Jacob

The twin Hispanic connection

Jacob
Jacob

The Hispanic hookup

CarnbY
CarnbY

Crap, thanks for ruining Christmas Dell! Ok, maybe that's a little strong, but I like Quincy... I liked DC, I liked Buckets, DWest is my fav. player... who's on this team again? Is Squeaky still on the team btw?

Nick Malone aka yankeesman77
Nick Malone aka yankeesman77

We were really lacking with having a backup for jarett jack at the point and while I wasnt a fan of giving up Quincy, this was a necessary move to make. Vasquez can be an explosive backup option that can dribble and handle to the hoop if need be. He is a fiesty player that can demonstrate and frustrate opposing guards so i like this newest addtion to the family. once again Dell Demps is doing what h needs to do to make this team a heck of alot better than our previous administration. i believe in Dell Demps.

BIGBREED
BIGBREED

I don't like the trade! If we had to trade QPon for a backup PG, we should have trade him for a young quality PG and not some project type PG! -BAD MOVE-

Jo D
Jo D

I guarantee after Vasquez's first poor game as a Hornet, there will be people clamoring about this "terrible" trade. I hope he comes out and eventually becomes a key contributor on this team just so the pessimists can eat their words. But if we aren't going to allow him time to develop (this is his second year), can we atleast let the guy register a minute of court time as a Hornet before we judge him?

Jo D
Jo D

When you trade need for a need... You have limited options... Vasquez and Pon are practically equal players at this juncture in their careers

MontyForMayor
MontyForMayor

I think another thing we can take away from this trade, is that Vasquez is originally from Venezuela and speaks Spanish. Maybe it's just speculative, but is it possible that Vasquez was brought in, in hopes that he'd buddy up with our other newest acquisition, Gustavo Ayon? Either way I like Vasquez, but hated having to give up Q-Pon. In my opinion Quincy won't be a regular starter, at least not in the next 3-4 years, but is a viable option with a team that needs a scorer on the second unit. We need a starter/backup pg if we're sticking with Jack.

Pluto D
Pluto D

Can we just play already? This is too exciting. Young players aaaaahhhhh i cant wait to see gordon and aminu! Monty is going to turn aminu into a BEAST. Freakishly athletic, he could be a serious defender and transition monster!!!

Tcc91
Tcc91

Great trade. We swapped my two favorite nicknames. Q-Pon for General Greveis.

L_REAZY
L_REAZY

Excellent Pick-ups! Dell Demps, MAN, you're great!!! .... just one-move-after-another ...... Ayon will become a solid player ... Vasquez is already 3-times better than Pondexter ... he was phenomenal last season (regular season & playoffs)! L_REAZY

Hornetsky
Hornetsky

This move basically fills our need and gets rid of redundancy. Demps is doing his job well.

Tyler
Tyler

Could it be possible the Hornets develop Mr. Vasquez into a legit combo guard? (i.e. 6th man)

Jo D
Jo D

Unless another move is made, you can count on our 6th man being the non starter of Caveman Kaman and Mek... He has the potential to be a sixth man in the future... If he maximizes his potential, think Jordan Crawford(who started his career as a tall scoring point guard)

Jo D
Jo D

Jamal* Whoops

Jo D
Jo D

Sad to see Q-Pon go. I just met him the other night at the game. Got his autograph and all. But I like this trade. Vasquez is quite a talent. With the help of Monty, he may even develop into a solid starter for us in the future. But for now, he should bring excitement to our second unit. Side Note: other transactions would have to happen... But by midseason we might be fielding the most diverse second unit... Vasquez, Belinelli, Aminu, Smith, Ayon

sundance
sundance

Bring back Mbenga!

Jo D
Jo D

Trade is finalized. Mbenga... No.

Jake
Jake

Is this final?

babyboi5
babyboi5

Robinson and Vasquez can both help out the team. Robinson will play the point and Vasquez can play shooting guard. As much as I appreciate Marco Bellinelli for wanting to come back and help the Hornets, we can use more depth at the shooting guard spot. I think it can work and Robinson can get the playing time here.

Tyler
Tyler

Nate Robinson doesn't fit into Coach Williams' philosophy.

Tyler
Tyler

Our 3 SF's are Trevor Ariza, Al Farouq- Aminu and Dajuan Summers. It is going to be a lot more interesting to see how the future of the position play out when Mr. Summers return healthy from his injury.

babyboi5
babyboi5

CBSsports.com has confirmed that Nate Robinson has been released from the Thunder. I think we should go after him to solidify our PG spot. I wouldn't mind having him on our team. Lil dude plays with heart and he can score. The crowd would get behind him-easily become a fan favorite.

J
J

Aminu wants to play defense Pondexter was not going to play defense i rather have a player that wants to play under Monty's system than someone that wont.Besides Dell didn't draft Pondexter Bower did.

J
J

Vasquez has not played a game for the Hornets yet and some of you are ready to rush to judgement.In due time this trade could payoff.

Jason
Jason

I don't understand why have 3 SF's is a huge deal. This means we are def committing to keeping Ariza. We had the choice of trying to move him near the deadline. It's also not clear that Aminu is better than Pondexter. In a vacuum this trade makes sense for us. But in reality, as a small market team, we really need to be careful about taking care of guys that are committed to our team and want to work hard for our coach. We should have kept Brandon Bass years ago, and we should have kept Marcus Thornton. Its too early to tell about this trade, but Vasquez definitely is an experienced PG that could have a future in the NBA and in theory could back up Eric Gordon at times at the two as well.

t-bizzle
t-bizzle

The marcus trade pissed me off... and look at him now... $0.02

Scott
Scott

I think its a pretty good trade considering we had 1 old PG and 3 SF, 2 of which are second years. Now we have our PG for the future, and our SF for the future picks up a lot more minutes off the bench. My thought is Kamen wil be moved for a 1st round pick at the deadline so we'll have positions 1-4 locked up for the future, 4 valuable veterans in Ariza, Okafor, Landry,and Jack to help us win now and 3 first round picks in one of the deepest drafts in recent memory. The future for the Hornets is very bright right now. If only we had an owner.......

CarnbY
CarnbY

I don't know much about Vasquez, but I'm under the impression that he's more a back-up PG of the future than starter...

CarnbY
CarnbY

edit: *for the future, not "of" the future. Although, if he is a McFly/Teenwolf I guess that would help :P

dalshearer
dalshearer

Not bad. Vasquez will likely be a great fit. I trust fully in GM Demps to make the right moves and Coach Monty and his staffs ability to develop their young players.

Jabok999@yahoo.com
Jabok999@yahoo.com

So Monty did all that work with pondexter for...?

mako
mako

Wouldn't you spend some time and work with someone you care about in some kind of father to son relationship way? Things like trades aren't JUST happening. We see it that way, we are suprised. I believe they both saw it coming. Quincy is just moving on... so as the Hornets.