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Hornets Sign Donald Sloan
The New Orleans Hornets announced today that they have signed guard Donald Sloan to a 10-day contract.
Sloan, a Texas A&M University product, appeared in five regular season games with the Atlanta Hawks this season before being released on January 27. Originally signed by Atlanta on December 9, 2011, Sloan averaged 1.2 points, 1.0 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 4.0 minutes of play with the Hawks.
The 6’3” guard has played five games (all starts) for the Erie Bayhawks of the NBA D-League this season, averaging 24.8 points, 8.4 assists and 5.2 rebounds in 40.9 minutes of play. Born in Shreveport, Sloan has appeared in 54 games (38 starts) in the D-League, with career averages of 12.0 points and 4.7 assists.
Sloan, who grew up in the Dallas area, was a first-team Big 12 Conference selection his senior season at Texas A&M, averaging 17.8 points.
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I know how good and important he is, but I'd like to see Jack traded... to the Knicks for a bunch of young pieces and parts. Walker, Lin, Balkman, Harrelson, hopefully Fields. The Knicks would get the point they need, in his prime, who can play big minutes and probably light it up under D'antonys system. Jack will be able to play along side Davis, or come off the bench or whatever. If the Hornets can get young players to develop or flip or even strengthen the bench, then good. I just don't see how clinging to Jack during rebuilding is better than getting younger and deeper. Part of my reasoning is that there are lots of solid combo guards out there, as opposed to size. Of course the Hornets would miss Jack in the short term, but his trade value seems to be high right now, and right now Hornets are only building towards the future.
He was waived by the Hawks. I do not understand why bringing a player who did not work. The Hornets are looking like a house of charity this season. Instead of dreaming of a new Jeremy Lin, the franchise should find an owner to finance the procurement of major players. It is very sad to see the Hornets become a guinea pig for the D-League players.
I thought NBA teams could only sign players from the D-league teams that they are affiliated with. It is great that I was wrong. Sloan had the second-best PPG stat after guess who? Jeremy Lin. :) Sloan was top-5 in Assists Per Game along with Eric Bledsoe, Jamaal Tinsley, Jeremy Lin and Walker Russell. Very impressive stats over his 5-game stint with the BayHawks: http://www.nba.com/dleague/playerfile/donald_sloan/game_by_game_stats.html Excited to see how he'll play for us. He might see more minutes for us than he did for the Hawks. Sorry to see Squeaky leave however he unfortunately could not produce well at the NBA-level. Good luck to him.