Doing Dealer Dell Demps: Volume 1

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Published: February 24, 2012

We introduce a new piece called “Doing Dealer Dell.” Today we will assess a variety of things going around Dell’s head and around the league. 

I wasn’t quite sure how to kick this off, how I’d start to introduce this new segment on Hornets247. Dell Demps has been our General Manager for just over a season and a half. His first day of the job was dispelling Chris Paul trade rumors and trying to make a run with the All-World point guard.

He’s battle tested, as a scout he’s been around the globe and then some. What lies ahead we won’t truly know, but with the best information available we can begin to understand why decisions are made.

Enter Dealer Dell, a guy who works the phones harder than any GM in the league. He’s made a lot of moves in the past and there will surely be more. He doesn’t have an owner but will likely have a new one within the next month. Demps is a man who has seen a lot in a short period of time and he’s managed it all with grace.

So Doing Dealer Dell won’t carry sexual connotations, it will be a testament and a driver’s seat perspective to managing our New Orleans Hornets.

Chris Kaman and the suitors

Mr. McNamara has talked in length about how a trade would go down involving Chris Kaman. There’s no doubt in anyone’s minds that Kaman is on the block and that there are teams out there interested.

The two teams heavily speculated are the Houston Rockets and the Indiana Pacers. Both teams would like to add the seven-foot center, but both don’t want to pay up a heavy price.

As we approach the deadline Demps will be receiving more and more calls for Kaman. As the calls keep coming in we will see the Dealer get what he wants which is a combination of the following.

  • 1st Round Draft pick
  • Expiring Contract
  • Young Player(s)
  • Trade Exemption

Also to be noted is that once it reaches March 1st more Hornets players can be packaged with Kaman, increasing Demps’ options. I’d look for everyone bar Ayon, Vasquez and Gordon to be traded.

Stock Watch

This section will discuss the assets at Demps’ disposal, what is moving up and what is moving down.


In the Dealer’s Binoculars

There are a number of players that the Hornets can look to go after. It’s likely that Dell will most likely want these though:

  • Trade Exceptions
  • 1st/2nd Round Draft picks
  • Young, unproven players (with upside: Think Vasquez and Henry)


A New Owner, a New Lease on Life?

It’s been well documented that Dell Demps’ power as General Manager has been somewhat restricted. The goals of the organisation were different under direction of the NBA (like not giving a $32 million contract to a player like Drew Gooden over 4 years).

The Hornets actually have the 14th most salary of any NBA team in the league, however over the last year or so they’ve been trying to take on more short-term contracts.

This may change with a new owner and a few new young draft picks. Eric Gordon needs to be resigned and you can bet if we land a top-5 pick there will also be a long term arrangement made.

It will be interesting to see how things change under new ownership whether Demps’ goals shift, or whether he even has a job at all. I believe he thoroughly deserves to keep his job as he did his best with what was a no-win situation. Not only did he get good value in a trade, but there’s no long term salary beyond 2014 (that the team can’t get out of).

Trade of the day

We will finish with a “Trade of the day,” something the team may, or may not do. Today we’ll include two.

http://games.espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=845shuw

The Hornets get a quality guard to pair with Eric Gordon. The Celtics get some first round picks, youthful, quality players (Hill, Budinger and Lee are all having good seasons). The Rockets get a center and scoring option. I’m not really high on this trade, for the Rockets in particular, but it’s just something that’s been out there for a while.

http://games.espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=7dx9bz2

Again the Hornets get a guard, but also a solid player off the bench in Brandon Bass. The Celtics get a high flying Josh Smith and a veteran guard which helps them make a run at things this season. The Hawks get a center to help out, because they really need it with Horford out. When he returns they have two very good defensive big-men.

So there you have it folks, the first edition of Doing Dealer Dell. In future editions there will be guest contributors as well as discussions on trades not just by the Hornets but by other teams. The trade world is one that is interconnected and Dealer Dell is right in the thick of it.

65 comments
sundance
sundance

Pacers should realize the difficulty they face if they try to sign Gordon this offseason. Even if they succeed, what good does it do them having Gordon and George if they can't move Granger? I wonder if Dell has thought about offering Gordon straight up for George now, and would Bird accept if he is guaranteed Gordon will be healthy by playoffs?

NOS 3RD-GEN
NOS 3RD-GEN

I would rather they change everything in sight for next year, if we can't get anything done this year. What I have plan would be to resign Kaman,Gordon, Landry, and Belinelli. If we could at least resign those players we could assemble some big time changes through Draft, Signings ,Resigning,and trades! here's what I think after players have been resigned. Hornets trade: J.Jack, Minn 1st Round Pick. & Okafor. for Rajon Rondo Hornets Trade #2:Carl Landry, Marco Belinelli, & Hornets Future 1st RND Pick pick for Josh Smith or Danny Granger (Most likely J-Smooth) (OPT) trade #3:E.Gordon and Chris Kaman for Monty Ellis just by adding these 3 players give more hope to NOH. More hope would be here if we could Javale McGee from Washington or sign Roy hibbert away from Indiana. We would rising star quality on our team PG: Rajon Rondo,Vasquez, Fill-In (FI) SG: Monty Ellis, X.Henry, (FI) SF:Top 5 DP or J-Smooth, T.Ariza(FI) PF: J-Smooth or Top 5, J.Smith (FI) C: Javale McGee or Roy Hibbert, Ayon, (FI) OR Starters Only Rajon Rondo E. Gordon Top 5 DP or J-Smooth J-Smooth or Top 5 C.Kaman Either way its goes its hope for us!!!!

LJ
LJ

Is no one worried about the fact that, if we were to land Rondo, we could easily (probably would) play our way out of a top 5 pick, possibly the top 10 judging by the standings. We are very low on talent and the team is already going on the road and winning games in which they are clearly out-classed on a talent level. If the trade were to happen, Monty would have to go from quietly playing not to win and hoping talent prevails (in the opponent's favor) to being vocally forward about saving our draft position.

J
J

These mooks on this page like to talk about someones grammar child please like you jerks are perfect.

big-EASY88
big-EASY88

That first trade is very realistic and fair for all teams involved. Everyone gets what they want. Hornets get a Pass first PG to go with Gordon and a big man out the draft. Celtics get picks and get younger. Houston gets the C they wanted and a decent young PF in Johnson. GREAT TRADE

Tyler
Tyler

Chris Kaman is the team's most tradeable asset. Therefore, any trade will be surrounding his contract. However, I am opposed to trading him for scraps. I hope we keep him until the season ends and let his $14 million expire. Now, if the team decides to trade him I hope they include Carl Landry's $9 million expiring contract just buy looking at what they want in return (1st Rd. Pick, etc.) . Though I still want Landry on the team too.

Trey Alexander
Trey Alexander

I would never trade Eric Gordon for Rajon Rondo. Why don't we target a guy like Kendall Marshall in the late lottery/mid-first round of the draft instead to pair WITH E.G. (with one of the picks we acquire from flipping one of our assets i.e. Kaman or Ariza )...a younger, cheaper option. I actually think this could be the Minny pick. I think Minnesota finishes right outside of the playoff picture, and although Marshall's stock is rising, I think he projects late lottery. Marshall is arguably the top point guard prospect in this year's class (with Kabongo, Lilliard, and Teague in consideration as well) and a great, quick, under-control distributor. That combined with our top pick which could very well STILL end up as Anthony Davis (keep in mind the order is determined by a lottery...the worst record is not necessarily a lock for the first overall pick)...we could have a pretty solid core. I would love to come away with 3 first round picks in this draft (2 lottery)....think that's a realistic possibility for us?

da ThRONe
da ThRONe

I hope you were joking when you said Gustavo and Vasquez were "untradeable". Nice players but both are easily moved if we can package them even for another lottery pick.

Jordan
Jordan

Oh, and by the way: Cali group frontrunner to buy Hornets Last week it was reported that the NBA was close to knowing which groups would be the finalists to buy the New Orleans Hornets. The Times-Picayune reported Thursday night that a Southern California group led by businessman Raj Bhathal is the leader to land the Hornets. According to the newspaper, that group also includes Larry J. Benson, Tom Benson's [Saints owner] brother and former NBA player and coach Mike Dunleavy. The NBA bought the team for an estimated $318 million and NBA commissioner is hoping to have the deal finalized in March, if possible.

Jordan
Jordan

I think the Rockets get robbed in the first trade. They have to give up too many good role players for Chris Kaman. The second trade is better to me. Having Rondo+Gordon+Top 5 pick+cap flexibility would be amazing.

BRballboy
BRballboy

We have 3 guys making about 35 mil between them. All 3 are bigs. Oak, Kaman, and Carl. None of them are cost effective. Replacing them with 3 1st rounders in this big-heavy draft would cost about 7- 8 mi. We would have 3 young bigs ( one a potential star) playing above the rim, plus enough cap space for Gordon (all-star level SG) & a high quality free agent. Maybe a premier outside shooter or PG. By the way, Ayon @ 1.5 mil this year & 2 more is a fine example of Dell's work. WWDD?

Lucas Ottoni
Lucas Ottoni

Include Vasquez or Ayon in a possible trade? No, no, no, no way!

J
J

I like any trade that include Rondo we get a decent PG with Gordon it would be one of the best backcourt duo next season.I would like us to get Roy Hibbert instead of Javel Magee.Since we're out of the running to draft Anthony Davis. Sullinger or Robinson would be great to draft and draft a PG like Lillard or Marshall.

Nik
Nik

title-wise i was expecting something else entirely.. but this is fine as well.. haha i would do definately do either deal.. im leaning more towards trade 2 but i really think we are still undervaluing the minny pick even if it is late lottery, its still a good pick if the draft class remains loaded like this (no way do i think minny makes the playoffs)

Sam
Sam

Do you think there is any thought to keeping Kaman? His production is extremely good right now and he seems to be more of a factor than Emeka has ever been (even at his best, whatever that is defined as). I know he might be playing well to get himself traded to a contender, but is there any reason to think that if Dell doesn't get a trade that yields the 1st round pick and young assets that he decides to keep him and try to resign him?

JT's Hoops Blog
JT's Hoops Blog

First of all, Rajon Rondo ain't going to New Orleans, so lets forget about that. I also don't see that NOH/Celtics/ATL trade happening either because I doubt that the hawks would give up one of their best players for an over the hill Emeka Okafor, 2nd round picks and Minnesota's 1st round pick--which would most likely be a very low lottery pick. I think Marvin Williams would be a solid grab for the Hornets. Williams is a skilled and talented player, but he's struggled to find his niche in Atlanta. Send over Trevor Ariza and a future first rounder (lottery protected, of course). I can also see Ramon Sessions as a Hornet too. NOH has plenty of pieces to offer for him in Jarrett Jack or something like that.

Mike W
Mike W

Rondo would be a definite upgrade at point. I've always thought that his game is best suited for an uptempo pace, the same with Gordon. Get both out in the open court and let them slash to the rim. Would the Hornets and Monty W change their walk it up, limit the number of possessions approach to take advantage of Rondo and Gordon's talents?

HoumaHornet
HoumaHornet

Loving the article but can we get the boxes fixed so the text wraps. Keeping me in suspense here.