In the NO Podcast Episode 55: The Value of a Bench Player

Published: February 27, 2012

Michael and I talk about the strong showing by this team, talk about ownership and the announcement made by David Stern this weekend, and talk about how they really feel about finding ‘the point guard of the future.’

Last, we ask you for your trade ideas for the next week podcasts. It’ll be a Trade Extravaganza! Mail them to ryanschwan(at)gmail(dot)com or mcnamarahornets247(at)yahoo(dot)com.

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  1. Derrick Lee

    February 27, 2012 at 11:40 am

    Do any body thinks this block buster 4 teams trade is possibly Hornets,Magic,Celtics,Trail Blazers

    1.Hornets-Dwight Howard(Magic)-Rajon Rondo(Celtics)-Luke Babbitt(Trailblazers)

    2.Magic-Chris Kaman(Hornets)-Trevor Ariza(Hornets)-Jarrett Jack(Hornets)-maybe 1 or both of the Hornets draft picks

    3.Celtics-Emeka Okafor(Horntes)-Raymond Felton(Trail Blazers)-Al-Faroug Aminu(Hornets)

    4.Trail Blazers-Jameer Nelson(Magic)-J.J Redick(Magic)-Carl Landry(Hornets)

    I Dont really think this will happen but all the talk about Howard, Rondo, and Kaman getting trade make me think is this possibly for Hornets can get Howard,Rondo, Gordon, and a up and coming Ayon on the same team. I feel we can get at least one(Rondo or Howard), but not this team still have a good furture(80%) because they can built through the draftand they have some key players already.I fell without all the injurys our would be runners ups for the playoffs so that being said we or the best worst team and if everything goes right we will have a bright furture

    comment please

    • sweetpea

      February 27, 2012 at 12:18 pm

      I’ll eat my left shoe on a video cam for all of y’all to see … seriously … if Dwight Howard ever becomes a New Orleans Hornet. Rondo maybe, but DHoward has no interest in being traded here … why would he if he’s so unhappy in the small market team he plays for now, where he at least has a decent chance for fame/endorsements??? Besides, we’re not going to build a championship contending small market franchise using that model. No Howard; no Carmelo (who would want him); no Steve Nash … whoever. Look to OKC, SA or even Memphis on the model we need to pursue … good/lucky drafting, find a few diamonds in the rough to develop (Ayon) and maybe a free agent here and there after we’ve builit our base.

      • Derrick Lee

        February 27, 2012 at 12:54 pm


  2. Eli

    February 27, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    Trade between NOH, BOS, and ATL…

    NOH recieves Rajon Rondo

    BOS recieves Josh Smith

    ATL recieves Chris Kaman + Hornets 1st Rd pick ( From Minnessota )

    Why, you ask?

    NOH: obtains point guard of future two create one of the NBA’s best backcourts with
    Gordon. A rare, gifted passer and playmaker who makes his teammates better, just the type of point guard that Hornets fans are accustomed to.

    BOS: Danny Ainge finally trades Rondo, and suppossedly Josh Smith is the guy they want. I don’t necessarily mean they want to trade Rondo for him but the point is, Danny Ainge wants Josh Smith, and he apparantly doesn’t want Rondo.

    ATL: They get a true center to hold down the fort until Al Horford comes back. When Horford does come back, they can slide him to the power forward spot which is his natural position now that they have a true center. Al Horford would beat up most opposing power forwards night in and night out. Plus, they get a lottery pick in a stacked draft, which is stacked in forwards, so they can easily replace the bust of ’05 (Marvin Williams).
    (Obviously the pick isn’t included on trade machine)


    • Eli

      February 27, 2012 at 4:55 pm

      Wow. Did I really write “two” when I meant to write “to”? Sorry bout dat man.

    • indiandude

      February 27, 2012 at 11:08 pm

      Wow, this actually sounds good for all parties. Assuming that this works financially, I applaud you.

  3. 504ever

    February 27, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    You guys say pair Ayon with a scoring low post center. So who? And are they better than Okafor? You mentioned often injured, 27 year old, Bogut. Are you kidding me?

    Also, a 30 year old PG Calderon for Okafor? Are you kidding me? Do you think Calderon is a better PG than Okafor is a C? Plus PGs are easier to find than Cs. We got Vasquez for Q-Pon, and Vasquez is a quality back-up PG. [You later make the point about how easy it was for the Heat to find two PGs.]

    • Michael McNamara

      February 27, 2012 at 9:11 pm

      Sorry that you thought we were kidding you and I appreciate the fabulous counter argument.

      The trade idea of Calderon for Okafor has nothing to do with skills, but with cap management. Okafor has three years left, Calderon has two. In two years, a new lux tax comes into play, effectively giving the NBA a hard cap of sorts. All smart teams are trying to get their books in order for that season and beyond, hence all the one and two year deals this offseason.

      This team is not good, and will not be good anytime soon. The object should be to get young players and to get bad contracts off the books. Heading into a season that will have a hard cap of sorts, it is a horrible idea to be paying Okafor 14.5 million.

      Is that sufficient or does my well thought out logic still “kid you?”


    February 28, 2012 at 7:51 am

    your ideas are so wrong on so many levels that I don’t even know how to start….

  5. Ty Martin

    February 28, 2012 at 10:56 am

    This trade would help the team out alot!=

  6. sundance

    February 28, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    Of all teams, if the TWolves came calling asking for a trade to make a push to the playoffs, would Dell do it?

  7. Drew

    February 28, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    Seriously cannot wait to see the Ayon video you guys are putting together

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