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Published: March 15, 2012

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26 comments
da ThRONe
da ThRONe

There are 5 types of teams in the nba Bad teams Rebuilding teams Competitive teams Playoff teams Title teams We have to ask ourselves what is it we're aiming for. If it's to be competitive fighting for a playoff spot for the next few years then fine keep Kaman, Okafor, Jack, Ariza and Landry that combine with our draft pick and some young depth at the least will make us competitive. That may even be good enough to be a "Playoff" team. However if we want a title worthy team we are 3-4 years away from it and none of those player except for Ariza will be in their prime years 3-4 years from now. Outside of Gordon which player under 25 do we expect to be a top 5 player on a championship level team? Those players are in college right now and the only chance we'll have of drafting them are if we take the lumps that come alonging with rebuilding the right way. Rush this rebuilding process and we'll be right back here shortly even if we hit a homerun with both of this years draft picks.

J
J

Pending on the lottery i want Anthony Davis or Thomas Robinson with the first pick and Lilliard or Machado with the second pick.I want the Hornets to trade Okafor & Jack on draft day and in free agency sign D.J Augstine or Ray Felton or Jeremy Lin but Lin's a long shot though,sign Steve Novak or Nic Batum at the SF reserve,At the starting PF Ryan Anderson or Brandon Bass at C sign Brook Lopez to start and resign Kaman to come off the bench if that don't work get Omar Asik

kempleton
kempleton

We will have 35 million on the books for the remaining 9 players for next season: Okafor, Ariza, Jack, Gordon, Aminu, Ayon, Henry, Smith and Vasquez. Salary Cap is 58 million. That means we will have around 23 million to spend. We are supposed to draft a PF-C with out top pick, let's say Davis-Drummond or Robinson. We can draft another decent PF-C or a SF or a PG with our second pick depending on potential trades. Two lottery picks will earn around 6-7 million. That means we will still have more than 15 mil to spend not including the trade exceptions that Demps acquired during earlier trades. We can sign Augustine if Bobcats decide to release him to open up space for Kemba Walker. Augustine-Gordon-Ariza-Rookie-Okafor as the starting line up Jack-Vasquez-Henry-Aminu-Ayon-Smith at the bench And another 10 mil or so to spend with J-Jack on an expiring contract. Looks good to me, add another free agent or a better player acquired through trade and that's our playoff team. If our first pick ends up a franchise player than people should fear from our Hornets!!!

Mike P
Mike P

only 35 million if Gordon accepts the qualifying offer. If not, we have to match in FA to keep him. At max, 4 yrs, 58 mill (I think). More likely to be somewhere in between 50-56. That's approx 12-14 per year. Take that out of what we have now and we're left with somewhere around 6-8 million to play around with. And that's assuming we don't resign Kaman. From what I've read, big men will get slightly more reasonable contracts under the new CBA. Maybe 8-10 mill/year for Kaman? We will need to make trades to get anything in free agency, but I expect that Dell will wind up picking up another foreign player. San Antonio has made a living off of surrounding Duncan with foreign talent. I do agree with you, though. We are not in a bad position. The only real problem on our books is Okafor. I'd like to deal him, re-sign Kaman, and go from there (assuming we don't draft Drummond). Even though Kaman doesn't help us win a championship, it'd be nice to be kept afloat for a couple years while the draft picks develop. Quality bigs are very tough to find at a good price, and I don't see anyone else out there giving us more. Not only that, but Kaman loves this place. It's refreshing to see someone really immerse himself in this city. Paul and West were great, but we all knew deep inside that Paul would prefer to be somewhere else. I don't know enough about West to make that judgment. Anyway, Thunder got lucky with 3 good draft spots and hit the jackpot on all of them, but I don't think we should bank on that. I'd rather bring in Kaman and be good (not great) for a couple years. Bring in foreign talent, hit on this draft, and go from there

Dell D.
Dell D.

Let me write this down...

Dmoney
Dmoney

If everyone can just be patient i would rather roll with what we got then to try and rebuild with a team that has no exp. look at the wizards 100% healthy and there coach quit on the because they werent focused. now they got nene and watch how much better the play with some exp on the floor, Just wait til next year we will be healthy we have young guys in place and Xavier cant even by a cold beer yet so give it time we will be ok

da ThRONe
da ThRONe

Wizards problem isn't there youth it's there basketball IQ. The Thunders rebuilt with little veteran leadership and is now the class of the West.

Jordan
Jordan

Wow. I'm so incredibly disappointed that Demps didn't even get that trade exception and 2nd round pick the Pacers were willing to give. Maybe out of respect to how professional Kaman has been and his willingness to stay here? SIGH.

504ever
504ever

Maybe we need a C to finish the season and keep out younger players (Ayon, Aminu) in their true positions so they can learn and grow this season. How is playing Ayon out of position at the C and Aminu at the 4 good for the team? It's not. That's why you don't trade Kaman for garbage. Plus if you don't trade Kaman, you retain his Bird Rights and might be able to resign him to a relatively cheap 2-3 year contract. To me, resigning Kaman for something close to the midlevel exemption would be a win for the Hornets.

Jordan
Jordan

The Pacers wouldn't have to unload any contracts (before the Barbosa trade), so a 2nd round pick and an exception could be had for Kaman...

504ever
504ever

You misunderstood. Garbage referred to what the other team would send us in return for Kaman. I don't think we would endup with a $14M trade exemption. The other team would want to off load some expiring contracts on us, too. How much? No one knows, except Dell.

Dell D.
Dell D.

A 14 million dollar trade exception is not garbage. Maybe Demps is waiting till draft night, but unless Okafor is moved, Kaman has no value to this team. Besides, do you really want a 30-year-old blackhole of a center developing next to Anthony Davis or Thomas Robinson? I would rather Okafor in his more reserved offensive role. Kaman has been a gunslinger his entire career. I think getting Aminu some minutes at the 4 will help his development. I see him as a combo-forward, much like Thaddeus Young. As for Ayon, he could handle the 5 position once he is moved to a reserve big role alongside Jason Smith.

Ken
Ken

I'm glad no trade was made. The new owner deserves the opportunity to rebuild the team.

da ThRONe
da ThRONe

The problem with this is we get nothing for some assets we could have gotten something for. Unless Kaman and Landry return to the Hornets.

Ken
Ken

We're going to have a very young team next year. It's a good idea to have a veteran in the starting lineup and in the locker room. In any event, whether kaman is a Hornet or not should be made by the new owner and whomever he wants to run the team.

da ThRONe
da ThRONe

We are at the least 3 years away for being a contending team and this is if everything goes prefect. Kaman will be in his twilight when we're ready to be a real threat. There's no need to rush this rebuild just to be competative next year. The whole reason the Clippers trade made way more sense than the Lakers trade is because the Clippers trade set us up bettemr for the future. Sure keeping Kaman makes us better next year, but at the cost of being better the following years.

Jason Calmes
Jason Calmes

Why do people want Kaman? What doesn't apply to us?

nolahog
nolahog

Yes!!! We keep Kaman. I'm proud of Dell for not giving in and taking garbage for Kaman. If no one was willing to give us something legitimate for him, then we should have some pride and be willing to tell them to go screw themselves. Demps is basically telling other GM's to not call his bluff.

da ThRONe
da ThRONe

Sorry I strongly disagree. We could have made a trade with Houston for some of there young talent. They give it all away for Camby and Fisher. Surely a Kaman and Landry deal could have gotten us the people they traded plus Terrence Williams. It makes no sense to have both Okafor and Kaman on this team pass this year.

Rim Slayer
Rim Slayer

Shouldn't the team just trade Gordon...he wants to be a Pacer

J
J

I meant Okafor and Landry to the Hawks for Josh Smith,Marvin Williams and Kirk Hinrich

J
J

I've some trade ideas Kaman to the Rockets for Tabeet,Flynn,Hill 2012 1st rd,Jack & Ariza to the Lakers for 2012 1st,Josh Mc Roberts and Okafor and Landry to the Hawks for Josh Smith,Marvin Williams and Kirk Hinrich.

J
J

Chris Kaman AKA Chris Elliott is going to get traded for expired contracts and picks i hop Landry and Jack are traded too.

Jason Calmes
Jason Calmes

With the scruff, there is a good resemblance. Good call.

J
J

Thanks