New Orleans Hornets dump salary in trade with Washington Wizards

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The NBA off-season is officially underway as the first trade has been made between the Washington Wizards and New Orleans Hornets.  Here is my analysis on the deal which includes Emeka Okafor, Trevor Ariza, Rashard Lewis, and a pick in the up-coming 2012 NBA Draft.

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Bobcats Losers in Swap of Big Men

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By: David Kay

In a move that seemingly came from nowhere, the Hornets and Bobcats have agreed to swap big men.  Tyson Chandler will now call Charlotte home while Emeka Okafor will team up with CP3 in New Orleans.

Why this makes sense for the New Orleans:

Swapping Chandler for Okafor is a slight up-grade in terms of talent.  Okafor is a little more well-rounded on the offensive end and provides the same amount of rebounding, shot blocking, and physicality that Chandler brought down low for the Hornets.  Naw’lins does lose Chandler’s ability to run the floor which complimented Chris Paul’s game quite well.

Why this makes sense for Charlotte:
This move only makes sense from a financial standpoint.  Chandler only has one guaranteed year left on his deal with a player option for 2010-2011 that would pay him almost $12.8 million.  Other than that, this is a bit of a head scratcher.

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