New Orleans Hornets dump salary in trade with Washington Wizards

emeka okafor trade

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.

[Read more…]

New Orleans Hornets franchise entering a new era

eric gordon hornets

With a new owner, new nickname, and a pair of lottery picks in the 2012 NBA Draft, the New Orleans Hornets (or whatever they end up getting called) are entering a new era as a team.  It could be the boost that helps fans forget about Chris Paul and look towards a potentially promising future.  However, that can’t happen if the team doesn’t make some upgrades this off-season which should include signing restricted free agent Eric Gordon to a contract extension.

[Read more…]

Applying the Allan Houston Rule to the NBA Southwest Division Teams in 2011

allan houston

One of the topics expected to be discussed during the NBA Lockout is the possible revival of The Allan Houston Rule.  When a new CBA was agreed upon in 2005, it allowed NBA teams a one time opportunity to waive a player and not have his contract count against the luxury tax teams have to pay if their team salary exceeds a pre-determined amount set by the league.  The released player becomes a free agent but his salary still gets paid and counts against his former team’s salary cap.  Ironically enough, Allan Houston was not a victim of The Allan Houston.  The Knicks instead decided to waive Jerome Williams.

If the new CBA once again invokes this clause, most teams will probably take advantage since it would save them possibly tens of millions of dollars.  To keep up with the times, we will change the name of this from “The Allan Houston Rule” to the “Rashard Arenas Rule” since Rashard Lewis and Gilbert Arenas easily have the two worst contracts in the league.  Allow me to break down each team and who would end up being the casualties of this rule.  Here is the Southwest Division.

[Read more…]

Hornets Must Find Way to Win, Keep Chris Paul Happy

Chris Paul Hornets

There is a new regime in charge of the New Orleans Hornets.  They hired a new head coach in Monty Williams and a new general manager in Dell Demps with the hopes of putting the franchise back on the winning track.  In order to successfully do that, they must keep Chris Paul happy and show him that the team is truly willing to surround him with pieces needed to win a championship.  If not, CP3 could soon be leaving the Big Easy.

By: David Kay
[Read more…]

Chris Paul Trade Possibilities

Chris Paul trade

Chris Paul is reportedly unhappy and wants out of New Orleans. The face of the Hornets apparently does not think the franchise has made the necessary moves to surround him with the talent needed to make a run at an NBA title and will sit down with management Monday to discuss his future. The end result could involve CP3 demanding a trade out of the bayou in hopes of pulling a LeBron James and aligning himself with another top tier player.

Rumored wish lists have begun to surface about where Paul would like to end up if the trigger is in fact pulled on a trade. New York and Orlando seem to his preferred destinations with Dallas and Portland also being discussed. Allow me to put my trade machine expertise to work and throw out some potential deals like Ron Burgundy throwing out sexual advances at Veronica Corningstone.

(Note: In no way I am supporting any of these trades or saying the Hornets would or should make these deals. They are clearly possible offers that would benefit all parties involved. So don’t leave a comment claiming I am an idiot for proposing these deals. Thank you.)

By: David Kay
[Read more…]

Hornets Need to Get Back on Track This Summer

Chris Paul Hornets

From the sexy up-coming team in the league to being back in the lottery; the New Orleans Hornets have been heading in the wrong direction the past two seasons and need to sure up some holes on their roster this off-season.

By: David Kay

[Read more…]

NBA Power Rankings: #12 New Orleans Hornets

CP3 and West

By: David Kay

2008-09 Season Summary:
Coming off the 2007-08 season the Hornets were the Belle of the Ball in the NBA. They returned to play in New Orleans full time for the first time in three years, won a franchise record 56 games, had one of the future stars of the league in Chris Paul, and were one game away from playing in the Western Conference Finals, making expectations this season even higher. However, a couple of crucial injuries marred the season and led to the Hornets regressing by seven games and getting trounced in the first round of the playoffs (including an NBA post-season record 58-point home playoff loss to Denver.) All injuries aside, head coach Byron Scott added to the dismay as he seemingly lost control of his squad as well.

Check out the complete Hornets season preview and other NBA previews and power rankings.