Hornets Could Shop 10th Pick As Means Of Clearing Cap Space

Hornets Could Shop 10th Pick As Means Of Clearing Cap Space

Postby Kobe8Fan on Sat Jun 09, 2012 1:55 am

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By John Reid, The Times Picayune

New Orleans Hornets General Manager Dell Demps said they are going to explore all their options regarding their 10th overall pick in the June 28 NBA draft.

And he didn't rule out the possiblity they could consider trading the pick.

``Yes, we will if it makes sense,'' Demps said. ``There’s been some teams that have put young guys around a top pick. Some of the other teams have put veterans around the pick. Some have been successful both ways. I think we’re just going to look at what is going to be the best for our situation.''

The Hornets could try to explore a deal that would include trading either center Emeka Okafor or small forward Trevor Ariza, along with the 10th overall pick, in an effort to clear up more salary cap space to improve the roster.

While Okafor is owed $28 million over the next two seasons, Ariza appeared to be unhappy toward the end of the season when Coach Monty Williams demoted him to the bench in favor of second-year player Al Farouq Aminu.

Ariza is owed $7.2 million next season and he has a $7.7 million player option for the 2013-14 season that he is likely to exercise because he's not likely to draw that kind of salary as a free agent.

Despite trade speculation, the Hornets appear to be at full-go toward evaluating prospects. Demps and his staff are in Chicago today for the draft combine. Earlier this week they worked out nine draft prospects at the Alario Center.

``We obviously want to get the best player and someone who can fit into our system and to our culture and somebody we think we can build around for the long term,'' Demps said.


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Postby JUST-MING on Sat Jun 09, 2012 6:27 am

The Hornets could try to explore a deal that would include trading either center Emeka Okafor or small forward Trevor Ariza, along with the 10th overall pick, in an effort to clear up more salary cap space to improve the roster.

Okafor ($13.6 mil) or Ariza ($7.2 mil) and the 10th pick for an expiring contract or a trade exception? No team has an exception larger than $13.0 mil (Nene, Denver). It would have to be an expiring contract or means to take on both (two-year) contracts. I wouldn’t mind either player, or both, over the draft pick.
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Re: Hornets Could Shop 10th Pick As Means Of Clearing Cap Space

Postby therealdeal on Sat Jun 09, 2012 9:12 am

^ either/ or. They don't expect to trade both with the pick.
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Re: Hornets Could Shop 10th Pick As Means Of Clearing Cap Space

Postby Kobe Bryant 8 on Sun Jun 10, 2012 7:35 am

Ariza, #10 for TPE works. Let Barnes go, shop Gasol for pieces, ship pieces and #10 for Deron.
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Re: Hornets Could Shop 10th Pick As Means Of Clearing Cap Space

Postby therealdeal on Sun Jun 10, 2012 10:04 am

Kobe Bryant 8 wrote:Ariza, #10 for TPE works. Let Barnes go, shop Gasol for pieces, ship pieces and #10 for Deron.


Lakers out: Gasol, McRoberts, Number 10 (via NO), number 14 (via Hou), number 16 (via Hou), Future 1st
Lakers in: Deron Williams, Trevor Ariza, Scola

New Orleans out: Ariza, Number 10
New Orleans in: TPE

Houston in: Gasol
Houston out: Martin, Scola, Number 14, Number 16

New Jersey in: Martin, McRoberts, Number 10, Number 14, Number 16, Future 1st
New Jersey out: Deron Williams

Everyone gets what they want.

New Orleans: they sell their less valuable pick to get rid of Ariza. This clears cap space for them to make a run at some veterans in free agency.

Houston: They have already stated they'll sell their picks to get a premier player. We give them Gasol and take a bad contract back. They sell Martin too who they've been dangling in trades.

New Jersey: they get a premier SG, take on less salary, and get three high picks to begin rebuilding. They also get a future pick. They get an expiring too just in case they don't want to keep him.

LA: they get a top PG, some SF depth, and a decent PF replacement for Gasol.

Amnesty or trade Blake, keep Sessions and Hill. Re-acquire Odom whenever possible.

Williams/ Sessions
Bryant/ Goudelock
Artest/ Ariza/ Eyenga
Scola/ Odom
Bynum/ Hill

The only major salary taken on that we wouldn't have had before is Ariza's. We'd be all in with this squad for Kobe's last run since we'd have very little flexibility. Still, that's a championship squad if I've seen one. Not to mention we could throw the mini-MLE for another impact veteran.
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Re: Hornets Could Shop 10th Pick As Means Of Clearing Cap Space

Postby Kobe Bryant 8 on Mon Jun 11, 2012 7:01 am

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Re: Hornets Could Shop 10th Pick As Means Of Clearing Cap Space

Postby XXIV on Mon Jun 11, 2012 10:05 am

Are you allowed to include a pick with a player for the TPE?
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Re: Hornets Could Shop 10th Pick As Means Of Clearing Cap Space

Postby therealdeal on Mon Jun 11, 2012 10:56 am

^ If not, it's a simple fix. Take Ariza for the TPE and "buy" the pick as a formality.
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Re: Hornets Could Shop 10th Pick As Means Of Clearing Cap Space

Postby Kobe Bryant 8 on Mon Jun 11, 2012 11:28 am

Here's how I'd tweak it therealdeal:

This has to be done in two trades:

NOH trades: Trevor Ariza, #10
LAL trades: TPE (Odom trade)

* NOH sheds salary which they reportedly want to do.
* LAL lands the #10 pick, pays to do so by taking on Ariza.

Trade 2:

LAL trades: Pau Gasol, Josh McRoberts, Christian Eyenga, #10
LAL receive: Deron Williams and Luis Scola

NJN trades: Deron Williams
NJN receives: Kevin Martin, Josh McRoberts, #10, #14, #16

HOU trades: Kevin Martin, Luis Scola, #14, #16
HOU receives: Pau Gasol and Christian Eyenga

* LAL lands Deron, pays by taking on Scola's contract.

* NJN gets back expirings for Deron plus three good draft picks to help rebuild. If he wants to leave and the Lakers are a potential destination, this is a solid deal.

* Houston lands Gasol finally, sheds Scola's deal. In 14/15 they would have virtually no money committed. This season they'd have Lowry/Gasol/Dalembert/Budinger/Parsons/Patterson/Lee and less than 32 million dollars on the payroll. They can make the playoffs with those players and they still have caproom to explore other options.
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Re: Hornets Could Shop 10th Pick As Means Of Clearing Cap Space

Postby therealdeal on Mon Jun 11, 2012 9:45 pm

I think the only change you made was sending Eyenga to Houston and the Lakers keeping a future 1st, right?

I agree with that. In that scenario they have over 15 million, maybe over 17 million the next season, guaranteed at the SF spot. They would do well to shed as much as they can by getting rid of Eyenga. And keeping a pick would always help.
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