Jul 8, 2010, 11:35 AM EDT
New Orleans and Oklahoma City’s draft night trade that sent the draft rights to No. 11 pick Cole Aldrich to the Thunder has been approved by the league, according Darnell Mayberry of The Oklahoman.
For a refresher: the Hornets received the draft rights to No. 21 pick Craig Brackins and No. 26 pick Quincy Pondexter in exchange for Aldrich and Morris Peterson’s $6.2 million contract. It looks like Mo will slide comfortably into Kevin Ollie’s veteran mentor shoes (I bet they’re penny loafers) while the Hornets have safely avoided luxury tax territory by ditching his deal.
Aldrich, Brackins, and Pondexter are all likely to be productive pros, but Cole’s game has been criticized to no end due to his lack of offensive polish. The Thunder definitely need help with scoring from the 4 and 5, but as long as Aldrich can rebounding (he can) and defend (which he does well), he’ll have a long, successful run as a Durant sidekick.
- USA celebrates gold medal with lots of dancing (except Derrick Rose) 4
- Too much World Cup MVP Kyrie Irving for Serbia to handle as USA wins gold easily 129-92 16
- FIBA World Cup USA vs. Serbia preview: Serbia no pushover but Americans should grab gold 4
- France beats Lithuania to win World Cup bronze 6
- Carmelo Anthony says nobody would want to play for Hawks 20
- Rudy Gay upset over ‘dirty play’ that caused him to suffer a fractured jaw in Team USA’s win over Lithuania 17
- Serbia holds off furious French comeback, wins to advance to gold medal game vs. USA 4
- Hawks GM Danny Ferry releases statement on his leave of absence, apologizes again 6