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Hornets lose another big man, Gray to become free agent

Jun 27, 2011, 3:39 PM EDT

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First it was the expected news that David West is going opt out of his deal with the Hornets to test the market.

Now comes news that backup center Aaron Gray will follow suit, via Yahoo’s Marc Spears on twitter. Gray was set to make $1.1 million in the last year of his deal but will now look for a bigger payday.

Combine Gray and West with Carl Landry being a free agent and your big men currently on the Hornets roster are Emeka Okafor and… well, there is no and. Okafor is it. No other big men are under contract for next season.

Clearly they need to get some size via free agency. They drafted Kentucky center Josh Harrelison but sold the pick to the Knicks. And he is not exactly the answer anyways.

The question is, with the team owned by the league and a new Collective Bargaining Agreement coming, how much will GM Dell Demps be able to spend?

  1. ac0117 - Jun 27, 2011 at 4:01 PM

    He’s not terrible

  2. louderthanwords1 - Jun 27, 2011 at 7:09 PM

    He most likely will be another serviceable back up big man who gets overpaid because of his size.

    • icu84bs - Jun 27, 2011 at 7:53 PM

      Agreed, but a serviceable backup is worth more than a million per year (the average NBA salary is close to 6 million per year). Cheers.

    • purdueman - Jun 27, 2011 at 8:14 PM

      Truer words were never spoken! Gray showed a lot of progress during the playoffs and he likely isn’t starter material, but he’ll leave a hole in the Hornets second rotation. With West also leaving, I just have to laugh at Chris Paul, as Paul was the guy telling all his teammates and anyone who would listen that he’s gone after next year, not it’s his teammates who are bailing on him!!!

      Hey Chris! Here’s to 50 or more next season, baby! That’s 50 LOSSES of course without West and Gray.

  3. ukfaninfl - Jun 27, 2011 at 8:11 PM

    i love how you keep putting down uk player josh h but if you ever seen him play bet you wouldnt. that kid from ohio state jared there center who would of been a top 5 pick this year josh tore him up in the ncaa turny

  4. svallen - Jun 27, 2011 at 9:24 PM

    Gray joins a list of other Hornet free agents (http://www.spotrac.com/free-agents/nba/new-orleans-hornets/) – who else is going to want to leave that team? Chris Paul demanding a trade like Melo next?

    • purdueman - Jun 28, 2011 at 12:39 AM

      I think that the likelihood of Paul demanding a trade now is about as good as death and taxes! The problem of course is that Paul’s hands will soon quickly be tied when the CBA runs out at midnight on June 30th.

      Once the CBA runs out, there can be no player movement of any kind and no team even if they could make a play for Paul can do so until they know what the ramifications of the new (likely substantially lower), salary cap will be.

      Truth is, the Lakers would move Odom in a heartbeat if it meant a shot a Paul, but I don’t see the Knicks having enough to offer in return and the Nets already have their point guard of the future.

  5. oldy75 - Jun 28, 2011 at 12:36 AM

    The White Panther as he is called could bring his stealthy post moves and panther like quickness to an NBA city near you.

    • purdueman - Jun 28, 2011 at 12:22 PM

      “panther like quickness”? LOL! If Gray and Kyle Orton were to run a race against each other it would have to be clocked with a sundial!

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