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Hornets willing to sign-and-trade David West to contender

Dec 7, 2011, 7:35 PM EDT

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If David West had not blown out his knee last year, he would be mentioned with Nene as a top free agent in this class. There is not a better pick-and-pop big in the game (well, maybe that Nowitzki guy, but the list is short) and West has an all-around game. He’s a former All-Star for a reason.

He comes with risk now after the injury, but some contender would be smart to take a shot at him, and a few are according to Ken Berger at CBSSports.com.

Dallas, San Antonio, Miami and Atlanta are all interested, according to Berger. What do all those teams have in common? They are over the salary cap and can’t really afford what West will command. (The Pacers have spoken to West as well and they can afford him.) That brings us to this note from Berger.

Hornets willing to let West go in sign/trade if it will get him to contender and bring back an asset or two, sources say.

The Hornets are about to ship out Chris Paul and go into asset acquiring mode. Everyone is available if you’ll send young prospects and draft picks. That may leave the Heat without many options (although they already have Chris Bosh at the four anyway) but the other three teams may be able to help a little. Depends on the price.

Expect some wheeling and dealing here over the next few days. The question for these teams becomes, how much are you willing to give up on the bet David West returns to his old self after surgery?

  1. goforthanddie - Dec 7, 2011 at 7:48 PM

    So the league bought the Hornets for 300mil. They’re losing Paul, and from the sound of it they’re stripping down to the bone. Does that make NO a more attractive possible purchase?

  2. 00maltliquor - Dec 7, 2011 at 11:38 PM

    None of those teams make sense as they all have incumbant starting PFs, none of which could move over either way to SF or C except for maybe Duncan but for some reason he’d rather play PF and let a 6”7 guy play C (DeJuan Blair) then to man up in the middle full time (small joke). Makes no sense at all. He’ll just be an expensive backup and the team will be regreting his contract.

  3. trbowman - Dec 8, 2011 at 3:39 AM

    Go X!

  4. jesse1834 - Dec 8, 2011 at 7:56 AM

    Looks like the Association is trying to dismantle the Hornets.

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