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Hornets may not move Kaman… because of Mike Dunleavy?

Mar 8, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

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This is why the league needs to get out of the business of owning the Hornets fast, things like this get messy.

It has been assumed that one of the guys that would certainly get moved at the trade deadline is Chris Kaman of the Hornets — they took him out of the lineup earlier this season to move him, then re-inserted him to showcase his skills. It’s worked, he’s looked good and there is growing interest in him.

But wait. Now Mike Dunleavy may not want to trade him.

Why should we care? Because Mike Dunleavy is part of the ownership group in the lead to purchase the Hornets and keep them in New Orleans. And because of that he may have some sway over what the Hornets do at the trade deadline. So reports Hoopsworld.

Sources close to the situation say Dunleavy will be actively involved in running the team when and if the deal closes and that he wants Kaman and Eric Gordon on the roster….

Sources say Dunleavy feels like he can get both of his former players signed to new deals, so it will be interesting to see how this shakes out because Chris Kaman was viewed as someone who would absolutely be moved, now that certainty is not so clear.

There are rumors the Hornets may move Eric Gordon at the deadline, too. They’d be foolish to do that. But the Hornets need to rebuild and if Kaman can bring back picks and young pieces they should pull the trigger. We can debate the merits of that, but allowing a guy from the outside to make trade calls… it just feels weird. In part because it is Dunleavy.

More than anything, the Louisiana legislature needs to vote on the new lease deal for the Hornets (something that could happen next week) and then the league needs to sell the team. The longer they own it, the more messy situations like this one come up.

  1. hawknuts - Mar 8, 2012 at 2:55 PM

    this whole situation is just wrong. plain and simple. the league should have never had anything to do with the team in a player transaction capacity. how many more deals are they going to put their hands on?

    Eric Gordon should sign his one season restricted free agency tender and go on to greener pastures.

    I feel bad for the fans of N.O because they have to deal with a whole lot of bull that has nothing to do with them and everything to do with financial constraints. I mean you have to go watch the team and support them but its besides the point when everything from the top down is so screwed up that it doesn’t matter. this team needs an owner and to not let mike dunleavy anywhere near player transactions or coaching. chain him up in the press box if you have to and put a gag on him too.

  2. zeedoubleyou - Mar 8, 2012 at 4:02 PM

    The fact that Mike Dunleavy thinks the Hornets should keep Kaman is all the more reason to trade him.

  3. losangelasbasketball - Mar 9, 2012 at 10:14 AM

    Eric Gordon is a stud, not sure why he isn’t playing. He has no personality but he can ball for sure..

    • rooney24 - Mar 9, 2012 at 10:46 AM

      Knee surgery. Out about 6 weeks.

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