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Reports indicate that the Hornets understand the rebuilding process

Mar 17, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

Bismack Biyombo,  Chris Kaman

I’m about to bring up The Veto again. I don’t want to. I think I’m pretty clear on where I stand on the whole thing. (To catch you up if you don’t read regularly or follow on Twitter, Lakers trade for Paul was bad for both the Hornets and Rockets, but especially the Hornets who need to rebuild through draft and tank for good drafting, not get swept from the first round with long-term expensive contracts.) But it’s impossible to get around the whole thing.

The Hornets landed Chris Kaman in the deal and tried to move him, couldn’t. Then they took him off the block, and then put him back on. Basically the market wasn’t there. But there are indications that the Hornets understand what they need to do because they weren’t moving Kaman for anything long-term. Like, oh, say, Detroit’s mistakes. From the Detroit Free Press:

The Detroit Pistons had talks with several teams before Thursday’s NBA trade deadline, as they attempted to land a big man to pair with second-year center Greg Monroe.

Specifically, they were engaged in talks with the New Orleans Hornets for center Chris Kaman.

The Pistons proposed a deal that would have sent the Hornets one of their big contracts (likely Ben Gordon or Charlie Villanueva) and a protected future first-round pick (not this year’s) for Kaman.

via Pistons were in talks to acquire Chris Kaman before NBA trade deadline | Detroit Free Press |


The Hornets would be taking on bad, long-term veterans which are considered terrible signings, just to try and get better now. How does Ben Gordon fit with Eric Gordon when and if they get him back? Does Villanueva have any place on that roster? So the Hornets aren’t looking to move into veteran territory, which is a smart thing. They need to go young, cheap, and flexible.

The memo has been gotten. Mediocre is not the objective. Good in two to three years is the objective. They’re on their way.

Now, about those talks of extending Kaman….

  1. juanandonly24 - Mar 17, 2012 at 4:39 PM

    Yeah their logic is right, I mean you’re bound to get good players if you draft top 5 for the next decade…..

  2. narrabeen23 - Mar 17, 2012 at 4:44 PM

    Sources close to the ping pong ball factory report there is a 100% chance the Hornets get the #1 overall pick in the upcoming draft

    • jolink653 - Mar 18, 2012 at 6:32 PM

      this just in…the bobcats are reported to have a much worse team/record than the hornets and thusly will have more ping pong balls than new orleans…let’s be honest though the bobcats need that pick more than the hornets seeing as how the bobcats are just a terrible terrible team

  3. goforthanddie - Mar 17, 2012 at 4:55 PM

    Good in two to three years is the objective.

    Under the circumstances, maybe “good” should read “sold”. They’re not going to improve with 30 different owners.

  4. capitalistoppressor - Mar 18, 2012 at 6:54 PM

    Good luck with putting lipstick on this pig. Matt Moore states that the objective is to rebuild through the draft, not get swept in the first round.

    What exactly is it about the trade that was actually executed that leads one to think that the Hornets are now in a better position to rebuild through the draft? When you trade for assets that make you into a worse team, the value of those assets falls.

    The assets that NO was going to get from the vetoed trade would have given them a team that would have gotten some wins and ENHANCED the value of those assets. There is nothing that would have prevented NO from flipping the players they had gotten into further trades for picks or other pieces to improve.

    As it is, they not only do not have a team that can win (and thus generate revenue and increase the value of the franchise), but they also are NOT in a substantially better position to rebuild for the draft.

    And Chris Kaman? The man is a thoroughly average center (14.5 PER career) who is going to be 30 in a month who has padded his stats (LOL!!) on losing teams his whole life. NO traded Chris PAUL for this??? Talk about a train wreck.

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