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Hornets extend contract of GM Dell Demps. Smart move.

Nov 16, 2012, 11:26 AM EDT

Dell Demps AP

First new Hornets owner Tom Benson locked up coach Monty Williams with a multi-year deal. Now the Hornets have locked up general manager Dell Demps to keep their core in place. Smart move, Mr. Benson.

The Hornets have agreed to a multi-year contract extension with Demps, the team announced Friday. (We’re still trying to find out the terms of the deal, we’ll let you know when we do.)

“Dell has a bright future ahead as the GM of our team and Mr. Benson and I couldn’t be more impressed with the track this team is on and are excited about the future,” said Hornets Executive Vice President Mickey Loomis in a released statement. “He has helped shape this organization with the current team of young, talented players and we look forward to seeing the growth of the franchise during this exciting time for the franchise.”

He’s not universally loved among Hornets fans (what GM is?) but Demps has made the Hornets better. Bottom line. He’s smart, well respected around the league and with  the team headed in the right direction you don’t break things up.

Demps lucked into the top pick and getting Anthony Davis, but everybody needs a little luck now and again. He’s made smart trades to bring in Ryan Anderson and Robin Lopez to give the Hornets some veterans and consistent bigs to go around Davis. He drafted Austin Rivers, the book is still out on that rookie.

The area of controversy has been the max extension last summer for Eric Gordon. After coming to the Big Easy as part of the Chris Paul trade, Gordon played nine games last season due to a knee injury but still got the four-year, $58 million deal. Davis has angered New Orleans fans by having asked the Hornets not to match the Phoenix Suns’ offer this summer (they Hornets did anyway) and by not playing yet this year due to a knee issue. Even though Hornets doctors have suggested its not structural. Currently Gordon is back in Los Angeles trying to rehab his knee.

We’ll see how the Gordon situation plays out — he could be a key to this team going forward if he gets back on the court. But he has a lot of good will to build up in a community that feels he turned on them.

Despite all that, signing Gordon and not letting a potential key franchise piece walk away for nothing was the right move. Demps has made smart plays all the way around the block and the Hornets made the smart play by locking him up.

  1. zerole00 - Nov 16, 2012 at 11:35 AM

    “Davis has angered New Orleans fans by having asked the Hornets not to match the Phoenix Suns’ offer this summer (they Hornets did anyway)”

    You mean Gordon right?

    • circuscivics - Nov 16, 2012 at 11:48 AM

      Kurt Will make the correction without mentioning the mistake. So, when commenters read your comment, they will be like, “did your read the article?” Either that your he will remove yours and my comment. That’s how he operates.

      • zerole00 - Nov 16, 2012 at 1:24 PM

        I doubt he’s going to correct it, he’s probably written 3 more articles by now.

  2. helinhater - Nov 16, 2012 at 12:31 PM

    Kurt is the absolute worst when it comes to proofing his work. And it’s not a matter of trying to be the first to post…as he’s rarely breaking news before other sources.

    He simply doesnt place a priority of checking his work. It’s frustrating for those of us who like our writers – like our basketball players – to produce in a smart and fundamentally sound manner.

  3. helinhater - Nov 16, 2012 at 12:34 PM

    See, even writing about Kurt forces you to make the same mistakes he would.

    “He simply doesn’t place a priority ON checking his work.”

  4. cosanostra71 - Nov 16, 2012 at 3:10 PM

    Loomis is working for the Hornets now too? watch out NBA… bounties coming this way

  5. cmehustle - Nov 16, 2012 at 4:40 PM

    Great job by Demps in turning this team into something that can actually be watched. It doesnt hurt to get the number one pick in a year when Anthony Davis is coming out either lol. I could have made that pick. Still he has made some good moves so I guess he deserves the kudos.

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