New Orleans Center Emeka Okafor To Be Traded?

November 15th, 2009 by Stephen Brotherston Leave a reply »
To say the New Orleans Hornets are in turmoil would be an understatement.  But teams coming off 56 and 49 win seasons are not supposed to be in disarray! A team with a bona fide young superstar like Chris Paul isn't supposed to fail.

But the Hornets are failing. Firing their respected head coach Byron Scott a mere nine games into the season. Starting out with an unfathomable 3-8 record.  And a GM now pretending to coach.

Now that Chris Paul is expected to miss a couple of weeks with a sprained ankle, the Hornets could easily be 3-15 by the time he returns.  Playoff hopes vanishing in the process.

The New Orleans Hornets are a small market team that cannot afford to lose money indefinitely and are significantly into the luxury tax level with their current team salary.  Worse, they are expected to be a luxury tax playing team next year as well.

If the Hornets are not going to make the playoffs, they need to shed payroll and shed it quickly.  And they do not really have that many viable trade pieces.

Putting aside the rumours that Chris Paul is available in trade, Hoopsworld is reporting a rumour that the Hornets wou ...

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