That Will Sting: New Orleans Hornets Dump the Wrong Point Guard

August 12th, 2010 by Tom Smith Leave a reply »
The New Orleans Hornets are apparently trying to follow the wildly successful "Cleveland Model" for how a small-market NBA team retains its pouty superstar. We all know how well that worked.

The four-team trade that sent Darren Collison and James Posey to the Pacers in exchange for Houston's Trevor Ariza, while absolutely wonderful if you're a Pacers fan, is just terrible if you support the Hornets.

Dumping the Posey contract is, of course, a plus for the cash-strapped Hornets and their tight-wad owner.

Giving up a potential star point guard in just the second year of his team-friendly rookie contract is not smart. Giving up that rising star for Trevor Ariza? Stupid.

Apparently trying to convince petulant franchise cornerstone Chris Paul that "they mean business" and are making moves that will eventually build a strong team around him, the Hornets picked up a kid who is a marginal talent at best.

A great athlete, solid defender, and decent shooter, Ariza had his best year for the L.A. Lakers during their 2009 championship season. While he averaged just under nine points for that team, his defense and ability to knock down ...

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