The New Orleans Hornets recently showed off their new acquisition Emeka Okafor to the press on Tuesday. Okafor was acquired from the Charlotte Bobcats for “Mr. Trade-Bait” Tyson Chandler, a couple weeks ago and the deal still does not make any sense to me. This saga for the New Orleans Hornets started back before the NBA trade deadline when the Hornets tried to move Chandler to the Oklahoma City Thunder which ended up falling through due to Chandler failing a physical.
Although this looks like a basketball move, it is more of a cash move since the Hornets want to rid themselves of Chandler’s $12.7 million dollar contract with a player option. The issue is the Hornets acquired Okafor who still has five years left on his 72 million dollar deal. For a team that was trying to save money, this just seems to puzzle me.
The Hornets continue to puzzle me with this move. Why did they make it? Are they trying to save cap room or trying to make a team better? Okafor is a solid talent who a 20-10 player when he was playing for the Bobcats. However, he does not strike me as a guy who makes the New Orleans Hornets that much better and Chandler was a defensive threat.
They have also signed forward Ike Diogu to a short-term deal to shore up their front court. Let’s be honest, Diogu is average talent at best and is a cheap option to improve their front court.
As much as I love Chris Paul, this is a terrible situation for him to be in. He is in a rebuilding city and stuck on a team that does not know if they want to be a buyer or a seller in the next couple of seasons. The Hornets appear that they are making moves to improve their team but in the end, they are really just trying to make good of a bad situation.
The Hornets have played in three different locations for the past seven seasons and it would not surprise me if they might be in a different location in the next five seasons. The only thing that irritates me more than a team not trying to build around their star player is a team trying to their star around by trying to make it look like they are.
In closing, I have no idea what the Hornets are doing but at least they did not “Tyson Roll” us this time.