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Hornets’ head coach Monty Williams discusses moving forward without David West


The loss of David West for the season due to a torn ACL injury was a devastating blow to a Hornets team that currently sits seventh in the Western Conference playoff picture. Head coach Monty Williams talked about it with the assembled media for the first time since the diagnosis became official Friday afternoon, as New Orleans prepared to take on the Suns in Phoenix.

“It was tough,” Williams said. “He’s one of my favorites, and became more of a favorite since I’ve been around the team. You just hate to see a guy put all of his energy and passion into the game, make the right play and come down and hurt himself like that and be done for the year. But he’s one of the toughest guys I’ve been around and he and his wife Leslie, they’ll get through this, and we’ll look forward to the future.”

Williams said that he (like the rest of us) had a bad feeling about the severity of West’s injury the moment he first saw it.

“I looked at the way he went down (Thursday) night and I just thought to myself, he’s probably not going to be back,” Williams said. “I’ve seen him get hurt so many times, and he usually gives me the thumbs up or I can look him in the eyes and tell whether or not it’s a bad one or he’s going to be back in a game or two.”

Without West, the Hornets will start Carl Landry, who hasn’t seen a single minute of court time replacing West in the lineup alongside the team’s other four regular starters. From there, at least initially, Williams seems to be ready to adjust on the fly.

“Carl’s going to start, and outside of that, we’re going to play it by ear,” Williams said. “Consequences and rotations and matchups will dictate the rest. But Jason (Smith) has got to be ready to play, David Andersen has got to be ready to play, and we may play some small ball to take advantage of our quickness.”

Williams is aware of the impact the loss of West is likely to have on his team. But he’s showing a confidence and toughness in the face of this adversity that the team should be able to rally around — as his closing comments on the matter would seem to suggest.

“Even though we’re all human, even though we all feel bad about the situation, we have jobs to do,” Williams said. “We’ve got to go out and play hard. The circumstances are what they are. We still get to play basketball. Nobody died. Last time I checked we all still get paid, so we’re going to go out there and play.”

Hornets-Raptors trade official, as weird as we thought

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Well it’s done, as every major outlet has confirmed the deal is done. The Toronto Raptors will send Jarrett Jack, Marcus Banks, and David Andersen to the Hornets for Peja Stojakovic and Jerryd Bayless from the Hornets.

For some reason which is just escaping me at the moment, everyone’s saying the Hornets “won” this trade. For starters, looking at trades in terms of winners and losers is a bit ridiculous, since every move is made within the context of a bigger plan. Secondly, the Hornets have in essence traded a first round pick, the highly valuable expiring contract of Peja Stojakovic, and two available roster spots plus cash for Jarrett Jack. Jack, who has been a fundamental part of the worst defensive team in the NBA and who is paid $15 million over the next three years as a 20-minutes per game backup.

Yeah, that sounds like they got good value.

Not that the Raptors made out like bandits in this either. Even with Peja’s expiring, they now have such huge tradeable assets (Peja’s expiring, the trade exception from Chris Bosh), that they’ll have a hard time getting good value on them. Bayless is a tremendous potential player, but hasn’t been that guy yet. It’s going to take a lot of work to get him where he needs to go, and Jay Triano hasn’t really shown that ability.

What’s the big win here? That the Hornets get a guy who “fits” and who CP3 likes? Couldn’t they have gotten a little more with a huge expiring contract in a CBA downturn year and a talented two-guard with lightning fast speed? Apparently not, but everything else has worked out for New Orleans so far so why start doubting this regime now?t

Report: Hornets and Raptors close to Peja trade

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A report popped up this morning on a Euro site via HoopsHype describing a trade between the New Orleans Hornets and Toronto Raptors. Now ESPN is reporting the same: The New Orleans Hornets are very close to trading Peja Stojakovic and Jerryd Bayless to the Toronto Raptors for Jarrett Jack, David Andersen, and Marcus Banks.


The trade makes little to no sense for either side. Stojakovic’s $14.25 million gold mine of a contract could be moved at the deadline for a substantial set of assets, far beyond a player who splits time with Jose Calderon, a center that was discarded from center-light (at the time) Houston, and Marcus Banks. Bayless himself is a dynamic young talent that can run either guard position, hit from the outside, run the break, and attack the rim with reckless abandon. That’s two good if not great wing players being shelved off for a solid backup point guard when you have Chris Paul, Marcus Banks who is Marcus Banks, and a center that looks like he would belong more in Stillwater.

There may be other assets tied to this deal, including part of the massive trade exception the Raptors received in the Chris Bosh sign-and-trade this summer. That would make it slightly more attractive for New Orleans. This also could be tied to the ongoing drama regarding the protracted sale of the Hornets. Dropping some hefty assets could help move the deal along, but that’s just conjecture in a very complicated subject.

ESPN reports the deal is currently held up over the amount of cash the Raptors want in the deal. We’ll let you know if it goes through.

Toronto is the new, slightly gimpy horse in the race for Erick Dampier's services


erick_dampier.jpgA union between Erick Dampier and the Miami Heat apparently made too much sense to come to fruition. Now, rather than the serviceable big man going to the championship contending team a bit lacking in serviceable big men, Dampier will likely land with another playoff-caliber squad.

Or maybe the Toronto Raptors.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, the Raps have joined the Rockets and Bucks in courting Dampier. Toronto is fundamentally different than Dampier’s other suitors though, in that their current roster doesn’t quite scream “playoffs!” The Chris Bosh-less Raps have the makings of a lottery team (not that Toronto fared much better last season with Bosh in the mix), and competitively-speaking, they fall well short of more talented teams like Houston or Milwaukee.

However, should playing time be Dampier’s primary concern (which it very well may be; the competition for minutes at center in Miami may have scared him away from a title-worthy opportunity), Toronto seems to be in a position to make a hell of a pitch. The Raptors’ leading candidates for center minutes are Andrea Bargnani, Amir Johnson, David Andersen, and Joey Dorsey, and the more productive of those players — Bargnani and Johnson — will be pulling double-duty by playing minutes at the 4.

The prospect of cracking that depth chart is a bit more promising than playing backup to either Yao Ming (who already has another decent center behind him in Brad Miller) or Andrew Bogut.

Picking up a center like Dampier on a value deal is also a no-brainer for the Raptors, even if they’re not contending for a playoff spot, much less a title. Damp is the stylistic fit Bryan Colangelo has been searching for in a Bargnani running mate. His rebounding, pick-setting, and low-post defense would free up Bargs to employ his strong-side perimeter-oriented approach in peace.

The key to unlocking the potential in players like Bargnani is to put them in comfortable roles and a position to best utilize their talents. Adding Dampier to cover some of Bargnani’s weaknesses isn’t the Il Mago Rosetta Stone, but it’s a start.

Rockets send David Andersen to Toronto

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Thumbnail image for Raptors_logo.gifWith Yao Ming back and Brad Miller now in the mix, Houston needed to thin out their front line. So they basically paid Toronto to take him off their hands. Which, ironically, is sort of how they ended up with him in the first place.

Toronto picks up the Australian center plus some cash for the price of a second round pick headed back to Houston.

Andersen was actually decent solid in the limited minutes he got last season, playing in 63 games and giving the Rockets 5.8 points and 3.3 rebounds per game. He has a fantastic turn-around jumper from the block and shooting range all the way out to the three point line that you have to respect. However, he struggled defensively. So he should fit in fine in Toronto.

Andersen ended up with the Rockets because the Hawks struck a similar deal last year, essentially paying the Rockets to take him off their hands.