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TigerinATL
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Hornets Staying With The Plan

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The Hornets have started to see things turn in their favor a little more with a healthy roster. However, at 11-26 on the season the Hornets look more like sellers around the February 21st trade deadline, although Demps isn’t sold his team will be very active.

“It’s part of the business,” Demps said of the trade deadline. “I think we’ll listen. If there’s something out there that will make us significantly better for the long-term I think we’ll look at it. Actually, I like our group. I like our young guys. I want to really evaluate them over the next month playing together and see that chemistry there. For the last week or so I think we’ve been playing pretty good, we’ll see how it goes over the next few games.”

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A lot more in the article on Gordon/Rivers/Davis
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Fun Bunch
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re: Hornets Staying With The Plan
Basically what we mostly know. He doesn't want to give up any of our best assets at this time. He only wants to make a deal if someone knocks our socks off, and would rather add to the team through the Draft and FA. But he'll listen.


Jester
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Basically what we mostly know. He doesn't want to give up any of our best assets at this time. He only wants to make a deal if someone knocks our socks off, and would rather add to the team through the Draft and FA. But he'll listen.


Yeah, we're not really set up with trade chips other than space. Anyone we have worth trading, would leave a gaping hole behind them. I think you'll see Demps make a few mid-level signings in the offseason, then we'll be more in line for trades.


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TigerinATL
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He only wants to make a deal if someone knocks our socks off


Yeah. Lopez is really the only "expendable" player you might get a good return on but his contract flexibility makes him practically untradeable. I can't see the Hornets do much trade wise unless they become a facilitator in a multiteam trade.


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There is almost no question that the return of Gordon has changed how the Hornets play. His impact and influence on virtually every player on the floor is noticeable.
“He’s a dynamic player that brings a lot and it’s not just his scoring,” said Demps. “The outside eye would think that it’s just scoring, but he does so much; so many things. He can have an off-shooting night and still help us win. I don’t think he gets enough credit for his defense; he’s a very good on-ball defender and he’s also a very smart player. Some of things he does on the court, the craftiness, the decision-making, the early work I don’t think he gets enough credit for.”


totally agree with demps here.

still wish i would have told off those a-holes behind me who were yelling at Gordon during the game Friday night

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After first glance is seems the Hornets found what they were looking for in Davis, but maybe not as much in Rivers, although Demps believes it’s a little early to judge either player.
“I don’t know if it’s fair to judge drafts and judge guys,” explained Demps. “I think it’s hard to do that after 30 games. I think you really don’t know for a couple of years.
“There’s been so many players that have struggled their rookie year. Jermaine O’Neal is a great example. He didn’t play much his first couple of years in the league. Another guy I think about is J.J. Barea when he first came into the league. Even Kevin Martin didn’t play much his rookie year. I think sometimes guys take a little time. Another thing is that guys are coming in so much younger now. I was watching the D-League and a lot of guys that teams have given up on are 23-24 years old and they only got two years in the league and they’ve failed. I think it’s too soon to really evaluate a guy right now.”


yup
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Jester
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Yeah. Lopez is really the only "expendable" player you might get a good return on but his contract flexibility makes him practically untradeable. I can't see the Hornets do much trade wise unless they become a facilitator in a multiteam trade.


Yeah, our best, most expendable asset right now is our ability to absorb salary, but that's only useful like you said, as a trade facilitator for matching salaries. You don't usually find significant talent upgrades there, though.


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