New Orleans Hornets Sell Their Only Pick In the NBA Draft To Knicks

Dell Demps sold the Hornets only pick in the 2011 NBA Draft because it's what the organisation usually does.

Waiting in anticipation I had several names on my board who could’ve been nice prospects down the road. These names included:

  • Josh Selby
  • Keith Benson
  • David Lighty
  • E’Twaun Moore

Dell Demps showed today that he really doesn’t think anyone at that pick could have contributed this season, which does make sense, in a way. All of those guys most likely, would have been locker room guys, practice guys, not contributing much on the floor. The Hornets, because of this, decided to sell their 45th pick to the New York Knicks for a cool 750 000 dollars.

So to say that I am angry, would be an understatement.

The Hornets have shown their fans nothing this offseason, hemorrhaging their future for right now. Okay, so this is only a 45th pick, but  all the Hornets do on draft day is sell their picks. Last season they sold their pick to the Oklahoma City Thunder, two years before that they sold it to Memphis.

Time and time again New Orleans cannot seem to develop their own talent. When they do they trade it within a year (see Marcus Thornton).

In a time where the organisation needs to encourage fans to buy season tickets, they slap them across their face by selling the pick for a million dollars. It’s not so much that the Hornets didn’t draft a bad prospect so much as it was the message they are sending to their fans. They needed to just go out and get a player, after all they only have 5 players on their roster. Taking money over players is never a good sign and unless it’s used to lure a free agent then it’s an epic fail.

It is likely that there will be a lockout and because of that we won’t hear a single piece of Hornets news until December. This sucks big time because we all know that there are about three-hundred million issues wrong with this team. They need a new owner, to resign David West, resign Carl Landry, find more talent across the board and ohh, there’s that guy named Chris Paul.

This 750 000 dollars better be used to lure Dwight Howard, because it makes little sense to me why you would do it other than to pay off the airfares used to scout propsects in the first place.

Oh and for those interested the guy we drafted, his name is Josh Harrelson, not that it matters.

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