Would You Blow Up The Hornets Roster?

That, right there, is an interesting thought, my friends. Blowing up the team? Completely redoing the roster? Yes, it sounds crazy. But think about it. Maybe it’s as crazy as hitting on the totally insane, yet unfathomably hot, girl in the corner of the party. It could end poorly, but it might be worth it. Let’s do this…

The plan: Trade everyone but Chris Paul and, perhaps, Trevor Ariza. Emeka Okafor? Gone. Quincy Pondexter? Actually, let’s keep him because he’s young and cheap. Resign David West? Nope, he’s old, coming off surgery and probably demands too much money. Carl Landry? He’s good and all but…eh, he’s gone. Basically, move everyone for an expiring contract and tons of cap space when 2012 free agency rolls around. Go take a look at the list of 2012 free agents. It crushes this year’s.

The Hornets would have Paul, maybe one or two others and gobs of cap space to sign whoever they want. Let Paul have a say in who the team signs in the offseason. This could be the best way to keep him in a Hornets jersey. It’s a very risky strategy. Most notably, the New York Knicks tried doing this in an effort to sign Lebron James—and we all know how that worked out. But here is the brilliant part, if Paul decided to take his talents elsewhere (is that joke old yet? kind of feels like it) then the Hornets have almost no payroll. This wouldn’t be like the Wizards or Cavaliers rebuilding while carry Gilbert Arenas or Antawn Jamison’s albatross of a contract. Starting over would be easy. It would hurt to lose Paul, but at least the team would have money to completely remake the team.

One more thing to factor in, the 2012 draft class is stacked. I don’t condone tanking or anything like that, but having a high lottery pick would be a valuable asset. I’m not sure this is the direction I would take, but it is one option which needs to be considered. Let us know what you think in the comments below and follow me on twitter @nolajake.

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