November 5, 2010; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Hornets center Emeka Okafor (50) and small forward Trevor Ariza (1) battle for a rebound during the second quarter against the Miami Heat at the New Orleans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

Hornets Are Willing to Trade #10 Pick With Ariza or Okafor

According to Shaun Powell, NBA columnist at & via twitter, the New Orleans Hornets are willing to give up the 10th pick in the draft in trade. The only trades that the Hornets would accept are ones that include the contracts of Trevor Ariza or Emeka Okaor, or preferably both.


“Hornets will entertain offers for 10th pick if someone also agrees to take Ariza or Okafor contracts.

There is a lot of pressure surounding the Hornets right now to make the right pick with the 10th overall. There will be plenty of good players on the board there to choose from. That also makes this pick very valuable when using it as trade bait. Trevor Ariza and Emeka Okafor both had dissapointing seasons and did not perform up to the value of their contracts. Okafor is scheduled to make $28 Million over the next two season. Ariza will make $14 mil. over the next two seasons.

I don’t see the Hornets getting back a player that is worth the 10th pick because of the contracts of Okafor and Ariza, Okafor in particular. I doubt any team would be willing to give up a star player to take on his $28 Million dollar contract. I could see the Lakers possibly being interested in taking Ariza back and the 10th pick for Pau Gasol. There have been rumors of the him being on the outs in LA.

It will be interesting to see what kind of offers they wil receive that inlcude Okafor and Ariza. Check back for more updates.




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