This time of the year always bring up one question, who is going to be traded? There will be a few teams scrambling to make some last minute roster adjustments to better their team for the playoffs, dump salary, acquire draft picks, or make moves and look towards the future. The New Orleans Hornets will not be one of those teams looking to do either one of those things.
With the resurgence of Eric Gordon the Hornets have actually been playing well together. Everybody knows that the Hornets are not a playoff team right now so don’t expect them to make the playoffs. Despite that fact, their future is looking bright with team they have assembled. The only players with some “real” trade value on the team right now would be Eric Gordon, Anthony Davis, Grevis Vasquez, Robin Lopez, and Ryan Anderson. Teams will fish and send out offers to the Hornets for those players but they will quickly be denied. The Hornets have the young players, cap room, and draft picks to make a playoff team as early as next season.
There are a few slightly possible trade scenarios for the Hornets, but nothing big. This years upcoming draft class has been said to not be that great. Many scouts have advised teams to trade away their pick if possible. For the Hornets situation I say keep it, the Hornets desperately need another wing player that can make a consistent impact. There will be a few on the draft board in Shabazz Muhammad, Ben McLemore, and Michael Carter-Williams. The Hornets will need at least a top 10 pick to get either one of those players and right now they are right on schedule for it. If the Hornets start winning more games and rise in the standings then trading the 2013 draft pick would be ideal.
There was also a rumor that maybe the Hornets would look to trade Al-Farouq Aminu and another player for a veteran with an expiring contract. Not sure who the Hornets would target but it could help free up more cap space for the off-season.
Either way the Hornets will have a quiet trade deadline period, unless Rudy Gay is offered for Ryan Anderson or something crazy.