Feb 22, 2008

Hornets make a deal

Yesterday afternoon, the NBA's Western Conference leaders joined other conference powers who'd already been active and made a deal to land Bonzi Wells and Mike James from the Houston Rockets. The Hornets gave up Bobby Jackson, Adam Huluska and a 2nd round pick, while also sending Marcus Vinicius to Memphis.

I wasn't sure how I felt about the trade at the time, but after learning more about the players involved and what the Hornets have in mind for the rest of the roster, I think it was a good move. While Bobby Jackson has been a solid contributer and hit some big 3's in the Dallas game earlier this week, he wasn't what the team needed off the bench. Jannero Pargo has been a solid back up point guard and scorer off the bench, and they were looking for more size.

Wells can play guard or small forward and was an exciting player earlier in his career. Hopefully, he doesn't become the distraction or locker room problem that his reputation says that he could be. I don't know much about Mike James, but he has stints of being a decent player in the past as well.

The other move (or moves) that the Hornets are said pursuing is resigning the retired P.J. Brown and monitoring Chris "The Birdman" Andersen's reinstatement attempt to the league. Both would provide size off the bench and Brown is a home state hero who would be great in the locker room.

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