Some trade rumors coming out this morning, which involves the most surprising team in the Western Conference thus far, the New Orleans Hornets, and the surprisingly not so-bad (OK, they’re 4-9) Toronto Raptors.
The details from ESPN.com:
“The New Orleans Hornets and Toronto Raptors are in serious discussions on a five-player trade that would send Peja Stojakovic and Jerryd Bayless to the Raptors for Jarrett Jack, David Andersen and Marcus Banks, a source told ESPN.com Saturday.
The deal was close to being completed Friday night, but was held up over the amount of cash the Hornets would send to the Raptors in the trade.
Still, the holdup was not believed to be insurmountable, according to a source with direct knowledge of the talks, who spoke on condition of anonymity.”
Obviously this trade wouldn’t be of mass proportions or anything, and on the surface, the casual NBA fan may think the Hornets are crazy for doing this. However, Stojakovic only has a year left on his contract, and it was obvious that it wasn’t going to get renewed in New Orleans, since he really hasn’t done a whole lot this season.
As for Bayless, he was never gonna be able to thrive in New Orleans anyways. I mean, that’s just kinda what happens when your backing up Chris Paul. So Bayless will have more of a chance to make an impact in Toronto, since the starting role will be open if this trade goes through, since Jack will be moving to backup Paul. Not sure if Jack will be happy about that, since he will obviously see his minutes go down from what he was playing in Toronto.
The Hornets are still gonna need to make some type of move for another scorer before the trade deadline if they want to really be a contender this season, so I wouldn’t read too much into this deal. This just seems like the Hornets knowing that Stojakovic isn’t gonna be key to their long-term success this season, and getting what they can for him right now.
The real winner here is Bayless, who should finally get a chance to prove himself in Toronto, and may finally find himself a permanent home if he can beat out Jose Calderon for the starting job.
UPDATE: This thing is a done deal.