Well that didn't last long: Hornets are discussing a trade of Emeka Okafor to the Sacramento Kings

11/14/09 in NBA   |   guylake   |   321 respect

The Sacramento Bee's Kings' beat writer, Sam Amick, is reporting that the Kings and Hornets are in discussions about Emeka Okafor. The Kings would give up Kenny Thomas and his expiring 8.7 million dollar contract for Okafor, who has five years and 62 million dollars left on his deal.

We have been reading for weeks that Okafor didn't seem like a good fit in New Orleans. His teammates openly complained that he wasn't coming back quickly enough from injury during the preseason and Okafor doesn't have the offensive juice the Hornets need to help Chris Paul. The Hornets traded Tyson Chandler for Okafor on July 28, which means just a little over three months in, owner George Shinn and the Hornets are ready to move on.

This may be a record for a team throwing in the towel on an NBA season. The Hornets already fired head coach Byron Scott.  Chris Paul is out for two to four weeks with a sprained ankle and now they are looking to move their recently acquired starting center. This is purely a money play for the Hornets and the clearest indication yet  they have no intention of making the playoffs this season.

Interestingly, it may be the Kings who nix the deal despite obvious talent gap between Okafor and Thomas. Five years is a long time to be tied to a big contract for a player with limited offensive skills.
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