DRAFT PICKS: Round 1: #21 Round 2: None
|27. Darrell Arthur||13. Julian Wright||12. Hilton Armstrong||15. Cedric Simmons|
|* Draft rights traded|
Chemistry was shot with the botched Chandler deal. Ability to generate offense outside of Paul or West.
Finances figure to rule the day, as George Shinn looks for ways to shed payroll for a franchise $10 million over the cap. The team already tried to give away Chandler, a key to the 2007-08 division-title run. Getting younger, cheaper and better doesn’t seem logical, but those are the marching orders in the Big (not so) Easy. A deal of a core piece or two not named Paul or West and the acquisition of a higher draft pick would be a start. Recent picks Armstrong and Wright need to take on larger roles. Without the right moves, the Hornets could be headed back to the lottery in the loaded West.