Shootaround: vs. Mavericks

By: Jim Eichenhofer,, @Jim_Eichenhofer

Updates from Friday morning’s New Orleans Hornets shootaround, prior to a Southwest Division home game against Dallas:

• As opposed to many shootarounds where the discussion is focused on the evening’s opponent, the talk Friday was almost exclusively on the NBA trade deadline passing with no moves by New Orleans. That was par for the course around the league, with virtually zero significant trades taking place yesterday. Hornets head coach Monty Williams stressed that the team knows it has to make several moves down the road, including during the 2013 offseason. Thursday’s inactivity was not a sign that New Orleans is content with its current roster makeup. Williams: “I like our guys, but this is not the team we’re going to end up with. The guys we have are going to get better. We’re obviously going to add different players. I don’t think it’s a statement that I dislike anybody, but it’s certainly not a statement that we’re going to be the same team come next year. We certainly won’t be that.”

• Asked specifically to comment about trade possibilities, GM Dell Demps: “I really don’t like to talk about trade details, but what I will say is we got a call on a number of guys. We really like our young group. We want to see them grow. I always think it’s a good sign when guys call (about) your players. That means that they have value. We like our young group right now. It will be interesting to see how we finish out the season.”

• A succinct Demps on why he decided not to pull the trigger on a trade: “I didn’t think anything that was available would make us better for the long term.”

• From a short-term perspective, beginning with Friday’s game against the Mavericks, the Hornets will play six of their next seven contests at home, as well as 14 of the next 19. Backup point guard Brian Roberts on the team’s goal: “Getting back to what we were doing before the break. I think these last two games we kind of lost the edge we were playing with prior to the break. The next 29 or so games, we just have to keep building that foundation and continue moving in the right direction, like we were before the break.”