Hornets add veteran depth in Wells, James

Thursday, February 21, 2008
By: Jim Eichenhofer, Hornets.com

It's no secret that the area where New Orleans has been trying to improve most has been the bench. Well, Thursday's trade before the deadline could go a long way toward shoring up what has been a noticeable Hornets weakness at times in 2007-08. Bonzi Wells is a big two-guard who at 6-foot-5, 210 pounds is effective in the low post. When he's at the top of his game, the 10-year NBA veteran is difficult to slow down at the offensive end and can get on a roll.

Mike James has had an interesting past couple years in the league. He was in the NBA's top 25 scorers two seasons ago with Toronto, leading to a big free-agent deal with Minnesota in the summer of 2006. However, he had a disappointing campaign with the T-Wolves and ended up in Houston in a trade last offseason. He's been in and out of Rick Adelman's rotation and has had a second straight rough year. On the flip side, he has plenty of postseason experience, quietly a key member of the 2004 Detroit Pistons championship team. Though he's known as more of a score-first point guard, he has the ability to run a team and is more of a natural 1 than Jannero Pargo.

We'll have much more on this trade later, but for now you can give your opinion on the deal by leaving a comment here in the blog. I'd also be remiss by not saying I wish the best of luck to Bobby Jackson and Adam Haluska in Houston, as well as Marcus Vinicius in Memphis. All three players have been great people to deal with on a daily basis; you could always count on Jackson to provide a interesting veteran's perspective on whatever was going on with the team. As for Vinicius and Haluska, perhaps they'll find more of an opportunity to play with their new teams and further their careers.