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The New Orleans Hornets are in as enviable of a situation as any lottery team, holding the No. 1 pick in this year's draft and the opportunity to pair Kentucky's Anthony Davis with dynamic shooting guard Eric Gordon as their core for the future. After a bleak season following Chris Paul's trade to Los Angeles, things are looking up for Hornets basketball.
One decision the team has to make is whether to tender a new contract to power forward Chris Kaman, a former All-Star who had a very solid year for New Orleans after being injured for most of 2010-2011. Kaman averaged 13.1 points, 7.7 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game while providing the team with a veteran presence.
Personally, I think the team should let Kaman walk. This is a club that has veteran presences in Trevor Ariza and Emeka Okafor, who can help bring up the young players, and there are plenty of teams that will be overbidding for Kaman's services this summer.
In addition to Davis, who it has to be assumed will be the team's selection with the first overall pick, New Orleans has a few other young players at the 4 and 5 positions that have shown some promise.
Gustavo Ayon, who came to the team from Mexico last season, played well down the stretch, asserting himself in the paint and providing a nice interior presence for Monty Williams' team.
Jason Smith, who signed a contract extension last offseason, had a career year, averaging 9.9 points and 4.9 rebounds per game while shooting 52 percent from the floor.
Both of these players are young and still improving. With the addition of Davis, New Orleans could have an extremely formidable frontcourt in a few years.
Kaman simply does not fit with the youth movement of the Hornets, and if teams are making offers anywhere near the $14 million he earned last season, there is no reason the Hornets should enter the bidding war.