New Orleans Hornets: 5 Potential Trades Heading into 2012 NBA Draft

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New Orleans Hornets: 5 Potential Trades Heading into 2012 NBA Draft
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We're a little over three weeks away from the 2012 NBA draft and the New Orleans Hornets are on the clock. By now, we know that New Orleans will be selecting Kentucky forward Anthony Davis with the first overall pick.

What we don't know is what else the Hornets may have in store in the midst of their rebuilding project. The team wants to build around Davis and shooting guard Eric Gordon, but with the sale of the team to Saints owner Tom Benson not quite finished yet, the team will be temporarily limited in terms of making any drastic changes to the roster.

We do know (via Alex Kennedy of HOOPSWORLD) that the Hornets are open to dealing their other first-round pick, No. 10 overall, if it means the team can get back a guard and find a taker for either center Emeka Okafor or small forward Trevor Ariza. While that will more than likely be the gist of New Orleans' moves this offseason, it doesn't hurt to throw out a few potential trade ideas that will help the Hornets going forward.

First, here's a look at the potential starting lineup for next season:

Starters: C Emeka Okafor, PF Anthony Davis, SF Trevor Ariza, SG Eric Gordon, PG Jarrett Jack

Now, here's the projected bench. Keep in mind that this doesn't include whoever the team takes at No. 10.

Bench: C Jason Smith, PF Gustavo Ayon, SF Al-Farouq Aminu, SG Xavier Henry, PG Greivis Vasquez

Shooting guard Marco Belinelli, power forward Carl Landry and center Chris Kaman are free agents who could still be re-signed, albeit unlikely. Gordon is a restricted free agent, but barring a ridiculous offer from another team, New Orleans is expected to match anything sent Gordon's way.

New Orleans has a good core group of young talent that just needs to be developed, but it also has some holes to fill as well. Point guard and center are the Hornets' two biggest needs and at least one of them should be addressed with the 10th pick. If Okafor and/or Ariza are dealt, then their spots are obviously going to need to be filled as well.

With all that said, I combed through NBA rosters looking for five feasible deals the Hornets could consider if they want to shake up the roster.

Here they are!

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