At the center of every great team is a GM dedicated to winning while still maintaining the owner's wishes regarding salaries and personnel.
We have to look no further than R.C. Buford of the Spurs to see what a truly great GM can do without having an unlimited checking account at his disposal.
It's unfortunate that the same cannot be said about Hornets GM Jeff Bower.
There are certainly some bights spots on his resume seeing as he had the foresight to draft Chris Paul, but besides that his decision making has been sub-par at best.
Peja at 15 million per year for five years?
Posey at six million per year for four years?
Trading JR Smith who you knew was still so young?
Not resigning hometown favorite Brandon Bass?
Not giving the Birdman a legitimate second chance?
Since he became the full time GM in 2005, he has had eight draft picks (four first, four second). Besides Chris Paul, he has yet to draft a single player who currently starts on the Hornets.
His other top 15 picks—Julian Wright, Hilton Armstrong, and Cedric Simmons—look more like busts each and every day.
With that said it's time to make a move that will keep us competitive this year and relieve us of salary cap, so we can make a run at the free agent class of 2010.
Tyson Chandler, Rasual Butler, and Julian Wright for Shaquille "The Big Easy" O'Neal.
Pros for the Phoenix Suns:
They get rid of Shaq and allow Amare to flourish being in the middle. He's made it no secret that he doesn't like being in the big man's shadow.
Plus the run, fun and gun loses it's slowest piece. Tyson would fit perfectly since he's all about rebounding and defence.
They get super athletic forward Julian Wright, who still oozes potential and would fit perfectly running and gunning.
Rascal Butler gives them a legitimate three- point shooter and defensive presence who can still run the floor.
Pros for the Hornets:
Shaq is the an ideal center for the slow paced half court offense the Hornets love to run. He could also be a good mentor for Hilton Armstrong (who actually has some sort of offensive game).
They would be competitive this year and would set themselves up to make a huge splash in the free agent class of 2010. Pairing any of the big names with Chris Paul (who it seems everyone would want to play with) would make them an instant title contender.