On a day The N.B.A and its teams prepare to set off on another year of Rookies and A Big Free Agency class there has been reports that the New Orleans Hornets are trying to work a deal that would send Jameer Nelson and Vince Carter to the Hornets for Chris Paul and James Posey and dont be surprise if there isn't any draft picks involved.
The Hornets have been very public to lowering the payroll and start fresh which include's new ownership. Yes, Carter is past his prime but is very tempting because of the one year left on his contract worth 17 million will open things up for the hornets come next free agent season.
Nelson is projected to make 20 million in the next three season which is half of Chris Pauls salary, James Posey will make 13 million within the next two years and could help out with Matt Barnes testing the free agency this summer (like an Army child always ready to move)
This Trade will add a better defender, scorer truthfully a all around better player. J.J Reddick would even have his chance to start (Finally) after showing up big in both series against the Celtics and has proven himself to the Magic Nation I dont think anyone is opposed to that.
A 2010 starting lineup that includes Dwight Howard, Rashard Lewis and Chris Paul with a J.J Reddick and maybe James Posey would be good but even with that deal if it was to go through with Turkoglu leaving last season Rashard Lewis had no one to dish the ball off to him when he was at the spot that made him a sharp shooter when drawn the double team.
I dont think any Orlando Magic fan would complain about this move that General Manager Otis Smith is plotting on I don't think Smith would be finished there. Maybe trading away the Polish Hammer Marcin Gortat or Brandon Bass and going into Luxury Tax again.