To the Big Easy!
NBA Trade: According to sources close to the situation, the Toronto Raptors are on the verge of trading guard Jarrett Jack, forward/center David Andersen, and guard Marcus Banks to the New Orleans Hornets in exchange for the expiring contract of forward Predrag “Peja” Stojakovic, guard Jerryd Bayless, and cash considerations.
Since Bayless was acquired by New Orleans from Portland on October 23 (NBA rules state that a player cannot be traded with other players before December 23), two trades would have to be constructed in order for this deal to occur per NBA league rules.
With the acquisition of former All-Star Peja Stojakovic and Jerryd Bayless, the Toronto Raptors have added a quality veteran shooter, and a future point guard to their already and interesting roster. The Raptors have struggled this season, but have been led by the steady play of Andrea Bargnani, Sonny Weems and DeMar DeRozan.
The Raptors are clearly in a rebuilding mode and with the trade they have an open roster spot which may be for veteran center Erick Dampier, currently a free agent or for a future trade that would acquire them an additional player. The Raptors also have some financial flexibility that they can use in additional trades this season if General Manager Bryan Colangelo feels like doing so.
Stojakovic, will bring shooting right away to the Raptors, and will be able to contribute to the team on the offensive end dependent on how much playing time he receives.
There were some rumors on the Internet that the Raptors may look to trade him once more sometime between now and the trade deadline in order to acquire another player that could bring in help immediate help and be a part of the future. However, at this point in time, they are just rumors.
Will the Raptors trade Peja Stojakovic again before the Feb. trade deadline?
Bayless, will bring some depth to the guard spot, and may also eventually replace Jose Calderon, who is expected to become the starting point guard for the time being, but maybe he could be on his way out soon.
A tandem of Bayless, Weems, DeRozan, and Leandro Barbosa along with Andrea Bargnani should be interesting lineup to watch. If Barbosa decides to undergo wrist surgery to repair a torn tendon, than Bayless can find minutes at either guard spot for sure.
The Hornets trade Stojakovic, who has an expiring contract worth between $14-$15 million dollars, to a team that has been struggling as of late, and are looking for any help. Stojakovic was also out of the rotation in New Orleans, and Jarrett Jack is lined up to be reunited with former TrailBlazers assistant coach and current Hornets head coach Monty Williams, as the backup to All-Star guard Chris Paul.
Jack seems to be the perfect fit behind Paul, and may be the future point guard in New Orleans if Paul chooses to leave which has been rumored.
Marcus Banks, a career backup guard, will also provide some depth in the backcourt, and has an expiring contract that may be used in another trade between now and the trade deadline.
David Andersen, another player acquired from Toronto, can provide some depth at the power forward and center position, and is a decent shooter which will come in handy for head coach Monty Williams over the course of the season. Banks and Andersen, can either be dealt once again in future trades, or will remain with the team until the end of the season, as they both possess expiring contracts.
Overall, with this move by the Hornets, and the Raptors is it a sign that trade season will be coming early for the NBA this season? One can never be quite sure, but with trade season, things do become more interesting in the NBA as it brings an additional element to the hardcore fan.