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Saturday , Apr , 14 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Carl Landry interested in re-signing with new, stable Hornets?

Forward Carl Landry said he agreed to only a one-year deal last summer because of the Hornets’ ownership uncertainty. But he said with Benson taking control, he’ll look at committing to the Hornets long term. “Having some type of stability definitely helps,’’ Landry said. “Going into a situation where you don’t know what’s going to happen, if the team is going to be there the following year, who’s going to buy the team, it’s uncertainty, instability. But going into a situation where you do have that definitely helps.


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: The New Orleans Hornets are already seeing the benefit of steady ownership.

For those that missed it: yesterday the NBA announced that Saints` owner Tom Benson has a deal in principle to purchase the Hornets.

And much will change. For the better.

Take Carl Landry. The multi-purpose forward will become a free agent at season’s end, and only signed a one-year contract this winter with the club because the ownership situation was so unstable.

With Benson on-board, Landry wants to re-up for the long-term.

Other things are happening in NOLA. The club has sold 10,000 season tickets. They have heaps of cap space. There are two lottery picks in the fold. And Eric Gordon seems interested in signing a long-term extension.

Expect the Hornets to continue their re-birth in 2013.

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Sunday , Aug , 28 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Carl Landry to Portland?

Carl Landry believes the Blazers would be a good fit for him and LaMarcus Aldridge is in agreement. “That’s big of him to speak out and I’m glad he spoke out and said he wants to play with us,” Aldridge told SLAMonline. “He’s a good player and I definitely feel like he can help us immediately.”


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Carl Landry is interested in Portland. And Portland, according to their newly anointed superstar, should have interest in Landry.

Landry and LaMarcus Aldridge have been throwing each other public bouquets, which has fuelled speculation the free agent will sign in ‘Rip City’ when the lockout ends.

While not a fan of players acting like general managers, Aldridge is right to suggest a fit.

Landry could start at center if Greg Oden’s injury woes continue. Or, he could come off the bench and back-up Aldridge and a healthy Oden.

Either way, Landry is a professional. He’ll fit in, work hard, and accept his role, while never rocking the boat for coach Nate McMillan.

All Landry, Aldridge, and Portland need is a collective bargaining agreement, so their interest can perhaps become something more substantial  -like a contract .

--Oly Sandor.

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Friday , Mar , 25 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Has David West played his last game for Hornets?

The New Orleans Hornets gutted out a 121-117 overtime victory over Utah here Thursday night, but in the process may have lost power forward David West for an extended period of time with a left knee injury.

West sustained what is being termed as “left knee trauma” on a driving slam dunk with 22.5 to go in regulation. West landed awkwardly on his left leg and his knee buckled under him. Team medical staff came out and he was eventually taken off the floor in a wheelchair.


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Who would’ve thought Thursday’s clash between the New Orleans Hornets and Utah Jazz would have everything?

There were buzzer-beaters, graceful flip-shots from ungraceful power forwards, and injuries.

Unfortunately, Emeka Okafor’s game-tying prayer off the glass and Paul Millsap’s underhand scoop were overshadowed by David West’s season ending knee injury.

West, who was 9-for-16 with 20 points, went down hard after missing a dunk attempt late in the fourth quarter. Today, reports indicate he has a torn ACL and will miss the remainder of the season and playoffs.

Fortunately, the Hornets acquired Carl Landry at the trade deadline. In the short term, the undersized Landry should replace West’s points and rebounds, and keep the club in the playoff race.

(The Hornets currently sit at seventh in the Western Conference. They have a three game edge over the ninth place Houston Rockets, with the Phoenix Suns and Utah Jazz hot on their trail.)

An interesting thought: has West played his last game for the Hornets?

He was expected to opt-out of his contract and hit free agency July 1st. Perhaps the uncertainty surrounding the new Collective Bargaining Agreement and an injury changes West’s plans.

The Hornets have had an ‘interesting’ year: there was Chris Paul’s off-season trade demand; the team got off to a blazing start under rookie coach Monty Williams; then there were the mid-season speed bumps; the NBA, of course, stepped in and bought the team, prompting rumors about their future in The Big Easy.

Now West, their second leading scorer, is done. What else can happen?

--Oly Sandor.

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Wednesday , Feb , 23 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Kings send Landry to Hornets for Thonton

The Kings and Hornets are close to completing a trade that would send Carl Landry to New Orleans for Marcus Thornton and cash. Sam Amick of FanHouse reports that the trade call will take place on Wednesday. The Kings held Landry out of Tuesday's game.


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Backcourt depth for frontcourt scoring.

This is the best explanation of Tuesday's minor trade that saw the New Orleans Hornets ship Marcus Thornton to the Sacramento Kings for Carl Landry.

Thornton will provide relief to the Kings’ ailing backcourt because Tyreke Evans is out for three weeks, while Landry will give Monty Williams’ Hornets a low-post scorer off the bench.

Frankly, the Kings have bigger worries: like mediating the power struggle between big DeMarcus Cousins and Evans, the 2010 Rookie of the Year, and getting their stadium issues settled.

Perhaps dealing Landry is a way of opening up more minutes for Cousins. Perhaps legendary Executive Geoff Petrie knows something the rest of us do not about Thornton.

Whatever the case, the Kings are a mess. And it will take more than one insignificant trade to solve their issues.

--Oly Sandor.

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