Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Did Someone Open a Window?

Because I feel a draft.

Well, I was gonna come on here and break down which player I thought the Hornets should (and/or would) draft with the 27th pick. But it looks like the title/intro of this post is going to be the most entertaining part. The team has apparently sent its first-round draft pick to the Portland Trailblazers in exchange for cash.

In a move that I find more confusing than intriguing, the Hornets just moved out of the draft entirely. Because of the Bobby Jackson/Bonzi Wells/Mike James trade, this year's second round pick was shipped to Seattle via Houston. Following the swap with Portland, the Hornets are now pick-less. That should make for a pretty dull NBA Draft Party tomorrow night.

I have to assume that this is the first step in a series of moves. At least, I'm hoping that Jeff Bower has something up his sleeve. But I'm still a bit disappointed with this news (for the time being, anyway). It was starting to look like Chris Douglas-Roberts was going to fall to the 27th pick. He might still fall that far. But it won't be to the Hornets. Who knows, maybe the team is looking to package something together to get an earlier pick. Maybe they were fearing that their favorite prospects would all be off the board by the end of the first round. Or maybe we'll just have to wait until later in the offseason to see any improvements to the roster.

Goodbye CDR. Goodbye Courtney Lee. Goodbye Kyle Weaver. Goodbye Draft Party. Hello... Free Agency?

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