Hornets Respond To Paul’s Concerns By Trading Collison and Picking Up Ariza

Looks like that Chris Paul to New York in a trade will not be happening any time soon as the Hornets traded their point guard insurance, Darren Collison, along with James Posey to the Indiana Pacers in a four-team trade. Collison, who played extremely well in Paul’s absence was said to be the reason that Paul was expendable.  Larry Bird finally has a quality guard to go with his Instead the Hornets seem to be making moves to strengthen the team by adding Trevor Ariza from the Rockets and discarding Posey’s $13 million, two-year contract.

The trade seems to favor the Pacers who were in desperate need of a point guard as they are negotiating a buy-out for the out-of-favor TJ Ford. This move automatically makes the Pacers a very interesting contender for the 7th and 8th spot in the Eastern Conference. The guard corp includes A.J. Price, Brandon Rush and a very impressive rookie in Lance Stephenson of the New York Stephensons.   Coupled with Posey, Danny Granger, Tyler Hansborough, Roy Hibbert and Mike Dunleavey in the front court, coach Jim O’Brien now has quite a bit to work with to improve over last year’s 32-50 record.

The trade may also be a good one for the fourth team in the deal, the New Jersey Nets, as they acquire forward Troy Murphy, who may take some of the pressure off of Derrick Favors and provide support for Brooke Lopez and an inconsistent but athletic Terrence Williams.

All of a sudden that dynamic threesome still looks like Studdy and a dream.

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