Monday, 22 November 2010 03:42

New Orleans Hornets Anderson, Banks Trade Aids In NBA West

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The Hornets improved their their chances of being a contender in the NBA West this season by trading Peja Stojakovic and Jerryd Bayless to the Toronto Raptors for Jarrett Jack, David Anderson and Marcus Banks. With this trade, the Hornets also saved money.

The deal to pass muster under league rules, actually will be evacuated as two separate trades to get around a restriction preventing Bayless from being included in a multi-player deal prior to Dec. 23 - two months from the date the Hornets acquired Bayless form Portland. Stojakopvic is in the final year of his contract, earning $14,25 million, and has fallen out of the rotation in New Orleans, averaging just 7.5 points in less than 15 minutes per game playing behind Marco Belinelli, whom the Hornets acquired in another trade with the Raptors during the summer.


Bayless is averaging 4.5 points and 3.5 assists as the backup point guard behind Chris Paul. Jack, who is earning $4.6 million and has two more seasons left on his contract has started all 13 games for the Raptors, averaging 10.8 points and 4.5 assists. But he has played an average of only 20 minutes per night, basically operating in time-share with Jose Calderon at point guard. Anderson, a backup center, is averaging 5.1 points and 3.1 rebounds, and Banks (in the final year of his contract, making $4.85 million) has appeared in only three games this season...


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