NBA Offseason Buzz: Hornets
New role could lead to increased production from Julian Wright
GM Jeff Bower is trying to keep two very important people with conflicting desires happy. On one side is owner George Shinn, who wants Bower to get under the luxury tax; on the other is superstar point guard Chris Paul, who wants a team capable of winning a championship. The moves so far, not surprisingly, favor Shinn. Call the Hornets' swap of centers (Tyson Chandler for Emeka Okafor) a draw, since it saves them money this season but a case can at least be made that Okafor is capable of doing more than the perpetually injured Chandler. But dealing swingman Rasual Butler to the Clippers for a couple of future second-round draft choices was a straight salary dump and Paul publicly let it be known that the move disappointed him. Troubling winds are once more stirring in the Big Easy.
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2009 NBA OFFSEASON BUZZ
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