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Hornets Waive Lance Thomas

The New Orleans Hornets announced that they have requested waivers on forward Lance Thomas.

Thomas, a Duke University product, appeared in two regular season games, averaging 0.5 points. In two preseason games (both starts), he averaged 3.5 points and 4.5 rebounds.

The Hornets roster now stands at 14.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Hornets Waive Jerome Dyson

The Hornets announced today that they have requested waivers on guard Jerome Dyson.

Dyson, a University of Connecticut product, played in one preseason game with the Hornets, scoring five points in seven minutes of action.

The Hornets roster now stands at 15.

Via NBA.com

Hornets Deal Quincy Pondexter To Grizzlies For Greivis Vasquez

The Hornets traded small forward Quincy Pondexter to the Grizzlies on Saturday in exchange for guard Greivis Vasquez.

Vasquez is a second-year player who averaged 4.5 points and 4.5 assists last season as a rookie with the Grizzlies.

Pondexter was going to be in a battle for minutes with newly acquired Al-Farouq Aminu at the backup small forward spot behind starter Trevor Ariza.

Via John Reid/Times Picayune

Hornets Sign Gustavo Ayón

The New Orleans Hornets announced that they have signed forward/center Gustavo Ayón. Per team policy, terms of the contract were not released.
“We are extremely excited about this signing,” said Hornets GM Dell Demps. “Gustavo is someone who we have had on our radar for a while and we believe he is going to be a great addition to our roster. He is a highly coveted international player and we look forward to working with him as he transitions into being an NBA player." 

Ayón (6-10, 250), averaged 15.9 points on 66 percent shooting while grabbing 8.2 rebounds per game this season over 10 games for Fuenlabrada of Spain.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Stojakovic Decides To Retire

Peja Stojakovic has decided to retire from the NBA.

Stojakovic has received interested from a number of clubs, but back and neck troubles have made it too difficult to continue.

"When you start competing against your body more than you're preparing for the actual game," Stojakovic said, "it's a wakeup call."

In a statement, NBA commissioner David Stern said: "Peja will go down as one of the great shooters in the history of the NBA. His success was the result of a tireless work ethic and an unquenchable desire to be the best at what he did. Peja's legacy, however, goes way beyond his 3-point skills and that elusive Finals title he won last season with the Dallas Mavericks. Peja was part of the wave of international stars that helped introduce the world to the NBA game and inspired thousands of fans to begin playing the sport of basketball."

Via Marc Stein/ESPN

Hornets Waive David Andersen

The New Orleans Hornets announced today that they have requested waivers on center David Andersen.

The Hornets training camp roster now stands at 16.

Via RealGM Staff Report

NBA Season Ticket Sales Hold Steady

According to league officials, renewal rates from existing season ticket holders are coming in at the 80-plus percent range, about the same pace as at the start of last season.

“Teams have been extremely aggressive in their outreach,” said Chris Granger, executive vice president of team marketing and business operations for the NBA. “We’re happy with the pace of sales given the compressed time frame.”

The NBA has 10 of its 30 teams with 10,000 or more full-season ticket plans, the same number as last year.

While league officials would not disclose that list of teams, among the clubs reaching the 10,000 benchmark are Miami, Boston, Chicago, New York, New Orleans, and both the Los Angeles Clippers and Lakers.

Via Sports Business Journal

Source: Stern Lied About Finality Of Nixed Paul Trade

Acting as the top executive of the Hornets, NBA Commissioner David Stern would not allow Hornets general manager Dell Demps to complete the deal that would have sent Chris Paul to the Lakers and Pau Gasol to the Rockets with Kevin Martin, Luis Scola and Goran Dragic going to New Orleans.

Stern said in a media conference call last week that he was only "generally informed about the discussions with teams." He emphasized that Demps never thought the deal to be complete and that his decision as final say on the move was not unlike the customary role of owners during trade negotiations.

But according to two individuals with knowledge of the talks, Demps had assured Rockets general manager Daryl Morey and Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak throughout the day that Stern and other NBA officials had been given all the details of the deal and had signed off on it.

"He said that David was briefed and that it was a done deal," one of the individuals with knowledge of the talks said. "He (Demps) said multiple times that he briefed both of his local officials, (Hornets president) Hugh Webber and (Hornets chairman) Jac Sperling, and they and Dell at regular intervals were updating (NBA vice presidents) Stu Jackson and Joel Litvin and that they told David himself throughout the day. Also, Hugh and Jac, who were updating the league office, understood it to be a deal."

Via Jonathan Feigen/Houston Chronicle

Jason Smith Agrees To Three-Year Deal With Hornets

The  Hornets and 7-foot free agent forward Jason Smith have agreed to a three-year contract.

Smith’s agent, Mark Bartelstein, says the deal is worth $7.5 million.

Smith played for the Hornets last season, averaging 4.3 points and 3.1 rebounds in 14.3 minutes per game.

Via Associated Press

Morey Declines Comment On Vetoed Trade, Cites Legal Reasons

Rockets general manager Daryl Morey refused to answer questions Thursday about the three-team deal rejected by the NBA a week ago, citing legal reasons.

“On the advice of counsel, I can’t talk about it,” he said.

He also would not comment when asked why he had spoken to an attorney, nor would he reveal if the team was considering legal action against the league.

“I understand the focus,” Morey said, “but I just can’t comment right now.”

Via Associated Press

New Orleans Pelicans Archives

Landry Agrees To Deal With Hornets

Carl Landry has accepted a contract offer to stay with the Hornets.

Lakers 'Privately Fuming' Over Paul Trade

Lakers officials were said to be upset after the Hornets traded Chris Paul to the Clippers.

Stern Denies Being Pressured To Nix Paul-To-Lakers Deal

David Stern denied being pressured by small market owners to veto the deal that would have sent Chris Paul to the Lakers.

Hornets Trade Chris Paul To Clippers

Chris Paul played 425 games for the Hornets.

Clippers Reach Agreement On Trade For Chris Paul

Eric Gordon, Chris Kaman, Al-Farouq Aminu and Minnesota's first round pick in 2012 will be sent to the Hornets for Chris Paul.

Source: Paul Moving Closer To Filing Lawsuit Against NBA

Chris Paul’s representatives met with officials of the Players Association on Monday to discuss taking legal action against the NBA.

Ariza, Mo Williams Thrown Into Clippers' Trade Talks For Paul

Both Mo Williams and Trevor Ariza have onerous contracts for their respective teams.

Lakers Again Pursuing Paul

The Lakers would like to build a trade around Pau Gasol but will need a third team to help facilitate a trade with the Hornets.

Belinelli Signs Qualifying Offer With Hornets

Marco Belinelli has signed his $3.4 million qualifying offer from the Hornets.

Clippers Still Waiting For NBA To Lower Asking Price For Chris Paul

The Clippers believe the market for Chris Paul has shrunk and that the asking price should be lowered as well.

Landry Remains Open To Re-Signing With Hornets

Carl Landry is open to a return to the Hornets regardless of what happens with the Chris Paul situation.

Clippers Again Back Away From Chris Paul Trade Talks

The Clippers continue to insist that they will not give up both Eric Gordon and Minnesota's 2012 first round pick for Chris Paul.

David West Reveals History Of Hornets' Plight With Paul

The former regime of the Hornets didn't consult Chris Paul on important personnel decisions.

Paul To Clippers Talks Back On

Trade talks involving Chris Paul between the Clippers and Hornets are back on.

NBA Trying To Resuscitate Paul Trade Talks With Clippers

The Clippers are offering Chris Kaman, Al-Farouq Aminu and the Hornets' choice between Eric Gordon and the 2012 first round pick from the Wolves for Chris Paul.

NBA Deputies Litvin, Jackson Now Conducting Paul Negotiations

Dell Demps has basically been pushed to the side by the NBA league office.

Clippers Told Hornets To Pick Between Gordon, 2012 Minnesota Pick

The Hornets have demanded that both Eric Gordon and the 2012 first round pick from the Timberwolves be included in the Clippers' offer for Chris Paul.

Clippers Refusing To Improve Offer For Paul, Deal Now Dead

The Clippers have walked away from Chris Paul trade talks, deciding not to cave to the NBA's insistence on including Eric Bledsoe.

Clippers Offering Gordon, 2012 Minnesota Pick For Chris Paul

The Clippers and Hornets are engaged in serious trade discussions for Chris Paul, though sources differ on whether Eric Gordon has been included.

Clippers Believed To Be Paul's New Preferred Team

If Chris Paul is willing to pick up his 12-13 option at the time of trade, the Clippers will improve their offer.
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