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JakeDel5674

Even when chaos happens in the Draft Lottery, we still get screwed with the 12th pick.

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7 minutes ago, saints4lifeagain said:

In what world do the Pelicans make that trade? Lol

The one where agencies, agents, and the commissioner step in to tell them it's the trade they're making...  just like they made NO trade CP3 to LAC instead of the Lakers.  

Plus, if Zion says he's not playing for you, what choice do you have?  Kobe did it to us (which I also believe was influenced by the league) and players and their reps have much more power and leverage now than they did back then.

It's possible the league gave yall #1 to try to keep AD there, but I doubt it.  Zion didnt seem too excited about it, and with all the bad press surrounding LA and Kebron, the league is dying to fix it.

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2 minutes ago, Wanderlai said:

The Hornets have been burnt so many times. Could have got Shaq but got Zo. 

We actually got lucky that year. Jumped up from #8 to #2.  Nobody in Charlotte was complaining about that. 

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22 minutes ago, Proudiddy said:

Yup, was hoping for a Baron Davis- type jump into the top 3.  Still hoping the NBA pays us back for being good soldiers when they bent us over and gave the Pels AD and left us with #2, but nope...

But notice, LA and NY end up in the top 4, and NO has the assets to restock with or without AD.  With AD and/or KD rumored to LA and NY, all the major players are taken care of and the NBA fixes its biggest markets.  

I'm thinking Zion pulls a Kobe and refuses to play in NO, and LA trades Ball, Kuzma, Hart, and Ingram + #4 for #1 (Zion) and AD.

The lottery literally makes me want to have nothing to do with the NBA.  This poo is fixed.

I don't think it's fixed. They would've just given NY the first pick if it was fixed.

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Hope Zion likes the swamp...no way in hell he isnt picked at 1 and they arent trading his ace.  

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Yeah, there's no way the NBA wanted Zion in New Orleans. 

Not that Pelicans fans should care. 

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22 minutes ago, Proudiddy said:

The one where agencies, agents, and the commissioner step in to tell them it's the trade they're making...  just like they made NO trade CP3 to LAC instead of the Lakers.  

Plus, if Zion says he's not playing for you, what choice do you have?  Kobe did it to us (which I also believe was influenced by the league) and players and their reps have much more power and leverage now than they did back then.

It's possible the league gave yall #1 to try to keep AD there, but I doubt it.  Zion didnt seem too excited about it, and with all the bad press surrounding LA and Kebron, the league is dying to fix it.

They don’t make that trade, ever. They literally turned down more than that during the year just for AD. They swapping #1 for #4 for no reason? It’s not gonna happen. 

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3 minutes ago, saints4lifeagain said:

They don’t make that trade, ever. They literally turned down more than that during the year just for AD. They swapping #1 for #4 for no reason? It’s not gonna happen. 

I'm just throwing it out there...  there are more influencers and power brokers involved now than ever before.  If Zion threatens to go back to school for leverage, what does NO do?

Again, you could be right and they draft him, he accepts it and plays for you...  but, I dont out anything past the NBA at this point.

 

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26 minutes ago, JakeDel5674 said:

I don't think it's fixed. They would've just given NY the first pick if it was fixed.

They dont have to be that obvious though...  what they did was a lot more subtle.  And NY is supposedly getting KD, so whether they picked 1 or 3 wasn't as big as restocking NO with the assets to incentivize them to move AD to LA.

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9 hours ago, Proudiddy said:

They dont have to be that obvious though...  what they did was a lot more subtle.  And NY is supposedly getting KD, so whether they picked 1 or 3 wasn't as big as restocking NO with the assets to incentivize them to move AD to LA.

ADs not going to LA. He’s just not. People talk like LA can offer so much, and they can offer a huge collection of poo players, but nothing of quality. The best asset they have is the 4th pick and even the Knicks have better than that at 3 and multiple firsts going forward. Knicks package is infinitely better than the Lakers. AD isn’t going to LA. That been obvious since the trade deadline. 

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If the Hornets got a top 3 pick in this draft, we would probably pick Cameron Johnson or some other borderline 1st round pick. It's our way. 

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11 hours ago, Shocker said:

Nassir in the first and Maye in the second...go Mike!

I could see that. It would be a very Hornets terrible draft. 

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Barring other-worldly miracles, franchises like the Hornets are destined to be mediocre at best.  The disparity in the NBA is absolutely shocking.  In any given year, there are no more than 3-4 teams you could make a realistic case for winning a championship.  

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33 minutes ago, rhyslloyd said:

Barring other-worldly miracles, franchises like the Hornets are destined to be mediocre at best.  The disparity in the NBA is absolutely shocking.  In any given year, there are no more than 3-4 teams you could make a realistic case for winning a championship.  

Teams like the Bobnets will be medicore because of mismanagement. Even since the real Hornets left with all of our talent, we have had multiple opportunities to acquire talent that could have turned around the fortunes of the franchise. Instead we draft atrociously, sign large contracts to mid-level players and just generally make Charlotte an unattractive option for any major free agents.

The NBA has always had a stark difference between the haves and have nots but that doesn't make it impossible to have a successful franchise. Look at Toronto, look at Milwaukee. We just don't know how to be successful or don't want to. It's hard to figure out which, considering how effective and consistent we have been with our poor decision making.

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