The New Orleans Hornets have all but already selected Anthony Davis with the first overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft. Draft rumors still surround the team, however, because New Orleans is also in possession of a second lottery pick they're not 100 percent sure what to do with.
The latest "buzz" (get it?) according to Hoops World, however, is that the Hornets are hoping to find a suitable trade that will help them get better -- and younger -- in the near future.
The buzz in Chicago during the Draft Combine was that the Hornets wanted a lot in return for the 10th pick, and that could include the absorbing of some unfavorable contracts -- Emeka Okafor and Trevor Ariza get mentioned a lot -- but more importantly any deal needs to return draft assets down the road.
Most teams that are holding on to more than one first round pick are trying to deal the lesser pick this year in exchange for a second round pick this year and a future first rounder down the road. The Hornets seem to be looking at something similar. Sources close to the situation say the team is not trying to shed dollars as much as they are trying to reshape the roster. Don't expect them to "dump" guys like Okafor or Ariza just for cap space or to dump their contracts.
The Hornets shouldn't have much trouble finding the necessary suitors, but it's always a gamble to trade a lottery pick this year for what one hopes will be a better pick next year.
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