HoopsHype Dell Demps rumors


December 20, 2011 Updates

Although David Stern was criticized for blocking two earlier trades for Chris Paul before approving last week’s deal with the Los Angeles Clippers, Hornets forward Carl Landry didn’t have a problem with the NBA commissioner’s actions. Landry said Stern’s decision was in the best interests of the Hornets, who have been owned by the NBA since last year. “He did what he thought was best for the team, so we’ve got a good team,” said Landry, who re-signed with the Hornets shortly after the trade was completed. “We got good pieces. (General Manager) Dell Demps and the front office did a good job and David of putting a good team together.” New Orleans Times-Picayune

December 19, 2011 Updates

NBA commissioner David Stern, through a spokesman, declined on Sunday to comment about the assertion that Stern did not tell the truth in describing the events prior to his decision to disallow the three-team trade involving the Rockets, Lakers and Hornets. Stern, speaking on a media conference call last week, had said he had only been "generally informed about the discussions with teams" before he was presented with the proposed trade and that New Orleans general manager Dell Demps never thought the deal was complete. Houston Chronicle

December 17, 2011 Updates

The New Orleans Hornets announced today that they have re-signed forward Carl Landry. Per team policy, terms of the contract were not released. “Carl was a huge part of our success in making the playoffs last season and we couldn’t be more excited to have him back,” said Hornets GM Dell Demps. “Carl is a high character person that adds a scoring punch to our front court. We look forward to him being a huge part of our organization both on and off the court." NBA.com

The New Orleans Hornets announced today that they have re-signed center-forward Jason Smith. Per team policy, terms of the contract were not released. “We are excited to have Jason back on our team this season,” Hornets General Manager Dell Demps said. “He provided us with solid play last season both off the bench and when he was called upon to start. He gives us depth in the frontcourt with his ability to play the center and power forward positions.” NBA.com

December 16, 2011 Updates

How do you secure not becoming the team that loses a superstar and doesn’t get equal value? Dell Demps: “Well it was tough because in free agency players are allowed to pick and choose the teams they want to go. I think we were lucky in the situation that Chris informed us that he wasn’t going to extend with us and gave us an opportunity to get value for him. There’s instances where the team lost their superstar and didn’t get anything and sometime that really cripples a franchise. We thanked Chris because he gave us the opportunity and worked with us. He gave us the opportunity to get some good players back and gave us a foundation to move forward.” Sports Radio Interviews

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While there’s been no official transition of power, general manager Dell Demps has been completely pushed to the side in deal-making decisions for the Hornets, multiple league sources told Y! Sports. “He’s basically a spectator now,” one official said. Yahoo! Sports

Two sources told SI.com early Sunday that the Clippers and Hornets had re-engaged in discussions, and a source close to Clippers second-year guard Eric Bledsoe said late Sunday night that he was under the impression a deal had been agreed upon and that he would likely be traded to the Hornets. When reached by phone late Sunday night and asked if an agreement in principle had been reached, Clippers team president Andy Roeser declined comment to SI.com. According to the L.A. Times , the Hornets would receive Bledsoe, center Chris Kaman, second-year forward Al-Farouq Aminu and the Clippers' unprotected, 2012 first-round draft pick that New Orleans general manager Dell Demps has coveted all along. The deal must still be approved by Clippers owner Donald Sterling, and the NBA, which owns the Hornets. The L.A Times claims the league will likely review the deal on Monday. SI.com

December 10, 2011 Updates

Sources confirmed that Hornets General Manager Dell Demps is back negotiating with the Lakers and Houston Rockets to get a deal done involving Paul after the NBA Commissioner David Stern nixed the trade Thursday night that had Paul going to the Lakers. New Orleans Times-Picayune

“Yes, people are still calling, and we’re calling people,’’ Demps said Friday. “So we’re confident we can get a deal.’’ Demps, though, didn’t have a timetable on when a deal will be completed. Regardless, Demps said, it’s unrealistic to consider keeping Paul after the point guard rebuffed the team’s offer of a five-year, $100 million extension. “It would be real easy if Chris signed the extension,’’ Demps said. “But the reality of it is, Chris didn’t sign the extension. We have to do everything we can for the organization. “I wish he stayed; I’m not going to lie. But it is what is.’’ New Orleans Times-Picayune

December 8, 2011 Updates
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The Chris Paul era in New Orleans could be ending as early as this weekend if Hornets General Manager Dell Demps can find adequate value in trading the four-time All-Star point guard. Sources said the Hornets have had preliminary trade discussions with the Lakers, Clippers, Warriors, Mavericks, Celtics, Knicks and Magic. And even more teams could enter the Paul Sweepstakes before it’s all over. The Hornets had been listening to offers since last week, but they are proceeding more intensely after Paul indicated in Monday’s meeting with Demps he is not interested in signing a long-term extension to remain in New Orleans, sources said. New Orleans Times-Picayune

December 6, 2011 Updates

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