HoopsHype Emeka Okafor rumors

June 20, 2012 Updates

Lewis was not in the plans for the Wizards going into the next season and had to find a willing trade partner or give him a $13.7 million buyout by June 30. Rather than pay Lewis not to play for them, the Wizards elected to use that money on Okafor, the No. 2 pick of the 2004 NBA draft, and Ariza, who won a championship ring in 2009 with the Los Angeles Lakers. Okafor and Ariza are owed a combined $43 million through 2013-14 and are expected to provide an added veteran presence for a team that currently has seven players with less than three years of experience and will add two more rookies in the draft, with picks No. 3 and No. 32. Washington Post

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Although center Chris Kaman continues to draw the most trade interest among New Orleans Hornets players as the NBA trade deadline of 3 p.m. today approaches, sources confirmed Wednesday that the franchise is willing to part ways with any of their veterans if they can acquire additional first-round picks and expiring contracts in a deal. New Orleans Times-Picayune

Going into today’s deadline, the Hornets have been trying to trade center Emeka Okafor, and they have listened to offers for starting small forward Trevor Ariza as well as exploring offers for Kaman, according to sources. But Ariza’s agent, David Lee, said by telephone Wednesday that he hasn’t heard of any trade scenarios involving his client. He said anything can happen between now and the trade deadline. New Orleans Times-Picayune

March 13, 2012 Updates

In a scenario that has been oddly reminiscent of the cloak of secrecy that surrounded the knee injury to shooting guard Eric Gordon, injured Hornets center Emeka Okafor was said to be undergoing additional tests on his sore left knee, according to Coach Monty Williams. The Hornets have not revealed the nature or extent of Okafor's injury, other than to describe it as "a sore left knee." He was not at the team's shootaround when the media was allowed access Monday morning, but he was on the bench Monday night. Okafor shed little light on the injury after a 73-71 loss to his old team, the Charlotte Bobcats. "I've just got to take a little more time," said Okafor, who has missed 15 games in a row. Asked specifically what the diagnosis was, Okafor said, "It's going to take time. It's a sore knee, has a little swelling. It's going to take more time. I'd rather not get into specifics about what happened." New Orleans Times-Picayune

March 12, 2012 Updates

While the team is continuing to be vague about the nature and extent of his injury, Hornets Coach Monty Williams said Monday that center Emeka Okafor was having further tests done on the knee and seeking opinions from other physicians. Okafor has missed the last 14 games with the issue, which has never been described as anything other than a sore knee. Okafor was not present at the team's shootaround Monday at New Orleans Arena in advance of tonight's game against Okafor's old team, the Charlotte Bobcats. Williams said Okafor has had his knee drained at least once in the last several weeks. New Orleans Times-Picayune

March 9, 2012 Updates

Though the Pacers, Celtics and Heat are among the teams registering interest in Chris Kaman, the Hornets also have explored moving Emeka Okafor, who is owed $28 million over the next two seasons. CBSSports.com

February 16, 2012 Updates

New Orleans center Emeka Okafor could be out for an extended period. Okafor sat out his second straight game Wednesday and did not accompany the team for the start of its six-game road trip. Hornets coach Monty Williams would not offer a timetable on how long Okafor will be sidelined. “It’s one of those weird deals,” Williams said. “I’m not going to get too detailed about that. It is what it is.” HoopsWorld

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Jimmy Smith: #Hornets Jarrett Jack and Emeka Okafor will not be at workout today. Jack arrives this PM and Okafor out of country. Twitter

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The foul Kobe Bryant committed against New Orleans center Emeka Okafor in Game 5 was upgraded to a flagrant one. Bryant snacked Okafor across the face and neck with 3:14 left in the game Tuesday night at Staples Center but was called for just a foul on the play. But after the NBA reviewed the play, Bryant had his foul upgraded. Los Angeles Times

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