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Smith and Vecsey on the Same Page

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During halftime of last night's Lakers/Kings game, Peter Vecsey reported that the Rockets seem intent on drafting Ming, provided the issue of how much of Yao's salary belongs to China is settled to everyone's satisfaction by draft day.

On Sunday in his column, Sam Smith stated that everything still points towards Houston picking Ming and the Bulls selecting Jay Williams. I suspect that perhaps the rumors of a Clippers/Rockets deal that included Odom, Maggette and picks were either proven to be unsubstantiated or wildly overstated. I also think that Mobley's unsolicited remarks about prefering Odom over Ming may have put the Rockets in an awkward position of reafirming to the public exactly who is in control of that franchise, and it certainly isn't the players.

Of greater interest was Smith's statement that both Andre Miller and Baron Davis would favor relocating to the Clippers. The Bulls have been interested in both players for some time now, though I hear that of the two, the Bulls favor Davis. If it turns out that the Hornets would favor a straight trade of Davis for Williams, you'd probably see Krause pull the trigger on that one. However, given Davis' interest in the West Coast, he'd better have a committment from Davis to sign a long term extension. If not, the best course of action may very well be to hang on to Jay Williams and seek veteran help elsewhere.
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I would think that we could get Baron to sign with us long-term if a trade did go down. His best friend is Eddie Robinson, who he begged to return to the Hornets. He has spent time with JC and likes his game. He also knows TC from his old California days.

However, it is not surprising that he would want to move back to LA. He played college ball there and playing at home is a big factor for most players.

If we could somehow get Baron, I would be all for it....
IMO, we would have to do something like this:

Fizer, #2
Davis, #17

The Hornets get a young stud up front for the future and a young PG to go with a new city. For the Bulls, it is obvious what we get....
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