In damage control mode, they then approved a trade between the Clippers and Hornets that caused a whole host of interesting things to happen, but none of those included anything happening in New Orleans. Bill Simmons covered this in a recent column by citing a reader from New Orleans who said this:
"Eric Gordon, our main get in the CP3 trade to the Clips, has played two games (TWO!) this season and may not be back until mid-March. He also turned down an extension, making him a restricted free agent come July. Are the Hornets now covered in the blood of the murdered Lakers-Rockets deal? Has David Stern effectively killed basketball in New Orleans?"And yes, Eric Gordon has played only two games. But to understand the whole magnitude of what has happened, let's look at the results this season from what the Hornets would have received in the scuttled trade and what they ultimately received.
14.6ppg, 5.6rpg, 22 games
21.0ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.7apg, 20 games
7.9ppg, 3.7apg, 22 games
2012 First Round Pick (Knicks pick)
Currently Pick #15
21.0ppg, 5.0rpg, 2.0apg, 2 games
9.2 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 1.2 bpg, 17 games
4.7ppg, 4.3 rpg, 22 games
2012 First Round Pick (T-Wolves pick)
Currently Pick #12
I'm not even sure these numbers tell the whole story because the Rockets have been far better than the Hornets. The Rockets are 12-10 to the Hornets 4-18. So it isn't like Aminu and Kaman aren't getting opportunites to put up better numbers. If basketball folds in New Orleans, this trade will be the bullet that does it. And it won't be hard to find the suspect that fired it.