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Hornets Pick Up Option On Marco Belinelli

The New Orleans Hornets picked up their team option of starting shooting guard Marco Belinelli today. Belinelli's option is worth $3.377 next year. Hornets backup power forward Jason Smith's option was not picked up by the team, making him an unrestricted free agent.

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Does The Hornets Future Look Grim?

David West's announcement Monday that he would opt out of his contract and become a free agent was a tough pill for Hornet fans to swallow. In the last year, Hornet fans have swallowed many bitter pills. From ownership issues, to Chris Paul's toast at Carmelo Anthony's wedding, to barely achieving attendance benchmarks, fans of the fleur-de-bees are hoping to swallow some happy pills at some point.

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West Remains Undecided

New Orleans Hornets power forward David West told reporters today he is still undecided as to whether he will opt out of the final year of his contract. If West exercises his player option, he would have one year remaining on his contract worth $7.5 million. He must decide by June 30th.

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Williams Says West’s Rehab Ahead Of Schedule

Hornets head coach Monty Williams has been in consistent contact with David West as he continues to rehab his surgically repaired knee. Williams claims David's rehab is, at a minimum, on schedle, but more than likely ahead of schedule.

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Hornets Want Pieces Around CP3

Hornets general manager Dell Demps insinuated that his team would identify key players this offseason to surround Chris Paul with. As his current contract stands, Paul will be able to opt out at the end of next season. Demps and the Hornets want Paul around long-term. The best chance of that happening is surrounding him with key pieces.

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Appreciate The Moment Hornet Fans

If you're a Hornet fan, chances are, you think about all the uncertainty of the future. Will there be an NBA lockout? Will David West recover from his knee injury? Will he opt out, resign, or test free agency? Will Chris Paul want to stick around New Orleans after next season? You might also have questions about the past. What if Marcus Thornton wasn't traded? What if Gary Chouest purchased the team? At the moment, the Hornets are in the postseason. Enjoy the present.

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What Does West Do Now?

A week ago I gave you a list of reasons why David West would exercise his opt-out option in the final year of his contract, enabling him to explore free agency. Since then, West tore his ACL during a heroic performance on Thursday in Salt Lake City. Let me first say, I feel for David. But how does the injury change West's options? Let's examine.

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Hornets Make Trade

Fan favorite Marcus Thornton was traded by the Hornets today to the Kings for power forward Carl Landry. The Louisiana native Thornton is in his second year out of LSU. Carl Landry is a three year veteran from Purdue.

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Hornets Identity On Defense

With many new faces on the floor, in the front office, and on the coaching staff, the New Orleans Hornets have been searching for their identity as a basketball team. Firmly in the Western Conference playoff hunt, the Hornets have found their identity, and it's a top ranked defense.

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Jack Acclimating To System Slowly

Jarrett Jack was the biggest, and best piece of a 5 player trade two weeks ago between the Hornets and Raptors. While no one will doubt Jack's skills, it's been slower than expected in regards to learning the Hornets system.

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