Originally posted on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 2/7/12
Time for a much needed update on all that has gone on with the New Orleans Hornets this past week.  First of all after the Hornets had deactivated center Cris Kaman to seek out a trade partner, they were unable to reach a deal with any team and reactivated him for all team activities.  Seems they could use him back as Carl Landry suffered an MCL sprain and is expected to miss the next 3-4 weeks. Carl suffered the injury in last Saturday night’s loss against the Detroit Pistons after colliding with Jason Maxiell in the third quarter.  Landry was averaging 11.4 ppg and 4.4 rebounds off the bench for New Orleans.  After the injury the Hornets signed Lance Thomas to a ten day contract, Thomas began the season on the roster but was let go two games into the season.  It is unlikely Thomas will get much playing time, so nothing too exciting there.  Jason Smith also suffered a concussion in the loss to Detroit and is day to day currently. Chris Kaman returned to the club after missing the previous six games after being asked to sit out as the team searched for a trade partner.  After being unable to reach a deal with anyone the Hornets told Kaman he would be able to return to team activities.  In his return last night, Kaman didn’t shoot particularly well but did end up with ten points and pulled in twelve rebounds in the Hornets 100-92 loss to the Sacramento Kings. Even more moves were made today as New Orleans waived native and fan favorite Squeaky Johnson as well as DaJuan Summers to bring the roster size down to 13.  Johnson appeared in 15 games averaging 7.9 minutes while dropping in 1.8 ppg, and dishing out 1.5 apg.  His playing time has been inconsistant though he was seeing more playing time with the injury to starter Jarrett Jack.  DaJuan Summers also played in 15 games for New Orleans, including 6 starts averaging 4.5 ppg and 1.5 rpg in just under 14 minutes per contest.  This move cuts around $1.3 million and also clears room for a possible trade with the Houston Rockets still very interested in the veteran center.  Rumored players in the deal could include Jordan Hill, Hasheem Thabeet, and possible draft picks coming into New Orleans.  With the trade deadline just over a month away there is almost no doubt Kaman’s time with the Hornets is nearing an end.  Kaman under all that has gone on has been nothing but professional over this entire disaster. With the Hornets now sitting at 4-21 and once again on a losing streak of six games, New Orleans welcomes Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls to the Hive tomorrow night.  Sitting at 21-6 and one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference, this losing streak will more than likely extend to 7.
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