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After a strong start to the season, the Charlotte Hornets have nosedived right out the playoff race, winning just one of their previous 10 games.
The moves they made Monday aren’t expected to help them turn things around — but it’s clear that, at the very least, they’re trying to find something that works.
For starters, the Hornets traded a future (top-55 protected) draft pick to the Cleveland Cavaliers for the rights to center Chris Andersen. But the Birdman will never soar in Charlotte, as the Hornets intend to immediately waive him for financial reasons.
Mostly, the Hornets received some cash in the deal for offering the Cavs some salary tax relief.
Along with that, the Hornets reportedly re-signed both guard Ray McCallum and center Mike Tobey to 10-day contracts.
Are these the move that will pull the Hornets out of their tailspin? Hardly. But they could be moves that lead to other moves, and get the team owned by Michael Jordan back on track.