Long time reader, first time poster.
When evaluating the best package we could send to New Orleans, I realized that I had forgotten about Gortat's trade exception. But armed with this chip, the Magic could really sweeten the pot with an offer that wipes ALL of the Hornets' bad contracts off the books.
Magic get: Paul ($16 mill), Okafor ($13mill/3 yrs)
Hornets get: Jameer ($9 mill/2 yrs), JJ ($6 mill/2 yrs), Bass ($4 mill/2 yrs),
DooDoo Duhon ($3 mill/3 yrs), $3 mill cash, Picks
Magic get: Ariza ($7 mill/3 yrs)
Hornets get: Nothing - Magic absorb Ariza using Trade Exception
The only drawbacks are that our picks aren't that great and that they would have to take Duhon for $9 million over 3 yrs (but considering that they are wiping off $60 million over the same span, it's not too bad). You can also swap out Duhon for Anderson & Orton, or JJ for Q & Anderson & Orton.
Trying to look at this objectively from the N.O. side, this would give them a better shot at rebuilding than a package from the Lakers (shaky knees Bynum or an aging Gasol), the Clippers (an unproven DeAndre Jordan - they won't include Eric Gordon), or Golden State (Stephen Curry, a solid shooting guard masquerading as a point guard who will probably never be an all star). From Orlando they get two starters (a decent point guard and a decent power forward) and a good shooter - all of whom come off the books a year sooner than the players they gave up.
Thoughts? Does anyone know when Gortat's trade exception expires?