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Hornets decide against late-hour trade

4 years 4 months 1 day ago February 21, 2013 Feb 21, 2013 Thursday, February 21 2013 February 21, 2013 9:58 PM in Sports
Source: Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS - The New Orleans Hornets have decided against making any late-hour roster moves before Thursday's NBA trade deadline.

The next chance for the franchise to continue rebuilding comes this summer, when the team changes names to the Pelicans, and can work to strengthen its roster through trades, the draft and free agency.

Heading into Thursday night's games, the Hornets are tied for the Western Conference's second-worst record at 19-36, 10 1/2 games out of a playoff spot with 27 games left.

The club is building on a young nucleus featuring top draft choice Anthony Davis and fifth-year forward Ryan Anderson, the team's top scorer. However, the 2011 acquisition of guard Eric Gordon has yet to pay off. Knee problems have made Gordon unreliable, and made his four-year, $58 million contract burdensome.

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