Hornets GM Dell Demps agrees to extension

Associated Press Modified: November 16, 2012 at 7:02 pm •  Published: November 16, 2012
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Demps did not confirm that the Hornets are trying to buy out Carroll, which would allow Carroll to sign with another team while saving the Hornets money. The general manager said the team had an agreement with Carroll excusing him from reporting to the club right away.

"We'll have a resolution on that in the coming days," Demps said. "We're looking at a few options right now that I can't get into."

Carroll, who is in the final year of a contact paying $3.5 million this season, was acquired in a deal that gave Charlotte Hakim Warrick, who has this year and a team-option year remaining on his deal paying $4 million per season.

With top overall draft choice Anthony Davis making immediate and significant contributions in the front court, the Hornets won three of their first six games heading into their game against the Thunder.

Demps acquired to other key contributors — forward Ryan Anderson and center Robin Lopez — through trades during the past offseason. He also found point guard Brian Roberts overseas and used a second-round pick on Darius Miller, who made the team and is seeing immediate action in a reserve role.

The one move that so far has caused the most consternation among the fan base is the decision to give Gordon a restricted free agent contract worth $58 million over four years by matching an offer sheet Gordon had signed with Phoenix. Gordon played in only nine games last season because of his nagging injury and club has struggled to determine when Gordon might be truly ready to play again.

Asked on Friday whether he could specify what the latest doctors' examinations revealed about Gordon's knee, he responded with a terse, "No."

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