With a slight adjustment that didn’t affect the Charlotte Hornets’ intent, the trade agreed to on draft night with the Cleveland Cavaliers was consummated Saturday.
The Hornets sent the draft rights to Stanford forward Dwight Powell, plus center Brendan Haywood, to the Cavaliers for guard Scotty Hopson. The Hornets also said in a news release they received an undisclosed amount of cash from the Cavs.
It seems unlikely Hopson will ever play for the Hornets. His $2.45 million salary slot for next season is a team option. The Hornets were looking to rid themselves of the $2 million they owe Haywood for next season.
The original deal had the Hornets acquiring the unguaranteed contract of Alonzo Gee from Cleveland. Gee’s cap number is $3.25 million next season, significantly more than what Haywood makes, so Cleveland instead sent Gee’s contract to the New Orleans Pelicans in a separate trade.
The Hornets acquired Haywood in the summer of 2012 after the Dallas Mavericks waived him under the NBA’s amnesty provision. In a system called “secondary waivers,” the Hornets won a blind auction for picking up a portion of the money the Mavs still owed Haywood.
The Hornets were responsible for $2 million of Haywood’s salary each of three seasons. Haywood missed all of last season with a fractured foot.
Cody Zeller is scheduled to fly to Las Vegas on Sunday, but it will be a tight fit whether he reaches UNLV’s campus in time for a 6 p.m. game against the Sacramento Kings.
The Hornets-Kings game will be televised live on NBATV, as will Monday’s 4 p.m. game against the New York Knicks.