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NEW ORLEANS - MARCH 22:  Chris Paul #3 of the New Orleans Hornets during the game against the Dallas Mavericks at the New Orleans Arena on March 22, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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Jacob KerrContributor IAugust 12, 2010

The New Orleans Hornets most recently acquired forward Trevor Ariza and guard Marco Bellinelli in a multi-team deal. The deal sent guard Darren Collison and forward James Posey to the Pacers and forward Julian Wright to the Raptors. As I have read on this site, many are unhappy with the trade, but this trade actually worked out for the better for the Hornets.

Though some people believe that losing Darren Collison is absolutely disastrous, Chris Paul is still the point guard right now for the Hornets. Players on the team will step up and play well. Marcus Thornton show he can play point guard last year when Paul was injured. Collison is a good player and will be missed by the Hornets.

Losing Collison is not absolutely terrible. Neither is losing James Posey and Julian Wright.

Posey is 33-years-old and closing in on retirement. He played well during the season and mad several big shots. However, he was not able to contribute to the Hornets in the manner that they were hoping for.

Julian Wright did not contribute well either. He was an inside scorer who sporadically made a jumper. He was an okay defender and a horrible ball-handler.

Acquiring Trevor Ariza was an absolute steal for the Hornets. Ariza is a combination of Posey and Wright. He has a decent jump shot and is a high-flyer. He is an excellent defender who will help Hornets when they play teams who have very good guards and forwards. Ariza is only 25-years-old and seems to get better each year. If this is his full break out year, that could help the Hornets tremendously.

Marco Bellinelli was not a bad pickup as well. He is an excellent shooter, 38 percent three-point shooter, who can start in games and help the Hornets offense get going. He will most likely play the role of Morris Peterson this season, except he will make more shots. This will relieve some stress for Thornton when he comes off the bench and be able to produce more.

The Hornets are in good shape for the season coming up. They acquired two skilled veterans in trades and rookies Quincy Pondexter and Craig Brackins look as though they will make some noise in the near future. The season is looking brighter for the Hornets and Chris Paul seems to be getting the help he needs.

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