The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

13 July 2006

Paging Andrew Betts

You gotta love this:

The New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets announced [yesterday] that they have acquired forward Peja Stojakovic and cash considerations from the Indiana Pacers in exchange for the draft rights to Andrew Betts.

So it's become a sign-and-trade transaction, and I'm sure they had their reasons. (Most likely: the Pacers pick up a trade exception which they can use anytime during the season, probably $7.5 million or so, which far exceeds any amount of cash they forked over to the Hornets.)

Which leaves one question: Who the hell is Andrew Betts?

The Hornets drafted him 50th in 1998 out of Long Beach State; he never played in the NBA during the regular season, but took off for Europe, where he spent five seasons among three Euroleague teams, the last of which was Spain's Tau Ceramica, for whom he averaged 6.8 points per game. (By some weird coincidence, one of Betts' teammates that year — 2004-05 — was Arvydas Macijauskas, whom the Hornets waived yesterday and who will return to the Continent.)

And Betts comes back into the picture in this year's Vegas Summer League, playing for the Hornets. Will the Pacers pick him up for a minimum contract? Maybe he's hoping for exactly that.

Posted at 7:28 AM to Net Proceeds