HOUSTON – Anybody need a 33-year-old shooter with a well-rested arm?
And a $15-million price tag?
Four games into the new season, a healthy Peja Stojakovic has already racked up a DNP and on Wednesday night was placed on the inactive list by first-year Hornets coach Monty Williams.
Stojakovic has been squeezed out of the rotation by the acquisition of Trevor Ariza and the 4-0 Hornets’ new emphasis on defense. He played a total of 22 minutes in the first two games of the season, taking a total of just seven shots and scoring 10 points.
“We mutually decided, myself and Peja, that he would go on the inactive list,” Williams said. “It’s a tough spot for him, not knowing when he’s going to play for the first time in his career.
“I take a lot of that blame, actually all of it, because I probably didn’t do a great job of communicating to him when he was going to play or if he wasn’t going to play. I tried to talk to him, but juggling all this stuff for the first time, well, I don’t want to make any excuses at all. I could have done a better job with him.”
It would seem like only a matter of time before the Hornets can get something for Stojakovic’s expensive expiring contract. But with so many teams trying to get their financial houses in order ahead of next summer’s potential labor shutdown, he could wind up as the league’s most expensive hood ornament.
At this point, Stojakovic and his expiring $15.3 million contract are more valuable on the bench than at any place in the New Orleans lineup.