Wednesday, September 9th, 2009 at 9:30 am  |  14 responses

Will Peja Come Off the Bench?

For health reasons, the Hornets are kicking around the idea of bringing Stojakovic off the pine next season: “Last season, the Hornets was unable to get a precise update on Stojakovic’s back condition until he reported for camp. As part of the franchise’s revamped offseason procedures, Mark Cranston [Director of Athlete Performance and Rehabilitation] was able bring back detailed reports concerning Stojakovic’s back strength … There is a possibility Stojakovic may come off the bench this season to extend his career. He has the team’s highest contract at $14.2 million this season and $15.3 million in 2010-11.”

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  • http://myspace.com/showbread Bryan

    He sucks.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    Peja hasn’t been relevant in a long time. Who would have thought back in the Sacto days that Hedo would actually be a better player?!

  • http://gmail dirty frank

    I miss the old Peja too and, while not holding out for an all star year, still wish him a better year than last. 16.4 ppg on 44% from behind the ark and playing 77 games in 07-08 was not too bad.

  • http://gmail dirty frank

    Coming off the bench could be great if he has the right attitude.

  • http://slamonline.com/ niQ

    Who would be starting in place of Peja?

  • http://www.digitalthread.com AlbertBarr

    niQ: Perhaps Stephen Jackson will make his way to Nawlin’s…

  • http://www.digitalthread.com AlbertBarr

    Or, I guess James Posey could start.

  • http://www.another48minutes.blogspot.com Gerard Himself

    there were some rumors that Julian Wright might start…. but since Scott lost confidence in Wright last season, I hope he REALLY improved this off-season.
    I like AlbertBarr’s thinking… sadly enough it won’t happen.

  • http://slamonline.com/ niQ

    Yea, Julian Wright was supposed to have a break out season last year. Clearly didn’t happen.

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    Was gonna say pretty much what Z said..

  • Shem

    This is terrible, I remember peja being such a great player on sac town. The worst part about it is that he has the highest contract over david west and chris paul

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    It appears that the SG/SF spots are a major hole for the Hornets these days. If Peja comes back at 100% health, can put up some solid numbers (I would project 14ppg 5rpg and 2.5apg) either starting or off the bench, then the swinging door approach of Posey, Peja, Devin Brown and Mo Petterson could be effective if essentially for depth. It would be a great surprise if the signing of Marcus Thornton proves to be a nice addition and he can spot up and shot an NBA three.

  • Furious

    frank, im surprised peja shot 44% over noah and all those animals. the giraffes would be tough to clear, you’d have to put a fair bit of air in the shot.

  • ab_40

    man the other day I saw him with serbia in the 2002 WC he looked cut and very athletic… not the peja we see today. I hope he comes back strong.