Monday, November 8th, 2010 at 2:17 pm  |  30 responses

Peja Stojakovic: ‘It’s Obvious I’m Not in the [Hornets'] Plans’

No more retirement talk, but it’s a new day in the Big Easy, and it doesn’t involve Peja (despite the heavy cost). From the Times-Picayune: “He’s on the periphery at present, on the outside looking in at the New Orleans Hornets’ historic 6-0 start. Since last Wednesday night when New Orleans beat the Houston Rockets, veteran forward Peja Stojakovic has been on the inactive list, three games with no opportunity to contribute as the Hornets sprinted out to an unbeaten start and became relevant once again in the NBA. They are the surprise team in the league at the outset, fueled by a young, athletic, defensive-minded group that has left a one-dimensional offensive threat a spectator, earning about $183,000 per game for cheering on his teammates. Stojakovic, at one time one of the most feared scorers in the NBA, finds his career at a crossroads … ‘It’s obvious I’m not in the plans,’ Stojakovic said. ‘I’m not looking long term. I’m looking at this year. I’m real about it. It’s just moving on with our career and lives. It is what it is. I’m a pro, and I’m going to stay pro,’ Stojakovic said. ‘That’s as far as I can say. I feel great. Physically, I feel great. I haven’t felt better in the last two or three years. But it’s something that we have discussed, and it’s clear to me that the team has different plans. So I’m just going to be a pro. That doesn’t mean I don’t respect our coaches or our organization. Or vice versa. We just go from here.’”

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  • max

    warriors, suns or knicks should try to pick him up.

  • Easy-E

    That’s really the best way to look at it.

  • Yes.We.Did.

    And Pat Riley’s Get-Peja-For-A-Discount-And-Cut-Eddie-House scheme starts… NOW!!!!!

  • http://sports.espn.go.com/oly/olybb/news/story?id=5493184 ENDSwing

    I forgot he was still here

  • Jake

    Lakers get him!

  • http://www.youtube.com/tripledouble Triple Double


  • Josh M

    Melo for Peja

  • unrel

    he should just go to the NBA retirement home that is the Boston Celtics..

  • Fat Lever

    Stefanski, are you paying attention?!?! There’s an expiring contract for Iguodala! ET will be fine filling in for Iguodala. It can’t be any simpler than this for Ed. C’mon man!

  • Cizzo

    He can shoot but he just won’t play defense, or just capable to play defense either way he’s on his way out of the league A.S.A.P…… And if i was hiw I wouldn’t give a flying hump…… we’re winning and I’m still getting paid majorly! but that’s just me….

  • elvis freshly

    @fat it’s actually C’mon son… but I would like to see Peja with the suns.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    The impact a single player (Chris Paul obviously) can bring to the Hornets is incredible. Without him they miss the playoffs and play pretty poorly–even with a great young point guard in Darren Collison running the show. Guess that shows you how much Paul means to his team.

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    Its much more complex than that ted. But of course paul is the main piece.

  • http://Slamonline.com Jeremy Bauman

    professional. nice to see

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

    @max – Why do the warriors suns or knicks need him??? Your hopeless.

  • ALEX80

    Trade him for the Turk!!!

  • http://bugmarley.com Leonel

    No Peja, you’re in the Hornets’ plan. Well, your expiring contract, but still.

  • Towelie

    Can’t really say didn’t see that one coming.

  • Towelie

    And yes, Carmelo for Chokajakovic.

  • MrSuper

    I don’t think his game is one dimensional.

  • Rikson

    Of course he is in… The salary-cap reduction plan that is!

  • Mollywood

    enough peja already! dude was old news to me from the moment he jacked up those crucial misses in the kings-lakers rivalry back in 2002. the memory of seeing him disappear at the most important moments still hurts.

  • http://hibachisabas.blogspot.com/ Toni Kukoc

    word of the month by now is “DUH”

  • http://slamonline.com Spaceship Jay

    So word of mouth is that Rondo is on par with CP3. So trade them for each other then

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    …shut up and knock down some shots dude


    Turkey is eyeing Peja.

  • Stepfan

    Stojakovic it’s been fun.

  • http://nba.com alvin go

    come one.. he still can score and put some three’s.. i say 2 more years peja

  • http://google c_cantrell

    was one of my fav players back in the day dude could light it up at one time

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