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Hornets not planning to bring back Okafor this season

Emeka Okafor, Kevin Love

Minnesota Timberwolves power forward Kevin Love (42) defends against New Orleans Hornets center Emeka Okafor (50) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Friday, Jan. 13, 2012. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)


And really, why should they?

Hornets coach Monty Williams was speaking to the media prior to his team’s “showdown” with the Kings said they do not plan to bring back Emeka Okafor at this point, reports the Times-Picayune. He said Okafor had an MRI Tuesday to see if things had improved… but don’t ask the coach to describe the injury.

“It’s a knee, but somehow, I don’t want to mess it up, but he had something done a long time ago,” Williams said. “All the wear and tear is starting to aggravate it again. There’s a particular name for what he had done, but I don’t know the name of it so I can’t even explain myself properly which is normal for me. But in this situation, I’m not quite sure. I know it’s a knee issue.”

Okafor has been out with an apparently indescribable knee injury since Feb. 10, missing 24 games. At this point, with the Hornets not even sniffing the playoffs, what is the point of bringing him back?

New Hornets ownership, whoever they are, can enjoy having Okafor back next season at $13.5 million, and he has a player early termination offer for the season after that at nearly $14.5 million.