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New Orleans Hornets is a professional basketball team based in New Orleans, Louisiana. It plays in the Southwest Division of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The franchise began play during the 1988–89 NBA season as the Charlotte Hornets, based in Charlotte, North Carolina, where it was located until the end of the 2001–02 NBA season.

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In the aftermath of a highly unsuccessful end to the 2009 NBA season and the in-season attempt to trade starting center Tyson Chandler for expiring contracts, the New Orleans Hornets were widely perceived to be looking to trim the payroll. Indeed, at the start of the NBA free agency period on July 1, the Hornets had the highest payroll of all teams in the league, topping $77 Million. When the luxury tax level was set on July 7, it left the Hornets in excess of $7 million in the tax zone.

Despite comments from the team owner- and leadership about the intention to compete and building a winner, it was still seen as quite surprising when on July 28, the Hornets landed center Emeka Okafor from the Charlotte Bobcats for Tyson Chandler. While the move allowed the Hornets to shed $1.3 Million of the 2009-2010 payroll, they also took on the remainder of Okafors contract valued at just under $63 Million for 5 years. The day after, on July 29, the frontcourt was bolstered further with the signing of free agent forward Ike Diogu. In addition, on August 27 the services of free agent forward/center Sean Marks was retained.

The backcourt was earlier strengthened via the draft. On June 25, 2009, the Hornets drafted Darren Collison at the 21st pick of the 2009 NBA Draft . Hornets also traded two future second round picks to the Miami Heat for the 43th pick Marcus Thornton. On August 12, 2009, the Hornets traded starter Rasual Butler to the Clippers for a 2016 second round draft pick, in an elaborate attempt to lower the payroll. Butler was slated to earn $3.9 Million for the season, but due to the Hornets being in the tax zone, those savings were effectively doubled. On September 9, the Hornets traded guard Antonio Daniels to the Minnesota Timberwolves for guard Bobby Brown and forward Darius Songaila.

On November 12, 2009, the Hornets fired head coach Byron Scott after starting the season 3-6. Scott was replaced with General Manager Jeff Bower. The team also added former head coach Tim Floyd as an assistant coach.

On November 18, the Hornets unveiled brand new purple, green, and gold uniforms, exclusively during the Mardi Gras holiday games.