Jan 27 - The New Orleans Hornets are conceding that the popular ex-King might be finished for 2006-07, raising the fear that Peja Stojakovic will never reclaim his past Sacramento form. Coach Byron Scott put the return of his starting small forward as a "might," and when asked if Stojakovic is done for the season, said, "I think that's a realistic possibility. I think you've got to be prepared for that. In Peja's situation, you have to be prepared for the worst." -- Sacramento Bee
Stojakovic, who stayed in Oklahoma City while the Hornets played his former team, told Scott he plans to return this season. His rehabilitation is going well, Scott said, though Stojakovic has been getting frustrated because, "we keep a real tight leash on what he does. They don't want to overdo it." -- New Orleans Times-Picayune
Think about it, not only is Peja potentially gone for the rest of the season, but theoretically could become a shell of his former self. Would have killed us if we still had him aboard.
Then on top of it to think that we got a 7.5mm trade exception for him as well. Given the circumstances, Pacers came out of the Artest situation as well as could be expected.