New Orleans Hornets General Manger Dell Demps said they cannot ignore the reality of not having a center currently on their roster after trading veterans Emeka Okafor and Trevor Ariza to the Washington Wizards earlier this week.

Okafor was the Hornets starting center, although he missed 39 games last season with a knee injury. Chris Kaman filled in, but he will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1 and is not likely to re-sign with the Hornets, according to sources.

But Demps said it’s still too early to say who they may select with the 10th overall pick in the first round of next Thursday’s draft because they are looking at every possible opportunity.

“We’re looking at all options,’’ Demps said.

– Reported by John Reid of the New Orleans Times-Picayune