The Hornets came into the offseason with one thing in mind: getting better. While some fans might disagree with me, I think they are well on their way to doing just that.
The most notable thing that has taken place for Charlotte is the loss of forward Josh McRoberts, as he accepted a four year deal to play with the Heat. While Charlotte tried to retain McRoberts, their offer was less valuable than the one Pat Riley presented to him. However, the Hornets didn’t sit around for very long after the loss, as it was reported soon after they were in heavy pursuit of Marvin Williams. As it turned out, the Hornets would lock up Williams to a two-year 14-million dollar deal just a couple of days later. Even though this contract was more than what the Hornets were offering McRoberts, the deal makes perfect sense, as Williams is a slightly better shooter than McRoberts and is certainly capable of being better than the former Bobcat ever was in Charlotte. The length of the contract (two years) also makes sense, as it would be expected that either Cody Zeller or Noah Vonleh would be ready to start at that point.
Another move that took place is the signing of backup PG Brian Roberts. Roberts is a slightly cheaper option to backup Kemba Walker, but he is certainly capable of doing the job for the Hornets, as Roberts can shoot the three and will help the Hornets spread the floor for Al Jefferson.
A lot of people have been talking about the possible pursuit of Lance Stephenson. There are conflicting reports out there. Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer is reporting it’s his understanding the Hornets are not interested in the Indiana swingman. However, what makes this story unique is multiple credible sources like The Sporting News are reporting the Charlotte’s one of the finalists for Stephenson. Only time will tell which source is correct.
In honor of NBA TV putting out a terrible Hornets depth chart, here’s a look at one that actually makes sense:
PG: Kemba Walker - Brian Roberts
SG: Gerald Henderson - Gary Neal - P.J. Hairston
SF: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist - Jeff Taylor
PF: Marvin Williams - Cody Zeller - Noah Vonleh
C: Al Jefferson - Bismack Biyombo
Most teams keep around 13-14 players on their roster. If the Hornets were to sign Stephenson, that would likely mean the end of Henderson’s tenure in Charlotte. Therefore, the Hornets will still have roster spots available. Look for the Hornets to add a versatile guy like Anthony Tolliver to fill that role. For those asking about Chris Douglas-Roberts, I’d imagine is days in Charlotte are numbered. Remember that he was signed to replace Jeff Taylor last season. With Taylor back and healthy, there’s no room for CDR on this roster.
Lead Hornets Writer: Jonathon Hoppe