When the clock hits midnight early Tuesday morning, all 30 NBA teams will begin the chase to upgrade their rosters through free agency. This is a very important time for teams for many reasons. One is that free agency is an easier way to immediately improve their respected clubs. Unlike the draft, you know what to expect from these players who have been in the league for at least two seasons.
Free agency is even bigger for a team like the Hornets who have holes to fill. The Hornets know what they need and I’m sure already have a plan in place. Below we will preview guys who that are most likely on Charlotte’s radar.
-Ramon Sessions (UFA)
From the day Sessions was traded, the fact he was a free agent next year came to mind. With that being said, it hit me the Hornets could reacquire Sessions in the offseason. Not only has Sessions said he would be open to returning to Charlotte, but he would certainly be an upgrade over Luke Ridnour who was the team’s backup point guard down the stretch of last season.
-Chandler Parsons (RFA)
The former Florida Gator would fit very nicely in the Hornets' offense. At the end of the day, it comes down to if management wants an upgrade at shooting guard or small forward over Henderson or MKG, respectively. If they choose to upgrade the small forward spot, Parsons is a very capable starter who is a deadly beyond the arc.
-Gordon Heyward (RFA)
Heyward is another intriguing fit for the Hornets, as he would also bring in an outside shooting threat to Charlotte's starting lineup. The good thing about Heyward is his price tag would most likely be lower than other potential free agent acquisitions. To me, it could be a good gamble, as perimeter shooting is obviously something this team lacks.
-Lance Stephenson (UFA)
Even with the addition of P.J. Hairston, there’s a lot of people out there (including myself) who believe there is still room for an upgrade at shooting guard. If somehow Cho is able to dump Henderson’s salary elsewhere, that would certainly create enough room to acquire a guy like Stephenson. Although a little over the top at times, Stephenson is electric and has a love for basketball. I think our system is perfect for Stephenson and he would fit in very nicely with Charlotte’s existing roster.
-Trevor Ariza (UFA)
The more I saw of the Wizards in the playoffs, the more and more I saw Ariza as a possible fit for the Hornets. Ariza would bring a veteran presence with very good defensive skills. He’s not a great scorer, but he has clearly showcased his ability to hit from downtown in Washington, shooting 41% last year. Most importantly, I think he would be a good mentor for MKG and be a nice piece for the Hornets next season if signed by the team.
-Patrick Mills (UFA)
You may best remember Mills from his run with the champion Spurs last season, where he showed off his range and scoring ability in a series that ultimately went his team’s way. The reason Mills could be a fit in Charlotte is obvious: he can shoot the ball. Given the Hornets' decision to draft P.J. Hairston, this signing is less likely, but he is a possible solution to fill the backup point guard role in Charlotte.
-Luol Deng (UFA)
Deng is a guy who could certainly be an upgrade to this Hornets roster. However, I don’t see Deng as a great fit. Even though he’s a defensive minded wing, I think the Hornets should focus on guys less like MKG to complete a possible one two punch at small forward.
Lead Hornets Writer: Jonathon Hoppe