As we approach the 2014 NBA Draft, it’s time to get serious about what exactly the Hornets could do this summer. With the news of Josh McRoberts officially opting out today, we’ll take a look at the in house free agents and who Charlotte should re-sign and let go. Also I’ll give my take on what the Hornets should do with the 9th and 24th picks.
Hornets Free Agents
Chris Douglas-Roberts: As much as CDR helped the Cats last season, I don’t see him in the mix next year. With Kidd-Gilchrist and Jeffery Taylor under contract and the possibility of additional small forward coming via the draft, things are crowded at the three spot for Charlotte. However, if the Hornets fail to get a serious wing upgrade in the early part of the offseason, then Douglas-Roberts’ services could be called upon.
Janero Pargo: This is a guy I really want back next year. This organization is big on third point guards and Pargo fits that role perfectly.
Anthony Tolliver: If Charlotte decides to pass on Doug McDermott or a similar high caliber three in this year’s draft, I can definitely see the Hornets keeping Toliver on their roster. While he might be an end of the bench guy, three point shooting is something you can never have enough of.
Luke Ridnour: Ridnour was acquired by Charlotte as cap relief and as a capable backup point guard for the then Bobcats during the later parts of last season. While he gave the team quality minutes, I would expect an upgrade at backup point guard to come this summer.
Josh McRoberts: This is where it gets tricky. People are already starting to get nervous about losing McRoberts. If you’re nervous, however, I would take a deep breath. Know that Michael Jordan and company really like McRoberts’ game and want him back next season. With that being said, he might not fit cap wise if a wing upgrade is made. If that is the case, the Hornets will have to either throw Cody Zeller into the fire or acquire another power forward in free agency. At the end of the day, I expect McRoberts to be playing in Charlotte next season despite the recent contract disputes.
9th Pick Of The Draft
As we get closer and closer to draft night, the more I think the Hornets will be selecting at the number nine slot despite the talk about moving the pick for shooters. As of right now, I like Harris here as a guy who can shoot the three and defend consistently.
24th Pick Of The Draft
Frankly, I can see the Hornets trying to shop this pick for a veteran wing player. I have a feeling this move is going to get negative reviews at first, but will eventually pay off. By drafting a guy like Harris, the Hornets will no longer have the need for significant backcourt help off of the bench, and can thus shop the pick for a proven player.
Lead Hornets Writer: Jonathon Hoppe