Just after three o’clock today, the news broke that former Bobcat Josh McRoberts had verbally agreed to join the Miami Heat. The news wasn’t taken very well in Charlotte, as most people would expect. The Hornets made it clear that they had full intentions of re-signing McRoberts and they made him aware of that as well. At the end of the day, even though we don’t know specifics, Miami’s offer was obviously better than Charlotte’s. Some might have expected McRoberts to give the Hornets a bit of a discount due to the rejuvenation of his career in the Queen City and his love for Steve Clifford, but that was not the case.
As we stand now, this was a big loss for the Hornets. However, the fact that Rich Cho did not match the Heat’s offer means that the team likely has a backup plan in place, as the Hornets had plenty of cap space and could have easily given McRoberts more money. I’m not saying they didn’t want Josh to be apart of the team, but they had to make a decision.
Lastly, there’s a lot of concern out there about Cody Zeller potentially starting at PF next season. The bottom line is yes there are better options out there, but there are certainly worse. There’s no doubt that Zeller got off to a bad start, but unless you missed second half of the season last year, you know the rookie made solid improvement. As long as Zeller continues to improve this off season, he wouldn’t be that bad of an option at power forward. Also, the addition of Vonleh looks pretty good. He won’t be ready to start, but will most likely be able to give solid minutes off the bench. Ultimately, losing McRoberts isn’t the end of the world, and the Hornets are certainly capable of filling the vacant spot with a capable replacement.
Ben Ferris contributed to this article.
Lead Hornets Writer: Jonathon Hoppe