Summer league would be a lot more fun for me to watch as a Hornets fan if we didn't consistently field the shittiest roster each year. We probably have the least NBA experience of all teams in the Orlando SL, and even if that isn't true, we definitely have the least talent cumulatively. I'm so tired of watching scrubs like Wallace, Randleman, and Murphy trying to show everyone what they have at the expense of our actual roster guys. And although I think Harrison may have earned himself a roster spot here, he too is guilty of trying to take over at the expense of the easier/better play. I have no idea how many times Harrison completely looked off Frank running the pick and roll, in favor of a bad shot he forced inside. Thankfully, Harrison started hitting those shots and making the right decision down the stretch but, it's plays like that that kill our offense, both in SL and in the regular season.
All that being said, man... I'm really disappointed in PJ. My belief in him has been based off of his natural scoring ability, shooting, and athleticism from college. Those things combined usually make for an easy transition to the pros, scoring wise. But, he does not look like the same player here. He is great at creating shots, but they just aren't falling. It's just weird... He had moments last season, but I expected him to dominate this summer league with that pro experience under his belt now. Maybe it's mental, but man, it is certainly discouraging so far.
Also, Frank looks like a baller. Credit to MJ on that one. His presence makes a huge difference on the pick and roll...
Don't know if this would be better in this thread or the FA rumors one, but Woj just tweeted that we have been open to doing a sign and trade for Mo, being that we technically still own his FA rights with the cap hold.
I could definitely see us using this to leverage something we'd like... And we wouldn't have to use our MLE in the process.
Nah, if they want Curry, which they do, they'll hold the space to sign him.
The thing that scares the pics out of me about that, more than the doomsday scenarios you all have posted above, is what if he signs mega extension well before he even reaches FA? Talk about a let down... Just look at this forum. We know we suck at drafting so we most likely aren't gonna get a superstar through that, and how many different threads have we had here about bringing Steph home? It shows that our fanbase knows we have been a poorly run organization for most, if not all, of our history, we don't trust our FO to find a star on their own, nor do we trust them to leverage one here because of our history of ineptitude, so we put all of our hopes into Steph coming to save us due to the sentimentality of it being home. That is the sad truth. And I admit, I will be crushed beyond crushed if he never even gets to the open market for us to have a chance.
All that being said, i believe (and very much hope) that he will NOT sign an extension before his contract is up because it is in his (and every other star) best interest to maximize their earnings. And the only way to do that is have multiple bidders.
Sorry for all the typos in the above post explaining my reasoning as to why he could be the go to scorer in response to teeray... My phone and the new huddle layout has not been cooperating, and apparently neither is my auto correct.
I believe, if given the pt, he will absolutely be. He would have to either start or get the 6th man minutes. And that goes for here or anyone else. He has to be "the guy" when he's on the floor. But, considering we have Batum now, I'm not thinking best case scenario is 6th man. He is a go to scorer, it's a matter if the team treats him as such. He showed glimpses last year, especially defensively... He had some spectacular highlights there. But, considering some of the things that happened last season off the court, he could very well take all of that great ability and inexplicably be wasting it away dropping 35 a game in a euro league after his rookie contract is up,if he doesn't tighten up off court. But alas, I think I'm wasting my breath anyway. Summarily, he needs minutes and needs to be fed the ball to get in a rhythm. But unfortunately, I don't see either of those happening under Clifford. I hope I'm wrong, but with us acquiring Batum, Lamb, and going after Bellineli, I think PJ already is being written off by the staff.
And for those of you thinking he may still be brought back on a cheaper deal... NOPE. Look at Biz's tweets. He's not coming back, and that was made clear to him.
I'm implore you to go look at those plus/minuses from last season... Combined with actually watching Al suck ass defensively night after night, looking at them and realizing he makes our team WORSE despite his offense (which I'm still not a fan of), it's what finally convinced me he has to go.
I despised the pick when it was made. I did not want Biz. But once we drafted him, I figured let him develop and see what we have. He is among the elite rim protectors in the league. People can say what they want about his struggles on offense, but even with those, his plus/minus as the starter while Al was out was ridiculously higher than Al's last season. This is why I want Al gone... If you think we're building this offensive juggernaut that will outscore every opponent, then you aren't very smart. It takes 20 fuging minutes for Al to make it up court every possession, and that's after he let's his man score like he isn't even guarding him (because he's not).
BBut oh well, I'm used to it by now. And since Cho doesn't understand drafting or how to retain players worth retaining, we may as well package our draft picks for the next 20 years to OKC for KD. We don't need them... He'll either draft the wrong guy AGAIN, or just let him walk once his contract is up, so what does it matter. poo is a joke. Can't wait to see our hamster wheel philosophy on the court next season and get pissed off all over again when Al scores 33 on 25 shots while his man scores 35 on 15.