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  1. It's unlikely that the Hornets are going to make a move on their own today the way things are stacking up. We aren't willing to move/teams don't want any of our core as of right now so a straight up deal is unlikely. However, teams that are trying to make big trades like the Celtics with Indiana, Chicago, etc is where we can come in. For example, if the Pacers or Bulls ship out Butler/George to Boston they'll need to clear roster spots. That's where we come in. If we can be the 3rd team in a 3 way trade or ship off pieces like Wood, Sessions or Roberts that teams can waive/buyout for pieces that are expendable, but could be useful to us just to clear space in a massive return for one of their stars in a separate trade then that's where we'd get a deal done.
  2. Pretty smart take from Lowe who definitely writes a lot of the ugly truth in his post. For all of the problems he brings up he does defend Cho and Clifford and essentially says that Charlotte needs to hold tight and work on finding a good number 2 through the draft. Agree with that, though it's easier said than done. Full article: 10 things I like and don't like 1. The Hornets Everything folks worried about after Charlotte turned down Boston's Godfather offer for the Frank Kaminsky pick has come to bear. The Hornets are 7-19 since just before Christmas, and they have one of the bleakest long-term outlooks in the league. That hurts to say. The moment they traded Noah Vonleh for Nic Batum, the Hornets trapped themselves in a dilemma: Either let Batum walk, or pay him close to the max just as the cap would skyrocket -- lifting max deals with it. You could justify the deal. Batum is a very good player in his prime, and Charlotte is not a destination that could bank on luring anyone better. But it's clear Batum is miscast as a second option next to the dogged and always-improving Kemba Walker. Batum is shooting a career-worst 44 percent on 2s, and an ugly 35 percent out of the pick-and-roll -- with a ghastly turnover rate on the play. Batum has coughed up the ball on 26.5 percent of his pick-and-rolls that have ended Charlotte possessions; among 150 guys who have run at least 50 of those suckers, only five have worse turnover rates, per Synergy. You cannot give him the ball and expect him to get a bucket, and holy hell, do the Hornets need a bucket-getter. Only about 12 percent of Batum's shots have come in the restricted area, the lowest mark of his career, per Basketball-Reference. He averages just 2.3 drives per game. Only 26 of the 86 guys logging at least 30 minutes per game record fewer drives -- and all but six of those 26 are big men. Batum is a gifted all-around player -- a triple-double threat. But the Hornets need more. On too many nights, Walker is their only source of oxygen -- the only guy who can break his man down, get into the lane, and create something. Defenses happily switch across every other position, confident Batum, Kaminsky, Marvin Williams, and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist won't do any damage against smaller players. Everyone around Walker has plateaued or declined. Williams' 3-point shooting is down after a career year. The MKG leap hasn't happened; smart teams hide plodding power forwards on him, stick quicker wings on Williams, and switch all of Charlotte's buzzing Williams-centric screening action. Charlotte compensated early in the season with a heap of free throws, but that well has dried up a bit. In the bigger picture, every move Charlotte has made over the past three years has screamed: PLEASE BASKETBALL GODS, LET US WIN 45 GAMES! That's meant turning down four picks, including one of Boston's Brooklyn picks, to draft Kaminsky; going all-in on Batum; flipping last year's No. 22 pick for Marco Belinelli; and most recently, swapping two backup centers on short-term deals for one -- Miles Plumlee -- carrying a long-term eight-figure salary. Charlotte could be capped out through 2019. That's hard to do. We all know the defense for the Belinelli swap: picks in the 20s typically return very little, and Belinelli is a proven rotation player. But he's a proven backup who's not moving the needle for a so-so team. He's not Thaddeus Young -- a proven starter for whom Indiana swapped the No. 20 pick in the same draft. And for a team with so few long-term building blocks, a 25 percent chance at someone who might matter in five years -- and serve the first four of them on a cheapo rookie contract -- is more valuable than a veteran with a 100 percent chance of being a serviceable reserve today. Plumlee is a nice backup center. So is Kaminsky. Things will get better. The Hornets really miss Cody Zeller. He's their Patrick Patterson -- a middling stats jack-of-many-trades who makes life easier for everyone around him with vicious screens and relentless rim-running. But a 24-32 team counting on Cody Zeller as a savior is in a dark, dark place. Kaminsky will be a different player when his 3-point shot comes around. Steve Clifford is a great coach. Rich Cho and Chad Buchanan, the top dogs in the front office, are smart dudes who will nail a draft pick in the middle of the first round at some point in the next few years. In the meantime, Charlotte should resist the temptation to trade another future pick for a 30-something quick fix like Lou Williams. Search out smaller moves, try to rally for the No. 8 spot, and take a swing in the lottery if you don't pull it off.
  3. This is kind of a weird move. To recap: Hornets Get: Chris Anderson (who they are waiving) and Cash Cleveland Gets: 2017 2nd Round pick (top 55 protected) Chris Andersen (Birdman) is hurt and can't play so it definitely makes sense that Charlotte would waive him as we don't need him. Cleveland definitely looking to be active at the deadline so they needed to clear a roster spot. Charlotte is sending a 2nd round pick to Cavs which is top 55 protected for 2017. Obviously Charlotte won't finish in the top 5 of the league so they have no risk in losing that pick and only needed to send it in order to finalize a deal. The kicker for Charlotte is the cash. Cleveland needed to relieve themselves of luxury tax penalties and had to give Charlotte something of value. Cho can use that cash to help with cap space this summer OR they can use it to help balance out salaries in a trade that is forthcoming. I think this is more likely since Charlotte is eleigible for the full mid level exception ($8M+) with how their cap stands currently. Perhaps we can use the extra cash to get rid of Brian Roberts (since his salary is so low) for a more efficient backup PG. This is the definition of a setup move.
  4. Definitely saw this coming. Really don't need a high profile guy, but definitely could use an upgrade to Brian Roberts and someone who is a better fit than Sessions. Wonder if they could package Roberts and a future 2nd for an upgrade at backup PG. The waive Ramon.
  5. Apparently Orlando is actively shopping Serge Ibaka. What would people on this forum be willing to give up for him if interested?
  6. After the Hornets shipped off Lance Stephenson to the Clippers Monday night for Spencer Hawes & Matt Barnes, it became very apparent that the Hornets will go after a shooting guard in this years draft. With only Gerald Henderson, who opted into the third year of his contract today and struggling rookie guard PJ Hairston on the roster, help is needed. This years draft is very weak at shooting guard and more value can be had later in the draft. RJ Hunter is a prospect who is expected to be on the board anywhere from 15-25 and offers more star potential than Kentucky product Devin Booker. To make this happen the Hornets would need to find a trade partner. Boston is currently looking for a partner to move up to draft a player like Willie Cauley-Stein, Mario Hezonja, Devin Booker or Stanley Johnson. The Celtics could potentially package the 16th and 28th for the 9th pick or the 16th pick and a veteran. What would the Hornets get in RJ Hunter? My first impression of Georgia State standout RJ Hunter from a statistical standpoint was a volume shooter with inadequate strength and an atrocious shooting percentage who took advantage of a weak Sun Belt conference. Shooting 39% from the field and 30% from deep is initially a worrisome statistic. After reviewing a decent portion of his games this season it because very apparent that I was wrong about Hunter. His drop-off in accuracy was due to being guarded by multiple defenders at almost all times forcing him to take countless contested shots. Much like Devin Booker, Hunter also provides floor spacing, three-point shooting and the ability to create his own shot. What I like most about him is his quick release will make it extremely difficult for NBA defenders to affect his shot. Hunter's height and near 6'11 wingspan, unlimited range and ability to make highly contested shots make it very apparent why the Hornets have an interest in this prospect. Hunter has one of the highest basketball IQ's in the draft thanks to being the son of a coach and godson of Ron Harper, who won five NBA titles. Also worth noting that adding a late round selecting could land the Hornets a number of interesting prospects such as Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Justin Anderson, Jonathan Holmes or Anthony Brown. Whoever the Hornets decide to draft next Thursday needs to be an accurate three point threat with the ability to create their own shot.