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Horncats interested in Al Jefferson

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I guess im thinking that a Jefferson/Zeller combo down low would be a very good one.  Teams will really have to focus on the inside game for the Hornets, because those 2 will score a lot of points.  Biyombo brings the defense and hustle.

 

Then throw in Kemba - potential All-Star, with Henderson, MKG, Taylor, 3 1st rd picks next season and still enough cap space to get a star.

 

Yeah..no brainer for me.  What FA out there next year are better than Jefferson and would be willing to come play in Charlotte? 

 

Im tired of playing for the lottery.  We will get screwed.  I understand that some want to hold off one more season, but what if all those guys that are supposed to be stars in the 2014 draft dont pan out ala Shabazz, and we end up getting the 4th pick again and would miss out.

 

Our philosophy is clear now.  We hired a coach who knows how to use its bigs.  We hired Ewing to coach them.  Sign Jefferson to go along with Zeller and Biyombo and get the ball inside and make teams stop us.  Then next year, add a wing or 2, with depth, and 8th spot in the playoffs would be worst case.

 

 

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Twitter is never official but from what I keep hearing from semi-official people is Al Jefferson is ours unless we screw this up somehow.

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I'm not going to buy into the "we shouldn't get Al Jefferson because he makes us too much better" camp.

Let's say he does bump us into that 35 win range. We still may have three first round picks next season to try and move up in the draft. We also have Gordon's 12 million going off the books and we still have an amnesty we could use for even more cap space.

Point being, there is a chance next year's draft is loaded but a lot of those guys we think will be so great are really unknowns at this point. Get back to me after I see them.play some college ball. But even if they are what we think they are we can possibly have enough assets to trade up to get one of these guys, or we will have cap room to get a proven high quality player or players to fill in the roster around these guys.

If we have a chance to sign a good player we need to do it.

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MAX the man!

There's no way we're getting Monroe or Cousins next year. Forget about them. You either take a player in his prime now in Al, or go for a player toward then end of his career, Gasol next year. Don't be dumb. Sign the man!

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I'm not going to buy into the "we shouldn't get Al Jefferson because he makes us too much better" camp.

Let's say he does bump us into that 35 win range. We still may have three first round picks next season to try and move up in the draft. We also have Gordon's 12 million going off the books and we still have an amnesty we could use for even more cap space.

Point being, there is a chance next year's draft is loaded but a lot of those guys we think will be so great are really unknowns at this point. Get back to me after I see them.play some college ball. But even if they are what we think they are we can possibly have enough assets to trade up to get one of these guys, or we will have cap room to get a proven high quality player or players to follow in around these guys.

If we have a chance to sign a good player we need to do it.

 

You are getting it.  Everyone thinks we will build some super team like the Heat.  Its not going to happen. 

 

Our inside game is going to be lethal, and if we get a go-to-guy on the wing not this coming season but the one after, we are going to have a very very good team. 

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With Big Al we're automatically 8th seed potential. We're still one more piece away from being competitive, I honestly don't want him, but if he visits he'll leave with a contract. 

 

 

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Gotta get guys who can play.

My concerns are his age but as a good team you have to start winning to attract free agents..right now the key to to stop looking like a greasefire of a team.

Bobcats terrible seasons have media and free agent proofed us from being a relevant Choice to watch or discuss let alone sign and play for. Haywood will be off the books soon in time to go the next step with a FA offer.

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Sign the guy.  Obviously you guys know my stance, I haven't been a fan of tanking and have argued with people at length on here lol.  

 

Does anyone ever think that he's the piece we need to get this train moving?  We may have a good team already.  Things could click with him added, our other guys may finally get to where we want them.  Think on this.  Kemba keeps getting better.  Henderson was better also.  Even Biz made strides despite a good chunk of our fans not giving him some credit.   MKG should improve.  

 

I don't think it's fair to our players to set them up to fail, Kemba going in his 3rd year probably doesn't want that, or those other guys.   Signing someone like Jefferson shows the league we want to win, and may help us bringing in some other FA's to shore up the roster when otherwise they may not have wanted too.

 

I love the move, even us TRYING, because it shows MJ wants to win, and it sends a message to the fans and to the team.  No excuses now.  Not to mention how exciting it'll be having a legit all-star on this team wearing purple and teal (hopefully).

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If we give him a contract in the 10-12 million range at 4-5 years fine but if it is a 15+ million dollar a year deal then it is terrible.

Also to the people saying we will have three picks next year and can trade up for one of the great players no we can't. It is way more likely we end up with zero picks than three. So let us win 35-40 games miss the biggest draft in the past decade just so we can be an ok team for a couple years until they blow it up again and rebuild.

And to the people saying bringing Al won't stop us sucking why pay him big money? I get trying to be respectful but you shouldn't waste assets(cap space that can be used down the line) if it doesn't make you instantly better.

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Isnt the new coach a Defensive guy?

 

How far can a solid coach take players in the NBA?

 

Can a change in scenery flip the switch for a player ?

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If we give him a contract in the 10-12 million range at 4-5 years fine but if it is a 15+ million dollar a year deal then it is terrible.

Also to the people saying we will have three picks next year and can trade up for one of the great players no we can't. It is way more likely we end up with zero picks than three. So let us win 35-40 games miss the biggest draft in the past decade just so we can be an ok team for a couple years until they blow it up again and rebuild.

And to the people saying bringing Al won't stop us sucking why pay him big money? I get trying to be respectful but you shouldn't waste assets(cap space that can be used down the line) if it doesn't make you instantly better.

Even if we end up with zero draft picks in next years draft we still will have assets like future picks and young players that can get us back in next year's draft.

But even if we don't get in the draft we have a poo ton of money coming off the books again. Which means even if we miss the draft we will have the money to get actual proven high quality players.

Next years draft is still an unknown. What if some of them aren't as good as you think they are now or some of them do what Smart from OK State did and go back to possibly be the #1 pick instead of the #4 of #5 pick.

What happens if we don't sign Jefferson but our players continue to develop, Zeller proves he is a player, and we still win 30-35 games? We would be in the same boat only without one of the best offensive centers in the league.

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The only thing that is NOT a what-if is that Jefferson is a proven scorer that should get you 8-10rpg and for some odd reason we have a chance at signing him.

 

 

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Jefferson elevates us to an on the brink playoff team.  Yall are probably tired of reading this but its not like we are out of money after we sign Jefferson.  We have a lot more cap space next season and draft picks. 

 

Im not exactly a fan of Jefferson.  I wasnt a fan of Zeller, but im not too stubborn to realize what our organization is doing.  Getting some bigs who can score to go along with Kemba.  MKG is our stopper, along with Bismack.  Henderson is a baller(if we re-sign him).  If not, we have a SG spot WIDE open for either a draft pick or a free agent. 

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With Big Al we're automatically 8th seed potential. We're still one more piece away from being competitive, I honestly don't want him, but if he visits he'll leave with a contract.

I'm not sure about 8th seed.

(1) Heat

(2) Brooklyn

(3) Indiana

(4) Chicago

(5) NYK

(6)

(7)

(8)

There's only 3 spot left up for grab. I really think Cleveland, Washington, and Detriot will fill this last three seeds.

And from reports, Big Al is supposed to be in Charlotte today already.

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