I really want the Hornets to succeed. I was a big Hornets fan, grew up with them and I'm a big basketball fan in general although the NBA lost me for a good while when the Hornets left us and I never felt good about the Bobcats until Cho came on board.
And I have to think with the type of guy Cho is he ran the numbers on this thing. What big men/post players are coming up in FA in the next 2-3 years and how to they compare to Al? How many more wins does he factor for Al being here? Is he going to improve us enough that we've knocked ourselves out of a good chance for Wiggins next year.
i think they've hedged their bets a little bit at being a good team. Al + the #7 pick next year (worst case) vs. No Al and a +10% chance at getting the #1 pick.
2014: Cousins (RFA), Monroe (RFA), Gasol, Bogut, Hawes, Okafor, Bosh (Early Term), Jordan Hill
2015: KG, Boozer, Glen Davis, LaMarcus Aldridge, Marc Gasol, DeAndre, Chandler, Perkins, Asik, Hibbert (Player option)
We shouldn't look too far yet to 2015 bc it's still a long time from now and it'd be immature to try and build this team for a player two years from now like Aldridge, Gasol or Hibbert.
I think this team can be as good as a 30 wins team with the addition of Al. You gotta sub in Cody also. We really don't know our chances at Wiggins with these additions. It all comes down to the bounces of the balls next year.
And I think you're right on the point with your last paragraph. It just all come down to what's the worst case scenario: Al + no7 or No Al + 10% at no1 pick? I'd glady take Al and the no7 pick. We have the potential to land three 1st rounders (all lottery?) next year. Detriot and Portland are looking like real contenders in making the Playoffs next year so that helps. Just assuming, we could package all three (no7, no9, no13) to move all the way up for a Top5 pick.