Congrats to Mr. Cho in the draft for once again improving the Hornets roster in adding Vonleh & Hairston as well as increasing our financial flexibility.
Post draft & trades, we are only going to be on the hook for $41.9 Million in contracts
(I have input 2014 rookie cap holds for both Vonleh & Hairstons unsigned contracts)
Both Alonzo Gee & Jeffrey Taylor have non-guaranteed contracts next year totaling around $3.9 Million which I assume we will wait until we see which "big fish" we can lure into Charlotte prior to re-signing anyone else or guaranteeing these contracts
This leaves us with around $21.3 Million to spend on free agents...
* *INSERT FREE AGENT HERE* - With $21M to spend we can make lucrative offers to anyone, including LeBron, Melo, Bosh, Stephenson, Lowry, Deng, Monroe, Hayward, Evan Turner, Nick Young, Chandler Parsons (maybe), Josh McRoberts, etc... The question is which of these guys see Charlotte as a potential contender and would come to the QC?
*Alonzo Gee - Non-Guaranteed and at $3 million, a simple decision whether or not to guarantee his salary based upon how much money we have left after we make our free agent signing.
*Jeff Taylor - Non-Guaranteed and at less than $1 million, I think it is a no-brainer to pick up the option on him.
Exciting few weeks ahead as all these decisions will be made in the next month or two. Expect a domino effect once LeBron signs with a team and all the LeBron suitors (Hornets included) make pitches for the 2nd tier superstars. No doubt we already upgraded the roster last night and will soon upgrade further with a relevant free agent addition. Once this free agent is signed... OUR REBUILDING PROJECT IS COMPLETE and we will be in contention for the next few years.
It is a good day to be a Hornet fan.