This is all ego.
Texans organization has to look like they give a damn, so right now they’re playing hardball. When it’s all said and done, Watson will be traded and Houston will get their boatload of draft picks. Everyone just needs to be patient.
Welcome to Charlotte, the Island of Misfit Toys—home of a team finding itself and, from the looks of it, having a hell of a lot of fun in the process.
Put them all together and a Charlotte club that many projected to rank among the league’s worst before this pandemic-warped season has notched wins over the pre-Harden-trade Nets, the full-strength Bucks, the Heat with Jimmy Butler back, and the Warriors (thanks in part to Draymond Green momentarily taking leave of his senses). On Wednesday, they added Phoenix to the list, scoring a 124-121 road win against the fourth-seeded, two-All-Star Suns.
Without a dominant individual scorer to just throw the ball to over and over, the Hornets aim to overload opponents with movement—the sort of purposeful passing and cutting that traces back to the “point-five” mentality that longtime Spurs assistant Borrego cribbed from Gregg Popovich.