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Hornets not pursuing any more centers


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Charlotte added two centers on draft night, and also drafted JT Thor, who could be classified as a four or a five. With the moves, they now have significantly less cap space to work with this summer, and also don’t have a huge need for a center anymore. Plumlee can act as their starter and safety net as they try to develop Jones, Thor, Vernon Carey Jr, and Nick Richards.

According to Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report, the Hornets are not expected to go after centers in free agency anymore. 

 

 

https://www.atthehive.com/2021/8/1/22603487/charlotte-hornets-no-longer-expected-to-pursue-centers-in-free-agency

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So we have Mason Plumlee and the Richards, Carey, Jones, and Thor? That makes nervous. I'm not in love with the idea of Plumlee starting for us and the others are unproven youngsters. I guess we can expect a lot of small ball. It'll be interesting to see how Borrego sets the Center depth chart. I would put money on us trading some of our young talent for a stud center mid-season. 

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I'd like them to get a scoring low post, half court center instead of all these gazelles but the style of play with LaMelo and the scoring threats from 1-4 may cover up the need for a dominant 5, but when the playoffs come the half court game IS the game. 

Carey looked good last season so hope is alive. Plumlee?! Not sure. I agree I'd feel better they could retain Biz at least.

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I love Terry.. but now the addition of Bouknight as the heir apparent to the SG position makes Terry's days numbered..

I hope we don't just let Terry walk next year and we might have to get something for him at the trade deadline.. package Rozier and Plumlee for another quality bench Big with a 1st round pick from someone..?

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4 hours ago, My Life Dont Matter said:

But some guys on here say that Jones won’t be seeing the court very much, possibly none at all this season. 

That's why I said in two or three years. I'd expect him to spend most of the first half of this season in the G-League. Depending on where we are in the playoff race, maybe some time with the Hornets later in the season.

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13 hours ago, rippadonn said:

I'd like them to get a scoring low post, half court center instead of all these gazelles but the style of play with LaMelo and the scoring threats from 1-4 may cover up the need for a dominant 5, but when the playoffs come the half court game IS the game. 

Carey looked good last season so hope is alive. Plumlee?! Not sure. I agree I'd feel better they could retain Biz at least.

That's why Vernon's here but also why it's difficult to fit him into a modern NBA lineup. Also why Dwight Howard didn't pan out in Charlotte despite a great stat sheet. Old school centers kill the ball movement and the game's too fast and stretched for that now.

The coaches keep saying that Carey and Richards were hindered by the lack of an offseason so hopefully with a real one they'll be good.

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6 hours ago, MechaZain said:

That's why Vernon's here but also why it's difficult to fit him into a modern NBA lineup. Also why Dwight Howard didn't pan out in Charlotte despite a great stat sheet. Old school centers kill the ball movement and the game's too fast and stretched for that now.

The coaches keep saying that Carey and Richards were hindered by the lack of an offseason so hopefully with a real one they'll be good.

We got killed in the playoffs when we couldn't run and gun. To grow up and win playoff basketball we'll need to get the ball into the post even if that guy passes it back. 

They were woefully schooled and embarrassed when they couldn't run and hit shots, that's now the blueprint. Dwight to the Lakers again shows us how important half court basketball is. 

Your team can make it to the playoffs running but we must be able to play in the paint and have a way to score in the paint or we won't get far. 

Carey looked very promising. I'll be watching him closely because to make it any further than we did last season we'll need Vernon to step up big time.

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