Top 5: NBA Free Agents Still Available For Charlotte Hornets
With NBA free agency in full swing we take a look at the best possible targets still available for the Charlotte Hornets in the upcoming 2014-15 season.
Armed with between $15 and $19 million in cap space, GM Rich Cho and company will have plenty of room to bring in a difference maker.
(RFA) Gordon Hayward: Hayward might just be the perfect player for the Charlotte Hornets. He is a big wing player capable of scoring and facilitating the basketball. Despite having, statistically, his worst season shooting, he was one of only five players in the NBA last season to average at least 16 points, five rebounds, and five assists. Other players in his company were LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, and Michael Carter-Williams. Hayward has experience playing with Al Jefferson in Utah and would help space the floor and move the basketball around. His passing ability would be a major asset with the loss of Josh McRoberts. However, Hayward might be too expensive as the Jazz are reportedly ready to match any offer.
(UFA) Lance Stephenson: Stephenson is a polarizing shooting guard and would be a great fit in the Hornets’ starting lineup. His scoring ability would be a great addition to to Kemba and Big Al and his defense would fit right in with Coach Steve Clifford and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. However, Stephenson’s antics on and off the court might be too troublesome for a young team. Despite his potentially negative affect on the team chemistry, Stephenson could be too talented to pass up on if the price is right.
(RFA) Chandler Parsons: At 6-foot-9, Chandler Parsons is a big bodied forward who can also stretch the floor. His scoring, rebounding, and assist totals have all increased in each of his three seasons and at 25 years old he seems to be entering his prime. Parsons has a dependable jump shot along with the ability to score in the paint. As a restricted free agent, he would come at a hefty price and likely would be too expensive for Charlotte.
(RFA) Greivis Vasquez: There is currently no one backing up Kemba Walker at point guard but that is sure to change in the near future. At 6-6, Vasquez would provide a stark contrast to Kemba both and size and in play. Vasquez is a great passer and would greatly help Charlotte’s ball movement off the bench. Vasquez doesn’t have a great shot which might be troublesome for the Hornets as they need to find more reliable scorers besides Walker and Jefferson.
(UFA) Kirk Hinrich: Hinrich is a great shooter and an excellent defender, both high priorities for Coach Clifford. At 6-3, he has nice size and would be able to sub in or play alongside Walker when needed. However after a solid season with Chicago, Hinrich is likely looking for a starting job and might be hesitant to accept a backup role.
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