Charlotte Hornets Mailbag: Starting 5 Projections & 2014-15 Schedule Release

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It’s back again! Time for another edition of the Charlotte Hornets mailbag. Feel free to submit your questions throughout the week via Twitter. So, let’s fire it up:

Looks like you’re as excited about the start of the season as I am. The schedule should be released at some point in August. We’re close…hang in there!

We’ve talked about this a lot on Primetime in recent days and weeks. While I do think there will be a few headaches and hiccups along the way with Lance, I think the culture and locker room for the Hornets will keep him in check. I also think Lance is aware some of his antics hurt his perception around the league and cost him about $2-3 million per year over in a contract. His skills are a definite fit. As long as he tones down some of the behaviors on the court and accents the pieces already in place, it could be a smashing success.

That’s an interesting question. I do think if Hood was still on the board at that point, it would have given the Hornets pause and forced them long and hard to think what the pick would be. With that said, I think the Hornets really liked PJ and felt the risks of the pick were minimized at that pick in the draft. The Hornets are high on Hairston’s upside and I’m not sure the same potential exists long-term with Hood.

I think the roster is set barring a veteran center being available on the cheap. The Hornets are approaching the salary cap ceiling and would like to stay under the cap to remain flexible for any potential future signings or trades. Once you go over the cap, any trade must include approximate dollar-for-dollar salary exchanges amongst players involved. Would they like to do something about the depth at SG? Potentially, but they won’t deal a player like Gerald Henderson just for the sake of it. I think they see real value in the depth of this roster.

GREAT question. We had this discussion on the show last week. 1) Cleveland 2) Chicago 3) Toronto 4) Charlotte 5) Miami

PG – Kemba Walker SG – Lance Stephenson SF – Michael Kidd-Gilchrist PF – Marvin Williams C – Al Jefferson


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