Apr 23, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Charlotte Bobcats head coach Steve Clifford looks on against the Miami Heat in game two during the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Free Agency: Charlotte Hornets must make a move

The NBA free agency period begins when the clock strikes midnight tonight, and it looks to be filled with lots of drama.

LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh all opted out of their contracts with the Miami Heat, and that caused a lot of reaction around the league. Carmelo Anthony also opted out of his contract with the New York Knicks, and many think his days in Madison Square Garden might be coming to an end.

In Charlotte, the big name everyone wants to see come back next year is Josh McRoberts, who opted out of his contract. It has been reported that McRoberts wants to remain with the Charlotte Hornets, so it is likely he returns next year.

The Charlotte Hornets have already added 2 players from the NBA Draft in Noah Vonleh and P.J. Hairston. Although they are both great, young and talented players, Charlotte isn’t done yet.

Michael Jordan has said he plans to add another super-star to the team like he did when the team signed Al Jefferson in free agency last year. If the Charlotte Hornets plan on going deeper in the NBA Playoffs next season, Michael Jordan must follow through with that promise.

Lance Stephenson, Chandler Parsons, Gordon Hayward, and Luol Deng are among the players the Charlotte Hornets are rumored to be pursuing. Lance Stephenson might be the only one who might deserve a max-contract, but many think that Lance isn’t worth the big contract.

I like Lance Stephenson the best, and I discussed that in a recent article. You can read that article by clicking on this link.

Gordon Hayward is an intriguing possibility, as the Utah Jazz might not want him back next year. The Jazz drafted 2 wing players in the NBA Draft (Dante Exum and Rodney Hood) and they already have Trey Burke and Alec Burks. Utah is trying to rebuild with younger talent, and Gordon Hayward might be on the way out if that is true.

Yes, that might sound a bit crazy. Gordon Hayward isn’t old! He’s 24! But there might be the chance the Utah Jazz decide to rebuild and start from scratch with the core of Trey Burke, Dante Exum, and Rodney Hood.

Chandler Parsons’ potential suitors have been rumored to be the Minnesota Timberwolves, Los Angeles Lakers, Chicago Bulls, Dallas Mavericks, and the Houston Rockets. So for now the Charlotte Hornets aren’t on of the favorites unless they can offer Parsons a bigger contract than everyone else. But that is highly unlikely and might not be worth it.

Out of all of these players, Luol Deng might be the easiest to get. He is the only player that his current team (Cleveland Cavaliers) isn’t interested in bringing him back. Luol Deng is literally a “free” agent.

Luol Deng went to college at Duke, so coming back to play for the Charlotte Hornets might be appealing for him. Some also question the development of Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, so Deng might be able to step into the starting lineup right away. Charlotte also will likely be in the NBA playoffs next year, which could be another sales pitch to Luol Deng.

All of these players would fit great with the Charlotte Hornets. If the Hornets want to take another step in the right direction, they MUST sign at least one of these players. Charlotte has some money to spend, as they have a little over $23 million in cap space as of right now, which is the 7th most in the NBA.

What do you think? Who should the Charlotte Hornets pursue? Let your voice be heard in the comment section below!

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