The Charlotte Hornets are in store for a crazy off-season.
Everyone was shocked to see Noah Vonleh fall to the Hornets at the number 9 pick. Al Jefferson and Noah Vonleh have the potential to become one of the best front-courts in the NBA.
In addition to Vonleh, the Hornets also drafted former UNC star P.J. Hairston, who for the most part was a very popular pick. If the whole city of Charlotte was excited before about the name change back to the Charlotte Hornets, they have got to be ecstatic now. Not only do they have a fancy new logo and uniforms, but they got a good team to go along with it.
Although the Hornets look to have a promising season next year, they have made it clear they are not done yet. Team owner Michael Jordan has said he plans to add another “super-star” to the team like they did when they signed Al Jefferson last season.
Who are the potential free agents the Charlotte Hornets might pursue? Lance Stephenson, Chandler Parsons, and Gordon Hayward have came up as possibilities. Before the draft Greg Monroe and Pau Gasol were potential candidates, but after the Noah Vonleh pick those rumors are dead at this point.
All of those players would fit great with Charlotte (Stephenson, Parsons, and Hayward) but one of them sticks out to me, and that is Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson.
Lance Stephenson averaged 13 points per game last season, 7 rebounds, and 4 assists. Stephenson also led the entire NBA in triple doubles.
Not only was Lance Stephenson a great player for the Indiana Pacers, but he was also well-liked. A huge majority of Pacers’ fans said Lance was one of their favorite players on the team, and he brought energy and a swagger to Indiana. Lance Stephenson even blew in LeBron James’ ear to try to get into his head:
But is Lance Stephenson worth a max-contract?
Is he worth a max-contract to a team like the Miami Heat? No, probably not. But is he worth it to the Charlotte Hornets?
The city of Charlotte is thirsty for a good pro-basketball team again. Last season the Charlotte Bobcats were able to make the playoffs, but besides that the Bobcats never had much success. One of the main reasons being that they never had a star player on the roster until they signed Al Jefferson and drafted Kemba Walker.
Al Jefferson and Kemba Walker are a nice duo, but they can only take you so far. The Charlotte Hornets need a third star to go along with them. Lance Stephenson is that player.
Lance Stephenson has said he would like to stay with the Indiana Pacers, but Charlotte has an advantage over Indiana. The Hornets can offer Lance more money, and the chance to play for Michael Jordan.
The Charlotte Hornets are going to have a good season next year whether they sign Lance Stephenson or not. But if they want to take another step and go deeper into the NBA playoffs, they need to sign Stephenson. If a max-contract is what it takes to sign Lance, then that’s what Michael Jordan and the Hornets need to do.
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