Before the NBA free agency period started, Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan came out and said that he plans to add another “super-star” to the team like he did last year when the team signed Al Jefferson.
Well, it seems that Jordan might not be able to follow through with that promise.
Lance Stephenson was probably the biggest name on the Charlotte Hornets radar, but it seems unlikely he will sign with Charlotte.
I increasingly get the sense Hornets are unlikely to land a big-fish free agent in this class.
— Rick Bonnell (@rick_bonnell) July 3, 2014
Gordon Hayward was also rumored to be on the Hornets radar, but it seems he will be returning to the Utah Jazz. Utah has said they intend to match any offer placed on Hayward.
Luol Deng seems more interested in joining a championship contending team, not a up-and-coming team like the Charlotte Hornets.
Charlotte already has a good roster for next season, so it’s not the end of the world if they cannot sign a big name free agent, but they need to do everything they can to sign someone in order to take another step and go deeper into the NBA Playoffs. Right now the Charlotte Hornets top priority is re-signing Josh McRoberts, and even that isn’t as likely as we were all anticipating it to be. McRoberts has drawn a lot of interest from other teams.
Although it is unlikely at this point, the Hornets are still one of the potential landing spots for Lance Stephenson:
Lance Stephenson & Pacers at impasse. Indy offers 5 yrs/$44 million. Lance wants more, will talk to others. Chi, LAL, Hornets interested.
— TheNBALegion™ (@TheNBALegion) July 2, 2014
I highly doubt Lance Stephenson will go to the Los Angeles Lakers, but the Chicago Bulls are a likely destination if they cannot get Carmelo Anthony. The Charlotte Hornets would be able to offer more money to Lance than Chicago, so the Hornets are still a possibility. Money is important to Lance, but he said he also wants to sign with a contender, or an up-and-coming team. The Charlotte Hornets can offer both of those things, money, and that they are an up-and-coming team.
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