Here we are on the eve of the official signing period for Free Agency and literally. . . . where is the buzz? Before the free agency period kicked off, Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan spoke up, promising that he would add a “superstar” to match the prior years delivery of “Big” Al Jefferson. But it seems the checks that Jordan’s mouth wrote did not impress any Free Agents.
Until late Tuesday night/Wednesday morning. Gordon Hayward of the Utah Jazz signed a 4 year, $63 million dollar contract with the team. A lot of people have mixed feelings over that, wondering if he is worth that kind of money. But, it seems the Utah Jazz will match the offer.
Jordan and GM Rich Cho struck out in there pursuit of former Brooklyn Nets PG Shaun Livingston. Livingston would have provided a veteran, heady guard to play behind and along side rising Charlotte Hornets PG Kemba Walker. The buzz on the courting of Indiana Pacers SG Lance Stephenson has cooled considerably. Although the Pacers low balling efforts suggest that the Hornets are still in the game. The latest disappointment comes in the form of the free agent acquisition of power forward Josh McRoberts by “Don” Pat Riley of the Miami Heat.
Josh McRoberts is a player that Hornets upper management stressed was a necessary “keep” for the teams future success. A favorite of Coach Steve Clifford, the Hornets often ran offense through McBob and his skill-set fit perfectly with Big Al’s old school, footwork dominant, low post heavy game. McBob posted a 4:1 assist to turnover ratio last season. McRoberts’ agent, Mike Conley Sr., told the Charlotte Observer that the Heat offered a contract slightly more than the Charlotte Hornets’ best offer. How is that possible for a team operating as if it is already over the cap and utilizing the mid-level and biannual exceptions when the Hornets are swimming in cap space?
Are there any “superstars” left for Jordan and Cho to add? LeBron, Melo, Bosh? No chance. the latest news suggests there is a new target that the Hornets have targeted to replace McBob’s 8.5 points and 4.8 rebounds per game. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, the Charotte Hornets are interested in acquiring free agent forward Marvin Williams , who spent last season with the Utah Jazz. I know what you’re thinking. Why? But lets take a look at Williams’ career numbers of 10.8 points and 5 rebounds per game. Serviceable? Sure. Superstar? Uh…..
Is Gordon Hayward a Superstar? Even if he is, it is not certain that he will be on the team next year quite yet, as the Utah Jazz have the ability to match the offer.
Where is the buzz? Is Gordon Hayward the buzz you were expecting?
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