If reports are true, beyond a shadow of a doubt, Gordon Hayward will be retained by the Utah Jazz. If the Hornets ever considered that the Jazz were deadset on keeping him, they obviously didn’t care. Maybe the Charlotte Hornets just wanted to send a message that they’re ready to payout a hefty contract to get who they want. Nobody goes hard like Michael Jordan.
Unless they are currently living under a rock, Lance & others are now realizing how high they’re potential paydays could be. Teams like the Pacers were able to wean these players into comfortable roles under a solid infrastructure. Those four years under a rookie contract are going to, literally, pay off. However, smaller, unnoticed transactions often provide the most mileage. When Charlotte flipped Hakeem Warrick for Josh McRoberts, no one batted an eyelash. Now he’s making bank on the Eastern Conference favorite. The times are a-changing. Here are some suggestions for the Hornets:
Ramon Sessions is the grand conqueror of getting to the free throw line. It is uncanny. Of course, the best part about that is it’s more rest time for the first unit. He provides stability for the offense. It’s not a multi-million dollar contract of the magnitude of Hayward’s, but a good pick-up, nonetheless.
The Miami Heat collapsed in the Finals. The overall strength of their roster was exposed and they went home empty-handed. The importance of deals like this goes beyond dollar amounts. Sometimes, there are things you can’t teach. Sessions has those things. He’s not dazzling, but an upgrade over Luke Ridnour.
Troy Daniels went from Charlotte’s summer league team to knocking down huge shots for the Houston Rockets in less than a season. It could be worthwhile for the Hornets to take another look. Of course, much of this depends on whether or not the Rockets will utilize their team option on Daniels. Still, it would be interesting to see if he can continue his hot streak from last season’s playoffs.
Daniels didn’t feel much pressure under the playoff spotlight. According to NBA.com, Daniels made 3 shots a game from beyond the arc in the month of April. His playing time was sparse, but that ‘s rising to the occasion when your number’s called.