Michael Jordan told the entire fan base he wanted to make a splash in free agency this year.
He most definitely tried by offering Gordon Hayward a max deal. Utah said all along they would match any offer to Hayward and they weren’t bluffing.
In fact it really leaves only one in Lance Stephenson.
I’ll be the first to admit I was totally opposed to signing Lance with the likes of Parsons and Hayward available but after watching our two prized rookies struggle in the summer league I fear team regression. I guess regression wouldn’t be the appropriate term, but I don’t want to turn stagnant. The moves in free agency this year have helped the Cavs and Wizards. The return of a healthy Derrick Rose and addition of Pau Gasol has increased the Bulls stock and the Heat aren’t going to be a roll-over, even with the loss of LeBron. Multiple reports during free agency stated only the Hornets, Mavericks, and Pacers were serious in bringing aboard the 23 year old shooting guard. With Dallas signing Parsons and Stephenson already turning down a 5 year 44 million dollar offer it seems the Hornets could be in prime position to offer Lance Stephenson a deal he can’t refuse.
Now, what kind of deal should the Hornets offer Lance Stephenson?
I look at it like this. Stephenson is that hot girl that a lot of other guys want, but they know she’s been a bit crazy in her past. Is she someone you totally invest in because you know how compatible you could be? Does her baggage scare you away?
I say meet in the middle. Don’t commit long term, I mean who commits long term at first anyway. Offer a 2 year deal worth about 10 mil per. Treat Lance the same way LeBron James worked his current deal with the Cavs. With the new TV deal set to increase the league salary cap in two years it makes it optimal for both sides. If Lance doesn’t mature, he is off our hands in a relatively short amount of time. If he flourishes, he’s still young enough to get a true max deal and with a good team around him, might give the Hornets a hometown discount.
Lance Stephenson is a boom or bust type of player. He’s had off court and on court issues during his career, but he brings an edge this team could really use. He could put us over the edge with his all around game. Let me know what you think in the comment section below!
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