Over the years, the Charlotte Hornets have made some tough moves that fans do not like. With that in mind, Bleacher Report did an article on the worst free-agent signings of the last decade for each team.
As of late, Charlotte Hornets fans have been accustomed to questionable signings that end up not being popular. Even though the players played well a season before the signing, some of them disappointed fans when they were in Charlotte.
On Wednesday, Bleacher Report did an article on each team’s worst free-agent signing of the last decade. Upon reading this article, fans could be surprised at who was actually chosen as the team’s worst signing.
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Bleacher Report cited that Tyrus Thomas was the team’s worst signing. Many fans may have expected Nicolas Batum to be here, but there were extra things about Thomas that made him worst.
The Chicago Bulls selected Thomas in the 2006 NBA draft. He spent three and a half seasons in Chicago before being traded to the Bobcats (now Hornets). Thomas went on to average 10.1 points and 6.1 rebounds per game in 25 games with Charlotte.
Following the 2009-10 season, Charlotte signed Thomas to a 5-year $40 million contract. However, this contract did not end up working in Charlotte’s favor, as Thomas only started in 34 games with the team.
Thomas only managed to average 7.0 points and 4.0 rebounds per game after signing his massive deal. He continued by only shooting 40.8% from the floor during the post-signing time in Charlotte. Thomas also finished with a negative win-share in two of the three seasons he played in Charlotte with his huge contract.
Thomas’s time in Charlotte was so bad that the team actually used their one-time Amnesty Clause to wipe his contract from their salary cap after he was waived. The last time a team used the Amnesty Clause was after the 2011 NBA Lockout.
With signings like this in the past, the Charlotte Hornets can only look toward the future. After barely having cap space over the past few seasons, the Hornets will enter the 2020 offseason with about $30 million in cap space.