In a season where the Charlotte Hornets were without Miles Bridges and lost LaMelo Ball to a fractured ankle, scoring the ball became a real problem. Finishing the season as the worst offensive team in the NBA, it’s evident that Mitch Kupchak needs to improve the Hornets’ depth this summer.
Fortunately, the Hornets have multiple avenues they can explore when looking to add fresh talent to their team during the offseason, with a primary option being their$12.2 million Non-Taxpayer Mid-Level Exception. Armed with a substantial MLE, the Hornets should feel confident about adding a genuine difference-maker to their roster this summer.
However, being able to spend the money and spending it wisely are two different things. Charlotte will need to locate a veteran that truly wants to help the Hornets develop and become a team that’s fighting to make it into the postseason while also accepting whatever role is given to them. Furthermore, whoever the Hornets acquire will need to be a talented scorer to help ease some of the burden on the shoulders of LaMelo, Terry Rozier, and PJ Washington.
Enter Seth Curry – a lifelong Hornets fan with genuine ties to the franchise.
Seth Curry would consider joining the Charlotte Hornets’
During a recent interview with Sam Albuquerque of the Greenville News, Seth Curry discussed whether he would be open to joining the Charlotte Hornets and following in his father’s footsteps.
"“You always think about it,” Curry said. “Growing up a Hornets fan, watching my dad play, you always think about one of us wearing that No. 30 Hornets jersey in the modern era. But like I always say, you never know in this league….”I’ve always loved the Hornets. If I wasn’t in the league that would be my favorite team… so we’ll see what happens”"
Dell Curry spent 10 seasons with the Charlotte Hornets between 1988 and 1998, playing in 701 regular-season games, averaging 14 points, 2.9 rebounds, and 2 assists per game while shooting 40.5% from deep. So, it would be a cool twist to see Seth join the Hornets roster, donning the same jersey number as his dad, and knocking down movement threes to help improve his childhood team’s chances of success.
For the past four seasons, Seth Curry has been earning an average of $8 million per year, which would easily fit inside the Hornets’ MLE while leaving a slender margin to try and add another veteran. From a personal standpoint, Curry enjoyed a respectable season for the Brooklyn Nets in 2022-23, averaging 9.2 points, 1.6 rebounds, and 1.6 assists.
If the Hornets could acquire the 32-year-old sharpshooter on a team-friendly deal, then it makes sense for Mitch Kupchak to explore avenues to make that happen. After all, you can never have too much perimeter offense in the modern NBA, and Curry would be a player who would take pride in representing the City of Charlotte and the state of South Carolina.