The Charlotte Hornets have lots of job to do in the 2016 offseason with many of their players hitting free agency. The two most talked about free agents and involved in many NBA rumors are Nicolas Batum and Jeremy Lin, both of whom are among the top players in their respective positions this summer.
According to Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer, the team’s priority this free agency is to re-sign Batum, whom he pegged at 70% of staying with the team. Batum will reportedly be on the radar of some teams especially if they fail in the Kevin Durant sweepstakes. Batum is being linked to the Golden State Warriors and Dallas Mavericks, among other teams.
Meanwhile, Jeremy Lin is pegged at 40% to return to the Hornets. This must be because Lin has stated in previous interviews that he would prefer a starting and major role for his next NBA team. Some teams without a starting point guard and linked to Lin are the Brooklyn Nets, Chicago Bulls and Mavericks, among others.
Other free agents from the Hornets are veterans Marvin Williams, Al Jefferson and Courtney Lee. From the three, it looks like the Hornets will prefer Williams and Lee to stay and will let go of Jefferson, who has struggled with injuries the past two seasons.
Jeremy Lin returning to the Hornets remains low because Charlotte already has a star in the point guard position in Kemba Walker. Lin played some shooting guard for the Hornets last season but he lost some key minutes when Lee joined the team right around February and was out of the line-up to finish some games.