NBA Rumors: With Jeremy Lin gone, Hornets looking for new backup point guard

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NBA Rumors: With Jeremy Lin gone, Hornets looking for new backup point guard

The Charlotte Hornets have re-signed Nicolas Batum and Marvin Williams to long-term deals but they also lost Al Jefferson, Courtney Lee, and Jeremy Lin. Out of the three, Lin is the one that does not have an in-house replacement.

Charlotte acquired Marco Belinelli from the Kings to replace Lee while Spencer Hawes, Frank Kaminsky, and Cody Zeller can fill in for Jefferson. On the other hand, the Hornets do not have a backup point guard. Who can they sign to replace Jeremy Lin?

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According to the NBA Free Agent Tracker, the Hornets have a bunch of options to choose from. However, they need someone to replace Lin’s 11.7 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 3.0 assists, as well as his energy and ability to draw defenses, primarily off the bench. Let’s take a look at some of the Hornets’ options.

Norris Cole
Cole plays like Lin, in terms of being at his best as a pick-and-roll facilitator and acceptable three-point shooting. He was also a quality backup point guard for the Miami Heat wherein he gained valuable playoff experience and two NBA championships.

Ty Lawson
Lawson is just a year removed from averaging 15.2 points, 3.1 rebounds, 9.6 assists and 1.2 steals. He had a horrendous season with the Houston Rockets and Indiana Pacers that started with his fourth DUI arrest. He is a high-risk, high-reward player, who’s not looking for a long-term deal but an opportunity to show what he can do.

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Jarrett Jack
The Brooklyn Nets waived Jack, who is still recovering from knee surgery. He is also ready to go when training camp starts. The 32-year-old can play a similar role he had with the Warriors back in the 2012-13 season, for the Hornets.      

Seth Curry
Curry is a restricted free agent for the Kings but they might not be willing to match any offers he signs. The 25-year-old can shoot, though not better than his older brother. He is also from Charlotte which would make this a homecoming.

  • fturla

    Potential backup point guards for the Charlotte hornets:
    Seth Curry – If you can lock him up for four years at less than 25 million total with the last two years at the team’s option as unguaranteed money then he would be a value buy that can be trained to be a combo guard in the long run. The kings are hesitant in keeping him so the bid is less than a long shot and should be considered.
    Jarrett Jack – Presently injured and is questionable if he can perform at the level prior to injuring his knee. Don’t take the risk until he has a few months after surgery to even consider him. There are too many viable free agents that can perform as well if his performance is hindered by health.
    Ty Lawson – Can only be viable in the Nuggets style of play. Fast transition or slow paced basketball seems too challenging for him. What does he expect for himself and what type of plays does he perform the best? This is a puzzle that may cost a team playoff contention so avoid him if you can’t risk his massive drop in player efficiency and performance overall.
    Norris Cole – yes of the lot mentioned, he appears to be the best bet to hold down the fort as a support point guard. But overall in comparison to Jeremy Lin, he is at least a 30% drop in performance across the board. Other team mates can supplement some lack of play but unless he can explode in generating his own scoring and court awareness then Kemba Walker will need to have another all-star season to generate the possible games lost if the bench scores less than last year.

  • fturla

    Too late for Seth Curry. The Hornets could have gotten him easily from the Kings since the latest bid was for a two year deal at six million from the Dallas Mavericks. I was proposing a longer four year deal with any numbers below 25 million. Since he’s shooting 45% from three point range with competent stats given more playing time, this was definitely a lost opportunity for the Hornets. Maybe they will attempt to get him in the future but is Charlotte watching this dude or will he slip away from them? Dallas now has a viable team that can compete for a playoff spot now with Bogut, Barnes, and many of the remaining roster from the previous season.