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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.