The Charlotte Hornets are coming off one of the most successful seasons in franchise history. The Hornets went 48-34 last year, which was a 15-game improvement over the previous year and finished sixth in the Eastern Conference.
The team was good on both ends of the court last season, finishing 11th in scoring and ninth in scoring defense. In addition to those figures, Hornets also had the ninth best offensive rating and eight best defensive rating per Basketball Reference.
The Hornets also finished with the fewest turnovers in the NBA season with just 12.6 a game. However, the Hornets lost to the Miami Heat in the first round of the 2016 NBA Playoffs, marking the third time straight time the Hornets have lost in the opening round of the playoffs.
The Hornets currently in a tricky situation, they may be a good team but not yet a title contender The team’s chance to turn itself into title contenders is somewhat limited since the team is largely dependent at bringing back their own free agents.
The team needs to make their decision early this summer as they have just six players under contract for the upcoming season, which means that they will have eight possible players to re-sign when the free agency period begins on July 1.
Jeremy Lin announced that he will decline his player option. As a result, Lin will join Nicolas Batum, Tyler Hansbrough, Al Jefferson, Courtney Lee, and Marvin Williams as unrestricted free agents this summer plus restricted free agents Jorge Gutierrez and Troy Daniels.
Some analysts believe that the Hornets could get a more efficient point guard than Jeremy Lin if the Asian-American guard decides to leave and play elsewhere.
Lin is reportedly no longer a big deal for the Hornets and they can always make a good replacement for the backup PG position in the free agency market. Players like the Cleveland Cavaliers’ Matthew Dellavedova and the Philadelphia Sixers’ point guard Isaiah Canaan could be a good fit in Charlotte due to their perimeter shooting and ability to run the team.
The 6-foot-4 Matthew Dellavedova scored a season-high 20 points on 7-of-10 shooting in a 108–86 win over the Philadelphia 76ers during the season. Meanwhile, Canaan recorded a career-high of 31 points and eight three-pointers in a 123–118 overtime game against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
In addition, Tyler Johnson, Dwight Howard, Dion Waiters, and Trevor Booker have also been considered as possible targets for the Charlotte Hornets this summer.
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