NBA rumors are circulating that the Charlotte Hornets are said to be targeting Hassan Whiteside to play for their team next season.
The rumors started when the Hornets where beaten by the Miami Heat in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference playoff series. Hassan Whiteside caught the attention of the team after establishing an outstanding performance on the offensive and defensive ends.
Miami Heat will be having a salary cap issue once Whiteside’s contract expires in the end of the season. With his current performance, he is expected to demand a maximum salary.
According to a report from The Charlotte Observer, during a 30-minute interview to wrap up the seasons, Hornets head coach Steve Clifford frequently used the words “rebounding and “physicality” when he asked about the areas that his team need to improve. With this, the Hornets could probably be thinking of the possibility of acquiring Whiteside in the free agency market.
Hassan Whiteside established an average of 11.4 rebounds and 3.4 blocks in their seven-game series against the Hornets. Those numbers are undeniably the missing pieces that coach Steve Clifford is looking for his team. Signing a young player who has enough intensity and skills to match with NBA veterans is a good investment for the Hornets.
Based on a previous report, five Hornets players are set to become free agent in upcoming off-season, including Jeremy Lin, Nic Batum, Marvin Williams, Al Jefferson and Courtney Lee. If they want to acquire Whiteside, they need to let go at least two of their free agents in order to have enough salary cap once Whiteside signs for their team.
The question now is if the Charlotte Hornets are willing to free one or two players who became part of their achievement this season. Since they confirmed that Nic Batum was the top priority among the team’s free agents, they should have an intense study on who among Lee, Lin, Williams and Jefferson will stay with the team and who will play for another franchise next season.
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