NBA Rumors: Jeremy Lin, Al Jefferson not a big loss for Charlotte; Nicolas Batum says Hornets better with Marco Belinelli, Roy Hibbert

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Charlotte Hornets NBA 2016-2017 Season Preview: Nicolas Batum and the curious case of Marco Belinelli
Last season was a breakout for the Charlotte Hornets so much so that they offered Nicolas Batum as a maximum contract with hopes to duplicate their feat.

Jeremy Lin and Al Jefferson left the Charlotte Hornets via free agency this 2016 offseason. Nicolas Batum, one of the stars for the Hornets, has declared that both losses are not going to be missed with their own free agent acquisitions this summer.

In a recent interview, Batum talked about the contract situation for the Hornets last year and how it affected the play in Charlotte.

“(Fans) talked a lot about contracts, because of (so many) free agents. But we forgot about that and played for the team and for the city,” Batum said via The Charlotte Observer. “Contracts work themselves out.”

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Nicolas Batum earned a $120 million contract over five years from the Hornets after NBA rumors linked him to other teams like the Los Angeles Lakers and Dallas Mavericks. Batum decided to stay in Charlotte and he will be one of the top offensive options for the team alongside star point guard Kemba Walker.

Batum also commented on the loss of their former teammates, Jeremy Lin and Al Jefferson, who decided to sign with the Brooklyn Nets and Indiana Pacers, respectively.

“We lost Jeremy and Big Al and C-Lee, but we’ve got (Michael Kidd-Gilchrist) back. We’re getting Marco (Belinelli) and Big Roy (Hibbert), I think we got better,” Batum boldly claimed in the same article.

Jeremy Lin becomes a starting point guard in Brooklyn after playing behind as backup to Walker in Charlotte last season.

Lee went to the New York Knicks in free agency whie Belinelli and Hibbert were acquired via trade (Sacramento Kings) and free agency, respectively.

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Are the Hornets a better team without Jeremy Lin, Al Jefferson and Courtney Lee? All three were important pieces in the Hornets’ offensive system last season, when they made the NBA Playoffs.

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