The Charlotte Hornets were the most improved team in basketball last season.
The Hornets, then the Bobcats, went 7-59 in the 2011-2012 season, posting the worst winning percentage in NBA history. In the 2012-2013 season, they went 21-61, the second-worst mark in the league (Orlando Magic).
Last year, the Hornets fired coach Mike Dunlap and hired former Orlando Magic and Los Angeles Lakers’ assistant coach Steve Clifford. They also made a big move in free agency, agreeing to a three-year, $41 million deal with Al Jefferson. The move was criticized by many, but Jefferson was absolutely fantastic. Jefferson averaged 21.8 points, 10.8 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.1 blocks per game while shooting 50.9% from the field and 69.0% from the free throw line last season, leading the Hornets to a 43-39 record and their firsst playoff appearance since 2010.
They are trying to make another big splash again this season and have been connected to the likes of Indiana Pacers’ guard Lance Stephenson and Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward. In fact, they inked Hayward to an offer sheet worth $63 million over four years but on Saturday, the Jazz decided to match the offer and retain Hayward.
According to Marc J. Spears of Yahoo sports, they have turned their attention to Utah Jazz free agent forward Marvin Williams.
RT @SpearsNBAYahoo: The Hornets are shifting their focus to Jazz free agent forward and former UNC star Marvin Williams, a source said.
— Libby Weihsmann (@LibbyWeihsmann) July 12, 2014
Their interest in Williams was reported earlier in the week,
Williams averaged 9.1 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game while shooting 43.9% from the field, 35.9% from three and 78.1% from the free throw line last season.