In the 2013 offseason, the Charlotte Hornets (then-Bobcats) made a huge splash in free agency, signing former Boston Celtics, Minnesota Timberwolves and Utah Jazz big man Al Jefferson to a three-year, $41 million deal. Jefferson helped propel the Bobcats back into the postseason for the first time since 2010 and owner Michael Jordan vowed to improve upon that success. This offseason, they have struck deals with former New Orleans Pelicans’ point guard Brian Roberts, Utah Jazz forward Marvin Williams and Indiana Pacers’ guard Lance Stephenson.
Jabari Davis of Basketball Insiders loves what the Hornets have done and doesn’t believe they are done.
I’ve been thoroughly impressed by the Hornets and the work they’ve done this offseason. Not sure whether MJ has fully exercised his FO demons or simply (finally) surrounded himself with the right basketball minds that aren’t afraid to say “no” to him, but they’ve got a good thing going in Charlotte. Vonleh/Hairston/Stephenson/Williams/Roberts is a NICE summer if you ask me, but I guess they could always look to do a bit more damage. Brian Roberts’ addition may put them out of the Sessions sweepstakes, but I do think he was a good fit in a reserve role for them prior to being dealt. As much as I like Henderson, I’m not sure he’s opting out of that final year unless a larger option is out there. I remember hearing his name being floated a couple times over the last couple seasons, but either the Hornets genuinely like him or couldn’t find the right suitor to make a deal. With Lance’s addition and Hairston behind him, he’s completely expendable at this point, if you ask me. I expect to hear his name brought up once again, and wouldn’t be shocked if he were moved by the deadline, if not prior to the season.
Stephenson averaged 13.8 points, 7.2 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game this season while shooting 49.1% from the field, 35.2% from beyond the arc and 71.1% from the charity stripe in the regular season. In the postseason, he put up 13.6 points, 6.9 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game. 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. Roberts averaged 9.4 points, 3.3 assists and 1.9 rebounds per game while shooting 42.0% from the floor, 36.0% from beyond the arc and 94.0% from the free throw last season.