The Charlotte Hornets were one of the best stories of the 2013-2014 season. After finishing with a record of 21-61 in the 2012-2013 season (and that followed up a 7-59 season, the worst winning percentage in NBA history, in the previous season), the Hornets had a big 2013 offseason. They hired Steve Clifford to replace Mike Dunlap as head coach and signed former Boston Celtics, Minnesota Timberwolves and Utah Jazz big man Al Jefferson to a three-year, $41 million deal.
Jefferson proved to be one of the best signings of the year. 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 and led the Hornets to a record of 43-39 and their first playoff appearance since 2010.
The Hornets had big plans for the summer, but it seemed like they were thwarted when the Utah Jazz matched the four-year, $63 million offer sheet they signed Gordon Hayward to. The Hornets rebounded quickly, scooping up Jazz forward Marvin Williams and New Orleans Pelicans’ point guard Brian Roberts before adding their big fish – Indiana Pacers’ guard Lance Stephenson and it doesn’t look like they’re done.
According to Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders, the Hornets “should have one more transaction up their sleeve.”
The Charlotte Hornets have roughly $1.41 million remaining under the cap and still have Brian Roberts’ deal to finalize. Roberts’ deal is valued at the “room exception” so Charlotte appears to have structured things to get at the cap number, meaning they should have one more transaction up their sleeve.
Obviously, it won’t be a huge addition, but the Hornets could still acquire a nice role player to fill another need.