4. Charlotte Hornets
The Hornets land at No. 4 on this list largely due to the amount of cap space they have to spend this summer. Charlotte should enter the offseason with roughly $20 million to spend if they’re so inclined.
It’s worth noting that point guard isn’t the most pressing position of need for Michael Jordan’s franchise. They signed Terry Rozier to a big-money deal last offseason and Devonte Graham has emerged as arguably their best player.
That means signing VanVleet would largely be a talent-based acquisition for Charlotte. His versatility to play either guard spot does mean he can really help the Hornets, but he’s not going to solve the team’s obvious need for an upgrade in frontcourt talent. It’s easy to envision a scenario where Christian Wood is actually the team’s top target in free agency.
That doesn’t change the fact that Charlotte enters this offseason with a clear mission to add high-end talent. If they can’t land Wood, then VanVleet will be the best player available to them by a wide margin. Signing him to a lucrative deal wouldn’t be an efficient expenditure by the Hornets front office, but that hasn’t stopped them before.