The Hornets are well on their way to being contenders in the near future. With rookies Anthony Davis and Austin Rivers and the potential re-signing of guard Eric Gordon, the Hornets have a solid young nucleus to build upon.
With a significant amount of cap room, the Hornets figure to be players in the free agency over the next few summers. Their main priority this season will be retaining Gordon while looking ahead to a more star-studded cast of free agents next year.
That doesn't mean the team couldn't benefit from taking a look at this year's crop of free agents in the hopes of supporting its young core.
The Hornets could use some upgrades at small forward and center, where Al-Farouq Aminu and Jason Smith are the incumbent starters, respectively. As a young team with a young head coach in Monty Williams, New Orleans could also use an infusion of veteran leadership to keep the kids from running amok.
I've pinpointed 10 players the team should take an interest in to help bolster a team that has a decent shot of returning to the playoffs this upcoming season. These 10 guys aren't household names like Deron Williams or Steve Nash, but they could have an impact on a Hornets team loaded with opportunities.
Here are the 10 players GM Dell Demps and the New Orleans Hornets should take a serious look at this summer.