The Charlotte Hornets (formerly the Bobcats) made arguably the most underrated offseason move last summer by signing Al Jefferson. Under the tutelage of first-year head coach Steve Clifford, Big Al made Third Team All-NBA and led Charlotte to its first playoff berth since 2010.
The team was vastly improved, but owner Michael Jordan intends on bringing in more big-name pieces to make his squad a legitimate contender.
“I always thought it was a great destination,” MJ said, per the The Charlotte Observer’s Rick Bonnell. “I think Big Al proved you can come here and make a big difference. Hopefully we can look at that and attract some other superstar.”
The Hornets are an upstart team that appears to be just one star away from competing for a championship. Whether Jordan and the rest of Charlotte’s front office can convince another “superstar” to hop on board, though, is up for debate.
Jefferson was wooed to Charlotte with a three-year, $40.5 million deal. Some viewed the signing as an overpay, but the veteran big man’s only year as a Bobcat proved those critics wrong.
Jefferson and Kemba Walker create a solid core, but future success will hinge on Jordan’s ability to persuade other talents to join the cause.