The continued buzz forming around the new Charlotte Hornets has grown increasingly louder after a wonderful 2014 draft haul. Now no longer associated with a stained Bobcats nickname that was synonymous with futility, the luck of this franchise has already begun to turn around.
With the first day of July comes NBA free agency, and Charlotte is armed with some cap space and is now quite the intriguing destination.
While every other team may be fantasizing about landing LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Superman, Air Bud or whoever else teams can think of, Charlotte would be wise to stay the course and go after the right guys. The Hornets can be one of those below-the-radar teams that we look at in the middle of August and think "wow, they really knew what they were doing!"
First-round picks Noah Vonleh and P.J. Hairston filled some big needs, as did the trade of second-round pick Dwight Powell and the $2 million left on Brendan Haywood's deal to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Alonzo Gee, which will clear up even more space.
Signing Al Jefferson was deemed questionable by many analysts last season, but he gave Charlotte a legitimacy and turned them into a playoff team. This is an up-and-coming roster with a great head coach in Steve Clifford, some great basketball minds within the organization such as Michael Jordan and Patrick Ewing, and a fanbase truly excited to embrace the new brand. Charlotte should have no trouble luring free agents.
Let's get into it. Here are some bodies that Charlotte should look to go after on the open market.
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