Outside of the Atlanta Hawks, the Charlotte Hornets may have had the best offseason out of any team in the Eastern Conference. Not only did they add two potential All-Stars to their roster but they made an upgrade over nearly every player they lost this fall.
The Hornets will be looking to make the Eastern Conference Playoffs this season, even if nobody in Charlotte says it out loud.
Hornets Offseason Additions
|LaMelo Ball||Draft (3rd)|
|Vernon Carey Jr.||Draft (32nd)|
|Nick Richards||Draft (42nd)|
|Grant Riller||Draft (56th)|
|Gordon Hayward||Sign-and-trade (BOS)|
- Gordon Hayward: Gordon Hayward wanted an expanded role after years of sacrificing for the benefit of Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown’s development. One of the most complete players in the NBA, Hayward immediately becomes the best player the Hornets have.
- LaMelo Ball: LaMelo Ball could be the future face of the franchise. A generational passing talent that could be East Coast version of Luka Doncic, Ball’s potential and career trajectory are so promising that he’s arguably the most important player on the roster.
Hornets Offseason Subtractions
|Dwayne Bacon||Free Agency (ORL)|
|Willy Hernangomez||Free Agency (NOP)|
|Nicolas Batum||Free Agency (LAC)|
|Kobi Simmons||Free Agency|
|Ray Spalding||Free Agency|
- Dwyane Bacon: Dwyane Bacon may not have put up eye-popping stats for the Charlotte Hornets in his time there but he was a mainstay in the rotation and provided valuable defense and 3-point shooting. Had he received more playing time, he would have likely demanded more consistent minutes.
- Willy Hernangomez: One of the Hornets’ other underused players due to a position logjam was Willy Hernangomez, a smooth low-post scorer and facilitator with great size for the center position at 6’11” and 250 pounds.