Bobcats head coach Steve Clifford believes that three factors decide where free agents will sign, writes Rick Bonnell of The Charlotte Observer. Clifford said they were, “Money, of course… Who you play with… And can I win?” Charlotte, Clifford notes, comes out well in all those areas. The team could have up to $19MM in salary-cap space this summer, a good locker room atmosphere, and their improvement from 21 victories in 2012/13 to 43 this season shows a franchise on the upswing, per the article.
More out of Charlotte:
- Clifford doubled down on his support for the return of soon-to-be free agent Josh McRoberts, saying the team needs him back, Bonnell notes (on Twitter).
- Bonnell also tweets that president of basketball operations Rod Higgins said that improving the team’s perimeter shooting will be a priority this offseason.
- We won’t be referring to the team as the Bobcats for much longer, tweets Bonnell. The nickname change back to the Hornets will become official in a “couple of weeks,” Bobcats spokesman Mike Cristaldi said, per Bonnell.