Hornets Notes: Drummond, Draft, Batum

The Pistons‘ asking price for Andre Drummond would have to be pretty low for the Hornets to trade for the center, Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer contends. The scribe believes that Charlotte shouldn’t part with young players or serious draft capital to acquire Drummond in part, because of the risk that he would just leave next summer in free agency.

Here’s more from Charlotte:

  • In the same piece, Bonnell argues that the Hornets shouldn’t worry about tanking or making strategic moves to secure a better chance at a high pick in the lottery. Charlotte has several young pieces and it’s more important to develop them — if the team wins a few more games as a result, so be it.
  • Nicolas Batum has a massive contract ($25.5MM this season) and surely, it’s player-friendly but that doesn’t mean the wing doesn’t have value to the Hornets, Bonnell writes in a separate piece. Teammate Marvin Williams believes Batum is the most versatile player on the roster. “On both ends he has always brought a calm and a steadiness to our team, as long as he has been here,” Williams said. “He is so reliable at making plays other guys just can’t make.”
  • Batum’s deal has two seasons left on it and it’s unlikely that the Hornets trade him before the contract expires, Bonnell adds in that same piece. The wing will make $27.1MM next season, assuming he picks up his player option.
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9 thoughts on “Hornets Notes: Drummond, Draft, Batum

  1. Buckman

    Not sure why Drummond would want to go to another noncontender. I know he doesn’t shoot the 3 but he does have an inside game and in the modern NBA its about dunks and 3s. In a setting where he is surrounded by outside shooters he could excel.

      • x%sure

        Drummond’s enthusiasm makes a big difference to his valuation. He could slack and it would be hard to specify!€

  2. Buckman

    Good point but he has made $82 mill so far so if he wants to win a championship this might be a good time to be selective.

  3. I think it’s quote simple. Detroit has to decide if offer him a max, or not.
    Of they think he deserves a max, no trade is possible.
    If they don’t want to give him the max, they MUST trade him very low, so a Marvin Williams+Cody zeller+1st*+monk could be enough
    * Obiouvsly Charlotte with drummond will go to Playoffs, so a 1st wouldn t be a lottery

    PS the most probable i Guess is a sign and trade in july

  4. I think it’s quote simple. Detroit has to decide if offer him a max, or not.
    Of they think he deserves a max, no trade is possible.
    If they don’t want to give him the max, they MUST trade him very low, so a Marvin Williams+Cody zeller+1st*+monk could be enough
    * Obiouvsly Charlotte with drummond will go to Playoffs, so a 1st wouldn t be a lottery

    PS the most probable i Guess is a sign and trade in july

  5. Batum is one of the the worst deals in the league. He’s on a touch under 30 mil and gives you the production of a average rookie. Atleast CP3 is talented, Wiggins still has potential, John Wall was an all star and when he returns from his injury will still be one of the leagues better passers

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