Hornets Notes: Biyombo, Batum, Hayward, Offense

The Hornets used some of their available cap space to re-sign reserve center Bismack Biyombo to a one-year contract worth $3.5MM, and also gave first-year salaries of $1.5MM to center Vernon Carey Jr. and $1MM to forward Nick Richards, Bobby Marks of ESPN tweets. Marks goes on to note that the Hornets, who still have about $4MM in available cap space, will also be able to use their $4.8M room exception to add an additional player if they so choose.

There’s more out of Charlotte:

  • After forward Nicolas Batum signed a veteran’s minimum deal with the Clippers when the Hornets waived him, Charlotte stands to save $559,528 spread out over the three-year duration of his stretched contract, per ESPN’ s Bobby Marks (via Twitter).
  • The robust $120MM, four-year contract of new Hornets forward Gordon Hayward has a 15% trade kicker baked into it, Michael Scotto of HoopsHype tweets. This would make the end of his deal, already thought to be exorbitant for a player with his injury history and age, even more expensive if he’s moved.
  • Following a breakout scoring season with the Hornets in 2019/20, guard Devonte’ Graham is in favor of a more balanced offensive attack incorporating new additions Hayward and LaMelo Ball, even though that means Graham’s looks could decrease, Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer reports.
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14 thoughts on “Hornets Notes: Biyombo, Batum, Hayward, Offense

    • joeyrocafella

      What do you base that on? How do you know that Devonte isn’t becoming a great player and this is how he starts? What player comes directly into the NBA and is already scoring 25 PPG? Maybe 2 or 3 every 10 years. Calm down with your silly statement please

    • Appalachian_Outlaw

      That’s false, Curtis. Devonte has two years in the league and he improved his shooting without a ton of help on last year’s team. If Hayward is healthy, that’s going to only help. If Ball is as advertised (and I do have doubts), that only helps. What are you basing your opinion on?

  1. illowa

    adam morrison, frank kaminsky, one the zellers, and bringing in gordan hayward. what am i missing? the search for the next larry bird or what?

    • joeyrocafella

      Uhhhhhhhhh you’re definitely missing something. So a few white guys get drafted in the first round and automatically it’s the search for the next Larry Bird? Morrison, Kaminsky and Zeller were all very established and winning college basketball players. Jordan wanted to draft players that had experience rather than freshman that needed developing. Let’s just go down the list of the non-white players he also drafted in the first round so that you don’t think this is some kind of conspiracy:

      LaMelo
      PJ Washington
      Malik Monk
      MKG
      Kemba
      Gerald Henderson
      DJ Augustin
      Emeka
      Raymond Felton

      This comment is silly

      • bravesfan88
        bravesfan88

        The article said the 15% was backed into it, so I’m guessing that means it depends on how much cooling time is left??

  2. bravesfan88
    bravesfan88

    At the very least, Charlotte is assembling together a pretty young and talented roster. Even if the pieces dont exactly fit perfectly together, they do have a talented young core moving forward..

    Guards: Ball, Graham, Rozier, Monk
    Wings/SF: Hayward, Bridges, Martin Brothers
    Bigs: PJ Washington, Carey, Zeller, McDaniels, Biyombo, Richards

    I think they have a solid core of 8-10 pretty good players, so if they can grow together maybe Charlotte can finally work it’s way out of the bottom of the East..

    • bravesfan84

      I agree. It is going to be interesting how Rozier fits in. A lot of money for a backup PG.

      • Curtisrowe

        Rozier didn’t like getting fewer minutes than Kyrie and Smart in Boston.

    • joeyrocafella

      I think this is accurate. With the addition of LaMelo and Heyward I think this team is already a 6 or 7 seed this coming season. If they start to mesh a little bit and start playing cohesively I think they can even be a 5.

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