Hoops Rumors is breaking down the 2017 offseason for all 30 NBA teams, revisiting the summer’s free agent signings, trades, draft picks, departures, and more. We’ll evaluate each team’s moves from the last several months and look ahead to what the 2017/18 season holds for all 30 franchises. Today, we’re focusing on the Charlotte Hornets.
- Michael Carter-Williams: One year, $2.7MM.
- Julyan Stone: Two years, minimum salary. Second year non-guaranteed.
- Mangok Mathiang: Two-way contract. Two years, $50K guaranteed.
- Marcus Paige: Two-way contracts. One year, $50K guaranteed.
- Terry Henderson: One year, minimum salary. Exhibits nine and 10.
- Isaiah Hicks: One year, minimum salary. Exhibits nine and 10.
- Luke Petrasek: One year, minimum salary. Exhibits nine and 10.
- T.J. Williams: One year, minimum salary. Exhibits nine and 10.
- Acquired Dwight Howard and the No. 31 overall pick from the Hawks in exchange for Miles Plumlee, Marco Belinelli, and the No. 41 overall pick.
- Acquired the draft rights to Dwayne Bacon (No. 40 pick) and cash ($1.8MM) from the Pelicans in exchange for the draft rights to Frank Jackson (No. 31 pick).
- 1-11: Malik Monk — Signed to rookie contract.
- 2-40: Dwayne Bacon — Signed to three-year, minimum salary contract. Third year non-guaranteed.
- Marco Belinelli
- Miles Plumlee
- Brian Roberts
- Ramon Sessions (declined team option)
- Briante Weber (waived)
- Christian Wood
Other offseason news:
- Assistant general manager Chad Buchanan hired away by the Pacers.
Salary cap situation:
- Remained over the cap all offseason. Carrying approximately $116MM in guaranteed salary, pushing them close to the tax line.
- Portion of mid-level exception ($4.89MM) and full bi-annual exception ($3.29MM) still available.
Check out the Charlotte Hornets’ full roster and depth chart at RosterResource.com.
Story of the summer:
The Hornets followed up a feel-good return to relevance with an uninspired effort last season, leaving fans of the rebranded franchise wondering if the club’s brief dalliance with the postseason was anything more than a simple aberration.
In the wake of that 2016 playoff appearance, the club lost a handful of impactful veterans, won 12 fewer contests, and ultimately returned to the lottery wondering what went wrong.
This summer, then, served as a critical indicator of the club’s frame of mind heading forward, and it didn’t take long for general manager Rich Cho to make it loud and clear that he has no intention of blowing up the squad’s current core anytime soon.
The Hornets were aggressive this summer, pulling off one of the biggest heists of the offseason, drafting pragmatically, and generally supplementing their lineup with genuinely complementary players.
At a time when most fringe playoff squads with little cap flexibility might consider blowing things up and starting a new Process, that’s inspiring in itself.