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Apologies for bumming outside Buzz City, however, the thing to say about the Hornets’ future could be that they have not traded any future picks away.
They are apparently sent by all conceivable offseason paths on a summer holiday to nowhere. Break the lender and you are probably paying the luxury tax to get a lottery team. Let him walk, and you are losing arguably the hottest player in franchise history. Splurge on him Jeremy Lamb, and you might be footing one of basketball’s biggest payrolls. Lose both Walker and Lamb, and also you aren’t currently returning anybody who averaged 11 points per game.
They ought to finally have some cap space in 2020, this summer When the Hornets pinch pennies. This has never been a destination that is free-agent, and a Walker departure will leave them without an All-Star recruiter to help lure top talent.
Cementing Charlotte to the spot? Its exciting prospects are Miles Bridges and Malik Monk. The former is a profession 37.4 percent shooter. The latter owns rookie averages of 6.8 points and 3.6 rebounds.
If those are the building blocks, the Hornets may be building a house of cards.
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