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Apologies for bumming out Buzz City, but the best thing to say about the Hornets’ future could be that they have not traded any future picks.
All offseason paths that are conceivable send them . Break the bank to keep Kemba Walker, and you’re likely paying the luxury tax to get a lottery team. Allow him to walk, and you’re losing arguably the most popular player in franchise history. Splurge on him and Jeremy Lamb, and you could be footing one of the most important payrolls of basketball. Lose both Walker and Lamb, and also you are not currently returning anybody who averaged even 11 points each match.
They should have some cover area in 2020 this summer if the Hornets pinch pennies. This has never been a free-agent destination, and a Walker passing will leave them without an recruiter.
Cementing Charlotte to the spot? Its most exciting prospects are Miles Bridges and Malik Monk. The former is a career 37.4 percent shooter. The latter possesses rookie averages of 6.8 points and 3.6 rebounds.
If those are the building blocks, then the Hornets might be constructing a house of cards.
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