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Apologies for bumming outside Buzz City, however, the thing to say about the Hornets’ future might be that no prospective picks have been traded away by them.
They are seemingly sent by all conceivable offseason paths on a summer holiday to nowhere. Break the lender to keep Kemba Walker, and you are probably paying the luxury tax for a lottery team. Allow him to walk, and you are losing arguably the hottest player in franchise history. Splurge on him and Jeremy Lamb, and you could be footing among basketball’s biggest payrolls. Lose Walker and Lamb, and no one who averaged 11 points per game is being returned by you.
They ought to eventually have some cover area in 2020, this summer When the Hornets pinch pennies. Obviously, this has never been a destination, and a Walker departure would leave them without an All-Star recruiter.
Cementing Charlotte into the bottom spot? Its exciting prospects are Malik Monk and Miles Bridges. The former is a profession 37.4 percent shot. The latter owns rookie averages of 6.8 points and 3.6 rebounds.
If these are the building blocks, then the Hornets may be building a house of cards.
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