In the offseason, fans look forward to the two main ways NBA teams can improve themselves (besides trades): Free Agency and the Draft. Well, the NBA Draft just got less exciting for Hornets fans. The Hornets have traded their only pick in the draft, #27 overall, to Portland for cash considerations.
While the move is a good one for salary cap and the future possibilities of signing free agents and securing long-term deals with guys like Chris Paul, fans aren't going to be happy with trading a pick for cash. Cash can't shoot the 3 or grab 10 rebounds a game. Fans want to see an up-and-coming rookie selected on Thursday night.
This move may be the best in the long run for the team, especially with Coach Byron Scott's less than enthusiastic methods of playing rookies, but fans still get excited about the draft and the possibilities of finding the next gem for the team. Its going to be a little disappointing to see the entire draft go by without the Hornets being mentioned.
There is still a chance that the team trades back into the draft. They worked out about 40 players, many of which were 2nd round or free agent types. So if in the later portions of the draft they see someone who they worked out still sitting there, they may jump back in to secure his services. If not, I hope that they have an aggressive free agency plan with those cash considerations.
The A Team-- 2015 Walk Details
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