The Hornets ($CHA)??

Currently sitting at 6-7 ($20.75/share), they are officially a contender for a 7/8 seed I the playoffs. 

They made big moves this off-season signing Gordon Hayward to a big contract and selecting a Rookie of the Year contender in LaMelo Ball. Ball has provided work off the bench averaging almost 12/7/6 per game with a triple-double under his belt. 

The Hornets are being led by Gordon and Terry Rozier, as they sit atop the team they will need the role players around them to step up. P.J. Washington is one of those players stepping up. He looks to be finding a rhythm on the court now, and statistically is up from last year in every major category. 

James Borrego has been the head skipper of the Hornets since 2018 and it looks like the team is turning a corner and becoming a playoff contender in the East. 

The Hornets have a first round pick and two second round picks in the upcoming draft. They have 5 players with contracts ending this season: Zeller, Biyombo, Graham, Monk, Riller and Darling. Of the six, we can surmise that the Hornets will look to lock down current starting point guard, Devonte’ Graham. Zeller and Riller are injured, Darling is a one-year deal. Biyombo is their starting center on a 1/3.5mil contract, so he may be someone they bring back on a cheap deal. Malik Monk, running 3rd string right now, unless he has a a breakout season he may be someone who doesn’t see a new contract. 

Nicolas Batum’s $30,000,000 salary will also be off the books at the end of this year as well. 

The Hornets could be putting themselves in good position to fight for a 7/8 seed this year and work some magic in the off-season to push them to the next level of mid-seed contenders. 

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