The Charlotte Hornets are in the midst of a rebuild, though they’ve at least got some exciting young pieces to build their franchise around.
The Hornets have a certified cornerstone in LaMelo Ball who has already made an All-Star team and the organization paired him with Brandon Miller who they selected second overall in the 2023 NBA Draft.
The two youngsters have the potential to lift Charlotte from the depths of the Eastern Conference and into the playoffs, though the roster still needs more pieces to make that dream a reality.
Fortunately, they were able to retain a key member in P.J. Washington as they agreed to a three-year, $48 million deal recently.
It took longer than some expected, but Washington remains with the Hornets where he should slide in nicely as a starting rotation player.
Although Washington expressed he always wanted to stay with Charlotte, general manager Mitch Kupchak said that wasn’t the case via Richie Randall of the Buzz Beat Podcast.
“That’s not what your agent said,” Kupchak retorted.
PJ: “For me, I always wanted to stay in Charlotte. There was no doubt about that.”
Mitch: “That’s not what your agent said.” pic.twitter.com/fgJ5Xbj7Eo
— Richie (@richierandall) September 5, 2023
Player agents will use any sort of leverage they can in order to get their client the best deal, and Kupchak reveals that was no different when it came to negotiating Washington’s extension.
For someone as young and talented as Washington, he surely had offers from other teams though in the end he gets to stay with the franchise that drafted him.
Washington is just one piece to the puzzle, though it will still be exciting to see what he and the rest of the youngsters can do when the regular season arrives.
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