If I Were Hornets General Manager

NBA free agency has started.
Players can sign with new teams the second week of July.
Last year the Hornets made a huge splash by signing Peja Stojakovic (5 years, 64 million dollars).
This year they’ve said they’ll be a little more tight with the purse strings.

If I were Hornets General Manager, here are the guys I’d go after:

First and foremost I’d try to bring back Devin Brown. He played well for Byron Scott last year.

#23 Devin Brown

New Orleans Hornets

Born: December 30, 1978
Salt Lake City, UT

Height: 6-5
Weight: 220 lbs.

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Now as for players from other teams:

#4 Luke Walton SF Unrestricted Free Agent

Los Angeles Lakers

Born: March 28, 1980
San Diego, CA
Height: 6-8
Weight: 235 lbs.

Fletcher’s Take: Solid all around team player with tremendous basketball IQ. Coming off a career year. He really won’t fill a need for the Hornets but having him around makes your team better….much much better.

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#24 Jason Kapono GF Unrestricted Free Agent

Miami Heat

Born: February 4, 1981
Long Beach, CA
Height: 6-8
Weight 215 lbs.

Fletcher’s Take: Dead eye shooter the Hornets could desperately use. Given Peja’s weak back and the fact that he played only 13 games last season, this guy is my #1 priority in free agency!
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#22 Matt Barnes SF Unrestricted Free Agent

Golden State

Born: March 9, 1980
Citrus Heights, CA
Height: 6-7
Weight: 235 lbs.

Fletcher’s Take: Athletic wing who could help the team immediately. I love the way Nellie coaches Golden State and wish Byron Scott could do the same for the Hornets. Maybe stealing one of the Warriors players will help.

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#8 Monta Ellis G Restricted Free Agent (Limited Restriction)

Golden State

Born: October 26, 1985
Jackson, MS
Height: 6-3
Weight: 177 lbs.

Fletcher’s Take: See Matt Barnes (above)
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#2 Mickael Pietrus GF Restricted Free Agent

Golden State

Born: February 7, 1982
Les Abymes, Guadeloupe
Height: 6-6
Weight: 215 lbs.

Fletcher’s Take: See Matt Barnes & Monte Ellis (above)
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19 Ersan Ilyasova F Restricted Free Agent

Milwaukee Bucks

Born: May 15, 1987
Eskisehir, Turkey
Height: 6-9
Weight: 235 lbs.

Fletcher’s Take: Loved the Turkish Sharp Shooter when he entered the draft. I feel this guy is on the verge of being a very solid NBA player. Byron Scott seems to have a certain disdain for Euro’s but I say…..SIGN HIM NOW!

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#34 Travis Diener G Restricted Free Agent

Orlando Magic

Born: March 1, 1982
Fond du Lac, WI
Height: 6-1
Weight: 175 lbs.

Fletcher’s Take: Could fill a void left by Janero Pargo

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#3 Sasha Pavlovic GF Restricted Free Agent

Cleveland Cavaliers

Born: November 15, 1983
Bar, Yugoslavia
Height: 6-7
Weight: 210 lbs.

Fletcher’s Take: This was my pick in 2003 when the Hornets were picking 18th overall (Pavlovic went 1 slot later to Utah at #19). I was wrong, the Hornets went with David West and he’s emerged as a very solid player. Maybe now my wish can be granted and the Hornets will bring in this defensive minded shooter.

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