After a hot start, the Charlotte Hornets have come back to the pack, as the team is below .500 and will likely have to fight and claw to stay in contention for the eighth spot in the East.
For starter’s he’s a free agent this summer, and with the cap set to explode, MJ will probably have to pay Batum upwards of $20 million per season over the next five years if the Hornets offer him a max contract.
That’s not to say Jordan won’t pay the man. This column from the Charlotte Observer highlighted why Batum should be a max player. CBS Sports even ran a recent headline stating why Batum was the “modern-day wing that every NBA team needs.”
Batum also suggested he’d be fine staying in Charlotte this summer. But in the off chance the Hornets move him, Charlotte would likely want assets in return. Unfortunately, the Cavs don’t have any. Yes, GM Dave Griffin could use the trade exception, but that doesn’t
In 34 games, Batum’s averaging 16.0 points, and 6.3 rebounds. At 6-foot-8, he’s an excellent perimeter defender who has registered a 2.7 wins share.
Acquiring Batum is unlikely, but perhaps Griffin can get the Cavs involved in one of those famous three-way trades.