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Report: Hornets forward Josh McRoberts opts out

Jun 18, 2014, 3:10 PM EDT

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Career high scoring average? Check. Josh McRoberts scored 8.5 points per game this season.

Reputation as a winner? Check. He helped Charlotte make the playoffs for just the second time since re-entering the NBA as the Bobcats.

A rapidly increasing salary cap? Check. The cap is projected to jump to $63.2 million.

All the ingredients exist for McRoberts to opt out of the final year of his contract with the Hornets, which would have have paid him $2,771,340 next season.

Rick Bonnell of The Charlotte Observer:

McRoberts started all 78 of his games this season, and he proved an excellent fit next to Al Jefferson, Charlotte’s top player. With McRoberts’ passing and outside shooting, Charlotte’s starting lineup – which also included Kemba Walker, Gerald Henderson and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist – outscored teams by 10.9 points per 100 possessions. For reference, the Spurs’ regular-season net rating was best in the NBA at +8.1.

This is definitely a system worth preserving.

But Charlotte also drafted Cody Zeller No. 4 last year, and they want to develop him into its power forward of the future. Plus, the Hornets have the No. 9 pick in this year’s draft and a quality power forward – Noah Vonleh, Julius Randle, Aaron Gordon, Dario Saric, Doug McDermott or Adreian Payne – could be available there if Charlotte increase its odds of producing a young replacement for McRoberts.

McRoberts is a stop-gap solution until a higher-upside player replaces him. I bet Charlotte tries to re-sign him for at least a couple more years, maybe even with the intention of transitioning the 27-year-old to the bench by the end of a deal. He and the Hornets have a good thing going, though he’s allowing the possibility of something to come between them:

A larger offer from another team.

  1. xLith - Jun 18, 2014 at 3:37 PM

    McJesus! Where will you go?!

  2. unxpexted1 - Jun 18, 2014 at 3:49 PM

    game changer!

  3. reesesteel23 - Jun 18, 2014 at 4:26 PM

    Better keep improving. Gambling,

  4. miamatt - Jun 18, 2014 at 4:31 PM

    This offseason just got interesting…

  5. cantonb0und13 - Jun 18, 2014 at 4:53 PM

    Josh McRoberts to … Orlando Magic. Why? Because their current starter at power forward is: Kyle O’Quinn. Exactly, who?

    • 00maltliquor - Jun 18, 2014 at 5:05 PM

      I like Kyle O’Quinn.

  6. themagicfanguy - Jun 18, 2014 at 7:27 PM

    O’Quinn is twice as good as that bum.

  7. imakcds - Jun 18, 2014 at 9:38 PM

    When McRoberts was a Laker, I appreciated his contributions on the court. he’s definitely worth more than 2.7, and he can help any team. Not a whole lot more than 2.7, but he’s a positive contributor.

    • 00maltliquor - Jun 19, 2014 at 2:20 AM

      What games were you watching? I couldn’t wait for the moment he was finally gone!

      Mc Almost:

      Almost grabbed that board
      Almost dunked that ball
      Almost blocked that shot
      Almost made that layup
      Almost hit that shot

      I swear I was ALWAYS watching him ALMOST doing something but always fell short with the most uninspiring stat lines you could ever see from someone playing over 20 min. a night. He looks a lot better in Charlotte nowadays, but it will never erase the (bad) memories of when he donned the Purple and Gold.

  8. jkirby317 - Jun 18, 2014 at 10:18 PM

    McBob

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