Jordan wants to win. He’s somewhat even if it’s on a quiet manner the butt of many jokes since taking over the Charlotte Hornet’s franchise. He’ sick of it, after making some signings and trades to go along with draft picks. The Hornets are on the up and up. Per pay per head sportsbook the Portland Trailblazers and the Charlotte Hornets swapped Nicolas Batum for guard Gerald Henderson and power forward Noah Vonleh.
The reason for Portland to trade Batum is because of the impending free agency of star forward LaMarcus Aldridge. Portland according to league sources and price per head provider has becoming increasingly doubtful of resigning Aldridge, who in turn is not expected to re-sign sources, told ESPN’s Chris Broussard.
Aldridge will not have his shortage of suitors as the Spurs, Mavs, Lakers, Knicks and Hawks are all destinations for 6’10 All-Star.
Nine days earlier the Hornets also made a deal with the Los Angeles Clippers sending Lance Stephenson for Spencer Hawes and Matt Barnes. Charlotte has since then agreed to trade Barnes t Memphis on Thursday.
“We felt like we needed some more shooting and we feel like we have addressed that,” Hornets general manager Rich Cho said. Cho also added that the Hornets weren’t done wheeling and dealing. “We are still looking to do a number of different things,” Cho said.
The Hornets will slot Batum at shooting guard with Michael Kidd-Gilchrist remaining at small forward. Batum a 6’8 200 pound French men has career averages of 11.2 points per game 5.1 rebounds and 3.0 assist. Over the past three seasons he has averaged 6.4 rebounds and 5.0 assists not bad for the newly appointed shooting guard of the Charlotte Hornets. Only three players over the past three years have averaged 6 boards and 5 assists, they are LeBron James and Russell Westbrook.
The Hornets were badly in the market for shooting as they finished last in 3-point shooting, and they hope Batum can help out in that aspect. “He provides a 3-point shooting threat and he’s good versatile defender who can guard multiple positions,” Cho said. “He has been in the league for seven years, so he gives us experience. But yet he is still in his prime. He is going to be a great addition to this team.”
Batum will be entering the final year of his contract. “Nic Batum was a key contributor to all of our recent success,” Blazers president of basketball operations Neil Olshey said in a release Wednesday. “He will truly be missed as a person and a player. We wish Nic all the best for the future.”