If the Charlotte Hornets want to bring in another point guard this summer, there are a number of free agents they could target.
In the 2016-17 season, the Charlotte Hornets had three different third string point guards. Brian Roberts started the year behind Kemba Walker and Ramon Sessions but when the backup went down, the team was forced to sign Ray McCallum and eventually Briante Weber who ended the campaign as the emergency option. Going into next season, it is unclear who will be the third point guard behind Kemba and Michael Carter-Williams.
General manager Rich Cho has said that the organization is undecided on the third string point guard role. They are evaluating their roster and whether or not to sign another point guard in free agency or keep Weber. While I believe that Briante is the better option, here are a few free agents the Charlotte Hornets could target if they decide to go in that direction:
After spending last season with the Indiana Pacers, the 32-year old is an unrestricted free agent this summer. He has played nine seasons in the NBA and his shooting ability makes him a good option behind MCW. Both Carter-Williams and Weber struggle to shoot the ball from deep so it would be smart to have a third point guard who can knock down three’s consistently.
Brooks averaged 5.0 points per game and 1.9 assists in 65 games last year. Although he is nearing the end of his career, Aaron managed to shoot 37.5% from the three-point line which shows that his shooting touch isn’t going anywhere. The former Most Improved Player of the Year isn’t going to return averaging over 10 PPG but that doesn’t mean he can’t be a valuable veteran for a contending team.
If nothing else, his shooting off the bench will be a good change of pace from MCW if push comes to shove.
The former first-round pick has proven in the past that he can run a second unit at the NBA level. Coming off of a down year, there’s a good chance that Charlotte can sign Brooks to a veteran minimum deal which is all they can really afford with their cap situation.