Hornets Enter Offseason With Questions To Answer At Center

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Hornets showed a lot of promise this season but there’s still a lot of work left to be done in order to become a team that not only makes it, but advances several rounds in the playoffs.

“I don’t think anybody made or took a step backwards,” Hornets GM Mitch Kupchak said Thursday. “So I think there was tremendous growth across the board and in general, without looking at the last two weeks of the season, which you really can’t discount, but in general, I think as an organization we really took a big step forward.”

This offseason Charlotte has four key free agents. Devonte’ Graham and Malik Monk are restricted free agents, while Cody Zeller and Bismack Biyombo are unrestricted. The center position was an area of need all season and the Hornets might need to address it even more with the potential departure of the two.

“I think that you could say we have look to shore up our front court with a center or several centers that do the things that those guys can do. I don’t know if you can find one guy that can do it all, but you’d love to get some rim protection, some better rebound, that sort of thing.”