In today's roundup we've got a few more rumors and words of the Hornets' free agency talks.
Utah Jazz free agent Gordon Hayward to visit Charlotte Hornets next week | CharlotteObserver.com
The Jazz seem willing to match any offer that teams will make on their young restricted free agent, but the Hornets will make their pitch regardless. Interest in Hayward would seem to indicate the Hornets think he would be a better option to start thanks to his offensive versatility, which includes decent shooting, good court vision, size and passing ability. Though young, he hasn't shown ability to create offense successfully and dependably on his own and doesn't have a great handle.
Marvin Williams solidly on "next" line for threes after top four/five. Talking with Spurs, Heat, Wizards, Hornets, Clips, Magic, Suns.— David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) July 4, 2014
They contacted his camp this morning. RT @rick_bonnell Hornets have not approached Ramon Sessions about a possible return to Charlotte.— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) July 4, 2014
It's little surprise to hear the Hornets are talking to Sessions about returning. With better shooting at other positions, they might be more willing to try Sessions at point guard again despite his own shooting woes. Ridnour had better shooting, but struggled more defensive on the ball and didn't drive as well. With a healthy relationship and offering a location close to home makes Charlotte attractive to Session.
As for Williams, I thought Charlotte would give him some consideration, which would probably be a more realistic backup to Kidd-Gilchrist. Notorious as the former No. 2 pick from UNC who didn't live up to expectations in the pros, Williams has improved his jump shot beyond the arc, though this has cut into his offense coming at the rim, which affected his free-throw attempts. He can defend small forwards and power forwards, though the latter tends to wear on him over the course of a season, as he spent 95 percent of his time last season at the 4 and played only 66 games. SLC Dunk has a good overview of what they saw from him in Utah while he was there.
Another point of interest is the surprisingly somewhat available Chris Bosh with the uncertainty of Miami's ability to get their Big Three back together in free agency, as SB Nation's Paul Flannery discusses here. There's little doubt in my mind the Hornets won't be able to get him because of limited cap space when other teams can offer him maximum money with equally or more competitive teams.