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Charlotte Hornets top five links of the week (June 19)

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Welcome to the pre-draft edition of our weekly links column.

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Hey, At The Hive! It's Friday, which means we have links for your reading pleasure. And believe it or not, there's a lot to cover.

First up, Charlotte Hornets general manager Rich Cho held a press conference yesterday and opened up about a handful of things. He said the Hornets will seek the best player available rather than focusing on fit, and admitted that if Al Jefferson doesn't return to form this season, the team may need to change directions.

James Herbert of CBS Sports reviewed the Hornets trade that sent Lance Stephenson to the Los Angeles Clippers. He graded the deal a C+, which is fair considering the unspectacular return of Spencer Hawes and a likely-not-actually-coming-to-Charlotte Matt Barnes for a decent but underperforming player in Stephenson. Then again, he gave the Clippers a C. So it's not all bad.

Steve Clifford is intrigued by Hawes' passing and shooting ability. I hope he does not believe Hawes is the second coming on Josh McRoberts, because he is not. Hawes, however, doesn't mind the comparison. And he kind of likes it.

Was Kemba Walker's $48 million extension a mistake? Michael Dunlap (no, not that Mike Dunlap) of Hoops Habit wonders if it was. He's not developing much these days, and perhaps it's time to strongly consider an upgrade or change of direction. However, there's also the valid argument that the current squad doesn't fit well with Kemba, and that he might perform better with shooters and rollers that can actually shoot and roll. Also, cue this Arrested Development compilation.

As I'm sure you've heard by now, Michael Jordan said (once again) that he could beat any of the Hornets one-on-one. At age 52. Yeah, sure, Mike. Whatever you say. I wonder if he could beat Josh Rosen or Tina Parker.