One day after news came out that Bismack Biyombo will be an unrestricted free agent, the Marc J. Spears announced the Charlotte Hornets will not tender a qualifying offer to Jeffery Taylor, making him an unrestricted free agent as well.
The Charlotte Hornets will not make a qualifying offer to guard Jeff Taylor thus making him an unrestricted free agent, a source told Yahoo.— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) June 30, 2015
This move isn't a surprise. Taylor, the 31st pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, underperformed in his first three years. He was often injured, too, and along with a 24-game suspension for a domestic violence incident in September, Taylor was only able to suit up for 55 of a possible 164 games over the last two seasons.
Taylor isn't a bad player by any means; he simply isn't what the Hornets need right now. At 26 years old, Taylor should find a new team relatively quickly. Hopefully he can find more playing time elsewhere and show why he was nearly selected in the first round. He can shoot and handle a little, and his great size and good athleticism suggest his career is far from over.
Taylor averaged 4.4 points, 1.8 rebounds and 0.8 assists in 14.8 minutes per game for the Hornets last season.