Josh McRoberts’ Departure Puts Pressure On Charlotte Hornets

Sam Sharpe- USA TODAY Sports

Sam Sharpe- USA TODAY Sports

Free agent Josh McRoberts has agreed to a four-year, $23 million contract with the Miami Heat. McRoberts had a choice between returning to the Charlotte Hornets for a similar deal or joining the Heat, eventually choosing the latter. Now with their starting power forward heading elsewhere, there is real pressure for the Hornets to make a move in free agency.

McRoberts played a big role for the Hornets last year as a do-it-all forward. McRoberts ran the offense from the perimeter for the Hornets at the same time as operating as their stretch power forward. He also was a force on the defensive end and essentially was a key piece on both ends of the floor. Last season McRoberts averaged eight points, four rebounds and four assists on the season.

For the Hornets, the pressure is now on for them to replace McRoberts’ production. The Hornets will likely look to Kemba Walker and whatever backup point guard they sign to do more distributing as McRoberts took the pressure off of the guards and allowed them to score. Also there will be more pressure on last year’s first-round pick Cody Zeller to diversify his game and become more of a scoring threat. Rookie Noah Vonleh will also be need to step in immediately into the rotation.

The Hornets also should look into adding a versatile forward in free agency. While the team should have in-house improvements, they still will need a proven big man to place beside Al Jefferson. The Hornets will be looking to add depth on the wing, but now the power forward spot will need some depth as well.

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