New poster here. I've been on Reddit all season, but you don't get the substance on there as I've read on here so far.
Anyway, if you want to see my post history, jump on the Hornets reddit page and I've posted under the same handle.
Wanted to throw my 2 cents in...as I've been following the Hornets somewhat closely since the Cho era began a few years ago.
I think the 4-5 will be tough to fill for Cho this offseason as "Buckets" is pretty much on point with his analysis of Horford/Joakim/Hassan.
Which leads to the sad reality of, who/how next? At the 4, you have Frank, who's still leaps and bounds away from being a quality starter in this league, but a very solid 2nd year backup.
Ditto Cody. Cody starting was more a reflection on opening up the offense, than him outplaying Al, aka a better fit. But Cody is limited, esp on offense.
So you have a backup 4 and 5 in place (for low money). But if Cho and Co want to continue the new-normal NBA offensive philosophy of 3's, FTs, and layups, then you need a competent stretch 4 and/or 5....just like the rest of the league.
So I guess Hawes would still occupy the third 4-5 spot. But then you'd have to pony up for a guy like Ryan Anderson, who i'm not high on anyway.
So there really isn't much out there. Not sure who's in the draft, but you probably won't find an NBA ready center where the Hornets will be drafting.
There's Drummond, but he's not a great fit for this team. Festus Ezeli? Probably not much more you'll get from him than Cody. Nene would be great...like 6 years ago.
Ugh...it's not looking good folks. I think you just grin and bear it with Cody and dump a lot of money on a 3-4 type player like Harrison Barnes (though not Harrison himself)?