This Summer, the Hornets GM Rich Cho is up against the wall. He’s had control over the rebuilding effort since the end of the Bobcats days, and he’s put in a ton of work to get the club’s operations up to par with the rest of the league. Nevertheless, the team looks trapped in 8–10 seed purgatory for the foreseeable future.
It’s been noted that the salary cap is going to prohibit the Hornets from adding much talent through free agency. Although they were unlikely to recruit any of the few top-tier players on the market, their current collection of contracts limits there spending considerably. One of the biggest burdens is also one of Cho’s biggest mistakes – the contract that guarantees Miles Plumlee an unwarranted $12,400,000 annual salary (plus benefits).
Take a closer look: http://hoopshype.com/player/miles-plumlee/salary/
So for 45 games played scoring an average of 2.5 points per game, Plumlee earned $109,734 per point last season. For a backup center, his $130,526 per rebound is quite the take for the year, too.
In the year 2021, the Hornets will finally conclude their contractual responsibilities with Plumlee. Did Rich Cho see some sort of diamond-in-the-rough promise in Miles Plumlee when he dealt Spencer Hawes and Roy Hibbert? Is it possible to get any production or value from the big man next season?