The Charlotte Hornets are a basketball team that hasn’t been in the NBA playoffs for seven years, which is the longest any team has waited right now. People are wondering if they can finally play in the postseason next year.

The Hornets did not play in the playoffs this year, but they hope that things will be better next season. LaMelo Ball, one of their best players, should be playing again after being hurt, and they might also have Miles Bridges back, although he has had some trouble with the law because of a fight at home. Bridges has to sit out for the first ten games because the NBA said so on April 14. Fans hoping to bet on the Hornets next season can take advantage of North Carolina sports betting promos and apps once legalized.

The Hornets have to decide what to do about five players whose contracts are up: P.J. Washington, Kelly Oubre, Dennis Smith Jr., Svi Mykhailiuk, and Theo Maledon. The team’s boss, Mitch Kupchak, said they won’t spend a lot of money to keep players, even if Michael Jordan, who owns the team, decides to sell it. BetMGM North Carolina could have good odds on the Hornets’ chances next season depending on these decisions.

The Hornets will probably get an early pick in the next draft, which means they can choose a new player to join the team. Right now, it looks like they will pick fourth, but we won’t know for sure until May 16. They might pick one of the Thompson twins, Amen or Ausar, who are good players from the Overtime Elite League. Amen is a point guard like Ball, and Ausar is a shooting guard, which the Hornets need. But since these twins are young, they might not be ready to help the team win right away.

Even the best player in the draft, Victor Wembanyama, who is really tall at 7 feet 3 inches, is still young and might need a couple of years to get stronger and better at basketball.

As for Michael Jordan selling his part of the Hornets, he has been talking to people about it, but nothing is decided yet. He sold a little bit of his share in 2020, and now Gabe Plotkin and Rick Schnall, who own parts of other basketball teams, are interested in buying more of the Hornets. Jordan bought his share for $275 million back in 2010, and now the Hornets are worth a lot more – $1.7 billion.

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In summary, the Hornets have a chance to break their long playoff drought next season with a healthy LaMelo Ball and the possible return of Miles Bridges, combined with an early draft pick. However, big improvements through free agency seem unlikely according to the team’s GM, Mitch Kupchak. We’ll have to wait and see if the Hornets can turn their luck around and make it to the playoffs in the next NBA season.

✅ Fact Checked on January 16, 2024 by Ken Weaver