The Hornets decided to go ahead pick the 4th year team option on point guard Grevis Vasquez to extend him through the 2013-2014 season.Vasquez will be a key cog for the Hornets this season as he is set to be the featured point guard. The Hornets are very thin at the point guard position, giving Vasquez all the opportunity he needs to prove himself capable of running an offense. Behind Vasquez the Hornets have Brian Roberts and Austin Rivers to play the point guard position.
Vasquez is now scheduled to make $2.1 million next season vs. $1.1 million this current season. Good move for the Hornets as I’m sure his market value will increase after this season.
The Hornets also made some other decisions regarding team options as they went ahead and declined the 4th year options on Al-Farouq Aminu and Xavier Henry. Both Aminu and Henry have had consistency problems in the past and will need to prove themselves this season. Aminu will be getting a very increased role from last season. Aminu will start off the season as a starter and will need to produce. Aminu averaged 9.1 point and 5.7 rebounds per game in the preseason. Aminu would have made $3.9 million next season had his option been picked up.
I am not sure what Xavier Henry’s role will be this season as he will be playing behind Eric Gordon and Austin Rivers. Henry also has not preformed well in this years summer league or preseason. Henry played in 3 preseason games and only averaged 3.3 points while averaging 20.4 minutes per game. Henry would have made $3.2 million next season had his option been picked up.
All 3 of these decisions are good moves by the Hornets. The Hornets can still re-sign Aminu and Henry in the off-season if they choose too, but now the Hornets have flexibility to go after better players if Aminu and Henry don’t develop as planned.