Hornets GM and President of Basketball Operations Mitch Kupchak joined Kyle Bailey on Friday’s edition of The Clubhouse as he recapped an eventful draft for the Hornets, and what his goals are for the upcoming Free Agency period.
Mitch started the interview by looking at their 11th overall pick in James Bouknight from UConn as he said they had plenty of teams wanting the 11th pick when they were on the clock with 2 teams in particular bidding against each other to the point of annoyance for him which made him think that they should just keep the pick.
When it came to what James Bouknight brings to the table for the Hornets Mitch told Kyle:
“James has good size and I think right now he would be an off-guard who in time could be a playmaker. He also can shoot the ball and is really athletic.”
Mitch also discussed trading back into the 1st round by taking Texas Big Man Kai Jones as Mitch told Kyle that the trade talks didn’t happen until the draft was in the mid-teens and Kai was still on the board as Mitch said Kai was the only player they were going to take in that scenario.
The conversation ended with Mitch looking forward to the Free Agent portion of the offseason as he noted quickly that the first thing they need to do is to get a long-term deal done with Devonte Graham, and then they need to bring in another veteran to help the young guys.