Will Hornets Lease Attract Free Agents?
When the New Orleans Hornets were pushing to re-sign David West in December 2010, Coach Monty Williams remembered how the power forward raised concerns about the franchise’s uncertainty in New Orleans.
With the Hornets and state jointly announcing Friday an escape-proof lease that binds the team to New Orleans through 2024, pending the sale of the team, Williams said free agents will now look differently at the franchise.
“It certainly helps us, and now we don’t have to answer that question anymore if the team is going to be in New Orleans,’’ Williams said. “When guys start asking if he can put his kids in school and buy a house, we can tell them they can, because the team is going to be there.”