Victor Wembanyama is widely regarded as a generational talent. His entry in the 2023 NBA Draft has sent multiple teams into scramble mode, essentially trying to figure out how to tank effectively for a greater shot at his services.
The 18-year-old’s decision recently to confess his real height only added further fuel to the fire.
The Charlotte Hornets came into the 2022-23 season with high hopes, but repeated injuries to LaMelo Ball have tempered expectations.
On paper, at least, the Hornets are a perfect candidate to tank for Wembanyama.
There is just one problem: team owner Michael Jordan.
During a recent conversation with NBA insider Sean Deveney, one NBA general manager revealed the roadblock Charlotte faces in its pursuit of Wembanyama.
“The hurdle is getting the owner to go along with it,” the general manager said.
“It is Michael Jordan. He has never OK’d something like that and it is not clear he would, even if it gets bad this year, even if it puts them in a good spot in the draft for Victor. He has been pretty strong against tanking. Hard to see another way forward for them now, though.”
It will be interesting to see where Jordan and the Hornets go from here. They have been linked to one big trade in recent weeks, but that’s it. There are really no other avenues for improvement available for the squad.
Obviously Jordan is fiercely competitive. And yes, tanking usually is bad for fans and the NBA product in general.
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But if ever a squad was going to tank, Wembanyama is the guy to do it for.
Will Jordan soften on his stance at some point in the foreseeable future if it starts looking like the Hornets’ season is doomed?
Time will tell.
A graduate from the University of Texas, Anthony Amador has been credentialed to cover the Houston Texans, Dallas Cowboys, San Antonio Spurs, Dallas Mavericks and high school games all over the Lone Star State. Currently, his primary beats are the NBA, MLB, NFL and UFC.