3 Hornets on Thin Ice Heading Into the Offseason

The time might be running out on these three Hornets players.
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3. Cody Martin

This is a similar situation to Ball. Cody Martin simply can't stay healthy. He has only played in 35 games in the last two seasons and when he has played, he hasn't been very impactful.

The 28-year-old forward was an intriguing prospect when he arrived in Charlotte as a second-round pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. He was considered to have a higher upside than his twin brother Caleb, who went undrafted in the same draft. Caleb Martin went on to become a high-level role player for the Miami Heat, while Cody struggled to stay on the court.

Cody Martin is still an intriguing player. He has two-way potential, can defend multiple positions, and create shots for himself and others. However, the ball just doesn't go in for him. He finished the 2023-24 campaign with a 38.1 field goal percentage and 31.4% from three while averaging 7.5 points in 26.9 minutes per game.

The small forward has one more guaranteed year with the Hornets and a non-guaranteed year after that. At around $8 million per year, he is not the most overpaid player in the league, but the Hornets would likely be better off if they didn't rely on him going forward. Charlotte should bring in more forwards via the draft and sign healthier and younger free agents with their cap space instead.

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