Rich Cho Rumors
Marc J. Spears: 2015-16 NBA Executive of the Year voting results. https://t.co/IJoYIT5kb0 . R.C. Buford, 77 points. Neil Olshey, 63. Bob Myers, 38. Masai Ujiri, 18. Rich Cho, 17. Danny Ainge, 13. David Griffin, 10. Stan Van Gundy, 6. Pat Riley, 6. Sam Presti, 5. Sam Hinkie, 5. Wes Wilcox, 1. John Hammond, 1. Dennis Lindsey, 1.
Rich Cho on how big a piece Nicolas Batum is to the team: “Nic [Batum] is a huge piece. He is our number one offseason priority. He knows that. I told him that in our exit interviews. We love having him here and he did a great job this year. He had a few injuries, but overall he did a great job on both ends of the floor. [He was] also great in the locker room and I think Nic wants to be here as well.”
Rich Cho on if he feels they will be able to re-sign Nicolas Batum: “Yeah, I hope so. You never know in free agency, but he is a priority for us and we hope to get something done with him. I hope he is here for many years to come.”
Rich Cho on if it sounds like Nicolas Batum wants to be back in Charlotte after his exit interview: “He definitely wants to be here. I think he likes the city. He’s grown to like the city. As you know, he just had a child and his family like it here. He loves the coaching staff. He loves his teammates and I think he likes his GM. He wants to be here, we want him here and he’s a big priority for us.”
Rich Cho on players returning next year: “It’s definitely a big emphasis to bring as many of the guys back as possible. As you know, it’s probably unrealistic to think we are going to have all 15 guys back. That’s just not the way that it happens in the NBA historically. But we do want to bring as many guys back as possible.”
Rich Cho on finding a balance between brining back players and possibly finding new additions: “Well, kind of both. We’re not just going to stand back, necessarily. We want to improve the team as well. I think if you look at a lot of the better teams around the league like Golden State, San Antonio [and] Oklahoma City, one thing that’s helped them over the years is continuity and we want to maintain some sense of continuity. At the same time we don’t want to be complacent. We want to improve the team in any way we can as well.”
Rich Cho on preparation for spike in Salary Cap: “We are definitely prepared. I have about 75 different scenarios here of how things could play out. So we are looking at every possibility and have contingency plans for everything.”