Rich Cho Rumors
Rich Cho on if he can confirm the team will be signing Mike Tobey to a contract: “Yes, yes, we’re going to be signing Mike to a 10-day [contract]. He’s going to fly out tonight to Utah [for the team’s matchup against the Jazz on Saturday]. If everything goes as expected, we’ll sign him to a 10-day tomorrow.”
Rich Cho on bringing in a lesser known Miles Plumlee for two veterans like Roy Hibbert and Spencer Hawes: “Well, we felt like we needed more physicality on the frontline, and athleticism. And those are two things Miles can bring. Those are two of his strengths. He might not be as well known as the other guys [Hawes and Hibbert], but he has been in the league for a while. He’s 28-year-old. We’ve seen him a ton and I think he’s pretty well known within the NBA circle, maybe not to the fans out there as much, but he’s pretty well known within the NBA circle”
Rich Cho on Roy Hibbert’s time in Charlotte: “Well, I think that we had pretty high expectations when we signed Roy and, as you know, he had a really good first game, but then he had some injuries and it’s kind of tough to get in a rhythm, into a groove when you’re up and down with the injuries. Unfortunately, it didn’t work for Roy here, but one thing that you have to do when you’re a team, when you feel like something’s not working, [you have to] try and move on quickly.”
Rich Cho on if they plan on making more moves as the trade deadline approaches: “We’re definitely trying to be active and make a lot of calls, [we’re] taking a lot of calls. We’re trying to improve the team as much as possible. It takes two teams to make a trade, so we’re trying to be active, but at the same time we’re probably not panicking or anything like that.”
Spencer Percy: Story on how #Hornets convinced Nicolas Batum to stay in CLT in FA on Lowe Post Pod. today. Cho went to Nic’s hometown in France & interviewed folks close to Batum on why he should stay in CLT, then they showed the video to Batum during the recruiting pitch.
General manager Rich Cho called Zeller a high character guy who plays both ends of the floor, and said he considers him a “big part” of the team’s core group moving forward. “We felt it was important to get him locked up to an extension rather than have him be a restricted free agent next summer,” Cho said. “With the cap next summer along with Cody’s value around the league as a young, versatile athletic big we felt he would have been a target for a number of teams.”