It's turning out to be a challenging offseason for the Charlotte Hornets, who are set to lose James Bouknight to an undetermined number of games pending the legal actions he is about to face.
James Bouknight's arrest
Bouknight has been charged with driving while impaired just days before the Hornets kick off their regular season. According to Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office, his bond was set at $2,500.
This latest ordeal adds to the woes that the Charlotte Hornets are facing in what is turning out to be a very challenging offseason. The team and the front office should be finetuning their plays and system, but off-court distractions are too big of a challenge.
Bouknight was found unconscious in Uptown Charlotte around 12:44 a.m., per WBTV. The Hornets have not released any comments on the incident yet. Even if James could post bail, he should be subjected to penalties or repercussions from Charlotte or the NBA.
Charlotte Hornets' offseason woes
The Hornets lost LaMelo Ball to an ankle injury. While he could still play at some point in the season, he is expected to miss the season opener. Aside from Bouknight, Miles Bridges had also a run-in with the authorities and was arrested in June for felony domestic violence charges. It is widely believed that the Hornets will withdraw the qualifying offer to him and make the forward an unrestricted free agent as a result.
Devonte Graham, who played three seasons as a Hornet but now suits up for New Orleans Pelicans, was also apprehended for driving while impaired in July. Montrezl Harell, who was traded last season to the Hornets mid-season, is facing felony drug charges after he was stopped in Richmond, Kentucky. Three pounds of marijuana was later found in his vehicle. Harrell could face up to five years of jail time because of the incident.
What's clear is that the Hornets are in disarray with how current and former players have acted in recent months. The team should be building on last season's gains. Instead, they are forced to focus on things that have nothing to do with basketball.
Here's to hoping the front office does much-needed changes internally to correct what needs to be rectified. Because one thing's for sure; the fans deserve so much better.