Charlotte Hornets ‘to bring back Scoot Henderson and Brandon Miller for second workout and interview with outgoing owner Michael Jordan’ amid No. 2 pick audition
Highly-rated NBA prospects Brandon Miller, of Alabama, and Scoot Henderson, of the G-League Ignite, are expected to return to Charlotte to undergo a second-round of workouts and interviews in front of outgoing Hornets owner, Michael Jordan.
Both players are auditioning for the No. 2 overall pick in this year’s draft, which is set to be revealed on Thursday night, and will be looking to be impressing Jordan before then.
The San Antonio Spurs are expected to draft seven-foot-two phenomenon, Victor Wembanyama, at No. 1.
Miller, who allegedly provided a gun to an ex-teammate at Alabama involved in the murder of his own mother, is the front-runner to go at No. 2, although Henderson impressed Hornets officials while working out at the franchise’s facilities last week, according to ESPN.
On Friday, it was reported that Jordan – a six-time NBA champion – was in the final stages of selling his majority stake in the Hornets to a group led by Gabe Plotkin and Rick Schnall.
Alabama’s Brandon Miller, and the G-League’s Scoot Henderson, are battling for the No. 2 pick
Michael Jordan – owner of the Charlotte Hornets – wants to see both play ahead of draft night
However, the Bulls legend is expected to still be involved in the franchise’s day-to-day operations as a minority stake owner in the future. Jordan will also stay on as the team’s governor and final decision-maker until the new owners’ bid is examined and approved by the league’s board of governors.
That process is expected to go on for several weeks.
Miller and Henderson previously showed signs of enthusiasm at the opportunity of being drafted at No. 2 by the Hornets, partially due to the proximity to their homes in the South and also because of the prospect of representing the franchise under its potentially new owners, who are expected to heavily invest in the team’s future, per ESPN.
Miller, a six-foot-nine forward, is a consensus five-star recruit and one of the top players in the 2022 class. In his lone season at Alabama, he won the SEC Player and Rookie of the Year awards.
Jordan is set to sell his majority stake in the Hornets — 13 years after purchasing the franchise
Henderson, on the other hand, signed with the Ignite after graduating early from high school, thus becoming the youngest player in G League history. He averaged 17.6 points and 6.6 assists last season.
The Hornets hold a 423-600 record in Jordan’s 13 years as majority owner and never won a playoff series. Charlotte has also failed to reach the playoffs seven straight seasons, the longest drought in the NBA.
Jordan purchased the team for $275million in 2010 and will sell it for a reported $3billion.
After finishing 7-59 in the 2011-12 season, the Hornets failed to land the No. 1 pick in the lottery and missed out on star center Anthony Davis. Charlotte chose Michael Kidd-Gilchrist at No. 2, passing on Bradley Beal and Damian Lillard.
The Hornets also selected Cody Zeller fourth overall in 2013 over Giannis Antetokounmpo and Steven Adams, and swung and missed on top-10 picks Frank Kaminsky and Noah Vonleh in 2014 and 2015.