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Report: Hornets reach four-year, $56 million extension with Cody Zeller

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CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 07: Cody Zeller #40 of the Charlotte Hornets reacts after a play during their game against the Detroit Pistons at Time Warner Cable Arena on December 7, 2015 in Charlotte, North Carolina. NBA - NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

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Other GMs had their eyes on the Charlotte Hornets/Cody Zeller negotiations — if he became a restricted free agent next summer, teams felt they might be able to poach him.

Those teams are going to be disappointed.

Via Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical at Yahoo Sports.

That’s a good price for a starting center (who may someday come off the bench, but will be a part of the rotation).

Zeller can do a little bit of everything on offense but none of it exceedingly well. He has a midrange game, he sets a strong pick and rolls hard to the rim, he can rim-run in transition, and he knows how to draw contact. He’s a banger, but with a little finesse to his game. It’s not pretty, but the Hornets were 2.8 points per 100 possessions better with him on the floor last season.

In today’s NBA, $14 million a season for a solid, starting big man is a fair price and Zeller locks in a nice payday. It works for both sides.

Charlott now has their core — Nicolas Batum, Kemba Walker, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, etc. — and Steve Clifford likes that group.