The Charlotte Hornets’ off-season could be just as intriguing as the season that preceded it.

Coming off a 43-39 record and an unanticipated playoff appearance, the no-longer Bobcats will have three picks in the June 26 NBA draft, including a lottery pick (ninth overall) and another first-rounder (24th). They will have at least roughly $13 million in room under the salary cap to pursue free agents or trades.

Plus, the Hornets have seemingly improved their profile as a destination for players. They’re a team on the rise with an appealing coach in Steve Clifford. And in center Al Jefferson, they have a proven low-post scorer around whom others would want to play.

With the No. 9 pick, they could add a scorer like Michigan’s Nik Stauskas or Creighton’s Doug McDermott. Or they could consider a big man like Arizona’s Aaron Gordon.

One area player who could be of interest is former North Carolina guard P.J. Hairston. He’s probably not a candidate at No. 9, but could be gone by No. 24. He would offer the shooting range the Hornets desire.

Then free agency opens July 1. The Miami Heat has a trio of stars in LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade, each of whom could opt-out of his contract. But they’ll likely stay together or go to larger markets than Charlotte. There are other logical targets, such as Washington’s Trevor Ariza or Utah’s Gordon Hayward, who could fill roster holes.