While Bird rights carry the heavy lifting for teams looking to retain their own free agents, the Mid-Level Exception is often the most powerful tool over the cap teams have to add new talent.
What Danuel House and Dorian Finney-Smith have in common are physical tools and a skill-set that could allow them to carve out a long career in the NBA as 3-and-D wings.
You have to throw out the stats and focus on skill-set with a player like A.J. Hammons, who is too good of an interior defender and too good of an offensive player to not have a 10+ year career in the NBA.
The Big 12 had just two players drafted in 2015, but there's a lot of depth returning with the likes of Wayne Selden, Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk, Taurean Waller-Prince, Prince Ibeh and more.
The Hornets have questions marks all over their roster and there was a significant opportunity cost of not accepting Boston's offer on draft night along with dealing away Noah Vonleh.