Charlotte Hornets: Jeremy Lamb the most likely player to be traded?

Charlotte Hornets Jeremy Lamb (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)
Charlotte Hornets Jeremy Lamb (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images) /

Heading into the NBA trade deadline, which is on February 7th, it appears that Charlotte Hornets guard Jeremy Lamb is the most likely Hornet to be traded.

It’s been a career year for Jeremy Lamb of the Charlotte Hornets. He’s averaging a career-high 15.2 points and 5.5 rebounds, but may end up being traded prior to next month’s NBA trade deadline.

According to Rod Boone of The Athletic, Lamb “has the best chance” to be dealt by the deadline. Boone notes that re-signing Lamb as a free agent is going to be tough, given that he is expected to get a nice raise this summer.

It makes sense, considering the team is going to throw a ton of money at Kemba Walker. They’ll be in a tough position financially, so moving Lamb now and getting something in return could be a realistic option for the Charlotte Hornets.

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Lamb has certainly increased his trade value around the league with his play this season. He’s proved to be a capable second scoring option. He should generate a lot of interest thanks to his crafty, versatile play style.

Another note from Boone is that the Hornets would like to get more athletic at the wing position, so maybe the team looks for someone along those lines in a trade for Lamb. He also listed Malik Monk and Frank Kaminsky as two other trade candidates.

I named two of those three players, Lamb and Kaminsky, as two of the most likely to be traded in a recent article. The Hornets have been shopping Kaminsky around the league, and could now begin to shop Lamb as well.

It’s going to be really interesting to see what the Charlotte Hornets do as we inch closer towards the trade deadline. It’s unfortunate that Lamb is easily playing the best basketball of his career and could end up being traded, but that’s something that could be necessary.

The NBA is a business. Jeremy Lamb knows that, as he has been traded before in his career. He was drafted by the Houston Rockets 12th overall in 2012, but before playing a game for Houston, he was involved in a trade that sent James Harden from Oklahoma City to the Houston.

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Then, after a three-year stint with the Thunder, Lamb was traded to the Hornets. Since then, he’s played well in a Hornets jersey, but his time here in Charlotte could sadly be coming to an end.