Writers Round-Table: Charlotte Hornets trade deadline predictions

Charlotte Hornets Kemba Walker (Photo by Brock Williams-Smith/NBAE via Getty Images)
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1. Who do you think is a realistic trade target for the Charlotte Hornets?

Zachary Padmore: Well, Enes Kanter seems to be having a horrible time sitting on the bench for the Knicks, and I think he’d be a welcome addition for Charlotte. He’s on an expiring contract and his value may be diminished thanks to his lack of playing time. He’d give the Hornets a consistent double-double threat on the inside that would fit well in the pick-and-roll with Kemba Walker.

Giovanni Spillman: At the trade deadline, I would like to see the Hornets trade for a center. The Hornets lack defense, and versatility at the five spot. I like Andre Drummond because of his defense and double-double efficiency, but I also like Marc Gasol. Gasol has a nice step-back shot, and he also can shoot from the perimeter efficiently.

Elijah Edwards: It’s a popular answer and one many fans would like to see, but I think Bradley Beal could be had if we offer the right pieces. Pairing him with Kemba Walker would create arguably the best backcourt in the Eastern Conference and one of the best in the league. The question, of course, is what will we have to give up?

De White: Realistically, I know we’re not going to be able to land some All-Star caliber player. Drummond may be the ceiling for us. But I’m still thinking that we’ll be improving our frontcourt. It may not be Drummond, but I’m thinking a power forward could/should be in the mix of targets for us.

Stephen Waniewski: The most realistic trade target for the Charlotte Hornets is Kevin Love. The Cavs are in full rebuild mode and Love doesn’t appear to be in their plans. He would provide much needed scoring, passes exceptionally well, and has a championship pedigree that the Hornets current roster craves.

Brendan Boylan: While the Trade deadline is only a week away, realistic targets become more and more clear. In the Hornets case no superstar will be acquired at the deadline however small needs can be. A Power Forward may be the biggest need, look at a player like JaMychal Green.

Caleb Baugher: A realistic trade for the Hornets would be targeting a wing man or scorer to replace Nicolas Batum.