Charlotte Hornets: Team should be active in trade talks

Charlotte Hornets Marvin Williams (Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
Charlotte Hornets Marvin Williams (Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /

The Charlotte Hornets front office should be picking up their phones and pursuing trades for valuable pieces to aid their future.

The Charlotte Hornets have been nothing short of disappointing in their last three years. They have been projected to make the playoffs by most people for all three of those years and have fell short.

Some fans began to clamor for a full rebuild, even proposing the idea of trading All-Star Kemba Walker in order to jumpstart the rebuild. At the time, with his trade value being so high, the return for him would have been an excellent way to begin the team’s overhaul.

The organization actively fought the notion that rebuilding the team is the path to success, but without finding an alternative route, their time ran out. Their two best players left in free agency this summer.

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With the departures of Kemba Walker, Jeremy Lamb, Tony Parker, and Frank Kaminsky, this team should finally be looking to regenerate the roster.

One important way to do so is to learn from past mistakes. Try to trade players who are on expiring deals for some form of a return.

I understand the idea to keep them so that the Hornets have cap space next summer, however, that is only effective in markets/rosters where free agents want to go. Charlotte is not such a free-agent destination.

The current roster actually has some pieces that other teams may perceive as valuable enough to give an asset in return. A few names that should be active in trade negotiations should be Marvin Williams and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.

Marvin would be the most valuable to a team because he is a stretch four who can give a team some good minutes as a small-ball five. He is a good three-point shooter, ball-handler for his size, and also is a versatile defender who can guard multiple positions.

MKG is also very valuable when all he is asked to do is defend at a high level; he is an elite individual defender. Although his offense is limited in the half court, he is an underrated offensive player when in transition.

Both of these players are true professionals and could really help some contending teams that are looking to add depth to their roster before they enter the playoffs.

I would look at teams like the Portland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets, Boston Celtics, or even the LA Clippers to eye Marvin and MKG with their lack of depth at the power forward position.

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If you’re the Charlotte Hornets, it is worth looking into what the returns for these useful players could be.