Charlotte Hornets: Potential 2021 NBA Draft trade up or down scenarios

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The 2021 NBA Draft is fast approaching and the Charlotte Hornets are currently in possession of the 11th, 56th, and 57th picks. Now while the Hornets could keep hold of the three picks they own, there have been rumblings that general manager Mitch Kupchak has been active on the phone lines and that the picks, #11 in particular, could be moved on or before draft day.

For many fans, trading up, down, or out of the lottery is the main point in discussion. Today, we take a look at potential deals to move up and move down in the draft.

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA – MARCH 20: Kai Jones #22 of the Texas Longhorns walks off the court after a loss to Abilene Christian Wildcats 53-52 in the first round game of the 2021 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 20, 2021 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Hornets Trade Back with the Thunder

Hornets Get
2021 16th Overall Pick (Via BOS)
2021 18th Overall Pick (Via MIA)
2021 34th Overall Pick
Thunder Get
2021 11th Overall Pick
2021 56th Overall Pick (Via LAC)

Hornets Draft Selections:

16th: C Kai Jones

18th: SG Cam Thomas

34th: PF JT Thor

57th: SG Austin Reaves

This trade is just a basic trade-down scenario. The Hornets move out of the lottery and pick up two draft picks just outside of it. In this scenario moving up to the early second round to snag a potential future role player such as JT Thor or Josh Primo could pique the interest of the Hornets.

The drop off from the 11th pick to the 16th pick is pretty large, but getting two bites at the apple as there will probably still be some solid players there available might be worth it especially when you factor in the early second-round pick that the Hornets would also receive by making this move.

With #16 and #18, the Hornets could potentially have their choice of two between Alperen Sengun, Kai Jones, Cam Thomas, Ziaire Williams, or Jared Butler.

On the flip side, the Thunder has many picks and may be willing to package some to get a more high-quality prospect. Thunder general manager Sam Presti is probably weighing that option right now as we speak.

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