2. The Hornets set their sights on high upside trade targets
In recent weeks, the Charlotte Hornets have been floated in rumors regarding both Deandre Ayton and Jonathan Kuminga, with the notion being that the front office are looking to equip their roster with young, high-upside talent.
Now that the Hornets have their place among the top-two in the draft lottery confirmed, it would make perfect sense if Kupchak began searching for additional young talent that’s available via trade. With LaMelo and (potentially) Miller on their roster, a player like Ayton or Kuminga would give the roster a dynamic two-way skillset, while allowing the team to grow and develop in the coming seasons.
Currently, the Hornets are armed with multiple draft picks and some talent that has value around the NBA – such as Terry Rozier. With a player of Miller’s potential set to walk through the doors at the Spectrum Center, re-aligning the roster to fit his and LaMelo’s timeline is a move worth making.
After all, Charlotte has floundered in NBA purgatory for long enough, and now, they have a genuine shot at building a young roster that can develop into a genuine threat in a few years time.