Is it likely the Hornets will swap LaMelo Ball for Jaylen Brown?
Let’s be real here, Kevin O’Connor was likely throwing this trade out there to prove the Boston Celtics have options in their search for a potential Jaylen Brown trade. Sure, adding LaMelo also solves a significant need for Boston’s roster and gives the Hornets an All-NBA talent to build their roster around.
However, LaMelo has shown flashes of superstar potential, is a recent top-3 draft pick, and could be the centerpiece of the Hornets’ organization throughout the prime years of his career. Moving on from such a talent in the hopes of becoming a contender without bringing a bona fide top-10 player back is a big roll of the dice.
I do think the trade would make sense for both teams in a vacuum, but in truth, there is very little chance a trade of this proportion would go down without both players indicating they wanted it to happen and without both franchises having guarantees about the future of those players. That’s a lot of red tape to cut through before you even begin to talk about the specifics of how the trade will be built out.
Would the Celtics want additional draft compensation? Should the Hornets be willing to give up more than LaMelo? Can Mitch Kupchak make the required moves to reposition the roster after such a big shake-up?
With so many questions, unknowns, and how unlikely all of this appears to be, I would assume this trade is nothing more than conjecture that proves a point rather than something that is a viable option for either team.