3 Potential offseason targets to help Hornets improve on the fringe

Mitch Kupchak, Charlotte Hornets (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
Mitch Kupchak, Charlotte Hornets (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /
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The Charlotte Hornets add Naz Reid in free agency

Naz Reid, Minnesota Timberwolves
Naz Reid, Minnesota Timberwolves (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /

So far, we’ve only looked at guards who could help improve the Charlotte Hornets on the fringes. Now, we turn our attention to a two-way big man that found his playing time with the Minnesota Timberwolves reduced following the addition of Rudy Gobert last summer.

Naz Reid could instantly improve Charlotte’s rotation due to his rim-running, shot-blocking, and knack for hitting perimeter shots. Reid is coming off his fourth year in the NBA and is entering the first unrestricted free agency of his career.

Last season, the big man provided averages of 11.5 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 1.1 assists per game while shooting 34.6% from deep on 3.2 attempts per game. Currently, the Hornets’ big rotation is set with Mark Williams and Nick Richards, but Reid would bring a different type of production with genuine experience and could easily oust Richards from the rotation.

The Hornets will enter free agency with the Non-Taxpayer Mid-Level Exception worth $12.2 million, which should be more than enough to entice Reid into heading to the South East division, and could give LaMelo Ball a diverse new pick-and-roll partner in the process.

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