Does the proposed Hornets/Heat trade make sense for Charlotte?
Tyler Herro has spent his entire career with the Miami Heat – success is all he knows. If the Hornets were to flip Rozier and Martin for Herro, he would instantly improve Charlotte’s rotation and most likely make a significant impact within the locker room. Last season, the Hornets ranked bottom of the NBA in offensive rating and will be looking to bounce back with a versatile and consistent offensive scheme in the upcoming season.
Herro could help the Hornets as both a scorer and a connector. Last season, the former Sixth Man of the Year averaged 20.1 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 4.2 assists on 49.7% shooting from the field and 37.8% from 3-Point range. Unlike Rozier, Herro can operate without the ball while still maintaining offensive gravity due to his catch-and-shoot ability, along with his rip-through penetration.
At 23 years old, Herro also fits the Hornets’ timeline and would be able to continue his development alongside LaMelo Ball and Brandon Miller – and potentially P.J. Washington and Miles Bridges, depending on how their individual contracts shake out over the next 12 months. Parting ways with Rozier would be a tough call, but if the return is Herro, it’s a call that Kupchak would be foolish not to make.
As a final note here, Rozier would also get to move into a primary ball-handler role with Miami rather than operating as a two-guard alongside LaMelo, while the Hornets would clear what appears to be a growing logjam at the guard position.