Could Terry Rozier make his way to the Western Conference? That is what is being suggested in a hypothetical trade by James Piercey of NBA Analysis Network. Piercey has Rozier heading to San Antonio while the Spurs send back Reggie Bullock, Devonte Graham, and a 2025 first-round draft selection.
After being critical of the decision to draft Brandon Miller over Scoot Henderson, some analysis was provided about their current starting backcourt. Noting issues with Rozier playing alongside LaMelo Ball as both are ball-dominant players. Additionally, there was some insight provided as to why the Hornets would consider this deal.
"“So, they should at least be open to moving him. This would be a good return. Reuniting with Graham makes sense – the Hornets could use a backup point guard. Bullock is still a decent 3-and-D wing. Throw in an unprotected first-rounder, and this deal improves Charlotte’s outlook.”"
These are some convincing points. Charlotte’s backup point guard situation is murky at best. The Hornets recently signed Frank Ntilikina and R.J. Hunter on what can only be described as flier deals. Being able to bypass both in favor of Graham would be a better decision. Additionally, adding a wing player in Bullock could help their poor three-point performance last season as well as pick up the slack defensively for others who have trouble in that area.
There is also the unprotected first-rounder coming Charlotte’s way. Whenever a team can get a future first-round pick for someone the talent level of Rozier must be considered. Yes, it is two years down the line and there is the possibility it becomes a non-lottery pick. Either way, they could hang on to that pick and make a selection or flip it for a known commodity to improve their roster immediately.
This is a trade that would add some depth to a team that truly needs it, even though one of the more talented players on the roster would be moved in order to do so. The Hornets would be wise to strongly consider a trade package similar to this one if a team comes calling about Rozier.