Grade the mock trade: Hornets flip Gordon Hayward for 12-Time All-Star

Gordon Hayward, Charlotte Hornets. (Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images)
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Does the proposed Hornets/Warriors trade make sense for the Hornets?

Gordon Hayward, Charlotte Hornets
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Chris Paul has a reputation for elevating the talent around him. Multiple younger players have excelled when playing alongside the veteran ball-handler. Considering where the Hornets are in their current development and how many young prospects reside within the team’s roster, having a player with a track record of expediting individual development makes total sense.

LaMelo Ball, Brandon Miller, Nick Smith Jr., Mark Williams, and James Bouknight could all benefit from having Paul on the roster. The 12-time All-Star would bring veteran leadership and undoubted talent to the rotation, but most importantly, Paul could be the player to propel the franchise back into the postseason.

Another important aspect to note is the final year of Paul’s deal is non-guaranteed, meaning the Hornets could part ways with the veteran if things didn’t go to plan or if he became disgruntled with his role on the team or the lack of development within the roster.

However, it also means Charlotte could have Paul for two full seasons, which would provide significant upside in terms of the on-court product and locker room leadership and growth.

The fit is far from perfect, but the upside is certainly intriguing from a Hornets aspect.