How is it possible that the Charlotte Hornets could be involved in the Miami Heat’s quest to land Damian Lillard from the Portland Trail Blazers? By way of acquiring a player that would make that trade possible.
Jake Fischer of Yahoo Sports has reported that the Charlotte Hornets could be one of several teams who could be interested in trading for Miami Heat guard Tyler Herro, the others being the Utah Jazz, Chicago Bulls, and Brooklyn Nets.
"“If Portland ultimately does business with Miami, the Jazz — as well as the Bulls, Hornets and Nets — are considered a team interested in landing Tyler Herro from the Heat, sources said.”"
Should a deal between Portland and Miami be on the table with Herro being made available, the Hornets should jump at the chance to get themselves involved. At just 24 years old, Herro is much more aligned with the youth movement taking place in Charlotte than the likes of Terry Rozier and Gordon Hayward.
Additionally, with Herro being under contract through the 2026-27 season, the organization would have known financial commitments between his deal and LaMelo Ball’s that would allow the team to build around them as needed. This is a very underrated aspect of the team-building process as they would not have to worry about an impending contract extension due to Miaimi having already taken care of that for them beforehand.
Herro would bring an important skill that the Hornets were lacking last season, consistent three-point shooting. The Miami guard shot 37.8% from deep while averaging three makes per game from deep last season, tied for 11th in the NBA. Charlotte struggled in this area as they were one of the worst three-point shooting teams in the league in 2022-23. Being able to acquire a talent like Herro would instantly improve their effectiveness in this area and should be seriously considered if truly on the table. Squandering a chance to add a young player of Herro’s caliber to the current roster configuration in Charlotte would be incredibly disappointing.