2 Trade deadline moves that would boost Hornets, 2 they must avoid

Charlotte Hornets general manager Mitch Kupchak answers media
Charlotte Hornets general manager Mitch Kupchak answers media / Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports
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Avoid: Giving away draft picks for any reason

Never say never, but it is incredibly hard to fathom a scenario that would warrant the Hornets trading away draft picks at the trade deadline. At this point in the rebuild, one of the main (and only) goals should be to accumulate as many draft picks as possible over the next few years, and giving away precious pick equity for a minor upgrade in the interim would be borderline insubordination.

There is no logical reason to try and make the roster better this season, and every reason to give the roster a chance to be better in future seasons. Sure, if a young player bizarrely becomes available in the next two weeks and the Hornets are convinced he can be a part of the young core of the team, then we can talk.

But they better be damn sure and that’s incredibly unlikely. Even if that were to happen, the chances of a promising young prospect being dealt at the trade deadline for draft picks are pretty low and that would certainly come with some sort of risk. Barring crazy unforeseen circumstances, trading draft picks should not be on the table.