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: Sitting on their hands

Overall the Hornets are in a pretty bad situation as a franchise. But they do have a good opportunity to be very active over the next few weeks. Thanks to the recent implementation of the play-in tournament, and the rare occurrence of multiple veteran-laden, win-now teams near the middle of the standings, the market is lush with buyers and scarce of sellers.

Many of the big dominos have already fallen (Pascal Siakam, OG Anunoby, and Terry Rozier) and yet there are still a number of teams looking to improve their roster via trade in the next two weeks. The Hornets have some solid players to sell and also have the financial flexibility to help other teams facilitate deals.

They find themselves in a rare position of power to an extent, given these unusual circumstances. The team should be open to any deal, they should be answering every call, listening to any and all offers, and finding ways to get creative by any means to squeeze a little extra something out of an opponent.

Walking away from this deadline with a handful of assets would be a huge win for the team and a boon for the future, one that will only accelerate the rebuild and enhance the possibilities going forward.