Player #3: Jaden Springer
And what do you know! It’s another young shooter guard who was having a hard time getting minutes on a good team. Springer is just 21 years old and in his third NBA season, but he’s never been able to gain consistent minutes for the Sixers.
He’s 6’4” and very springy (sorry, bad pun!) and has shown incredible defensive abilities in limited opportunities. He has also flashed some really nice moves with the ball but has struggled to make shots and finish plays.
Springer is still a pretty raw player, but he would’ve had a long runway to grow and develop in Charlotte (a chance he won’t have any time soon in Boston, where he ended up). Like Grimes and Agbaji, Springer would have fit into the Hornets' timeline and lineup as a low(ish) usage 2-guard, excelling on the defensive end.
At such a young age, he would have been a great flier, and he was basically moved in a salary dump for a couple of late second-round picks by the Sixers. The Hornets probably could have gotten involved in this mix without giving up too much, and it would have been a nice prospect to add to the team. Hopefully, it won’t be a non-move we end up regretting.
Overall, these would have been some savvy moves with little risk and potentially high upside. But none are huge needle movers, which speaks to the lack of activity at the deadline. Given everything that happened, I really can’t complain about what Charlotte did.