Latest Hornets report is absolutely terrible news for fans

The Charlotte Hornets are reportedly open to being a dumping ground for bad contracts in trades, but that is terrible news for fans.
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The Charlotte Hornets are ready for a change heading into next year. Well, that should be the goal, at least. After being one of the worst teams in the league for the past two seasons, they should be looking to improve.

They just hired Charles Lee to be the new head coach of the franchise. He’s been a head coaching candidate for years and is primed to lead them into the future.

And while a huge emphasis for Charlotte should be on securing a great future with LaMelo Ball at the helm, the organization should try its best to avoid being a bottom-feeder again next season.

Unfortunately for Hornets fans, the latest report about Charlotte’s potential offseason plans should have the fanbase very worried and, honestly, pretty frustrated.

Hornets reportedly looking to take on bad contracts in trade, but that is a disservice to fans

According to Jake Fischer of Yahoo Sports, the Hornets and Detroit Pistons are viewed as teams that should be willing to absorb unwanted salaries in trades.

Fischer described their status as a potential “dumping ground,” also noting that a Miles Bridges sign-and-trade could be on the table and that the Hornets acted as a clear seller at the 2024 trade deadline.

Obviously, selling assets could help the Hornets have a brighter future, but who are they going to trade? Seth Curry? Maybe, but his value isn’t incredible. The same can be said for Davis Bertans, Vasilije Micic, and their other guys.

The Hornets shouldn’t want to trade Grant Williams, Mark Williams, or even Tree Mann. Instead of focusing on taking on bad contracts, the Hornets should want to add talent.

Whether it be through the draft, the trade market, or free agency, bringing in talented players that both compliment Ball and Brandon Miller and help their future should be the goal.

If Charlotte decides to act as a complete rebuilding team this summer, taking on bad deals, that would be a disservice to their fanbase, which has stood by them through so many bad years.

Barring another unhealthy season for Ball and Williams, this upcoming year should be all about growth and pushing forward for the Hornets, not the opposite. Fans deserve so much better.