The Charlotte Hornets have been one of the best storylines of the 2020-21 NBA season because of all of the success they have found after some years of finishing near the bottom of the league standings. The Hornets are currently the 4-seed in the Eastern Conference and while they will be fighting for a playoff spot this season, they are definitely well on their way to making the playoffs.
The two acquisitions of Gordon Hayward and LaMelo Ball in the offseason have been game-changing for this organization and have made them “must-see-TV” when they play. They are such a thrilling team to watch because of their ability to knock down shots and because of all of the athletes they have, but mostly because of the play of rookie sensation LaMelo Ball.
Unfortunately for Ball, he is expected to miss the remainder of the season after fracturing his wrist, but before getting injured, he was well on his way to being named the Rookie of the Year. In 41 games this season, Ball has averaged 15.9 points, 5.9 rebounds, 6.1 assists, 1.6 steals and has shot 37.5% from the three-point line.
With other young players stepping up into bigger roles on Charlotte’s roster this year, the Hornets have turned themselves into a great organization and a team with plenty of potential moving forward. After not making a move at the trade deadline this year, the Hornets are expected to have just under $30M in cap space to play around with, which means they may finally be able to get a high-level frontcourt talent.
After being rumored to be targeting Lakers’ center Montrezl Harrell ahead of the deadline and with Los Angeles expected to keep newly signed center Andre Drummond past this season, could the Hornets look to trade for the reigning Sixth-Man of the Year?
Harrell could be a major addition and upgrade from Cody Zeller in the frontcourt for Charlotte, so what will it take to potentially acquire the Lakers’ big man? Let’s take a look at what the Hornets would have to potentially give up to acquire Montrezl Harrell this coming offseason.