The Charlotte Hornets season ended on a low note, as they were blown out by the Indiana Pacers in the 9/10 play-in game. Despite the season ending as it did, the 2020-21 NBA season should still be viewed as a success for Charlotte.
The Hornets are on the right path. They have some great young pieces in potential Rookie of the Year, LaMelo Ball, Miles Bridges, Malik Monk and P.J. Washington. Veterans Terry Rozier and Gordon Hayward bring much-needed experience and leadership. The only spot the Hornets are truly lacking in going forward is the center position.
It is no secret that Charlotte has been looking to upgrade in the middle. Bismack Biymbo and Cody Zeller are both free agents, so if the organization was going to vigorously look to upgrade the position, the time is now.
They were aggressive during the season, as they engaged the Sacramento Kings in trade talks revolving around Richaun Holmes and Monk. They also made an effort to sign Andre Drummond, following his buyout from the Cleveland Cavaliers, before he opted to go with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Two more names to keep an eye on heading into the offseason are Myles Turner of the Indiana Pacers and Montrezl Harrell of the Lakers. Charlotte’s interest in both is widely known around the league.
The Hornets tried hard to sign Montrezl Harrell during NBA free agency. The reigning Sixth Man of the Year was reportedly turned down a more lucrative offer from the Hornets to sign with the Lakers this past offseason. It would be no surprise if they explored that avenue again.
Myles Turner is one of the premier defensive centers in the NBA, as he averaged 3.4 blocks per game this season. He can also stretch the floor offensively and would fit in seamlessly with what the Hornets are doing under James Borrego. The price to acquire him may be high, but if Charlotte feels Turner is the piece to help them jump up in the Eastern Conference, they would seriously consider doing it.