Does this trade make sense for the Charlotte Hornets?
If Pascal Siakam is made available, there is really no reason why the Charlotte Hornets should not pursue him. With Gordon Hayward, LaMelo Ball and Terry Rozier, the Hornets already have a talented offensive team, but adding Siakam would set them over the top and add them to the playoff mix next year in the Eastern Conference.
They would still need to add another frontcourt player and a key player at the center position, but adding Siakam to this Hornets team gives them enough firepower they need offensively to contend with any team in the Eastern Conference, even the likes of the 76ers, Bucks and Nets.
This season, Pascal Siakam averaged 21.4 points, 7.2 rebounds, 4.5 assists and shot 45.5% from the floor and this was with all of the Raptors injuries, including his own! SIakam only played in 56 games this year, yet every time he stepped on the court, he was arguably their best offensive threat.
P.J. Washington has been great in his first two seasons in the league and he will continue to be a key in the Hornets game plan if he remains with them, but adding Pascal Siakam would be a major upgrade for this team and he would come at a fairly low price tag.
Vernon Carey Jr. is not that big of a loss given that he did not really play much for Charlotte this year and while it would be nice to have their lottery pick this year, the Hornets could get away with not having it.
With roughly $30M in cap space, adding Pascal Siakam and then another frontcourt player in free agency would definitely be an intriguing move for the Charlotte Hornets to make and something that could better them for a foreseeable future.