After an enjoyable, 48-win campaign in 2015-2016, the Charlotte Hornets have missed the playoffs in back-to-back seasons and the team failed to reach even 40 wins during either campaign. Some of the issues related to Charlotte’s performance have been injury-related but, much like a few other teams in the NBA, the Hornets went “all in” during the summer of 2016 from a contract perspective and the results have been mixed, to put it kindly.
That confluence of events leaves the organization in a strange place, and a new coach-GM combination will be leading the squad for the upcoming season and beyond. With very little in the way of salary cap flexibility, the Hornets must look to improve their roster (at least from a future perspective) through the 2018 NBA Draft and, of course, that includes potential trades on or around draft day.
If we assume, however, that the Hornets simply stay put at No. 11 and No. 55 in the upcoming draft, a number of possibilities arise. In this space, we’ll break down a few players that could make sense in Charlotte, knowing full well that the option for full-blown turnover looms for the Hornets. Here we go.