The Hornets aren’t in a great place from a long-term perspective with LaMelo Ball and PJ Washington arguably as their only pieces to build around.
Washington’s inclusion in that group is debatable and ESPN’s Bobby Marks believes that Charlotte should consider moving him if they can get an unprotected first-round pick for the forward.
Kelly Oubre, Gordon Hayward, and Mason Plumlee are among the other players on the Hornets’ roster who could be dealt. It’s likely that the price point for a deal wouldn’t be as steep for any of their veterans as it would be for Washington.
Charlotte enters Tuesday night’s slate of games with the second-worst record in the Eastern Conference, though many of those contests came without LaMelo Ball in the lineup.
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Zach LaVine and the Bulls are not seeing eye-to-eye, according to a report by The Athletic. The team is having a multitude of issues, including LaVine and DeMar DeRozan struggling to increase chemistry on the court, though the players reportedly still have a good relationship and they’re saying all the right things publicly. “There’s a certain level of frustration in people trying to figure out what we can do to help right the ship,” LaVine explained. “I think with the players that we have, we try to put it on each other to right the ship.” Could this all foreshadow an eventual LaVine trade if the Bulls don’t turn it around this season? It certainly seems possible.
Grant Williams, who will be a restricted free agent at the end of the season, is thriving in a defined role for the Celtics, though Shams Charania hears that the forward could see a bigger role and a bigger paycheck—somewhere in the $17-20 million annual range—from another team with cap space in the offseason.