Nov 29, 2013; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines forward Mitch McGary (4) is defended by Coppin State Eagles forward Zach Burnham in the second half at Crisler Arena. Michigan won 87-45. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Charlotte Hornets exploring trading up from No. 24

The NBA Draft is a few hours away and the trade rumors are beginning to really heat up as teams try to get in position to take the player they believe can push them over the top.

One team lighting up the phones is the Charlotte Hornets who own the No. 9 pick and the No. 24 pick, but they are exploring the possibility of moving up from No. 24, according Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders.

The Hornets have been pretty locked in on Doug McDermott with the No. 9 pick according to most mock drafts, but the second of their first round picks has been more difficult to try and narrow down who the team will target with former Michigan big man Mitch McGary rumored to have been promised the Hornets will take him if he’s available.

Could the Hornets think McGary will no longer be available when they are scheduled to be on the clock at No. 24 and they are trying to move up in order to better position themselves they get the 6-10, 250-pound power forward/center?

McGary would bring size and toughness to the lineup which is something the Hornets roster lacks and despite injury concerns would fill a big need for the club that is coming off a playoff appearance.

He has only worked out for the Milwaukee Bucks after an injury-shortened final season with the Wolverines and likely would have been a lottery pick if he had stayed healthy or come out after last season, so the value would be there for Charlotte to trade up if they believe McGary is there guy.

 

 

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