After the Charlotte Hornets signed big man Al Jefferson to a three-year, $41 million deal last year, they had another busy offseason this year. They signed point guard Brian Roberts and forward Marvin Williams and then made their big splash, signing Indiana Pacers’ guard Lance Stephenson to a three-year, $27.4 million deal. The Hornets, however, would like to make another move and get into the top four in the Eastern Conference.
Nate Duncan of Basketball Insiders was asked about the Hornets potentially targeting Philadelphia 76ers’ forward Thaddeus Young, using the fourth-overall pick of the 2013 NBA Draft, big man Cody Zeller and swingman Gerald Henderson, who is set to make $6 million next season and holds a player option worth $6 million for the 2015-2016 season.
You are right that Henderson is superfluous, but I might hold onto him and see if his shooting comes back a little before trying to trade him. You are right that Young would be a great fit in Charlotte, and I don’t think a ton of Zeller’s long-term prospects unless he can really improve his shooting, so maybe that trade makes sense for CHA. I don’t necessarily see PHI getting much better of a return than that for Young either. So congrats, this was not a completely ridiculous trade proposal!
Duncan is right – the deal makes sense for the Hornets, but from a 76ers’ perspective, it doesn’t make as much sense.
Young went for 17.9 points, 6.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.1 steals per game and shot 45.4% from the field, 30.8% from beyond the arc and 71.2% from the free throw line this season.
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