The Charlotte Hornets were one of the seven teams that did nothing at the NBA Trade Deadline. So, now what? In the days prior to the trade deadline it appeared the Hornets had emerged as the front runner to land Marc Gasol, but the Raptors swept in to grab the big man.
The Hornets still have the chance to land someone through waivers but the options are limited. At this point Charlotte needs more offense, they currently rank 18th in the league in points per game.
A few guys are available that could help the Hornets for the rest of the season. At the top of the list would be Carmelo Anthony. It’s long been rumored that Anthony will eventually join the Lakers, but it hasn’t happened yet. Anthony could easily become the Hornets second option and it would give him a bigger role than many of his potential suitors.
Other potential options include a couple of scoring big men in Enes Kanter and Greg Monroe. Kanter was averaging a double-double for the Knicks at 14 points and 10.5 rebounds per game in 44 games. Monroe wasn’t getting much playing time in Toronto, but has career averages of 13 points and 8 rebounds per game.
One other option that exists might excite the UNC portion of the fanbase, could the Hornets bring Ellington back to North Carolina. The former UNC star is likely to be bought out and is reportedly looking to join a playoff contender. Ellington is a career 38 percent three-point shooter and 8 point per game scorer. He’s coming off a career best season in Miami in 2017-18 where he averaged 11.2 points per game.
None of these options are outstanding, but they could help the Hornets a little down the stretch of the season. Most importantly it could show star Kemba Walker that the Hornets want to win. Walker will be a free agent this summer and the Hornets must be nervous, especially with the Knicks positioning themselves to go after big names in Free Agency. If the Knicks strikeout with Kyrie Irving they could turn to the New York native to pair with another big name free agent.