Terry Roser has been good to the Hornets since landing at Charlotte in 2019-20. He had his best season in 2021, when he averaged 20 points per game. It may have the best value among all Hornets available via trade. He showed that he could be the second or third scoring option in the play-off between the opposing team. It fits the NBA’s new style of scoring point guards. Rozier can create his own shot and for others as a playmaker. It showed no signs of slowing down in terms of production. At the age of twenty-seven, he is about to enter the prime of his life.
LaMelo Ball and Rozier spent time exchanging at guard posts as well. However, we view the Rozier as more than two smaller bodyguards. Depending on where he ends up, he could spend more time going back to that point. This might be a good move for him. He wouldn’t have to guard a lot of men older than him. Additionally, any piece they can get in return should help complete the ball and the rest of the list.
Gordon Hayward has been a constant force for the Hornets when he’s actually available. Unfortunately, Hayward only played 93 out of 164 games in his two seasons at Charlotte. In both seasons the team was going in the right direction. We’re talking stuck in the middle of the competition so I wasted quite a bit of time. When one of your best players goes out, the team pays a heavy price for his absence. Which ended up being Play-In exits in consecutive years. So Hayward’s leash is likely to be short.
However, Hayward could remain a productive player in a lesser role. The guy was an All-Star star in his final season at Utah State in 2016-2017. He lost his groove a bit when he signed with Boston due to a severe ankle injury. Fortunately, his time in Charlotte showed that he still had some juice in his tank. He cannot be the first or second choice in the team. If he can play for fewer minutes, this may reduce his risk of injury. This will eventually prolong his career.
Rozier and Hayward aren’t the healthiest choices, but they’re still good players. It will be easy for them to make an impact on the team from day one. They are veterans who must be able to adapt to whatever situation they can be sent into. For the assets in turn, there should be sufficient substitutes available. The Hornets know they need to get pieces that will keep LaMelo Ball happy. The happiness of the franchise player should be the number one priority for this team.
It would be sad to see two vital pieces leave Queen City. Their contributions will not go unnoticed. It might be time for a change to make this team competitive. In order to do so, they will have to flip some of their most beloved pieces in the future. Unfortunately, that’s just the nature of the business.