Charlotte Hornets general manager Rich Cho laughed off the speculations of a Dwight Howard to Charlotte rumors on Tuesday.
NBA trade rumors the last two days state that the Hornets were in discussions with the Rockets for a probable trade involving Howard on the Rockets’ end and Jeremy Lin and Al Jefferson on the Hornets’ side.
Cho did not directly deny the trade rumor but laughing off a reporter’s question about the Howard to Charlotte trade was a giveaway.
“It’s my policy not to comment on trade rumors. I’d like to leave it at that,” Cho said via The Charlotte Observer.
Cho said however, that the Hornets might not be done dealing two days away from the NBA trade deadline, which is on Thursday, Feb. 18.
“I wouldn’t say we’re necessarily done, but we are happy with this move,” Cho said referring to the trade that got them Courtney Lee from the Memphis Grizzlies. “We always keep our eyes and ears open.”
If Cho and the Hornets are not done dealing, it could possibly involve center Jefferson, who has been injured for the most part of the first half of the regular season. The team has also played well even without their veteran big man and its possible that they just let go of Jefferson in exchange for future draft picks or young prospects.
It is unlikely that the team will deal Jeremy Lin in any trade as the Asian-American guard is in a friendly contract that pays him just around $2 million per season. Lin is the team’s best scorer off the bench and the Hornets need him if they want to go deep in the playoffs.
The acquisition of Lee would also not hurt Lin’s playing time as the latter is more of a combo guard while Lee is expected to assume the role of Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, who is again injured and expected to be out for the season, at the guard and forward spots.
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