The Charlotte Hornets are hoping to keep the momentum they had last season rolling and they will need a solid enforcer inside the paint. Rumors are swirling that the Hornets are ready to send Jeremy Lamb and two future picks to the Philadelphia 76ers for Jahlil Okafor.
It’s no secret the 76ers do have a log jam in their roster and they have already placed two of their big men namely Okafor and Nerlens Noel on the trading block. The 76ers do want a shooter in exchange for either of the two big men and luckily the Hornets have the luxury of having those assets.
The Hornets, however, do need consistency inside the paint and Roy Hibbert obviously could not give it. Despite having shooters, Nicolas Batum, Marco Belinelli and Kemba Walker, a solid big man in the paint would change the game for the Hornets. Getting Okafor would not bring them to the championship, but at least they would stand a chance against formidable teams in the coming season.
Hibbert is not the ideal rim protector that the Hornets would get as he only averages 5.9 points with 4.9 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game. With Okafor, the Hornets would get speed as he is only 20 years-old and averages 17.5 points with 7.0 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game. A huge comparison and Okafor could very well give to the Hornets cause, not to mention he use to play for Duke which is based in North Carolina.
Getting Okafor is not cheap as the 76ers have already stated that they would need some shooting guards to spread the floor for them. Here is where Jeremy Lamb comes in. The 24-year old out of Connecticut could very well help the 76ers run their offense coming off the bench.
Lamb averages 8.8 points with 1.2 assist and 3.8 rebounds per game and could very well spread the floor with Ben Simmons, Dario Saric, and Joel Embiid. Aside from Lamb, the Hornets could also send their 2017 and 2019 first rounders as they still hold a lot of assets in place.
Adding second rounders to the trade offer would be risky for the Hornets, however playing it safe has never been good to them in years. The Hornets should show aggressiveness in getting into a trade and this is the right time to weigh things and get the needed pieces that would work for them this coming season.
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