The Charlotte Hornets did not make any major move in the 2022 offseason. Outside of adding Dennis Smith Jr. and re-signing Cody Martin, not much has changed on their roster. The rest of the league seems like they are improving drastically. The Boston Celtics added Malcolm Brogdon. The Cleveland Cavaliers made the groundbreaking trade for Donovan Mitchell, and other teams are getting healthy. The Hornets might need to make a move at some point this season. They have some guys that they might be able to cash out on assets.
Terry Rozier has been good for the Hornets since touching down in Charlotte in 2019-2020. He had his best season in 2021, when he averaged 20 points per game. He might very well have the most value among all the Hornets who are available via trade. He has shown he can be a second or third scoring option on a playoff contending team. He fits this new NBA style of scoring point guards. Rozier can create his own shot and for others as a playmaker. He hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down in terms of production. At age 27, he is about to enter his prime.
LaMelo Ball and Rozier have spent time interchanging at the guard spots too. Still, we look at Rozier as more of the undersized two-guard. Depending on where he were to end up, he could spend more time back at the point. That could be a good move for him. He won’t have to guard too many guys that are bigger than him. Plus, whatever pieces they are able to get in return should help complement Ball and the rest of the roster.