The Charlotte Hornets have had one of their mots successful seasons in a very long time. They're right in the playoff race early on, and were playing above .500 basketball before some injuries knocked them to a losing record. However, despite the Hornets early season success, this hasn't stopped the Hornets from looking for ways to improve their team. Per Mitch Lawrence of Sporting News, the Hornets have called the Brooklyn Nets to express interest in stretch forward Bojan Bogdanovic.
"GM Billy King is conceding privately what we all know: The Nets aren't making the playoffs. So it's time to start breaking up the team. So far, Charlotte has called to try to deal for Bojan Bogdanovic, the team's top 3-point marksman, Sporting News has learned. If Joe Johnson doesn't get moved at the deadline, he's seen as a prime candidate for a buyout."
It's interesting to hear that the Hornets are the team calling around and exploring trades, but at the same time it's not surprising. We've wondered before if the Hornets would risk messing with a good thing and make a trade of some sort, but at the same time this front office regime has never shied away from making trades mid-season.
As for the deal in question, Bogdanovic provides a value the Hornets are always looking for in 3-point shooting on the wing. He's currently shooting 33 percent from deep with the Nets, and at 6'8 he can probably play the power forward spot if needed even though he's spent most of his career at small forward. At 26 years old he's shown to be a decent role player, and having youth on the roster is never a bad thing as both an asset and for the possibility of improvement.
The question however is does Bogdanovic fit on the Hornets roster? Well he will certainly add depth at the small forward spot with Charlotte wanting to run Nicolas Batum at shooting guard when Michael Kidd-Gilchrist returns, and it will allow the Hornets to play Marvin Williams almost exclusively at power forward. There's also some flexibility here to play Bogdanovic as a small ball four, but the Hornets already have plenty of power forwards on the roster.
Although, all of those power forwards might be part of why Charlotte would consider this trade. Clearing out the space there would give them some room to be a little more flexible with what they do have, and perhaps dump a contract or gain an asset along the way. Players such as Spencer Hawes could be traded to try and get rid of his contract, and there were rumors that the Hornets considered moving Cody Zeller over the offseason.
Other potential players that could be moved are Marvin Williams, Brian Roberts, and P.J. Hairston. The Nets are trying to rebuild and they'll be looking for contracts that can clear the books as quickly as possible. All three of those guys will be a free agent at the end of the season.
It's also possible that this never happens at all. Trade rumors are abundant this time of year, and we're probably going to hear the Hornets in quite a handful before the deadline in February.