The offseason is still young, but the Charlotte Hornets have repeatedly come up in reports about centers that are free agents to be or are seemingly available for trade. Some of the names are the same ones that we’ve seen pop up across multiple offseasons and trade deadlines. Others are new.
One of the names we’ve seen a lot, and one that we’ve seen a lot of in Hornets fans mock trades, is Myles Turner. The Hornets apparently REALLY want Turner, per J. Michael of the Indy Star. Turner brings a unique combination of shot blocking prowess and outside shooting ability. He isn’t the most adept passer and probably wouldn’t help with the Hornets rebound problems, but beggars can’t be choosers.
The Hornets are also expected to pursue Jarrett Allen in free agency. Allen doesn’t have the outside shooting of Turner, but he’s a better rebounder, passer, and interior scorer. The Hornets probably have long odds to land Allen, as he’ll probably be a pretty hot commodity in free agency, but he’s restricted, so the Cavaliers would be able to match any offer.
The Hornets are also apparently in the market for Mavericks big man Kristaps Porzingis. I honestly have no idea what people think of Porzingis anymore. People mocked the Knicks for taking him with the fourth pick in 2015, then he became a fan favorite star, and now he seems like the goat for a Mavericks team that is doing well but I guess not well enough? He put up big numbers all season, but his poor performance in the playoffs probably has people underrating how good a player he is right now.
Which of these three center targets is your favorite?
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