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Charlotte Hornets acquire Mason Plumlee and move up in the second round

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The Charlotte Hornets make their first trade of the offseason, nabbing a quality center and moving up in the NBA Draft

NBA: Detroit Pistons at Charlotte Hornets Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

The Charlotte Hornets have traded the 57th pick to the Detroit Pistons in exchange for Mason Plumlee and the 37th overall pick, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Not only do the Hornets move up 20 spots in the second round of the 2021 NBA Draft, but they also land a quality center. The 31-year-old center had a solid season with the Pistons last year after signing with them in the previous offseason.

Plumlee averaged 10.4 points, 9.3 rebounds, and 3.6 assists last season while shooting 61.4% from the field. His rebounding and ability to playmake are going to make him a great fit in Charlotte. Plumlee is under contract for two more seasons making around $8 million dollars each year.

The Hornets use up some of their cap space with this move, but it gives them some options moving forward. They still have enough money to sign another player this offseason, and Plumlee could act as their starting center next year if necessary.

In exchange for taking on his salary, the Hornets also get to select 20 spots earlier in the Draft. Players such as JT Thor, Josh Christopher, and Jeremiah Robinson-Earl could all be available in that range.

This is a win-win move for the Charlotte Hornets, who capitalized on Detroit’s apparent desire to move Plumlee’s salary. They gain a starting-caliber center while also moving up in the draft. Perfection.