Who Are The Most Often Trade Partners With The Charlotte Hornets?

Who Are The Most Often Trade Partners With The Charlotte Hornets?
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Now that the 2023 NBA Draft is officially over, some teams will shift their focus toward strengthening their rosters for a deep playoff run, while others will begin a rebuilding phase this upcoming season.

In a whirlwind week of high-profile trades, the Phoenix Suns shipped Chris Paul, Landry Shamet, and multiple future second-round draft picks to acquire Bradley Beal from the Washington Wizards. Subsequently, Paul found himself traded again to the Golden State Warriors in exchange for Jordan Poole.

Then, the Boston Celtics, Memphis Grizzlies, and Washington Wizards finalized a three-way trade that shocked the NBA. Memphis sent Tyus Jones to Washington to receive Marcus Smart from the Celtics, while the Wizards included Kristaps Porzingis in the package sent to Boston.

The Washington Wizards are clearly entering a rebuilding phase, a transition that the Charlotte Hornets most certainly can relate to. After selecting Alabama’s Brandon Miller with the second-overall pick, the Hornets have young protected assets that should bring hope to the Queen City and North Carolina sports betting.

However, it has been seven daunting years since the Hornets’ last playoff appearance. If their season doesn’t indicate promising signs by the midway point, expect potential roster moves leading up to next year’s trade deadline.

The Hornets can target the Oklahoma City Thunder, another young team with overflowing assets and a familiar trade partner, or the Golden State Warriors if the Steph Curry-Chris Paul duo fails, should a trade present itself. 

As two of the most frequent trade partners with the Charlotte Hornets, both share extensive history. But which other franchises make the list of the most often trade partners with the Hornets?

With the NBA Draft past & the free agency period beginning soon, BetCarolina.com decided to look at the most often trade partners of the Charlotte Hornets in the history of the team, including the Bobcats era. Utilizing Basketball-Reference.com, BetCarolina.com gathered the amount of trades made between the Hornets and another team – as well as highlighting the most successful acquisition of the team’s trade history between the two teams. 

Rank Team # of Trades Best Acquisition
T-1 Oklahoma City Thunder 7 Jeremy Lamb (2015)
T-1Golden State Warriors7 Jason Richardson (2007)
T2 Milwaukee Bucks 6 Bernard Robinson (2004 2nd Rd. Draft Pick)
T2 NY Knicks 6Anthony Mason (1996)

Hornets’ Most Frequent Trade Partners Revealed

The Oklahoma City Thunder and the Golden State Warriors are tied with being the most often trade partners with the Charlotte Hornets, while the Milwaukee Bucks and the New York Knicks are tied in second with six exchanges completed in their history. The Thunder and Warriors have finalized seven trades with the Hornets.

Charlotte has not had much success in acquiring the most durable talent in a trade involving many of these teams, except for Anthony Mason in 1996. The Knicks traded away Mason for established superstar, Larry Johnson, which angered an entire fanbase. 

However, Mason managed to be selected to the 1997 All-NBA Defensive team and earned an All-NBA third team with the Hornets that same year.

In 2007, the Warriors traded fan-favorite Jason Richardson to the Bobcats in exchange for the 36th pick, Jermareo Davidson. Richardson would only last a little over a year in the Queen City. However, he would eventually lead the team in scoring with 21.8 points and the league in three-point field goals made in the 2007-08 season.

At last, Jeremy Lamb was acquired from the Thunder through Luke Ridnour and a 2016 second-round draft pick, and immediately signed a three-year, $21 million contract with the Hornets. Safe to say, that contract turned out to be somewhat ineffective as Lamb only averaged 11.9 points with the Hornets in a four-year stint. The former NCAA champion with UConn would then play with the Indiana Pacers and Sacramento Kings in the latter stages of his career.

Stick with BetCarolina.com for more Hornets coverage ahead of the launch of NC sports betting apps.

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Felix Veletanga is an experienced reporter who has covered local news, politics, and sports in Northern New Jersey, and now lends his expertise to the North Carolina sports betting market. He previously covered the Saint Peter’s men’s basketball team’s 2022 NCAA Cinderella run for HudPost. Felix specializes in combat fighting and soccer betting analysis with a focus on the Premier League.

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