This Pacers-Hornets Trade Is Centered Around Gordon Hayward

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Does this trade make sense for the Charlotte Hornets?

The Charlotte Hornets are the worst defensive team in the NBA based on defensive rating and they are allowing 116.8 points per game to their opponents, the most in the entire league.

Maybe they can still make the playoffs given their current roster and maybe they can outscore a handful of teams in this league, but it is hard to imagine that they will find any postseason success if they do not play defense. 

One player is not going to change the entire dynamic of their defense, but Myles Turner could make a huge difference and be their anchor on that end of the floor. Since entering the league, Turner has averaged less than 2.0 blocks per game in a season just twice and as mentioned before, he has led the league in blocked shots two of the last three seasons. 

His 2.8 blocks per game this year are currently the most in the league and the 6’11” big man would fit in perfectly with the Hornets because of their pick-and-roll style of play on offense.

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Myles Turner has made a name for himself on offense by being a strong pick-and-roll big man and with terrific passers in Charlotte, he could really become a major two-way frontcourt threat in this league. 

Charlotte has always been interested in Myles Turner and it would not be shocking to see them finally go “all-out” in pursuit of him ahead of the trade deadline. There are two concerns with making this trade though. 

The first revolves around the chemistry issues that they could create by trading away Gordon Hayward and the other is the fact that Myles Turner only has one more year left on his contract after this season.

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Hayward has been instrumental in the Hornets’ success on offense and he ranks second on the team in total points, third in assists, third in field goals made and second in three-point shooting percentage (min. 100 attempts). 

Maybe he is not someone this franchise is wanting to move at the moment, but if they are to acquire a big man like Myles Turner, Hayward could very well wind up being the expendable asset on the Hornets’ roster.

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Brett Siegel joined NBA Analysis Network as an NBA Insider and Journalist in 2020 after previously working with Louisville Basketball and FanSided covering the NBA. He was a member of our staff until April 2022.