Kings trade: Team that could buy low on Richaun Holmes – Charlotte Hornets
The Charlotte Hornets are in no way trying to make a push this season. Their simply way too far behind already and the climb they would need to make is just not possible for their group.
What is possible for their group, though, is building continuity and chemistry for the next few seasons. With Charlotte not being a free-agent destination, the Hornets have little ways to acquire talent this offseason outside of using their (high) first-round draft pick.
One way to get around that issue is by using this year’s trade deadline to their advantage. They could look to make a move or two centered around expiring contracts they have or players they don’t want to be hooked to for multiple years to come.
If they take that route and want to upgrade who LaMelo Ball has rim running off his pick and rolls, Richaun Holmes becomes a very interesting name as a buy-low trade target. Right now, Mason Plumlee is manning the middle for the Hornets and quite honestly, he is doing a very solid job in the role.
The Hornets can’t be upset with his play at all, but if they are thinking ahead, they’ll likely realize they won’t be investing long-term in a 32-year-old center this offseason. Instead of keeping him thru the season and allowing his contract to expire, the Hornets could look to flip him now for a big man who fits their team build better and is under contract for multiple seasons.
In Sacramento, this would be an awesome player to get back in a Holmes trade for a few simple reasons. First off, he plays the type of game that the Kings want and need from their big men. That would make him a much better option behind Domantas Sabonis than Holmes is right now.
Also, his deal expires at the season’s end so it does allow the Kings some flexibility. That is valuable with Harrison Barnes also set to expire and the Kings potentially not having a first-round draft pick to work with.