The NBA trade deadline was expected to be a silent one for the Charlotte Hornets, but shortly after 2:00 PM on Thursday, Shams Charania reported that the team was acquiring Montrezl Harrell from the Washington Wizards in exchange for Ish Smith, Vernon Carey Jr. and a top protected 2023 second round pick. While this may not be the rim protecting big that that Hornets have been in search, this could be the energy boost on the inside that this Hornet team is needing, especially on the offensive end where this team has been struggling.
Earlier this morning, Brian Geisinger, host of the Buzz Beat Podcast, joined the Mac Attack to discuss the trade and what it means for the Hornets offense.
“He gives you someone to run pick and roll with LaMelo, gives you another pressure point on the rim, someone that can get to the front of the rim and finish. He’s been awesome finishing out of the pick and roll, he’s been awesome finishing at the rim and some of the other advanced numbers are also pretty friendly towards Harrell in terms of his overall impact with Washington this season.”
-Brian Geisinger, Buzz Beat Podcast host
The move will also have an impact on James Bouknight, as minutes have opened up behind LaMelo Ball with the departure of Smith and Geisinger believes that this is a great chance for him to earn some more playing with how good he has looked so far.