It wasn’t supposed to be this way for the Hornets. After bringing back coach Steve Clifford during the offseason, they were expected to be considered true blue playoff contenders.
But injuries and absences have told a different story, and now, a roster shakeup may be the next step.
“When you look at their record, they’ve been without Miles Bridges all season, they’ve had a lot of injuries — LaMelo Ball has missed a lot of time, Dennis Smith Jr. has missed a lot of time,” Charania said. “Gordon Hayward has missed a lot of time. They’ve just dealt with an onslaught. Everything that can go wrong has gone wrong.”
Because of that, rival teams expect the Hornets to take calls on a lot of their rotation players, including guard Terry Rozier, Charania added.
“They’re going to be open-minded with all those guys,” Charania said. “… There’s going to be playoff teams that have an interest.”
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