The Charlotte Hornets still plan on making the playoffs even with the absence of their best player and starting point guard Kemba Walker. Walker is out for another five weeks with a slight tear in his meniscus, he’s had surgery, but it’s an issue he’s had since high school and continued to play through college and his first few seasons in the league with.
The Hornets have still won games in his absence, but it’s clear that Brian Roberts isn’t yet ready to be a starting point guard in the NBA. Today, Charlotte traded for some experience at the position while Walker continues to get healthy.
In a trade with the Minnesota Timberwolves, the Hornets acquired Mo Williams and Troy Daniels. In exchange, they sent Gary Neal and a second round pick to the Wolves. It’s believed, at least according to Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer that the pick is a 2019 second round pick.
Rich Cho told me couple weeks ago he’s reluctant to give up significant future assets for short-term help. A second-round pick isn’t that.
— Rick Bonnell (@rick_bonnell) February 10, 2015
Williams is a 12 year vet, he’s fully capable of manning the starting job and becoming a great bench contributor once Walker returns. Roberts may be moved back to the second unit, even then he’ll have to worry about competition from Daniels. Daniels came on strong last year as an undrafted rookie from VCU for the Houston Rockets, he’s a three point specialist, which puts him in special company on a Charlotte roster starving for shooters.