Wonder if we owe some of this to the Kings for their massive offer sheet to LaVine. Bulls now have about $39M committed to guards for the season - half to LaVine - and may be considering making a run at Jabari. So they decide to shop Grant to teams that can absorb him into space. Guessing there weren't any takers aside from Orlando, but they didn't have space. Enter Stone, whose unguaranteed deal is just as good. Just need to make sure every team in the trade "touches."
Chicago & Orlando: Grant to Magic
Charlotte & Chicago: Stone to Bulls
Just needed an Orlando-Charlotte connection, and the picks would've been enough. But I'm guessing we saw an opportunity to pick up a better-fitting piece for essentially the same liability.
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Hornets Picks by Year
2020: Ball, Carey, Richards, Riller
2021: CHA 1, BRK 2 (Howard), LAC 2 (Gilgeous-Alexander)
2022: CHA 1, CHA 2 (31-55)
2023: CHA 1, BOS 2 (Hayward)
2024: CHA 1, BOS 2 (Hayward)
2025: CHA 1, CHA 2