The Charlotte Hornets could explore potential deals on the trade market to address their financial flexibility this off-season. According to Basketball Insiders writer Lang Greene, The Hornets are capable of solving their cap problem only if they are willing to trade a couple of their biggest earners.

Trading Kidd-Gilchrist, Williams

Green believes that the Hornets have plenty of trade assets to spare. It just boils down on how valuable these players are to them. The Basketball Insiders writer mentioned Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Marvin Williams as potential chips for general manager Rich Cho in case he gets a go-ahead signal from team owner Michael Jordan to explore trades.

With both players earning less than $15 million per year, Kidd-Gilchrist and Williams are quite easy to sell considering the mercurial spike in market value of NBA wingmen.

“Charlotte has plenty of trade assets to dangle in the market. Kidd-Gilchrist, Williams and Plumlee are all on deals that average less than $15 million per season. The team also owns a trade exception worth $1.7 million from the Troy Daniels deal. Charlotte must use this trade exception before mid-July,” Green stated.

The Brooklyn Nets, Philadelphia 76ers and Phoenix Suns are expected to line up for Kidd-Gilchrist and Williams once they hit the trade market.

Miles Plumlee, whom the Hornets acquired by sending Spencer Hawes and Roy Hibbert to the Milwaukee Bucks at the trade deadline, will have to raise his market value first before the Hornets make any attempt to trade him.

The former Duke standout appeared in just 13 games with the Hornets, averaging 2.4 points and 3.2 rebounds per game. He underwent arthroscopic debridement on his right knee earlier this week, but he’s expected to be ready for training camp.

What to do with Ramon Sessions?

The Hornets will have to decide whether to pick up Ramon Sessions' team option worth $6.2M for the 2017/18 season before free agency officially begins on July 1.

According to Bobby Marks of the Vertical, letting Sessions hit the free agency market won’t yield much cap relief for the Hornets.

In case they decide to part ways with the veteran point guard, the Hornets can fill the void by using their mid-level exception to sign another proven veteran playmaker or use their lottery pick for one of the point guard prospects in this year’s draft.

Malik Monk of Kentucky, Monte Morris of Iowa State and Frank Ntilikina of France are projected to be available outside the top 10.

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