The Charlotte Hornets have two first-round picks in the 2022 NBA Draft. With the 13th and 15th overall selections, they have tons of room to operate and potential trades to do.
The way that Charlotte is looking to operate is dependent on the results of their two play-in game performances: blowout losses. It's something that the organization is fixated on as they look to improve this offseason. According to ESPN's Jonathan Givony, the Hornets are not likely to use both of their first-rounders to draft prospects.
Rival teams don't expect the Hornets to hold on to both of their mid first-round picks — adding two rookies in need of minutes and patience might not be the most attractive proposition for a team that just fired its head coach after failing to advance past the play-in game.
The reasoning laid out by Givony makes total sense. The Hornets have to show results with new head coach Kenny Atkinson. They also have youngsters like James Bouknight, Kai Jones and JT Thor that they should look to develop anyway. Bringing in multiple rookies again may not be the wisest path for a young team hoping to finally make the postseason.
Regardless of what trade they make with their 2022 NBA Draft picks, the Hornets have to find a center. They are well-positioned to draft Duke's Mark Williams or possibly Memphis' Jalen Duren. Adding one of these solid prospects and using the other first-round pick on a current player or future draft picks would make for a strong draft day for Charlotte.