How the Hornets traded their way to respectability

Everyone expected at least one of these trades to backfire, but so far none have.

The Charlotte Hornets had themselves an eventful offseason. They made a bunch of trades to get better in the short term, and didn't seem to care about long-term prosperity. It was kind of laughable.

But right now they're 12-8, and look like a definite playoff team. Here's a look at those deals, and how they led Charlotte to where it's at today, per The Charlotte Observer:

Nicolas Batum in a contract year? Spencer Hawes coming off a humiliating playoff benching? Jeremy Lamb because…why? 

All could've exploded in Hornets' general manager Rich Cho's face, but instead he looks like a genius, and Charlotte is cruising to a possible playoff spot.

The Hornets expanded their scouting staff on Cho’s watch, and he said that was a key factor in making this series of deals with a sense of confidence. The other factor was Clifford concluding after last season that having a great defense, but mediocre offensive talent with little 3-point shooting, wasn’t sufficient. “You’ve got to have a variety of things in your offensive package,” Clifford said. “As we do that, with our skill level and shooting, we can keep getting better.”

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