The Charlotte Hornets are "prepared to take calls on veterans like Terry Rozier, Gordon Hayward and Kelly Oubre Jr.," according to NBA reporter Marc Stein.
Charlotte entered Saturday with a 12-34 record, third-worst in the NBA. Talented guard LaMelo Ball has been limited to 22 games this season and suffered an ankle sprain this week.
As a result, the Hornets will "prioritize lottery position" for the remainder of the season, per Stein.
The team has a 14 percent chance to get the No. 1 pick and a 52.1 percent shot at a top-four selection, per Tankathon. With an exciting 2023 class led by Victor Wembanyama and Scoot Henderson, there is plenty of motivation for teams to get a top draft pick.
Oubre would have been the easiest trade target as an impending free agent who was very productive to start the season, averaging a career-high 20.2 points per game. He unfortunately suffered a torn ligament in his left hand and required surgery in early January.
The forward had a timeline to return of four to six weeks, according to Shams Charania of Stadium and The Athletic, making it questionable if he'll get back on the floor by the Feb. 9 trade deadline.
Though Oubre can still make an impact in the second half of the year, trading for an injured player is always a risky proposition.
Hayward has also been in and out of the lineup, appearing in just 21 games this season, and he has been out since Jan. 2 with a hamstring injury. His 13.7 points per game would also be his lowest in a full season since 2011-12.
With $31.5 million owed to him in 2023-24, it might be difficult to move Hayward's contract.
Rozier would be the best player available, averaging 21.0 points, 5.3 assists and 4.1 rebounds per game this season. The contract, initially a four-year, $96.3 million deal, could still be an issue with at least two more guaranteed seasons remaining.
A team must be willing to make a long-term commitment to trade for the 28-year-old guard.