The Hornets' interest in Westbrook seems curious at best. They are by no stretch of the imagination a playoff team or anything close to resembling one. While the team does have some veteran contracts it could unload in a Westbrook trade, the reasoning behind moving them for Westbrook seems ill-fated.
For instance, the contracts of Nicolas Batum and Cody Zeller come off the books after the 2020-21 season. Adding Westbrook would tie up more than $40 million per season through 2022-23, all for an oft-injured 32-year-old who may lead your franchise to a No. 7 or 8 seed.
The Hornets would be far better served using their cap space to target young free agents, or to absorb bad contracts from other teams in exchange for draft picks. The 2019-20 season should have been seen as the first year of a long-term rebuild, and trading for Westbrook would fly in the face of those efforts while hamstringing maneuverability.
There is some value to having a star-level player like Westbrook on a roster, but with fan attendance expected to be minimal (or nonexistent) for most of the 2020-21 season, the fan intrigue angle also flies out the window.