Miami Heat: Best trade ever done with the Charlotte Hornets

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Shabazz Napier #13 of the Miami Heat handles the ball during the second half of a game against the New Orleans Pelicans (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

Miami Heat trade history with the Charlotte Hornets

Heat Get
Brian Roberts
Hornets Get
Courtney Lee
Grizzlies Get
PJ Hairston
Chris Andersen
2018 Second-Round Pick (Jarred Vanderbilt)
2018 Second-Round Pick (De’Anthony Melton) & 2019 Second-Round Pick (Talen Horton-Tucker)

The latest trade these two teams made was a three-team deal that included the Memphis Grizzlies. Unfortunately, the Heat and the Hornets got the bad end of this deal in the long run.

Miami received Brian Roberts, while the Hornets got Courtney Lee. The Grizzlies made out like bandits, getting a second-round pick that turned into De’Anthony Melton, who is now a solid young player.

Heat Get
Shabazz Napier
Hornets Get
PJ Hairston
Semaj Christon
2019 Second-Round Pick (Jaylen Nowell)

This trade is fairly infamous in Miami Heat lore. LeBron James was a notable fan of Shabazz Napier when the Heat decided to draft him in the 2014 NBA Draft.

Unfortunately, that didn’t end up working out too well for them. Luckily, none of the assets the Heat sent to Charlotte ended up turning into anything for them, either.

Heat Get
Steve Smith
Hornets Get
Malik Allen

In hindsight, this trade between the two teams was fairly irrelevant. Neither player ended up doing much with either team that was involved in the trade.

Steve Smith was a great NBA player, but this trade was made during his final NBA season, so he didn’t really make an impact in Miami. Meanwhile, Allen never amounted to much, but he had a fairly long career.

Heat Get
Eddie Jones
Anthony Mason
Dale Ellis
Ricky Davis
Hornets Get
Jamal Mashburn
PJ Brown
Otis Thorpe
Tim James & Rodney Buford

In terms of how many players were involved, this trade was gigantic. Each team essentially traded a third of their roster away for new players.

Jamal Mashburn, PJ Brown, and Eddie Jones are the key pieces of this deal. Jones played a few seasons in Miami, while Mashburn and Brown played some in Charlotte, making this a pretty even deal.

Heat Get
Alonzo Mourning
LeRon Ellis
Pete Meyers
Hornets Get
Glen Rice
Matt Geiger
Tony Delk
Khalid Reeves

This trade was huge in relation to the players that were involved. This was a case of two All-Stars being traded for one another – Alonzo Mourning and Glen Rice.

Miami got their franchise big man in Mourning, while the Hornets got a bonafide bucket-getter in Rice. Each team should be very happy with this deal.

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