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Hornets lay low at NBA Trade deadline

Golden State backup point guard Brad Wanamaker headed to the Charlotte Hornets.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — At a busy NBA trade deadline, the Charlotte Hornets made a small move.

The team acquired Golden State guard Brad Wanamaker and cash considerations from the Golden State Warriors.

The teams will also swap future protected second-round picks.

Wanamaker, 31, gives Charlotte a veteran option off the bench at point guard, with LaMelo Ball possibly out for the season following wrist surgery.

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Playing in 39 games this season, Wanamaker is averaging 4.7 points and 2.5 assists in 16 minutes per contest.

He spent 2018-20 with the Boston Celtics.

We asked our partners at Locked On Hornets why the team's GM Mitch Kupchak did not try and make a bigger move.

"What it tells you that they're not quite ready to go after a win-now move because they don't have enough yet to go up against a team, and beat them in the first round," said Walker Mehl.

That's especially true without Ball. The Hornets, currently fourth in the Eastern Conference, should be constructed well enough to make a playoff appearance even without their Rookie of the Year candidate.

"So it makes all the sense in the world to say you know what, we're not going to get a stop-gap guy to get us in to the playoffs outright, or the play-in tournament," Mehl said. "We're going to try and do that with the players we have on the roster currently."

Charlotte (22-21) hosts the Miami Heat on Friday night.

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