Charlotte Hornets’ GM Rich Cho has been controlling the roster for over six years. What are the best moves he’s made in his time here?
Rich Cho, affectionately nicknamed Trader Cho by Charlotte Hornets‘ faithful, has successfully built a playoff-caliber roster over his time in Charlotte. Six years ago, Cho took over a Hornets’ team whose best players was a 32-year-old Corey Maggette and Gerald Henderson.
Since then, Cho has been wheeling and dealing his way around the league, and it’s time to look at the five best moves he’s made through his tenure.
More from Swarm and Sting
5. Trading for Nicolas Batum
In the off-season before the 2015-2016 NBA season, Rich Cho dealt Gerald Henderson and Noah Vonleh to the Portland Trail Blazers in exchange for Nicolas Batum. Since then, the 6’8″ swingman has been a valuable contributor for the Hornets. The addition of Batum helped spark a playoff appearance for Charlotte, who ultimately fell to the
The addition of Batum helped spark a playoff appearance for Charlotte, who ultimately fell to the Miami Heat in seven games.
Cho should be commended for the trade because not only did he acquire a valuable talent, he gave up very little to do so. Henderson left Portland after one season, where he averaged less than 9 points per game. Vonleh, while still a young asset,
Vonleh, while still a young asset, averages less than 20 minutes a game. Cho flipped two bench players for a starter in a trade that continues to benefit the Hornets.