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Hornets Acquire First-Round Pick & Kyle Lowry From Miami Heat

Charlotte Sends Terry Rozier to Miami

January 23, 2024 – Charlotte Hornets President of Basketball Operations & General Manager Mitch Kupchak announced today the team has acquired a 2027 first-round draft pick and guard Kyle Lowry from the Miami Heat in exchange for guard Terry Rozier. The 2027 first-round pick is lottery protected and would convert to an unprotected first-round pick in 2028 if it doesn’t convey.

“I want to thank Terry for all his efforts since coming to Charlotte,” Kupchak said. “On the court, he was a true professional and a great competitor who set a positive example for our young players. He also made himself a staple of the Charlotte community with his commitment to giving back. We wish him all the best in the future.

“The acquisition of a future first-round pick provides us an asset as we look to build long-term sustainable success around our young core of talented players. We believe adding this future pick and the additional financial flexibility from this trade will be beneficial as we continue to build our team moving forward.”

Lowry, a six-time NBA All-Star, is averaging 8.2 points, 3.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.1 steals per game in 37 appearances (35 starts) this season. Currently in his 18th NBA season, Lowry holds career averages of 14.4 points, 4.3 rebounds, 6.2 assists and 1.3 steals per game in 1,115 outings (866 starts). He won the 2019 NBA championship with the Toronto Raptors and was named to the 2015-16 All-NBA Third Team.

Rozier is averaging career highs this season in points per game (23.2), field goal percentage (.459) and assists per game (6.6). He has appeared in 570 games (328 starts) in his nine-year career, averaging 14.1 points, 3.9 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.0 steals per game. Rozier ranks fifth in Charlotte history in points (5,974), third in 3-pointers made (864), 10th in assists (1,395) and 10th in steals (347).

The Hornets originally acquired Rozier from the Boston Celtics in 2019 along with a second-round pick in exchange for guard Kemba Walker and a second-round pick. In five seasons with the Hornets, Rozier tallied 20.0 points, 4.3 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 1.2 steals in 298 games (all starts).