Charlotte Hornets NBA Trade Talk: Pau Gasol, Chandler Parsons, Lance Stephenson options

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Owner Michael Jordan believes the time is right for the Hornets to sign a superstar.

The Charlotte Hornets are looking to build on a successful season where they made the NBA playoffs for the first time in four years, and owner Michael Jordan wants to bring in a big name in free agency.

"I think we made a difference last year with Big Al [Jefferson] and some of the acquisitions, and I don't anticipate this year being any different," the Hall of Famer said.

"I always thought Charlotte was a great destination," he added. "Big Al has proven that you can come here and make a big difference. Hopefully we can look at that and attract some other superstars."

Jefferson certainly made a big impact for Charlotte last year. The signing was criticised as many felt the team should look to bottom out and secure a high draft pick, but the center played above all expectations. He recorded his highest totals for points (21.8) and rebounds (10.8) since 2009, and was the only player in the Eastern Conference to average 20-10.

The Hornets will be looking for similar production from any new arrivals next season, but who could they target this summer?

The first priority has to be the improve their offensive production, after ranking 23rd in points per game last year.

Free agent power forward Pau Gasol could be an intriguing piece alongside Jefferson – his high-post game would blend with the center's game down low and they could certainly form one of the most formidable scoring frontcourts in the league.

Another option is the Houston Rockets' Chandler Parsons. The small forward is one of the best young swingmen in the NBA, and as Houston looks to clear cap space they may not match a big offer for the restricted free agent.

Lance Stephenson of the Indiana Pacers would also provide instant offense to Charlotte, and would take some ballhandling responsibility off the shoulders of young point guard Kemba Walker. After Stephenson's antics on the court during the playoffs it is unclear whether the Pacers will look to re-sign him, and the shooting guard's price could be very low for such a talented player.

A final possibility would be trading for Al Horford of the Atlanta Hawks. Horford is one of the most underrated players in the league, and with his injury history Atlanta could be persuaded to part with him. Horford is equally capable playing at power forward or center, and alongside Jefferson he could elevate the Hornets to becoming a contender in the East.