DISCLAIMER: If you don't want to read this longform recap, feel free to skip to the TL;DR spot and start there.
Considering the most recent trade the Hornets made involved a player and pick that were previously traded for, I thought I'd go back and connect the dots to see just how all of the trades in the Rich Cho era ended up, since he's generally regarded on this board as a very good trader when it comes to these "long-term" asset type deals.
Technically for this exercise you could also throw in the cap room created via expiration of deals that were traded for (see: Ben Gordon) but I'm leaving that out since generally there are always expiring contracts opening up money every offseason.
Rich Cho took over following the 2010-11 season. His first move to "tear down" what would become a tank job that gave us the opportunity to draft MKG (<----much less haunting take on that scenario, IMO) was a three-team deal with the Bucks and Kings and really where this story begins. The Bobcats put forth Shaun Livingston, Stephen Jackson, and a 1st rounder (acquired from Portland in the Gerald Wallace deal that season.)
In that deal, the Bobcats acquired Corey Maggette from the Bucks and the draft pick that became Bismack Biyombo from the Kings.
Mid-season, the Bobcats traded a 2nd round pick to OKC for Byron Mullens, who ultimately became a free agent. Much like Mullens' career, this trade is insignificant to the story.
That 2012 offseason, the Bobcats traded Corey Maggette to the Pistons for Ben Gordon and a future first round pick that would become Noah Vonleh in 2014, continuing the saga of that first deal (will recap and summarize all these deals at the end.)
Mid-season of 2012-13, the Bobcats trade Matt Carroll to the Hornets for Hakim Warrick. A few months later, Warrick is dealt to the Magic for Josh McRoberts, who will ultimately become a free agent with the team, ending this trade saga.
At the trade deadline of the following season, free agent signings Jeff Adrien and Ramon Sessions are shipped to Milwaukee for Gary Neal and Luke Ridnour. Ridnour would become a free agent that summer.
On 2014 draft night, the Hornets trade the rights to Shabazz Napier to the Miami Heat for the rights to the picks that would become PJ Hairston and Semaj Chrston (who would be shipped to OKC) as well as a 2019 2nd round pick. Also on draft night, the Hornets ship their 2nd round pick Dwight Powell and Brendan Haywood to Cleveland for the non-guaranteed contract of Alonzo Gee, who is later waived.
Finally, the most recent trade: Gary Neal and the 2019 2nd round pick to the Timberwolves for Mo Williams and Troy Daniels.
TL;DR VERSION STARTS HERE -> - So, to recap: there have been four trade "storylines" in the Rich Cho era, two of which can potentially keep going as Daniels, Hairston and Vonleh will still be under contract in the future.
- Matt Carroll becomes a straight-up swap for Josh McRoberts.
-Jeff Adrien and Ramon Sessions becomes Mo Williams
-Shabazz Napier becomes PJ Hairston and Troy Daniels
-And finally, the one that started it all: Shaun Livingston, Stephen Jackson and a first becomes Bismack Biyombo and Noah Vonleh.
Of course, you can always take things further back on the "trade tree" (Gerald Wallace) and you can surmise that the expiring deals allowed us to sign free agents the following off season, but I wanted to narrow the focus to what Cho started with and solely from a trade perspective.
*****NOTE: Since the most recent trade involves shipping out pieces acquired from two separate deals, for the purpose of the exercise I surmised that Williams was swapped for Neal and Daniels in exchange for the 2019 2nd.