Hornets Rumors & News

  • NBA free agents: Entire class of 2015

    CSN Washington "Here's a league-wide list of all NBA Free Agents in 2015. Various team and player options must be declared before free agency begins July 1. More on several of these options as possible fits for the Wizards in the coming weeks. KEY: (T) = Team option. (P); (P) = Player option; (R) = Restricted..." May 27

  • Behind the Scenes of the NBA Draft Lottery

    Grantland "A few thoughts on the playoff interruption that is the annual NBA draft lottery … • The best thing about the lottery is watching some of the world’s most sophisticated basketball thinkers sweat over the order in which numbered Ping-Pong balls get sucked up a tube. The absurdity hits home in the..." May 21

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    SportsCenter @SportsCenter

    NBA Draft top 10: 1. Timberwolves 2. Lakers 3. 76ers 4. Knicks 5. Magic 6. Kings 7. Nuggets 8. Pistons 9. Hornets 10. Heat

  • Why NBA Has So Many Dumb Rules--And Won't Change Them

    Forbes.com "There’s a reason the NBA has dumb rules like Hack-a-Shaq, which is messing up a perfectly good post-season, dating back to the 1940s when the league emerged from the bushes in Tri-Cities and Ft. Wayne. We always did it this way. I didn’t say it had a good reason. If hacking represents the..." May 19

  • Report: NBA in negotiations with “global sports betting companies” to partner in Europe

    Pro Basketball Talk "When NBA Commissioner Adam Silver came out in support of legalized gambling legislation, there was one motivation behind it — money. Silver looked at things like the Barclays Premiere League where three teams have their kit/jersey deal with an online gambling company, and numerous other teams..." May 06

  • Report: NBA could eliminate Hack-a-Shaq strategy

    SI.com "The NBA is considering a rule change that will punish teams for employing the Hack-a-Shaq strategy, according to a report from Ken Berger of CBSSports.com. NBA commissioner Adam Silver recently said that he expects the NBA to engage in "full-throated" discussions about the possibility of..." May 05

  • NBA Commissioner Sends Veiled Warning to Players' Union Regarding Labor Deal

    Bleacher Report "If NBA players opt out of the league's labor agreement in 2017, they might find themselves staring at some familiar and unsettling proposals: a hard salary cap, shorter contracts, smaller raises and perhaps an end to guaranteed contracts. No one is making that threat directly, at least not yet,..." May 04

  • Hornets want to own, operate a Development League team

    Charlotte Observer "The Charlotte Hornets want to own and operate their own franchise in the NBA’s Development League. To that end the Hornets have contacted officials from seven cities around the Carolinas to gauge interest in being home to a D-League franchise. The goal is to have this franchise in place at the..." May 03

  • NBA signs deal with Stance to become official league sock

    The Score "The NBA is filling some big shoes with its latest licensing deal. The league has inked a multi-year deal with Stance, a sock manufacturer, to put its logo on socks worn during games starting next season, according to Bloomberg's Scott Soshnick. John Wilson, founder and president of Stance,..." April 27

  • NBA Announces First Game in Africa

    Sportsnaut "For the first time ever, the NBA is going to take its talents to Africa. The Association announced on Wednesday that it will play its first-ever exhibition game on the continent on August 1st in Johannesburg, South Africa. The game will feature Team Africa, led by South Sudanese native Luol..." April 24

  • Hornets Forward Cody Zeller Undergoes Successful Surgery

    NBA.com "Charlotte Hornets forward Cody Zeller underwent successful surgery today to repair a tendon in his right shoulder, as well as remove a bone spur and scar tissue. The procedure was completed by Hornets Team Physician Dr. Marcus Cook at Novant Orthopedic Hospital in Charlotte. Zeller's recovery time..." April 22

  • Adam Silver on gambling: 'It's good for business, I don't want to hide from that'

    CBSSports.com "NBA commissioner Adam Silver has been outspoken on the topic of sports gambling -- back in November, he wrote an op-ed in the New York Times where he argued that betting "should be brought out of the underground." On Monday, as a guest on the Boomer & Carton show, he was asked about talking to..." April 20

  • Charlotte Hornets GM Rich Cho: Lance Stephenson knows he had a bad year

    Charlotte Observer "Nine months ago the Charlotte Hornets agreed to pay Lance Stephenson $18 million guaranteed over two seasons. Friday general manager Rich Cho was asked if he considers that a mistake. “It didn’t work out as we expected it to,” Cho said. “I don’t want to look backwards, I want to look..." April 19

  • Hornets' Lance Stephenson says he lost confidence in himself this season

    ESPN.com "Hornets swingman Lance Stephenson had a rough first year in Charlotte, but said he plans on coming back better and with more confidence next season. Stephenson, who signed a three-year, $27 million deal with the Hornets last offseason, shot 17.3 percent from 3-point range this season. That mark..." April 17

  • Nike Close To Taking Over NBA Apparel Rights From Adidas With Long-Term Deal

    Sports Business Daily "Nike is close to securing a long-term NBA uniform rights deal. Sources said the framework for a deal has been reached, the outline of which will be presented to ownership today in N.Y. during a meeting of the Exec Committee and tomorrow before the full NBA BOG. Multiple sources said that while the..." April 17

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    K.C. Johnson @KCJHoop

    Starting next season, NBA and NBPA agree to add HGH blood testing to anti-drug program.

  • Raptors beat the Hornets 92-87, grab franchise-best 49th win

    Raptors HQ "It's finally over, through all the ups of November and December, to the downs of most of 2015. The Toronto Raptors arrive at the end of the 2014-15 season with the best record they've ever had. It wasn't quite 50 wins, but 49 is close enough. Tonight, the Raptors beat the Charlotte Hornets..." April 16

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    Rick Bonnell @rick_bonnell

    Al Jefferson says it's highly unlikely he'd exercise his opt out to become a free agent in July.

  • Jefferson on his Hornets future: 'I can't see myself leaving'

    Fox Sports Carolinas "It'd be relatively easy to argue that All-Pro center Al Jefferson is the most important part of the Charlotte Hornets roster. Outside of being the lone inside scoring threat, and a very good one at that, he's also an important cog in the locker room as a team leader. That's why it'd be a..." April 15

  • Rockets take win over lowly Hornets

    Houston Chronicle "The Hornets weren’t playing for anything. It was their last home game of the season and they were well out of playoff contention. That didn’t mean they were going to make it easy for the Rockets, who are still playing for a lot. Although the Hornets put up a fight, the Rockets came out on..." April 14

  • LeBron No. 1 in jersey sales; Bulls are top-selling team

    NBA.com "The Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James once again leads the National Basketball Association's list of most popular jerseys. This marks the sixth consecutive time James has claimed the No. 1 position on the list and his third such honor as a member of the Cavaliers. The rankings are based on overall..." April 14

  • Pistons close home schedule with rout over Hornets

    Detroit News "The final image for Pistons fans on Fan Appreciation Day at the Palace of Auburn Hill was a great one. It was starters and rotation players throwing their hands in the air and celebrating the accomplishments of guys that don't play as much. It was Andre Drummond (15 points, 19 rebounds)..." April 13

  • Sources: NBA's president of basketball operations Rod Thorn to retire from NBA

    Yahoo! Sports "Rod Thorn, on his second run as the NBA's president of basketball operations, plans to leave the league office and retire in August, sources told Yahoo Sports. Thorn is highly regarded around the league, a figure who commands respect among executives, coaches and players. Thorn, 73, returned..." April 13

  • Pepsi takes over as NBA sponsor in new deal

    Sports Business Daily "PepsiCo has signed a five-year NBA deal, making it one of the league’s largest sponsors and ending a 29-year relationship between Coke and the NBA. The deal includes Pepsi’s extensive portfolio of salty snacks, like Doritos and Ruffles, and packages rights to the WNBA, NBA D-League and USA..." April 13

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    Charlotte Hornets PR @HornetsPR

    P.J. Hairston suffered a right knee sprain in the fourth quarter and will be out for @hornets tomorrow #CHAvsDET

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    Charlotte Hornets PR @HornetsPR

    Big Al, @MKG14, @StephensonLance and @CodyZeller out again today for @hornets #CHAvsDET

  • Hawks roll over Hornets, win 60th game of season

    Fox Sports South "Going inside the Hawks' 104-80 victory over the visiting Charlotte Hornets at Philips Arena on Friday. Atlanta added to its franchise best win total with win No. 60 on the season. Atlanta's normal orchestra of movement wasn't terribly harmonious against the Hornets. It took the Hawks just over..." April 11

  • Raptors end drought in Charlotte

    Toronto Sun "For one night, the Raptors were the kings of the Queen City, ending a streak of futility that dates back five years. Even when the host Hornets were bad, record-wise that is, the team’s ability to control the paint, boards and the team’s perimeter play was simply too much for the Raptors to..." April 09

  • Hornets coach Steve Clifford’s salary guaranteed for next season

    Charlotte Observer "Charlotte Hornets coach Steve Clifford’s salary for the 2015-16 season became guaranteed when the then-Bobcats qualified for the playoffs a year ago. Clifford’s contract, signed in May 2013, was originally portrayed as two seasons guaranteed with the third season a team option, worth $6 million..." April 09

  • Dragic, Heat push past Hornets 105-100, at No. 9 in playoff race

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "This did not have the look of a team considering anything but playoff possibilities, no matter what the record might look like at the finish, no matter the lottery possibilities that might be bypassed. Not when they went up by 10 in the second period. Not when they put together a 16-0 run in..." April 08

  • NBA union announces awards players will vote on

    USA Today "Kevin Durant may finally be getting his way. Sort of. Nearly three months after the Oklahoma City Thunder star voiced his opinion that NBA players should vote on the league's regular season awards instead of the media, first-year National Basketball Players Association executive director..." April 08

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    Rick Bonnell @rick_bonnell

    I hear Lance Stephenson is out tonight with a jammed toe.

  • Hornets touting Kidd-Gilchrist for spot on NBA All-Defensive Team

    Fox Sports Carolinas "When the Charlotte Hornets drafted Michael Kidd-Gilchrist at No. 2 overall in 2012, right behind Kentucky teammate Anthony Davis, the selection had its share of skeptics. After all, percentage-wise, Kidd-Gilchrist might have been the worst jump shooter of any prospect in the draft. But the..." April 07

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    Ethan J. Skolnick @EthanJSkolnick

    Steve Clifford says MKG probably won't be back this season, Cody Zeller might be. "It is what it is."

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    Charlotte Hornets PR @HornetsPR

    Injury Update: @hornets Bismack Biyombo suffered a broken nose in tonight's game. Listed as questionable for Tues at MIA.

  • Hornets could shut Al Jefferson down for season

    Sporting News "The Hornets' fading chances of locking up a playoff spot could get even dimmer. Center Al Jefferson sat out the second half of the Hornets 93-74 loss to the Pacers on Friday night with a right knee injury. Head coach Steve Clifford told reporters it is “definitely” possible Jefferson won’t play..." April 04

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    Rick Bonnell @rick_bonnell

    MKG's left ankle is in a walking boot.

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    Mark Montieth @MarkMontieth

    Clifford says @StephensonLance unlikely to play tonight vs. Pacers. Says he and Lance have to make adjustments to bring out his strengths.

  • Charlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker: Struggles not the coach’s fault

    Charlotte Observer "Charlotte Hornets point guard Kemba Walker says fans are blaming coach Steve Clifford too much for the team’s struggles this season and perhaps blaming the players not enough. Fan frustration on some Charlotte sports-talk radio programs and Twitter of late has often suggested there should be a..." April 03

  • Lance Stephenson says he doesn't regret signing with Charlotte

    CBSSports.com "People forget that Lance Stephenson was actually the Hornets' second choice. Their big free agency wing acquisition was going to be Gordon Hayward. They offered a full four-year max for the Utah swingman, which the Jazz matched. At the time it was a controversial decision for Utah. The Hornets..." April 03

  • Hornets cruise past Pistons, 102-78, after fast start

    Charlotte Observer "Shortly after a 102-78 victory over the Detroit Pistons, Charlotte Hornets coach Steve Clifford set out to clear up a misconception: That players do or don’t play because of who Clifford “likes.” “People say, 'He doesn’t like P.J. (Hairston), he doesn’t like Lance (Stephenson).’ I just want..." April 02

  • Hornets coach owns decision to sign Lance Stephenson

    Charlotte Observer "Clifford owns decision to sign Stephenson: Coach Steve Clifford had said before he was as strong an advocate as any Hornets decision-maker for signing Lance Stephenson last July. Wednesday he made sure there was no misconception. “Lance is here because of me. I’m the one that..." April 02

  • Avery Bradley Explodes For 30 Points, Celtics Earn Crucial Win

    Boston Globe "Sunday night, Isaiah Thomas called his team's upcoming game against the Charlotte Hornets a must-win. On Monday night, Avery Bradley and the Celtics delivered on that promise. Boston's starting shooting guard erupted for a season-high 30 points, just two points short of his career-high, helping..." March 31

  • NBPA's Michele Roberts sees no reason for 2017 work stoppage, warns NBA against 'cry of poverty'

    Yahoo! Sports "It's been a pretty exciting regular season, and it looks like it ought to be a similarly thrilling postseason push to June's NBA Finals. But amid all the bright, shining Stephen Curry bombs, James Harden stepbacks and Anthony Davis detonations, it's become difficult to ignore the stormclouds..." March 31

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    Charlotte Hornets PR @HornetsPR

    Injury Update: @hornets Cody Zeller is out for tonight's game vs Boston. Marvin Williams remains in the starting lineup. #BOSvsCHA

  • Fluid drained from Al Jefferson’s knee

    Charlotte Observer "For the second time in a week center Al Jefferson had fluid drained from his left knee. Jefferson struggled physically in the second half Saturday against the Atlanta Hawks. Bismack Biyombo picked up most of Jefferson’s minutes after halftime." March 30

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    Charlotte Hornets @hornets

    UPDATE: @MKG14 is out for tonight’s #ATLvsCHA game (possibly out 7-10 days). Jeffery Taylor slated to start tonight.

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    Rick Bonnell @rick_bonnell

    Not that this is any surprise, but Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (ankle sprain) is out for Hawks game.

  • Report: Salary cap could rise to $105 million in 2017-18

    Pro Basketball Talk "The NBA’s current salary cap is $63.065 million. Larry Coon projects $67.4 million for next season. When I projected future caps under the new national TV contracts, using admittedly conservative numbers, I got $87 million for 2016-17 and $94 million for 2017-18. Either the league..." March 28

  • Nets snag key win over Hornets but lose Young to knee injury

    New York Post "The Nets picked up a key win, but also may have lost a key player. Because of a huge performance from Brook Lopez, who finished with 34 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks, the Nets emerged with a desperately needed 91-88 win over the Hornets Wednesday night inside Time Warner Cable Arena. The..." March 26