Hornets Rumors & News

  • 13h
    Michael Wallace @WallaceNBA_ESPN

    To clarify, Hornets Jeff Taylor wasn't technically suspended, but has been on paid leave from the team while case progressed.

  • Hornets return in dramatic style, beat Bucks 108-106 in OT

    Charlotte Observer "Between the sell-out, opening night and the name change, the Charlotte Hornets were an emotional mess Wednesday, especially early. “We were all too amped up,” third-string point guard Jannero Pargo recalled. So Pargo went to work on Kemba Walker’s head, telling him to stop stressing, that..." October 30

  • Adam Silver Wants To Help Set Rules For Legalized Sports Gambling

    ThePostGame.com "In Adam Silver's opinion, the current gambling laws aren't stopping fans from betting on sports -- they're only restricting domestic opportunities. As sports gambling in New Jersey inches closer to a reality, Silver believes now is the time to start accepting the "inevitable" future. The NBA..." October 30

  • Michael Jordan deserves credit for Hornets' buzz

    USA Today "Say a person started a new career four years ago. Odds are he is better at the job now. Through trial and error, experience and focusing on the keys to running a successful NBA team on and off the court, Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan acknowledged he's a better owner today than he when..." October 30

  • Knicks, Nets, Mavs, Hornets Could Conceivably Be Interested In Kobe

    Real GM Basketball "The New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets, Dallas Mavericks and possibly Charlotte Hornets are all teams that could be interested in Kobe Bryant, according to ESPN's Chad Ford. The Los Angeles Lakers lost Julius Randle for the entire season on opening night and are expected to struggle to make the..." October 30

  • PSD’s 2014-2015 NBA Eastern Conference Preview
    PSD Staff, Featured Content Team

    After a summer of endless drama highlighted by the return of a prodigal son, the Eastern Conference hierarchy looks completely different than it did in June and after a simply disastrous showing last year it appears things will be more competitive this season. October 29

  • Hornets forward Jeff Taylor pleads guilty to domestic violence

    Charlotte Observer "Charlotte Hornets forward Jeff Taylor pleaded guilty to misdemeanor domestic violence and malicious destruction of property on Wednesday, according to court records and multiple media reports. It wasn’t immediately clear what impact the plea would have on Taylor’s playing career. The plea came..." October 29

  • Team Options Exercised on Kidd-Gilchrist and Zeller

    NBA.com "Charlotte Hornets General Manager Rich Cho announced today that the team has exercised its fourth-year option on forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and its third-year option on forward Cody Zeller. “We are excited to keep both of these young talents as part of our core for another season,” Cho..." October 29

  • Report: Kemba Walker signing four-year, $48 million contract extension with Hornets

    Pro Basketball Talk "Nobody touched the ball more times per game last season than Kemba Walker. No matter what Charlotte did with the ball, it kept finding its way back to its point guard. Now, the Hornets commit to finding their way with Walker. With the salary cap drastically rising with the new TV national..." October 29

  • MJ: Next ring will mean most

    ESPN.com "In his four seasons as the majority owner of the NBA team in Charlotte, Michael Jordan has endured plenty, including the worst season in NBA history, but Jordan said Monday that the competitor in him has his eyes on a seventh NBA ring. "I'm always dreaming about that seventh ring," Jordan told..." October 28

  • Lance Stephenson: Pacers gave me a deadline in free agency

    Indianapolis Star "The life that Lance Stephenson now leads looks a lot different than the one he had in Indiana. For one, he dresses in a locker room soaked in white, purple and teal hues, under a ceiling crafted to appear like a beehive. He lives alone in a downtown condominium where a personal chef prepares..." October 25

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    Rick Bonnell @rick_bonnell

    Steve Clifford confirms that Jason Maxiell will make Hornets' opening-night roster.

  • MJ Taking Over Social Media Accounts for One Day

    NBA.com "Get ready for an #MJtakeover! The Hornets return to the court in Buzz City on Wednesday, Oct. 29 and the swarm continues to build here in Charlotte leading up to tipoff. But none of this could have happened without the overwhelming support of you – our fans! You spoke and we listened." October 24

  • Lance Stephenson and Pacers could both regret his departure

    New York Post "When Lance Stephenson entered the NBA four years ago after the Pacers took him with the 40th pick in the 2010 draft, he was coming off one collegiate season at Cincinnati and facing serious questions as to whether he would ever realize the talent that earned him the nickname “Born Ready” while..." October 23

  • Hornets to Bring Phills' Retired Jersey Back to Charlotte

    NBA.com "The Charlotte Hornets announced today that the team will honor the late Bobby Phills and re-hang his retired No. 13 jersey in a halftime ceremony during its game against Memphis on Saturday, November 1. The jersey was originally raised to the rafters on February 9, 2000, following Phills’ passing..." October 23

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    Adrian Wojnarowski @WojYahooNBA

    The NBA draft lottery reform has been voted down at Board of Governors meeting, league sources tell Yahoo Sports. System stays.

  • Why the NBA's draft lottery reform is a slippery slope

    Yahoo! Sports "Everyone understands the reasons the Philadelphia 76ers want the NBA to wait on implementing a plan to reform the draft lottery: They need one more season to complete a most brazen two-year tanking cycle. The Sixers didn't invent the idea of gutting a roster to short-circuit a path to the No. 1..." October 21

  • 9d
    Rick Bonnell @rick_bonnell

    P.J. Hairston said he's considering changing agents. He said among those he's considering: Former UNC-Greensboro player Rodney Blackstock.

  • NBA May Base Teams in Europe If Arenas Meet League’s Standards

    Bloomberg "The National Basketball Association will consider basing teams in Europe if the arenas are up to league standards, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said. The NBA would have to weigh the benefits of increasing the size of the 30-team league against possible costs, such as spreading television..." October 16

  • 14d
    Alex Kennedy @AlexKennedyNBA

    Seven-year veteran Tyrus Thomas is training in San Antonio as he attempts an NBA comeback. He has signed with agent Roger Montgomery.

  • MJ mystified by shorter season talk

    ESPN.com "Michael Jordan was surprised and a bit bewildered to hear LeBron James and Dirk Nowitzki suggest Wednesday that they'd like to see the NBA's 82-game regular season shortened. "I love both of those guys, but as an owner who played the game, I loved playing,'' Jordan, who owns the Charlotte..." October 16

  • Hornets rookie Hairston still searching for 'fresh start'

    Fox Sports Carolinas "Charlotte Hornets rookie guard P.J. Hairston wants to start anew. He wants nothing to be remotely close to the same as it was when he was a star and then disgraced player with the University of North Carolina. He's trying to change everything, so he's starting with the basics, which includes..." October 14

  • Michael Jordan becoming great owner, too, for Hornets

    USA Today "As Michael Jordan knows better than anyone from his legendary playing days, one good season does not a reputation make. Respect and credibility are built over time, with one's career a compilation of the good, the bad and — as had been the case in Jordan's post-playing life as an owner and..." October 14

  • 17d
    Rick Bonnell @rick_bonnell

    Lance Stephenson. who missed Friday's exhibition with a toe injury, will start tonight for Hornets.

  • 18d
    Rick Bonnell @rick_bonnell

    Lance Stephenson back at Hornets practice Sunday after missing Friday exhibition with a cut on a small toe.

  • Report: Referees to focus on illegal screens, verticality this season

    Pro Basketball Talk "It’s one of the fun questions at the start of every NBA season: What are the referees going to focus on and call the first half of the season. Every year the NBA referees are given new points of emphasis, and we get these calls for the first half of the season. Then between a combination of..." October 12

  • Report: Lance Stephenson verbally agreed to join Mavs in free agency

    CBSSports.com "Charlotte Hornets guard Lance Stephenson almost joined the Dallas Mavericks this past summer, according to Bleacher Report's Jared Zwerling. By the weekend of July 11, both sides had verbally committed to a two-year contract worth slightly more than Stephenson's eventual deal with the Hornets,..." October 10

  • 23d
    Rick Bonnell @rick_bonnell

    Hornets forward Jeff Taylor is scheduled for a preliminary hearing tomorrow in Michigan on domestic assault and other charges.

  • 23d
    Charlotte Hornets PR @HornetsPR

    @Hornets Gerald Henderson underwent MRI today on his right hamstring. MRI revealed a hamstring strain & he's expected to be out 1-2 weeks.

  • Al Jefferson vows to improve defense this season

    Pro Basketball Talk "Last season Charlotte had the sixth ranked defense in the NBA. That was in spite of Al Jefferson, not because of him. Every night teams worked hard to draw Jefferson out into pick-and-roll situations — especially at the end of games — because it was a weakness to exploit, and every night..." October 02

  • Updated NBA season win totals released

    Covers.com "The Westgate LV SuperBook released its updated list of 2014-15 NBA regular season win totals on Monday with LeBron James and his new-look Cavaliers topping the list. Here's a look at the odds for every team at the book: HAWKS 40.5 CELTICS 26.5 NETS..." October 01

  • Vonleh: I Should be Cleared Medically in 2-3 Weeks

    Basketball Insiders "Rookie power forward Noah Vonleh said he hopes to be fully cleared medically in the next two to three weeks, following surgery to repair a sports hernia. Vonleh said he was playing pickup basketball on Indiana’s campus when he felt a “pop,” which he thought was just a groin pull. " October 01

  • Hornets guard Stephenson ready to lead, take game to next level

    Fox Sports Carolinas "When Lance Stephenson met with Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan for the first time during the offseason in Las Vegas, he said he was awestruck and practically couldn't speak. He idolized the man many consider to be the best basketball player to ever put on a pair of sneakers and to have..." September 30

  • 30d
    Rick Bonnell @rick_bonnell

    Jefferson said he didn't fully anticipate Clifford's expectations on conditioning a year ago, that he's far better prepared for camp now.

  • Hornets coach Steve Clifford: Lance Stephenson, Marvin Williams will start

    Charlotte Observer "The Charlotte Hornets have yet to bounce a ball at training camp, but we now know four of the five starters this season. Center Al Jefferson and point guard Kemba Walker were givens. Then Monday coach Steve Clifford said he plans to start free-agent signees Marvin Williams and Lance..." September 30

  • 32d
    Rick Bonnell @rick_bonnell

    Hornets make it official that they've signed Jason Maxiell. Cho said Thursday it's a non-guaranteed contract. Objective: Big-man depth

  • Hornets’ Lance Stephenson on the verge of a breakout season

    Charlotte Observer "Lance Stephenson can remember well the moment he felt on top of the basketball world. He was 12 years old, ranked the No. 1 sixth-grade player in the country by Hoop Scoop, a national basketball player-ranking service. Hoop Scoop editor Clark Francis said Stephenson was the best middle..." September 28

  • Hornets’ Jeff Taylor barred from team activities after arrest in Michigan

    Charlotte Observer "Charlotte Hornets forward Jeff Taylor will not be allowed to practice or play for his team while the NBA investigates his arrest Thursday on a domestic violence charge in Michigan. “We have informed Jeffery Taylor that effective immediately he will not be participating in any team-related..." September 27

  • Records: Hornets' Jeff Taylor assaulted girlfriend, employee

    Lansing State Journal "Charlotte Hornets player Jeff Taylor is accused of assaulting his girlfriend and a hotel employee in East Lansing and damaging hotel property, court records show. Taylor, 25, was charged Thursday in 54B District Court with domestic violence, assault and battery, and malicious destruction of a..." September 27

  • Hornets' Jeff Taylor won't participate in camp during investigation

    CBSSports.com "The Charlotte Hornets announced Friday that forward Jeff Taylor has been removed from team activities while the NBA investigates the charges that have been brought against Taylor involving a domestic violence incident at a hotel in Michigan. From the Hornets: "We have informed Jeffery Taylor..." September 26

  • Hornets signing Jason Maxiell to unguaranteed contract

    Charlotte Observer "In the final days before training camp, Charlotte Hornets general manager Rich Cho will sign another big man and tentatively explore a contract extension for point guard Kemba Walker. Cho said Thursday he will sign nine-season NBA veteran Jason Maxiell to a nonguaranteed contract Friday. That..." September 26

  • Hornets Start Extension Talks With Kemba Walker

    Real GM Basketball "The Charlotte Hornets have started discussions with Kemba Walker about a potential contract extension. “We’ve had some initial talks," Rich Cho said. “I don’t want to get into the discussions because I don’t think that would be fair to Kemba or his agent. It’s just started.”" September 26

  • Hornets' Jeffery Taylor charged with domestic assault

    USA Today "A 25-year-old member of the Charlotte Hornets has been charged in connection with a domestic assault incident at an East Lansing hotel. Jeffery Matthew Taylor was charged Thursday with one count of domestic assault, one count of assault and one count of malicious destruction of property in 54B..." September 26

  • The Kemba Conundrum

    Grantland "Happiness and continuity can carry an extra price in the NBA, and the teams most willing to pay it are often those that have known the deepest misery. Charlotte sunk into depths of misery no one even knew existed, both on the court and in the profit-loss margins, before recovering over the last..." September 23

  • Hornets coach says team needs to add ‘another big guy’ following Noah Vonleh’s injury

    Pro Basketball Talk "The Hornets selected Noah Vonleh with the ninth overall pick in this summer’s draft, a 6’10” big whose rebounding ability could have seen him earn minutes in the rotation as soon as the beginning of the season. But Vonleh suffered a sports hernia injury that required surgery, and he’s expected..." September 15

  • 58d
    Rick Bonnell @rick_bonnell

    Hornets rookie Noah Vonleh had surgery today to treat a sports hernia. Out 6-8 weeks, so he will miss training camp.

  • NBA adding extra space along the baseline to increase safety

    SB Nation "There will be more space around the basket stanchion next season because the NBA is trying to improve player safety. The NBA is attempting to improve player safety by cutting down the amount of photographers around the basket stanchion, according to a memo from Rod Thorn, the league's president..." August 26

  • Charlotte: Spend $33.5 million on arena for Hornets

    Charlotte Observer "The city of Charlotte is prepared to spend $27.5 million in capital improvements for Time Warner Cable Arena, as well as 10 years’ worth of annual payments of $600,000 for ongoing maintenance. The Charlotte Hornets and the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority asked the city earlier this year..." August 25

  • NBA releases 2014-2015 schedule: Spurs host Mavs in season opener

    CBSSports.com "The NBA announced its 2014-2015 schedule Wednesday, and for the first time in seven years, LeBron James will not feature on its opening night. The season opens Tuesday, October 28th with the defending champion San Antonio Spurs raising their fifth banner before taking on the Dallas Mavericks...." August 13

  • Hornets’ Gerald Henderson: I didn’t play my best last season

    Charlotte Observer "Here’s the deal on Gerald Henderson and the Charlotte Hornets: He’s a little disappointed in how he played last season but welcomed his team signing free-agent shooting guard Lance Stephenson last month. Does he still want to start? Of course, but whatever coach Steve Clifford decides next..." August 13