Hornets Rumors & News

  • 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

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    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

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    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

  • Source: Hornets to submit bid to host NBA All-Star Weekend

    Charlotte Observer "The Charlotte Hornets plan to formally submit a bid Tuesday to host either the 2017 or 2018 NBA All-Star Weekend, a source close to the process said Monday. The team and the Charlotte Sports Foundation have called a news conference for Tuesday morning. It’s expected that’s when a formal..." August 11

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    Rick Bonnell @rick_bonnell

    P.J. Hairston's court case in Durham continued to Sept. 12. If there's a trial, might not be until early October.

  • Michael Jordan: I don't own a number

    ESPN.com "Michael Jordan has no problem with LeBron James returning to No. 23 in his second stint with the Cleveland Cavaliers. "I'm cool with it,'' Jordan told ESPN.com via text message Monday morning. "I don't own a number.'' Jordan, who now owns the Charlotte Hornets, wore No. 23 during his..." July 29

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    Mike Perchick @TheREALPerchick

    Al Jefferson on Team USA: "I was contacted, but I was just trying to focus on getting my foot healed and getting ready for upcoming season."

  • Hornets’ Kemba Walker excited about addition of Lance Stephenson

    Charlotte Observer "There are 165 kids on the court at Kemba Walker’s basketball camp, some as young as 8 years old. What were you like as a player at 8? “I was bad,” says Walker, the Charlotte Hornets’ point guard. Bad as in he’s a bad man or a bad 8-year-old? “No,” says Walker. “Bad.” Obviously he’s..." July 24

  • NBA Union Spent $5.4 Million on Audit of Boss Hunter

    Bloomberg "The National Basketball Association players’ union spent about $5.42 million on the internal audit that resulted in the firing of Executive Director Billy Hunter, according to public records. The union spent $5,421,965 on matters pertaining to what it labeled NBPA Internal Review &..." July 23

  • Sources: NBA warned touring stars of participating in events in Manila

    Yahoo! Sports "The NBA warned a touring group of its stars that they could face financial fines for participating in clinics in Manila, Philippines, that include short scrimmages and games of "H-O-R-S-E," league sources told Yahoo Sports. Several NBA stars, including Blake Griffin, James Harden, Kawhi Leonard..." July 22

  • Vonleh and Zeller show Hornets ready to build

    CBSSports.com "On the surface, Noah Vonleh has struggled in Summer League. And that's being polite. The kid has been miserable from the floor. The gangly forward drafted ninth overall in June's draft out of Indiana has made 19 of 62 shots (30.6 percent). He's turned the ball over 16.9 percent of the time..." July 20

  • Al Jefferson is excited about Lance Stephenson coming to Charlotte

    Pro Basketball Talk "Charlotte had what is considered one of the stronger, more professional locker rooms in the NBA last season. Veteran big man Al Jefferson and his steady demeanor was a big part of that. Now Lance Stephenson is being injected into that mix — and Jefferson is pumped about it. “I’m excited..." July 20

  • Hornets To Re-Sign Jannero Pargo

    Hoops Rumors "The Hornets and point guard Jannero Pargo have struck a deal, according to Pargo’s agents at Priority Sports & Entertainment (Twitter link; hat tip to Marc Stein of ESPN.com). The Mark Bartelstein client returns to Charlotte presumably to reprise his role as the team’s third point guard after the..." July 18

  • Hornets sign Lance Stephenson

    ESPN.com "Lance Stephenson has signed a three-year, $27 million deal to play for the Charlotte Hornets, according to league sources. The deal was signed early Wednesday morning after Hornets owner Michael Jordan, general manager Rich Cho and coach Steve Clifford met with Stephenson and his..." July 17

  • Adam Silver considering NBA midseason tournament

    SB Nation "The NBA Commissioner met with reporters on Tuesday in Las Vegas to discuss potential changes to the association. Adam Silver had some bold new ideas for the crowd of reporters waiting for him on Tuesday at the Las Vegas Summer League, including one that has several scratching their heads -- a..." July 16

  • Anthony Tolliver Reaches Two-Year, $6M Deal With Suns

    Real GM Basketball "Free agent Anthony Tolliver has reached agreement on a two-year, $6 million contract with the Phoenix Suns, league sources told RealGM. His agent, Larry Fox, confirmed the deal on Tuesday night. On the first day of free agency, every NBA general manager received a hard copy 20-page..." July 16

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    Adrian Wojnarowski @WojYahooNBA

    Plenty of teams with salary cap space, but two early favorites to make bids on Carlos Boozer: Charlotte and Atlanta.

  • NBA seeks a $15 Billion TV rights deal

    The Wall Street Journal "Could there be a better time for the NBA to be looking to negotiate a TV deal? The league just enjoyed a fantastic playoff season, capped off be a marquee Finals matchup. Then its biggest sports star, LeBron James, captivated millions across the globe with his intriguing free agency run that led..." July 15

  • P.J. Hairston’s potential lawsuit against his agent, Juan Morrow

    Sporting News "Last week news surfaced of Charlotte Hornets rookie P.J. Hairston’s agent, Juan Morrow, not being certified with the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA). Morrow held out to the public that he in fact was a “certified player agent.” This is blatant misrepresentation on behalf of Morrow...." July 15

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    Rick Bonnell @rick_bonnell

    After not expressing much interest in Lance Stephenson, the Hornets are now looking into possibly signing him, the Observer has learned.

  • Hornets limited to quiet moves in free agency

    Fox Sports Carolinas "After losing out on their top two priorities -- re-sign forward Josh McRoberts and snag restricted free agent Gordon Hayward -- the Charlotte Hornets have finally landed some free agents, though they're not the big splash owner Michael Jordan had been hoping for. On Sunday, the Hornets signed..." July 14

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    Adrian Wojnarowski @WojYahooNBA

    Charlotte had been pursuing free agent Kirk Hinrich, but belief is that he's destined to sign with Bulls, league sources tell Yahoo.

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    Adrian Wojnarowski @WojYahooNBA

    Free agent guard Brian Roberts has agreed to a two-year, $5.5M-plus deal with the Charlotte Hornets, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.

  • Report: Marvin Williams agrees to 2-year, $14M deal with Hornets

    SI.com "Unrestricted free agent forward Marvin Williams agreed to a two-year, $14 million fully-guaranteed deal with the Charlotte Hornets, Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports tweeted Saturday night. The news comes after it was reported earlier in the week Williams, who turned 28 in June and spent the..." July 13

  • Charlotte Hornets’ top draft picks have brutal debuts

    Charlotte Observer "Charlotte Hornets associate head coach Patrick Ewing didn’t want to hear about first-game jitters. Noah Vonleh and P.J. Hairston will be paid like NBA players this season; they have to live up to that. “If both P.J. and Noah are not going to play well for us, we don’t have a chance to win,”..." July 12

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    Adrian Wojnarowski @WojYahooNBA

    Charlotte, Dallas registering interest on free agent guard D.J. Augustin, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.

  • Stephenson showdown to include Hornets, Mavericks, Pacers

    Sporting News "The Charlotte Hornets took a gamble by pursuing Gordon Hayward, making a max offer for the restricted free-agent forward, and it didn't pay off, now that the Utah Jazz informed the Hornets they will match. That leaves the Hornets with about $20 million in cap space, and a roster it's seeking..." July 12

  • Jazz match, Gordon Hayward to sign four-year, $63 million deal to stay in Utah

    The Deseret News "It's official. Gordon Hayward will be staying in Utah. The Jazz informed the Charlotte Hornets via email Saturday morning that they will match the four-year, $63 million offer sheet that Hayward, a restricted free agent, signed on Thursday, as has been reported would happen. Hayward is in..." July 12

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    Adrian Wojnarowski @WojYahooNBA

    Chicago, Charlotte pursuing deals with free agent guard Kirk Hinrich, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.

  • Hornets rookie P.J. Hairston's agent is not certified

    Sport News "There’s yet another wrinkle in the P.J. Hairston saga. Hairston’s agent, Juan Morrow, identifies himself as a “certified player agent” on his website and social media profiles for his agency, Upside Media Group. According to the National Basketball Players Association, that’s not true. In..." July 11

  • Orlando Magic sign Ben Gordon to a free-agent deal

    Orlando Sentinel "Ben Gordon is officially a member of the Orlando Magic. The team announced Friday morning that it has signed Gordon to a free-agent contract. Gordon, a 31-year-old shooting guard, signed a two-year, $9 million deal in which the final season is fully unguaranteed if he’s waived before July 1,..." July 11

  • Clippers, Cavaliers Among Teams Interested In Anthony Tolliver

    Real GM Basketball "Free agent Anthony Tolliver has been in substantial conversations with six NBA teams – including the Los Angeles Clippers and Cleveland Cavaliers – as a stretch-forward addition, league sources told RealGM. Tolliver has also received interest from the Detroit Pistons, Washington Wizards, San..." July 10

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    Rick Bonnell @rick_bonnell

    PJ Hairston says he met Josh Gordon at a grocery store in the Triangle, and they chose to swap cars for the night.

  • P.J. Hairston’s agent is not certified — and that's a problem

    Sporting News "There’s yet another wrinkle in the P.J. Hairston saga. Hairston’s agent, Juan Morrow, identifies himself as a “certified player agent” on his website and social media profiles for his agency, Upside Media Group. According to the National Basketball Players Association, that’s not true. In..." July 10

  • NBA announces salary cap of $63.065 million

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "The NBA announced that the salary cap for the 2014-15 season will be an all-time high of $63.065 million, an increase by 7.5 percent. The tax level for the season will be $76.829 million, an increase of 7.1 percent. The minimum team salary, which is set at 90 percent of the cap, is $56.759..." July 10

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    Adrian Wojnarowski @WojYahooNBA

    Charlotte's planning visit with free agent Brian Roberts, league sources tell Yahoo. He's on top of short list to backup Kemba Walker.

  • Sources: Gordon Hayward agrees to $63 million offer sheet with Hornets

    Yahoo! Sports "Restricted free agent Gordon Hayward has agreed to a four-year, $63 million maximum contract offer sheet with the Charlotte Hornets, league sources told Yahoo Sports. A player option for the fourth year of the deal and a 15 percent trade kicker are expected to be included in the offer sheet,..." July 09