Hornets Rumors & News

  • Hornets extending qualifying offer to guard Troy Daniels

    Charlotte Observer "The Charlotte Hornets are extending a qualifying offer to 6-foot-4 shooting guard Troy Daniels, making him a restricted free agent July 1, an informed source said. That qualifying offer is for about $1.2 million for next season. " June 29

  • Report: Wizards to target Horford, Batum in free agency

    The Score "The Washington Wizards are looking at plans B, C, D, and so on with the pipe dream of four-time scoring champion Kevin Durant making his way home basically extinguished. On top of the team's reported interest in sharpshooting big man Ryan Anderson, the Wizards also plan to target All-Star..." June 29

  • Hornets’ Frank Kaminsky to undergo minor procedure on chest

    Charlotte Observer "Charlotte Hornets forward Frank Kaminsky will have a procedure this week to repair a small pocket of air in his chest wall. The procedure, scheduled for Wednesday, will cause Kaminsky to miss about the next six weeks of activity. As a result, he will not play for the Hornets’ entry in the..." June 28

  • North Carolina Is Drafting Changes To The Controversial HB2 Bill So It Doesn’t Lose The NBA All-Star Game

    Charlotte Observer "Lawmakers are circulating a draft of a bill to change the controversial House Bill 2, but whether the changes are enough to placate critics – including the NBA – is unclear. State Rep. Chris Sgro, executive director of Equality NC, a gay rights group, criticized the proposal in an afternoon..." June 28

  • Soon-to-be Hornets guard Marco Belinelli breaks jaw in exhibition game

    At The Hive "Marco Belinelli, the soon-to-be Charlotte Hornets guard, broke his jaw in an exhibition game between his native Italy and Canada on Sunday night, according to Sportando. While not officially a Hornet yet, the team agreed to send the 22nd pick in this year's draft to the Sacramento Kings in return..." June 28

  • Hornets unlikely to have space to sign Jeremy Lin after other priorities

    ESPN "The Charlotte Hornets would like to re-sign free agent Jeremy Lin but are fearful of losing the point guard, according to league sources. The Hornets' top priority is bringing back Nicolas Batum, their free-agent swingman who had a breakout season, and they also want to re-sign Marvin Williams,..." June 27

  • USA Basketball unveils 2016 Olympic team roster

    NBA.com "Featuring six Olympic and/or FIBA World Cup gold medalists, USA Basketball unveiled its official 12-man 2016 U.S. Olympic Men's Basketball Team. Selected for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team, which is seeking a third consecutive Olympic title, were: Carmelo Anthony (New York Knicks/Syracuse); Harrison..." June 27

  • Free agent Jeremy Lin says he's 'always been open to' returning to the Knicks

    Fox Sports "It's been four years since Linsanity took over the New York sports scene, as little-known Jeremy Lin became an overnight sensation with the Knicks. And though Lin has played with three different organizations since his breakout run, the veteran free-agent guard has always had a soft spot for the..." June 26

  • Despite So Many Dropping Out, The USA Basketball Roster For Rio Is Really Really Good

    Uproxx "LeBron James is out; Same with Kawhi Leonard; Damian Lillard isn’t going to Rio because of rehab and more than a bit of disgruntlement. Two-time MVP and zero-time Finals MVP Steph Curry is out. You can add Clippers Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, plus LaMarcus Aldridge, James Harden, Anthony Davis,..." June 26

  • Jeremy Lin could be a Deron Williams-level backup plan for the Mavericks

    Mavs Moneyball "After the Mavericks secured verbal commitments from DeAndre Jordan and Wes Matthews last summer, point guard was the next order of business. I was convinced that hole would be filled by Jeremy Lin, and that the Mavs starting five would be Lin, Matthews, Jordan, Chandler Parsons and Dirk..." June 26

  • Warriors eye Durant backup plans, FAs including Horford, Whiteside, Batum

    The Score "Despite winning a record 73 regular-season games, some of the Golden State Warriors' flaws were exposed during the playoffs, which culminated in a Game 7 NBA Finals loss after they held a 3-1 series lead. Key rotation players Harrison Barnes and Festus Ezeli may walk as restricted free agents..." June 24

  • Hornets Offering No. 22 Pick Attached To Jeremy Lamb Or Spencer Hawes

    Real GM Basketball "The Charlotte Hornets are offering the 22nd overall pick to any team that takes either Jeremy Lamb or Spencer Hawes into their cap space. Charlotte needs the additional cap space to sign their priority free agents." June 23

  • Hornets To Acquire Marco Belinelli For No. 22 Pick

    Hoops Rumors "The Hornets and Kings have agreed to a trade that will send the No. 22 overall pick to Sacramento in exchange for veteran shooting guard Marco Belinelli, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical (Twitter links). The deal that will make Belinelli a Hornet can’t be processed until July, but..." June 23

  • Lin opts out, will become free agent

    The Score "Jeremy Lin has declined his player option for next season and will become an unrestricted free agent, according to ESPN's Marc Stein. Lin faced a Wednesday deadline to pick up the $2.2-million option with the Charlotte Hornets. The move was expected given the rising salary cap this summer. The..." June 23

  • President Obama has 'discussed' being NBA owner, White House says

    ESPN "Much has been made of what might be next for President Barack Obama after he leaves the White House in January. According to press secretary Josh Earnest, becoming an NBA owner might be an option. Earnest said Wednesday that the president, well known for being a big fan of Chicago sports teams,..." June 23

  • Stephen A. Smith Hasn't Gotten a NBA Finals Pick Right Since 2009

    The Big Lead "This video is fun stuff. Stephen A. Smith returned to ESPN before the 2011 NBA Finals. He has never correctly picked the NBA Champion before the Finals, going 0 for 6. He was not at ESPN for a two-year period before that, but I found this transcript of his appearance on MSNBC in May of 2010,..." June 21

  • Someone Bought CryingJordan.com and Redirected it to the Cavaliers’ Website

    Complex "Buying a domain name and using it to troll a sports team or celebrity is not new. Back in 2012, someone snatched up the Nets.com website and used to it redirect Nets fans to the Knicks’ official NBA.com website. In 2015, someone else bought TheWashingtonRedskins.com and used it to redirect..." June 15

  • 2016 NBA Mock Draft 2.0

    Fox Sports "While the NBA Finals have fully captured America's imagination over the past two weeks, it's easy to forget that the NBA Draft is slowly creeping toward us. Correction, it's not "slowly creeping toward us," it's basically right here, with slightly more than a week until Adam Silver steps to the..." June 15

  • Kevin Hart recalls ticking off Michael Jordan with high-pants joke

    The Score "Kevin Hart believes he might be in Michael Jordan's bad books over a joke he made about the NBA legend during a charity event. The comedian shared the story on Tuesday night's episode of "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" Hart, who was hosting the event, said he decided to loosen up the crowd by cracking..." June 15

  • Craig Sager will join ESPN's coverage of Warriors-Cavaliers Game 6

    Yahoo! Sports "Well, this is awesome: ESPN announced Wednesday morning that Craig Sager, legendary sideline reporter for Turner Sports' NBA coverage and soon-to-be recipient of the Jimmy V Perseverance Award at the 2016 ESPYs, will join the ABC/ESPN broadcast crew for Thursday's Game 6 of the 2016 NBA Finals..." June 15

  • Hornets’ Michael Kidd-Gilchrist appears well down road to recovery

    Charlotte Observer "Charlotte Hornets forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is in love. He always was, but he was denied the object of his affection for most of the past eight months. Now that basketball is back in his daily routine, he holds on tight. "Unconditional love," Kidd-Gilchrist described Wednesday following..." June 11

  • Charles Barkley: Move the '17 NBA All-Star Game from Charlotte or I'll boycott

    Awful Announcing "The NBA has been a league that has tried to do the right thing by its players and coaches. After Donald Sterling was taped making racial comments about his own players, the league moved swiftly to suspend him and then moved to have him sell the team. Now it’s caught in a situation where the next..." June 09

  • The Olympics would be better off without NBA players

    Fox Sports "I love the Olympics. I live for the Olympics. I've been excited about Rio since an hour before the London Closing Ceremony began. I love the big events (swimming, track, gymnastics) as much as the minor-leaguers (shooting, archery, racewalking). Shoot, I'll even willingly watch diving - only in..." June 08

  • Data shows NBA players are dropping $42,500 per month

    Sporting News "NBA players make a lot of money, so that gives them the freedom to spend that money, which data shows they do. According to a San Francisco Chronicle report on data provided by financial advisors Personal Capital, players are dropping about $42,500 a month — or $510,000 a year — on expenses...." June 08

  • Referees union calls for end of NBA's 'Last Two-Minute' reports

    ESPN "The National Basketball Referees Association has called for the NBA to stop releasing its Last Two Minute Reports. In a statement released Tuesday, the NBRA says the NBA's effort to "promote so-called transparency will cause more harm than good for the officials and the game." "Transparency..." June 08

  • NBA Referees Are Officially Pretty Sick Of Having Their Work Publicly Critiqued By The League

    Dime Magazine "The NBA’s intentions were good when it decided to add a dose of clarity to officiating down the stretch of close games. Toward the tale end of last season, newly-implemented “Last Two-Minutes Reports” received nothing but positive attention across the basketball world. The league’s decision to..." June 07

  • NBA creates Pride Month T-shirt line with every team's logo in rainbows

    OutSports.com "The NBA has unveiled a new line of apparel for Pride Month, the likes of which hasn't been done before in men's professional sports, to our knowledge. The League, in conjunction with Teespring, has created T-shirts of every one of the NBA's 30 teams that feature each team's logo in rainbows...." June 07

  • Jeremy Lin To Opt Out Of Contract

    Hoops Rumors "Jeremy Lin will opt out of his contract and become an unrestricted free agent this offseason, reports Chris Haynes of Cleveland.com (Twitter links). According to Haynes, the Hornets will make an effort to re-sign Lin, but the point guard figures to have plenty of suitors. Lin, 27, signed a..." June 07

  • Could Jeremy Lin Reunite with Mike D'Antoni and the Rockets?

    Bleacher Report "Jeremy Lin likely earned himself another big payday with his helping the Charlotte Hornets push the Miami Heat to seven games this postseason, and one suitor who should be very eager to acquire Lin's services is his former coach, Mike D'Antoni. " June 03

  • The NBA Is ‘Exploring Other Options’ Besides Charlotte For The 2017 All-Star Game

    Dime Magazine "Despite some misinformation being spread the last few months, the NBA is still planning on having its 2017 All-Star Game in Charlotte. That’s an issue, as North Carolina’s governor passed a law that prevents local municipalities from passing their own laws that would protect the LGBT community..." June 03

  • Adam Silver, faced with surge, to seek rule nullifying Hack-a-Shaq

    ESPN "NBA commissioner Adam Silver said he would use his "bully pulpit" to try to force through reform to eliminate the intentional fouling of poor free throw shooters, also known as the "Hack-a-Shaq" strategy. Silver was speaking in his annual address before Game 1 of the NBA Finals. In the same..." June 02

  • With Mike D'Antoni now on board, is Jeremy Lin slated for a return to the Rockets?

    The Dream Shake "Now that the three-day mourning period after the hiring of Mike D'Antoni is over, it's time to come back to rational thought. There's no need to give up your season tickets, your NBA League Pass or your Rockets fandom. Sure, the D'Antoni hire was a huge surprise to everyone, but as the initial..." June 02

  • Report: Nicolas Batum Optimistic Of Quickly Agreeing Upon Deal With Hornets

    Real GM Basketball "Nicolas Batum's agent is optimistic of being able to quickly agree upon a new contract in free agency with the Charlotte Hornets, according to a report. Batum would like to participate in the Olympic Qualifying Tournament with France," May 31

  • Techies Are Trying to Turn the NBA Into the World’s Biggest Sports League

    Wired "Los Angeles Clippers were just getting used to being a good basketball team. After more than three decades of irrelevance—and only four winning seasons—they’d finally found that magic mix of talent and cohesion and had become a division-winning powerhouse practically overnight. But then they hit..." May 31

  • Adam Silver: Officials get it right ‘roughly 90 percent’ of the time

    ESPN "Commissioner Adam Silver says the NBA doesn't have a choice on whether to be as transparent as possible in determining whether key crunch-time plays were officiated correctly "with so many cameras focused on the action, with so many other kinds of services providing that same information to our..." May 26

  • All NBA-Teams Announced; Will Anthony Davis Get His Extra $24 Mil

    Black Sports Online "The answer to the Anthony Davis question is no. He had to make at least All-NBA 3rd team to make his extra $24 million and he did not. While he isn’t hurting for cash, you can’t make up $24 million. Damian Lillard though….. Anything else surprise you about the teams? Here is a..." May 26

  • Leonard, Green, Jordan, Bradley, Paul On All-Defensive Team

    Pro Basketball Talk "There wasn’t much consensus among All-Defensive voters, except for this. Kawhi Leonard is really good. The back-to-back reigning Defensive Player of the Year was the only player to appear on every ballot, and he made the first team on all 130. He leads a pretty well-selected group: First..." May 25

  • Craig Sager to receive Jimmy V Award for Perseverance

    College Spun "During the Western Conference Finals, NBA fans can find Craig Sager doing his normal job, handling sideline duties for TNT. Sager, who was given just a few months to live back in March, continues to work the job he loves, even driving hours from chemotherapy treatments to make sure he’s in time..." May 24

  • Mission Impossible: African-Americans & analytics

    The Undefeated "The mission was to find black folks who spend anytime talking about advanced analytics, whose conversations are framed by — or even casually include references to — win shares or effective shooting percentage, WHIP (walks and hits per inning pitched) or points per 100 possessions. It’s a failed..." May 24

  • Stephen Silas to meet with Steve Kerr about Warriors' top assistant job

    Yahoo! Sports "Charlotte Hornets assistant coach Stephen Silas is traveling to meet Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr on Monday in Oklahoma City, league sources told The Vertical. Golden State received Charlotte’s permission to discuss the Warriors’ top assistant coaching job with Silas, and the Warriors..." May 22

  • New mini-doc details the birth of ‘Crying Jordan’ meme

    SI "Can’t get enough of the Crying Jordan meme? Never want to see it again? Wonder where it came from? Have no idea what we’re talking about? Then you may have come to the right place. The definitive story of Crying Michael Jordan has finally been told, with help from ESPN’s Jay Williams,..." May 20

  • Knicks hiring Jeff Hornacek could pave the way for Linsanity Part 2

    CBS Sports "The New York Knicks are on the verge of hiring Jeff Hornacek to be their new coach and ditching the triangle offense. They are also on the market for a new starting point guard, as the 34-year-old Jose Calderon is past his prime and rookie Jerian Grant isn't even approaching his. It just so..." May 19

  • Tales from the NBA draft lottery

    ESPN "For a moment in the closed-off lottery drawing room, there is real suspense. The machine with the 14 pingpong balls inside flips on, the balls fly around, and a timekeeper with his back to it waits 20 seconds before raising his hand, the signal for the operator to suck up the first ball. Those..." May 18

  • Are the Charlotte Hornets a good fit for Dwight Howard?

    iSportsweb "Dwight Howard, a 30-year-old former Defensive Player of the Year, may be on the market this off season following a disappointing stint with the Houston Rockets. The former All Star is expected to decline his player option and become a free agent, and many teams are putting their name in the pot in..." May 16

  • Grizzlies interviewed Patrick Ewing for head coaching job

    Yahoo! Sports "The Sacramento Kings will interview Charlotte Hornets associate head coach Patrick Ewing for their head coaching vacancy this week, league sources told The Vertical. Ewing has progressed as a serious head coaching candidate in recent years, increasing in responsibilities and league-wide respect..." May 13

  • Barkley bemoans current NBA: 'Worst I've ever seen'

    The Score "Another day, another retired player complaining about today's game. Charles Barkley made an appearance Wednesday on the Dan Patrick Show to deliver a take down of the modern game. "The NBA is watered down," Barkley said. "The NBA is the worst I’ve ever seen it." Keep in mind Barkley was..." May 11

  • Kemba Walker Undergoes Successful Surgery

    NBA.com "Charlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker underwent successful surgery today to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. The procedure was completed by Hornets Team Physician Dr. Marcus Cook at Novant Orthopedic Hospital in Charlotte. Walker is expected to resume basketball activities in early..." May 09

  • Jeff Hornacek, Hornets' Stephen Silas to interview with Rockets

    ESPN "The Houston Rockets have scheduled interviews with former Phoenix Suns head coach Jeff Hornacek and Charlotte Hornets assistant coach Stephen Silas, sources told ESPN's Brian Windhorst. The Rockets have already interviewed four candidates for their head-coaching vacancy this week: J.B..." May 06

  • Tim Donaghy: '100 percent' of NBA refs gamble

    Fox Sports "Whether you believe all his claims or not, few (if any) know the inner workings of the NBA and the role referees play in determining outcomes of games better than Tim Donaghy does. The disgraced former ref worked in the NBA for 13 seasons, until an FBI investigation revealed that he had bet on..." May 05

  • NBA to ban alcohol and gambling advertisements on jerseys

    Sportsnaut "The NBA will soon allow advertisements on jerseys but according to ESPN’s Darren Rovell, the companies eligible for advertisements will be limited. Rovell also added that the NBA can veto any other possible company. There are no big surprises here, but a few things do stand..." May 04

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