Hornets Rumors & News

  • A 25-0 run gives Charlotte Hornets a win over the Washington Wizards

    Charlotte Observer "The Charlotte Hornets went on a 25-0 run in the fourth quarter to beat the Washington Wizards 101-87 Wednesday at Time Warner Cable Arena. The victory extended the Hornets’ home winning streak to seven, making them 9-6 on the season. The Wizards went 0-for-17 from the field during their..." November 26

  • Report: Steve Clifford, Hornets agree to multi-year extension

    Sporting News "Steve Clifford and the Hornets reached an agreement Wednesday on a multi-year extension, the Charlotte Observer reported. Contract details were not immediately available. The Hornets are off to an 8-6 start through Tuesday. " November 25

  • Hornets dramatically defeat Kings 127-122

    At The Hive "The above .500 Charlotte Hornets came into this game facing the Sacramento Kings. A team that can never decide on a coach, a strategy, or even a direction to go in. While the Sacramento Kings have improved since their 1-7 start they couldn't rebound to beat the Charlotte Hornets. The first..." November 24

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    Rick Bonnell @rick_bonnell

    Zeller and Hairston both practiced today. @hornets listing them as questionable for Kings game Monday.

  • Big Al leads Charlotte Hornets past troubled Sixers, 113-88

    Charlotte Observer "What happened to Charlotte Hornets center Al Jefferson Friday might occur once a month. For some reason that seemed baffling to anyone watching, the Philadelphia 76ers chose to single-cover Jefferson with rookie Jahlil Okafor. Bad idea. Horrible idea. By game’s end Jefferson had totaled 26..." November 21

  • Rockets interested in Hornets head coach Steve Clifford

    At The Hive "If you're like me, you woke up to the news Wednesday morning that the Houston Rockets have fired they're head coach, Kevin McHale, just one year removed from a trip to the Western Conference Finals. McHale's Rockets had sputtered to a 4-7 start after having as high of expectations as just about..." November 19

  • Finally, Charlotte Hornets get their act together on the boards

    Charlotte Observer "Al Jefferson said Tuesday this rebounding mess could get fixed in one day. Turns out he was precisely right. You would not have predicted this was the night the Charlotte Hornets would finally get their act together on the boards. The Brooklyn Nets are top-10 in the NBA in defensive..." November 19

  • Hornets Rookie Frank Kaminsky Thinks Michael Jordan Could Beat Him One-On-One

    Complex "Michael Jordan is 52 years old. Frank Kaminsky is 22 years old. And with that in mind, the Hornets rookie officially went on the record Thursday believing the man who signs his checks could beat him in a game of one-on-one. Appearing on The Dan Patrick Show, Kaminsky, who was selected..." November 19

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    Rick Bonnell @rick_bonnell

    The @hornets Marvin Williams fined $15,000 by the NBA for elbowing Lou Amundson in last night's loss to the Knicks.

  • Kristaps Porzingis powers Knicks with 29 points, 11 rebounds in win over Charlotte

    New York Daily News "On draft night, they booed Kristaps Porzingis. On Tuesday, they chanted his name as the soundtrack to a victory at the Garden. It was Porzingis’ night in Manhattan, a validation of what has been building into a Latvian storm of hope for the Knicks. He dropped in a career-high 29 points,..." November 18

  • Champions League set to debut in 2016 with former NBA players, 16 teams

    USA Today "When it comes to jobs that are hard to land, it doesn’t get much tougher than the NBA. At most, there are 450 roster spots to be had by the world’s best players. Consider there were approximately 5,600 Division I men’s college players in 2014 in America alone, and you start to understand it’s..." November 18

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    Rick Bonnell @rick_bonnell

    Steve Clifford: Hairston out, could miss several more games. (quad contusion).

  • Billy Hunter files amended wrongful-termination complaint against NBPA

    The Score "Former NBPA boss Billy Hunter continues to seek damages from the union for the circumstances surrounding his termination in 2013. Hunter's attorneys filed an amended complaint in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Monday, seeking a jury trial on four breach-of-contract claims, reports Ken..." November 17

  • Hornets top Trail Blazers with 71 first-half points

    Charlotte Observer "The Charlotte Hornets got their low-post scorer back Sunday. After three games totaling just 19 points, center Al Jefferson scored 29 at Time Warner Cable Arena to push the Hornets to a 106-94 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers. The Hornets led by as many as 29 points, but the Blazers..." November 16

  • Batum, Cousins named Players of the Week

    NBA.com "The Charlotte Hornets' Nicolas Batum and the Sacramento Kings' DeMarcus Cousins were today named NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, Nov. 9 through Sunday, Nov. 15. Batum led the Hornets to a 3-1 week behind averages of 25.5 points (fifth..." November 16

  • Bulls squeeze past Hornets 102-97

    Chicago Sun-Times "There was a clear theme to coach Fred Hoiberg’s words after the Bulls’ Friday shootaround. He was asked about the competitive Eastern Conference race, a rematch with a Charlotte Hornets team that routed the Bulls and the looming circus trip, but a lot of his answers sounded similar. He wanted..." November 14

  • Hornets top Knicks, 95-93, as buzzer-beater nullified

    Charlotte Observer "Redemption time for Cody Zeller. Seconds earlier he had missed both free throws off an ill-timed foul by New York Knicks forward Lance Thomas in a tie game. Then the Knicks were called for a shot-clock violation and the Hornets ended up in-bounding the ball under the basket. Zeller flashed to..." November 12

  • Strong bench play propels Hornets to 104-95 win over Timberwolves

    Charlotte Observer "This sure didn’t look like the Charlotte Hornets had much chance early. They started out missing their first nine 2-point shots and allowed the Minnesota Timberwolves to have a bit of a dunk fest. But with a strong performance from the bench – particularly Jeremy Lamb (18 points) and Jeremy Lin..." November 11

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    Charlotte Hornets PR @HornetsPR

    Injury Update: the @hornets PJ Hairston will not return due to a migraine. #CHAatMIN

  • Charlotte Hornets took oversized path to finding floor spacing

    Sporting News "If there's any NBA team that changed it's on-court style more than the Charlotte Hornets, please notify Sporting News. A team that was dead last in the NBA in 3-point shooting percentage is now sixth — and firing away. A team with more guards and small forwards than big men now has one of the..." November 09

  • Spurs turn it up in the 3rd, beat Hornets

    San Antonio Express-News "Just when it appeared the Charlotte Hornets were threatening to send the Spurs to their second straight loss, Manu Ginobili and Patty Mills sparked a vicious run, helping the Spurs to a 114-94 victory. Ginobili and Mills combined for 14 points on 4 of 5 shooting from beyond the arc, as the..." November 08

  • Hornets get first victory in Dallas since 1998

    Charlotte Observer "This was the Al Jefferson of two seasons ago, the third-team All-NBA center. The Dallas Mavericks never figured out how to contain Jefferson (31 points) in the low post, and that ended an ugly blotch on NBA basketball in Charlotte. The Hornets beat the Mavericks, 108-94, for the first time in..." November 06

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    Mike Richman @mikegrich

    Gerald Henderson (hip) says he's "doing everything the team's doing" in practice. Still won't put firm timeline on return. "Soon" he said

  • Hornets blow out Bulls for first win of season

    Charlotte Observer "This was more like it. The Charlotte Hornets lost a different way in each of their first three games, but that still added up to 0-3 with a three-game Western Conference trip pending. Tuesday against the Chicago Bulls needed to be a rallying point, and certainly it was, as the Hornets drilled..." November 04

  • Oddsmakers say George Karl, Lionel Hollins coaches on hottest seats

    Pro Basketball Talk "It’s inevitable. Some team is going to get off to a slow start, ownership/top management will be looking for a scapegoat, and a coach will get fired in the middle of the season. Even though the guys swinging the axe are more likely at fault for the team’s problems than the guy on the receiving..." November 04

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    Charlotte Hornets PR @HornetsPR

    .@hornets F Cody Zeller (dehydration), listed as QUESTIONABLE, will play in tonight's game. #CHAvsCHI

  • Hornets GM Rich Cho: P.J. Hairston’s inconsistency a factor in not picking up contract option

    Charlotte Observer "Charlotte Hornets general manager Rich Cho said the team’s decision not to pick up P.J. Hairston’s option for next season related to consistency and focus. The Hornets had until midnight Monday to exercise a $1.25 million option for the 2016-17 season under Hairston’s rookie-scale contract. The..." November 03

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    Rick Bonnell @rick_bonnell

    Cody Zeller missed practice. He has lost about 10 pounds unexpectedly and is having medical tests.

  • The Hawks squeeze another one out against the Hornets, 94-92

    Peachtree Hoops "The Atlanta Hawks gave you another thriller Sunday in Charlotte, as they narrowly pulled out a victory against the Hornets, 94-92. The Hawks starting lineup was back to normal, with Jeff Teague, Kyle Korver, Kent Bazemore, Paul Millsap and Al Horford taking the floor. Mike Muscala, questionable..." November 02

  • Hornets don’t plan to exercise contract option on P.J. Hairston

    Charlotte Observer "Barring a last-minute change of thinking, the Charlotte Hornets do not intend to exercise their contract option on shooting guard-small forward P.J. Hairston, an NBA source said Monday. Hairston, who is currently starting for the Hornets, would make about $1.25 million for the 2016-17 season..." November 02

  • Hornets Exercise Team Option on Cody Zeller

    NBA.com "Charlotte Hornets General Manager Rich Cho announced today that the team has exercised its fourth-year option on forward Cody Zeller. “We are excited to keep Cody Zeller as a part of our core for another season,” Cho said. “We have been very pleased with Cody’s development on both ends of the..." November 02

  • Cody Zeller misses practice, undergoes medical tests

    At The Hive "According to Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer, Cody Zeller missed practice today and has unexpectedly lost 10 pounds. As a result he will be undergoing medical tests. Obviously due to the sudden weight loss, and medical tests, Zeller will be questionable for tomorrow's game against the..." November 02

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    Rick Bonnell @rick_bonnell

    Can confirm @ESPNSteinLine report that @hornets have agreement in principle with Jeremy Lamb on 3-year, $21 million extension.

  • Sources: Hornets, Lamb close to 3-year, $21M deal

    ESPN "The Charlotte Hornets are on course to sign swingman Jeremy Lamb to a contract extension for three years and $21 million before Monday's midnight deadline for such extensions, according to league sources. Sources told ESPN.com on Sunday night that the Hornets and Lamb are close to finalizing..." November 02

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    Charlotte Hornets PR @HornetsPR

    The @hornets Troy Daniels will be active for the first time this season. Aaron Harrison will be inactive. #ATLvsCHA

  • Bradley Beal helps Washington Wizards rally past Milwaukee Bucks, 118-113

    Washington Post "Randy Wittman shrugs off the Washington Wizards’ poor shooting nights. He wants his players to remain confident, to launch open shots whenever and wherever they’re available as long as they are efficient attempts. If good shots are missed, so be it. Go ahead and shoot another one. Eventually the..." October 31

  • Five observations from the Hawks’ 97-94 win over the Hornets

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "The Hawks survived a dramatic fourth-quarter comeback by the Hornets and held on for a 97-94 victory Friday night at Philips Arena. The win gave coach Mike Budenholzer his 100th career regular-season victory. He is the second fastest coach to 100 wins in franchise history behind only Lenny..." October 31

  • NBA All-Star Game will reportedly feature Kia ads on jerseys

    Yahoo! Sports "NBA commissioner Adam Silver has regularly talked up the supposed inevitability of official uniforms featuring advertisements, which would serve as another revenue stream for the league and continue the professional sports world's embrace of leveraging every available surface for financial gain...." October 30

  • Heat make most of their mix in season-opening victory over Hornets

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "This isn't a roster as much of a Miami Heat buffet. That had Erik Spoelstra sampling just about all of his available choices in Wednesday night's season-opening 104-94 victory over the Charlotte Hornets at AmericanAirlines Arena. "That," Spoelstra said, "was a good start." All-Star..." October 29

  • Clippers Tripled Background Calls Before Trading For Lance Stephenson

    Real GM Basketball "The Los Angeles Clippers did extra due diligence on Lance Stephenson before trading for him last June. Doc Rivers didn't know Stephenson previously. A normal background check would typically warrant 20 phone calls, but Rivers and general manager Dave Wohl made 61 inquiries researching..." October 29

  • Hornets Choose Greensboro NC to Host D-League Franchise

    Black Sports Online "This is absolutely great news for the city for Greensboro, North Carolina. The Charlotte Hornets have decided that Greensboro will be the home of their new NBA Development League franchise, which is set to begin in the fall of 2016. The two cities are a little more than 80 miles apart and seems to..." October 27

  • 2016 NBA free agency could dominate this season in an ugly way

    Sporting News "The 2015-16 NBA season is set to get underway. There will be 1,230 games played in the regular season, and another 80-90 games in the playoffs over the next eight months before we finally settle on another champion. And then the real fun begins. That’s because the next free agency period,..." October 27

  • Lance Stephenson will start for Clippers in opener. Probably.

    Pro Basketball Talk "With Matt Barnes gone, Doc Rivers has had all of training camp to look at his options at the three. That’s plenty time to think about who would start. And the answer is… Lance Stephenson. Probably. But Rivers isn’t saying for sure and is trying to dodge the question, reports Dan Woike of the..." October 27

  • The Hornets turned into a 3-point juggernaut during the NBA preseason

    SB Nation "The Charlotte Hornets had an identity last season, but it wasn't a very good one. Sure, they had an elite defense -- giving up only 101 points per 100 possessions, which was ninth-best in the league -- but their offense was miserable. The Hornets plodded along, running plays through Al Jefferson..." October 26

  • Silver does not expect NBA breaks for FIBA, says preseason will likely be reduced

    The Score "It is highly unlikely the NBA will employ international soccer-like breaks in its regular season in order to accommodate FIBA's new World Cup qualifiers, which will overlap with the NBA season beginning in 2017, commissioner Adam Silver stated Friday. Silver touched on the topic at a news..." October 24

  • Hornets keep Aaron Harrison, waive others

    At The Hive "The Charlotte Hornets announced today their final roster cuts as they enter the regular season. University of Kentucky fans will be happy to know that Aaron Harrison has officially made the team. The undrafted rookie showcased himself as a useful third point guard during Orlando Summer League, and..." October 23

  • Lamar Odom crisis spurs union plans to help NBA players adjust to retirement

    Yahoo! Sports "National Basketball Players Association executive director Michele Roberts told Yahoo Sports that Lamar Odom's crisis has "reignited" discussions to create a program to aid NBA players who are transitioning toward retirement. Odom was found unconscious at a brothel in rural Nevada last week in..." October 22

  • NBA commissioner Adam Silver calls for 'regulatory framework' to daily fantasy sports

    Sporting News "Even though NBA commissioner Adam Silver said the league will continue its partnership with daily fantasy sites like FanDuel and DraftKings, he thinks it's time concrete regulations were put into place to keep the multi-billion-dollar industry in check. "There should be a regulatory framework;..." October 22

  • Jerry West would 'love' for the NBA logo to be Michael Jordan

    CBS Sports "Los Angeles Lakers legend Jerry West is doing the media rounds in support of myAFibRisk.com, in support of stroke prevention, and he's said some interesting things. Including the fact that he would support the NBA logo, which bears his likeness, changing to that of Michael Jordan's..." October 21

  • Al Jefferson refuses to let the NBA run past him

    Sporting News "Al Jefferson leans forward in his seat, scratching his ankle. This seems to be his thinking pose, his broad shoulders covering his knees as he considers a response. The hunched back, the syrupy Mississippi accent, the sweat still glistening — Jefferson is playing his part well. They call him a..." October 21