Hornets Rumors & News

  • 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

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    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

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    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

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    Rick Bonnell @rick_bonnell

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

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    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

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    Rick Bonnell @rick_bonnell

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

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    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

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    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

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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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