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Hornets Acquire Dwight Howard From Hawks

Jun 20, 2017 9:01 PM

The Charlotte Hornets have agreed to acquire Dwight Howard from the Atlanta Hawks.

Howard signed with the Hawks during the 2016 offseason on a three-year, $70.5 million deal.

Howard was already frustrated with his role with the Hawks at the end of his first season.

The Hawks hired Travis Schlenk to be general manager this offseason.

Adrian Wojnarowski reports the Hawks will receive Miles Plumlee, Marco Belinelli and the 41st overall pick for Howard and the 31st pick.

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Adam Silver Defends Awarding ASG To Charlotte Amid Criticism From LGBTQ Groups

Jun 2, 2017 12:02 AM

After taking a public stand against North Carolina's discriminatory "bathroom bill" by moving the 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte to New Orleans, the NBA has already announced its return for the 2019 game.

The move drew criticism from a number of respected advocates on LGBT issues.

"There wasn’t a burning issue," said Adam Silver when asked by ESPN's Kevin Arnovitz. "The situation we had in Charlotte is of course we had already awarded the All-Star Game for 2018, and it was a function of the years. At the time we moved the All-Star Game, we had said to the legislative leaders that we will consider coming back in 2019 if you change the law."

Silver was asked by Arnovitz a follow-up on whether he feels like the law was changed sufficiently.

"Well, that’s a great question. The law was changed. Sufficient is a tough — the answer is yes, I felt that they made incremental progress. And I felt in part related to my response to the last question, I think there is a role that the league can play in demonstrating what equality looks like to a community. I think there that a new governor came in, certainly he made the request directly to us that if they could make progress with the legislature, would we be willing to bring the game back.

"I think to your point that trying to measure precisely whether it was enough progress, we ultimately felt it was. I respect those who feel we may have made the wrong decision, but I disagree factually for those who say that the change in the law was not an improvement, or some even said was worse. The fact is that under the change in the law in North Carolina, birth certificates were no longer required to use restrooms, and it also permitted us to take our All-Star Game to Charlotte and set a set of rules, a set of principles in which we were going to operate under in that state.

"Again, these are close calls for the league, but I think ultimately it’s that expression that sport imitates life. I think sometimes life can imitate sport. And I think that we can be in a position where we go in and say, this is what it looks like to operate under a set of egalitarian principles, and this is what it looks like to be nondiscriminatory, in this case against the LGBTQ community. And my hope is by setting that example, we can unify people and that the state will follow."

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2019 NBA All-Star Game To Be Played In Charlotte

May 24, 2017 10:41 AM

The NBA is finalizing a deal to bring the 2019 All-Star Game to Charlotte.

The 2017 game was scheduled to be played in Charlotte but the NBA moved it to New Orleans following North Carolina's passing of HB2. 

The 2018 All-Star Game will be held in Los Angeles.

“We have decided to award NBA All-Star 2019 to Charlotte based on this deep connection and the belief that we can honor our shared values of equality and inclusion, and we are excited to bring the All-Star Game back to Charlotte for the first time in 28 years," said Adam Silver.

“While we understand the concerns of those who say the repeal of HB2 did not go far enough, we believe the recent legislation eliminates the most egregious aspects of the prior law. Additionally, it allows us to work with the leadership of the Hornets organization to apply a set of equality principles to ensure that every All-Star event will proceed with open access and anti-discrimination policies. All venues, hotels and businesses we work with during All-Star will adhere to these policies as well.

“Sports have a long history of helping to change attitudes around important social issues. We believe holding our All-Star activities in Charlotte will be a powerful way for the NBA to continue this tradition.”

“The NBA’s decision to return to North Carolina while anti-LGBT laws remain on the books is troubling,” Hudson Taylor, the executive director of Athlete Ally, an organization that aims to put an end to homophobia in sports, said on Wednesday.

Rick Bonnell/Charlotte Observer

Tags: Charlotte Hornets, NBA, NBA All-Star

Kemba Walker Undergoes Surgery On Left Knee

May 17, 2017 4:06 PM

Kemba Walker underwent a successful minor arthroscopic procedure on his left knee.

Typical recovery time for Walker’s procedure is approximately six weeks.

In his sixth season in Charlotte, Walker appeared in 79 games averaging a career-high 23.2 points, 5.5 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 1.1 steals in 34.7 minutes per game.  Walker was named to 2017 Eastern Conference All-Star team, the first NBA All-Star appearance of his six-year career.

Walker has appeared in 443 career games (398 starts) for Charlotte averaging 18.4 points, 5.4 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 1.4 steals in 33.9 minutes per game.  Walker was selected by Charlotte with the ninth overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft.

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Hornets To Wear Jordan Brand Next Season

Apr 25, 2017 1:38 PM

The Charlotte Hornets will wear Jordan Brand uniforms next season.

With Nike taking over the NBA's contract from Adidas, the Hornets will be the only team wearing Jordan Brand.

Michael Jordan became controlling owner of the Hornets in 2010.

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Hornets Decline 17-18 Option On Christian Wood

Apr 17, 2017 6:23 PM

The Charlotte Hornets have declined their team option on Christian Wood for the 17-18 season.

Wood will be an unrestricted free agent.

Wood appeared in 13 games with the Hornets in 16-17 after spending 15-16 with the Phoenix Suns. Wood averaged 2.7 points, 2.2 rebounds and 0.5 blocks in 8.2 minutes per game.

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Hornets Pick Up 17-18 Option On Rich Cho

Apr 10, 2017 3:06 PM

The Charlotte Hornets have decided to pick up their option for the 17-18 season on the contract of Rich Cho.

Cho has been general manager of the Hornets since the 11-12 season.

Cho previously worked for the Oklahoma City Thunder and Portland Trail Blazers.

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Patrick Ewing Agrees To Become Head Coach Of Georgetown

Apr 3, 2017 2:36 PM

Patrick Ewing has agreed to become head coach of Georgetown.

Ewing will immediately assume his duties with the Hoyas and leave the Charlotte Hornets' coaching staff.

Ewing had been trying to find a head coaching job in the NBA.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Tags: Charlotte Hornets, Georgetown Hoyas, NCAA, NBA

Patrick Ewing To Interview For Georgetown Job

Apr 3, 2017 11:03 AM

Patrick Ewing will formally interview for Georgetown's head coaching vacancy.

Ewing is currently associate head coach of the Charlotte Hornets and has long been seeking an NBA head coaching job.

Ewing attended Georgetown where he played for John Thompson Jr. Thompson has been a proponent of hiring Ewing despite the fact that his son, John Thompson III, was fired from the job.

Ewing was close to receiving an offer last offseason for the Sacramento Kings' job.

Ewing has proven himself to be a tenacious worker and engaged tactician in the NBA.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

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Kings' 2nd Choice For Head Coach Likely Was Patrick Ewing

Mar 23, 2017 2:50 PM

The Sacramento Kings would have likely hired Patrick Ewing as head coach if Dave Joerger didn't become available.

Ewing is currently associate head coach of the Charlotte Hornets and has long sought a head coaching job in the NBA.

With Georgetown firing John Thompson III, there has been speculation Ewing could have interest in the job. Ewing has so far been committed to the NBA.

Ewing's son had been on Thompson's staff and he's remained close and loyal to the Thompson family.

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Briante Weber To Sign Two-Year Deal With Hornets
Briante Weber was coming off his second 10-day contract with the Hornets.

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Hornets To Sign Johnny O'Bryant For Remainder Of Season
Johnny O'Bryant had been with the Hornets for two 10-day deals.

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Nicolas Batum To Undergo Brain Scan For Migraines
Sources say it's "a scary period" for Nicolas Batum.

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Briante Weber To Sign 2nd 10-Day Contract With Hornets
Briante Weber was previously on two 10-day contracts with the Warriors.

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Hornets Sign Johnny O'Bryant To 2nd 10-Day Contract
Johnny O'Bryant has played in two games with the Hornets, averaging 8.5 points on 80.0 percent from the field and 3.0 rebounds in 8.5 minutes.

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Briante Weber Agrees To 10-Day Deal With Hornets
The Warriors decided not to re-sign Briante Weber after the expiration of his second 10-day deal in order to sign Jose Calderon.

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Cavs Trade Chris Andersen To Hornets
The Cavaliers have traded the contract of Chris Andersen and cash considerations to the Hornets for a protected second round pick.

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Hornets To Sign Mike Tobey To 2nd 10-Day Contract
Mike Tobey has yet to appear in a game with the Hornets.

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Ramon Sessions Suffers Torn Meniscus
Ramon Sessions complained of discomfort in his knee Friday.

Rick Bonnell/Charlotte Observer

Hornets To Sign Ray McCallum To 10-Day Contract
Ray McCallum has averaged 18.2 points, 6.0 rebounds and 7.4 assists in 37.9 minutes per game in 30 appearances this season for the Grand Rapids Drive of the D-League.

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Hornets To Sign Mike Tobey To 10-Day Contract
Mike Tobey is averaging 11.0 points and 8.9 rebounds in 26.0 minutes per game this season for the Greensboro Swarm of the D-League.

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Bucks Trade Miles Plumlee To Hornets For Roy Hibbert, Spencer Hawes
The Bucks have agreed to trade Miles Plumlee to the Hornets for Roy Hibbert and Spencer Hawes.

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Aaron Harrison Waived By Hornets
Aaron Harrison has played sparingly for the Hornets with Marco Belinelli and Jeremy Lamb ahead of him on the depth chart.

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Steve Clifford: Marvin Williams Is The NBA's New Prototypical Four Man
Marvin Williams entered the NBA as the second overall pick in the 2005 NBA Draft and while he carved a nice spot as a role player, he never seemed to meet expectations as a superstar.

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Kemba Walker: I Was Nervous As Hell When Batum, Williams Hit Free Agency
Kemba Walker admits he was worried when Nicolas Batum and Marvin Williams became free agents that the Hornets would be unable to keep them.

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Hornets Emphasizing Player Development, Keeping Own Guys Long-Term
The Hornets like to put most of their available resources back into their own players.

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RealGM Radio: Extension/Option Deadline With Dan Feldman
Host Danny Leroux and Dan Feldman of NBC's Pro Basketball Talk break down the NBA's rookie scale extension and option deadline.

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Cody Zeller, Hornets Agree To Four-Year, $56M Extension
Cody Zeller averaged 8.7 points and 6.2 rebounds per game last season.

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Clifford: I've Never Seen Anyone Improve Skill Level Like MKG
The Hornets are optimistic on the development of Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, who was limited to just seven games during the 15-16 season.

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RealGM Radio: Southeast Division With Mike Prada, Adi Joseph
Host Danny Leroux, Mike Prada of SB Nation and Adi Joseph of the Sporting News break down the NBA's Southeast Division.

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