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Knicks Interested In Courtney Lee

Jun 30, 2016 1:03 AM

The New York Knicks have interest in Courtney Lee in free agency.

New York has a hole to fill at shooting guard and are hoping to have leftover money to sign one after likely adding Joakim Noah.

Lee was traded by the Memphis Grizzlies to the Charlotte Hornets at the deadline.

The Sacramento Kings also have interest in Lee.

Marc Stein, Ian Begley/ESPN

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Lakers Could Meet With Nicolas Batum

Jun 29, 2016 6:58 PM

Nicolas Batum is considering his options as free agency is set to begin.

The Charlotte Hornets have reportedly made re-signing Batum one of their top priorities in free agency.

Batum could meet with the Los Angeles Lakers while the Dallas Mavericks are also expected to be interested.

Broderick Turner/Los Angeles Times

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Hornets Bracing For Losing Jeremy Lin In Free Agency

Jun 27, 2016 11:43 AM

While the Charlotte Hornets would like to re-sign Jeremy Lin this offseason, they are fearful of losing him to a rival team.

The Hornets will have to use cap space to re-sign Lin as they don't own his Bird Rights.

Lin will meet with three other clubs beginning at midnight on July 1st in Palo Alto, California.

Lin is looking for a long-term home after playing for four teams in the past five seasons.

"I've played six years in the NBA; I've played on five different teams. I've played for two D-League teams -- so seven cities in six years. I'm tired of boxes, I'm tired of moving companies, and I want to find a home," Lin said in an interview with the World Economic Forum over the weekend.

Chris Broussard/ESPN

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Golden State Would Like To Sign Small Forward Into Core As Plan B

Jun 24, 2016 7:00 PM

The Golden State Warriors could consider Nicolas Batum or Evan Turner at small forward if they don't sign Kevin Durant.

The future of Harrison Barnes is in flux and they won't part with him unless they're sure of signing someone better.

Batum is likely a better fit than Barnes but his maximum salary will begin at $28 million compared to $23.5 million.

The Warriors are more likely to go after a small forward they can to the core like Turner, Allen Crabbe or Jonas Jerebko.

Marcus Thompson/San Jose Mercury News

Tags: Harrison Barnes, Nicolas Batum, Charlotte Hornets, Golden State Warriors, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Hornets Acquire Marco Belinelli For 22nd Overall Pick

Jun 23, 2016 6:51 PM

The Charlotte Hornets will acquire to acquire Marco Belinelli from the Sacramento Kings for the 22nd overall pick.

The deal can't be completed until after July 1st but the Hornets will select a player at 22 on behalf of the Kings.

The Hornets were believed to be shopping the pick earlier in the day to create cap space. Charlotte has a number of free agents including Courtney Lee.

The Kings signed Belinelli last offseason to a three-year, $19 million deal.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

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

Jun 23, 2016 9:40 AM

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.

The Hornets acquired Lamb last offseason from the Oklahoma City Thunder and then signed him to an extension.

Hawes was traded to the Hornets last offseason as part of the Lance Stephenson trade with the Los Angeles Clippers.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Tags: Spencer Hawes, Jeremy Lamb, Charlotte Hornets, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

Jeremy Lin Declines $2.2M Option With Hornets To Become Free Agent

Jun 7, 2016 10:31 AM

Jeremy Lin will decline his $2.2 million player option for the 16-17 season with the Charlotte Hornets.

Lin will become an unrestricted free agent.

Lin rebounded in 15-16 with the Hornets after a series of disappointing seasons with the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers.

Chris Haynes/Cleveland Plain Dealer

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Dunc'd On: Warriors/Cavs Game 2, Hornets Offseason

Jun 6, 2016 1:48 AM

Another Golden State blowout win sets up a must-win for Cleveland.  Why has the Cleveland offense struggled so badly, and is there anything they can do about it?  We also delve into a fascinating but under-the-radar offseason for the Charlotte Hornets.  Can they re-sign key free agents Nicolas Batum, Courtney Lee, Jeremy Lin, and Marvin Williams, and what kind of contracts do the cap rules allow them to get?  If Lin leaves, can they replace him?  What are the alternatives if they can't or won't re-sign any of the above? 

With host Nate Duncan (@NateDuncanNBA) and Danny Leroux of RealGMThe Athletic and the Sporting News    (@DannyLeroux).   

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

May 31, 2016 2:35 AM

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, which would require him to agree upon a new deal and for insurance to be obtained.

The tournament begins during the first part of France.

The Hornets acquired Batum from the Portland Trail Blazers last offseason.

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Blazers Request Permission To Interview Stephen Silas

May 23, 2016 5:26 PM

The Portland Trail Blazers have requested permission of the Charlotte Hornets to interview Stephen Silas.

Silas is a candidate for the head coaching job of the Houston Rockets as well as the top assistant job of the Golden State Warriors.

The Blazers could lose assistant coach Nate Tibbetts to the Warriors.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Tags: Charlotte Hornets, Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Warriors To Interview Stephen Silas For Top Assistant Job
Golden State could no longer wait until the end of the playoffs to secure Luke Walton's replacement because of Stephen Silas' growing candidacy in Houston.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Rockets Again Interview Stephen Silas, Could Also Hire Him As Top Assistant
Stephen Silas isn't the top assistant with Charlotte, and the Rockets could make a play to hire Silas to join Mike D'Antoni as his top assistant.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Patrick Ewing Interviews For Grizzlies' Job
Patrick Ewing has been an assistant coach with the Rockets, Magic and Hornets.

Ken Berger/CBS Sports

Nicolas Batum Played How He Wanted For First Time In NBA With Hornets
Nicolas Batum is the most attractive free agent amongst many for the Hornets.

Rick Bonnell/Charlotte Observer

Al Jefferson Would Like To End Career With Hornets
Al Jefferson is one of the many free agents of the Hornets this offseason.

Rod Boone/Charlotte Observer

Patrick Ewing To Interview For Kings' Head Coaching Job
The Kings are intrigued by the possibility of having Patrick Ewing coach DeMarcus Cousins.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Spencer Hawes Has Sprained MCL in Right Knee, Re-Evaluated in a Week
Spencer Hawes played fifteen minutes in Wednesday's Game 5 and will be re-evaluated in a week.

Marc Spears/The Undefeated

Nicolas Batum 'Will Likely Play Tonight' In Game 5
Nicolas Batum has missed the last two games with a sprained left ankle.

Ethan Skolnick / Miami Herald

Nicolas Batum Will Miss Game Four with Left Foot Strain
Batum re-injured his foot in the fourth quarter of Game Two against the Miami Heat and missed Game Three.

Justin Verrier / ESPN

Nicolas Batum's Ankle 'Surprisingly Much Better,' Could Play Game 4
Nicolas Batum's sprained left ankle has improved quickly enough that he may be able to play in Monday's Game 4.

Manny Navarro/Miami Herald

Nicolas Batum Expected To Miss Remainder Of First Round
Nicolas Batum is unable to place weight on the foot.

Chris Haynes/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Nicolas Batum May Miss Remainder Of Series With Ankle Sprain
Steve Clifford said he's "very" concerned about the severity of Nicolas Batum's ankle injury.

Justin Verrier/ESPN

Patrick Ewing Would Like To Be Considered For Knicks' Head Coaching Job
Patrick Ewing is the lead assistant coach for the Hornets and has been an assistant for four teams over the past 13 seasons.


NBA Not Sure If New North Carolina Law Could Move 2017 ASG
A new law in North Carolina that invalidates Charlotte's new legal protections for LGBT individuals could impact the scheduled 2017 NBA All-Star Game.

Katherine Peralta, Rick Rothacker/Charlotte Observer

Michael Jordan Has Become Strong Voice Amongst Owners
Michael Jordan earned his way onto the owners' labor-relations committee.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Kemba Walker, Stephen Curry Named NBA's Players Of The Week
Stephen Curry and Kemba Walker have been named the NBA's Players of the Week.

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Hornets To Sign Jorge Gutierrez For Remainder Of Season
Jorge Gutierrez has been on two 10-day contracts.

Rick Bonnell/Charlotte Observer

Jorge Gutierrez Signs 2nd 10-Day Contract With Hornets
Jorge Gutierrez has appeared in one game, tallying four points, two assists and one steal vs. Cleveland on Feb. 24.

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Jorge Gutierrez Signs 10-Day Contract With Hornets
Jorge Gutierrez has played in 22 games in the D-League, averaging 11.3 points on .431 shooting with 4.2 rebounds, 5.7 assists, and 2.2 steals in 27.9 minutes per games.

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Hornets Offered Al Jefferson, Spencer Hawes To Rockets For Dwight Howard
Dwight Howard's agent, Dan Fegan, and the Rockets are working on a trade before the deadline.

Frank Isola/New York Daily News