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Steve Clifford: Marvin Williams Is The NBA's New Prototypical Four Man

Nov 21, 2016 1:58 PM

Marvin Williams entered the NBA as the second overall pick in the 2005 NBA Draft out of North Carolina and while he carved a nice spot as a role player, he never seemed to meet expectations as a superstar.

But Williams has evolved along with the NBA as a stretch-4 and is having a late career resurgence.

“Marvin Williams, in this league right now, he’s the prototypical four man that you want,” Clifford said. “Because he creates space with his range shooting. He plays mistake free on offense. And on the other end, he’s so versatile defensively. He can battle all the bigger post up fours and he can guard all the other stretch fours. Then he guards the threes. Everybody thinks the league is four out, one in, and there are all these stretch fours. There are not a lot of stretch fours who can do what he can do.”

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Tags: Marvin Williams, Charlotte Hornets, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Kemba Walker: I Was Nervous As Hell When Batum, Williams Hit Free Agency

Nov 21, 2016 1:55 PM

Kemba Walker admits he was worried when Nicolas Batum and Marvin Williams became free agents that the Charlotte Hornets would be unable to keep them.

“I was nervous as hell,” Walker said. “I didn’t want to lose those guys. I knew we couldn’t pay everyone. I wish we could have gotten a lot of the guys back, but unfortunately, the way this business works is it can’t happen all the time. Nic and Marv were high priority … I got a chance to go out to Dallas and be a part of Nic’s meeting. Me and MKG flew out. It was super cool. We got a chance to sit in the room and say a few words.”

While the Hornets re-signed Batum and Williams, they were unable to keep Jeremy Lin, Courtney Lee and Al Jefferson.

“Me, Nic, MKG (Michael Kidd-Gilchrist) and Marv and Cody now, we’re all kind of locked in for about the same amount of time,” Walker said. “We are getting the opportunity to grow with each other. It’s a great start. We all love playing with each other. We know how to play with each other very well. We all know each other’s spots and how each other plays and things like that. As far as more pieces, I think we’re good right now. We’re going to grow. The best thing about it is how hard we all work. We work extremely hard. The guys around us, they see that. Hopefully over the years, whoever comes here to our team, they see how hard we work, and they follow.”

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Tags: Kemba Walker, Charlotte Hornets, NBA

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Hornets Emphasizing Player Development, Keeping Own Guys Long-Term

Nov 21, 2016 1:54 PM

The Charlotte Hornets have started the 16-17 season in impressive fashion, continuing their success of last season by re-signing Nicolas Batum and Marvin Williams.

“Some of the best franchises around the league, whether it’s San Antonio or OKC or Golden State, there’s always a semblance of continuity,” General Manager Rich Cho said Sunday. “That’s really important when you’re trying to build. We put a lot of emphasis on player development and our coaching staff does a great job of that. It’s just an extension of that philosophy, as far as trying to keep your young guys.”

The Hornets like to put most of their available resources back into their own players.

“That used to be one of (Stan Van Gundy’s) biggest points. It’s so easy, when you watch a guy, you say he doesn’t do this or that, and then you let guys go, and you end up with a guy who’s similar in ability to them and it takes a year for them to get up to speed, or somebody less,” Steve Clifford said. “When you find guys that you feel are really good players, and you think they’re a fit with your other guys, you’re crazy (to let them go)…

“It’s just how as an organization how you view players. One of the advantages of having Michael (Jordan) as an owner is, when you sit and talk to him, he just has a way of looking at players. He constantly talks about what they can become.”

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RealGM Radio: Extension/Option Deadline With Dan Feldman

Nov 1, 2016 11:58 AM

Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux) and Dan Feldman of NBC’s Pro Basketball Talk and the Locked On Pistons Podcast (@DanFeldmanNBA) break down the NBA’s rookie scale extension and option deadline.

They review just-announced extensions for Steven Adams, Victor Oladipo, Rudy Gobert, Cody Zeller and Gorgui Dieng along with previously agreed-to deals for Giannis Antetokounmpo, CJ McCollum and Dennis Schroder.

After that, they discuss some of the significant option decisions including RJ Hunter and James Young for the Celtics, Adreian Payne for the Timberwolves and Nik Stauskas with the 76ers. 

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Cody Zeller, Hornets Agree To Four-Year, $56M Extension

Oct 31, 2016 10:52 PM

Cody Zeller and the Charlotte Hornets have agreed upon a four-year, $56 million contract extension.

The two sides reached a deal within two hours of the deadline.

Zeller was the fourth overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft.

Zeller averaged 8.7 points and 6.2 rebounds per game last season.

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Tags: Cody Zeller, Charlotte Hornets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Clifford: I've Never Seen Anyone Improve Skill Level Like MKG

Oct 26, 2016 11:09 AM

The Charlotte Hornets are optimistic on the development of Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, who was limited to just seven games during the 15-16 season.

The Hornets want Kidd-Gilchrist to shoot when he's open. Kidd-Gilchrist came into the NBA as a lockdown defender that needed to develop as a shooter.

"In my 17 years in the league, I've never seen anyone improve his skill level the way he has," Steve Clifford said. "Look: You can't be a great player if you can't shoot from range. We think MKG is going to do that. He's going to make corner 3s."

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Tags: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Charlotte Hornets, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

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RealGM Radio: Southeast Division With Mike Prada, Adi Joseph

Oct 25, 2016 1:51 PM

Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux), Mike Prada of SB Nation (@MikePradaSBN) and Adi Joseph of the Sporting News (@AdiJoseph) break down the NBA’s Southeast Division.

In the offseason review, they pick who got better and worse, discuss notable moves (9:45) and choose the Southeast’s best newcomer (32:44).

In the season preview, they rank the teams 1-5 (53:35), predict how many playoff teams will come out of the division (55:07), choose breakout players (1:01:21) and much more.

 

 

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Michael Jordan Credited For Having Key Role In CBA Talks

Oct 22, 2016 10:36 PM

Michael Jordan has played a key role in the NBA's collective bargaining agreement negotiations with the players that are nearing completion.

"Let me just single out one owner in particular, Michael Jordan," Silver said during his upbeat update on CBA negotiations this week following the Board of Governors meetings in Manhattan.

"I think having Michael Jordan as part of our negotiating committee, the unique perspective he brings to the bargaining table because of his playing career, having been, of course, a superstar player. Now for players to see him in that position, it doesn't mean that if Michael says it, it necessarily means that they accept that as the position they should take. But I think that's really added a special element unique to this league."

Jordan bought a minority stake in the then-Charlotte Bobcats in 2006 and became majority owner in 2010.

"I think [Jordan's presence], that added an enormous amount to the atmosphere in the room," Silver said.

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Marvin Williams Suffers Fractured Finger

Oct 19, 2016 2:03 PM

Marvin Williams has suffered a non-displaced fracture in the middle finger of his left hand.

Williams will be re-evaluated on Oct. 25th.

Williams re-signed with the Charlotte Hornets in the offseason on a four-year, $54.5 million deal.

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Hornets Not Interested In Trading For Greg Monroe

Oct 7, 2016 11:48 AM

The Charlotte Hornets are not currently interested in trading for Greg Monroe.

The Hornets have Cody Zeller and Roy Hibbert on their depth chart at center.

There had been speculation of a Jeremy Lamb and Spencer Hawes deal with the Milwaukee Bucks for Monroe.

The Bucks have interest in trading Monroe after signing him in free agency in 2015.

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Tags: Greg Monroe, Charlotte Hornets, Milwaukee Bucks, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Cody Zeller Out Indefinitely With Bone Bruise In Right Knee
Cody Zeller first suffered the injury during the playoffs and it flared up during Team USA scrimmages in July.

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Dunc'd On: HOU Season Outlook w/Rahat Huq, CHA Season Outlook w/Spencer Percy
Rahat Huq joins Nate Duncan to discuss the Rockets while Spencer Percy is the guest for their breakdown of the Hornets.

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Lance Stephenson Doesn't Regret Passing On Pacers' $44M Offer
With Jrue Holiday on leave to be with his wife during her health issues, Lance Stephenson gives the Pelicans another ball handler.

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Andrew Andrews, Rasheed Sulaimon Sign Camp Deals With Hornets
Andrew Andrews averaged career highs of 20.9 points, 5.7 rebounds and 4.9 assists in 33.8 minutes per game in his senior season.

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Perry Ellis Signs Camp Deal With Hornets
Perry Ellis underwent surgery for a sports hernia this week but is expected to be back in time for the start of camp.

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Rasheed Sulaimon Agrees To Camp Deal Hornets
Rasheed Sulaimon will play in the D-League.

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Mike Tobey Signs Camp Deal With Hornets
In Summer League, Mike Tobey averaged 10.0 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.6 blocks and 1.0 steals in 20.8 minutes per game.

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Michael Jordan Releases Statement On Shootings Of African-Americans, Police
Michael Jordan has announced grants of $1 million each to two organizations working to build trust between law enforcement and the communities in which they work.

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NBA Close To Moving 2017 All-Star Game From Charlotte
The Charlotte Observer expected the All-Star Game to inject $100 million into the economy.

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Jeremy Lin Compares Signing With Nets To Investing In Startup
Jeremy Lin was raised in Palo Alto, which is located in the center of Silicon Valley.

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Christian Wood, Hornets Agree Upon Two-Year Deal
Christian Wood played well for the 76ers in Summer League.

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Brian Roberts, Hornets Agree To Deal For Vet's Minimum
Brian Roberts will be Charlotte's third point guard behind Kemba Walker and Ramon Sessions.

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Roy Hibbert Agrees Upon One-Year, $5M Deal With Hornets
Roy Hibbert has agreed upon a one-year, $5 million with the Hornets.

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Ramon Sessions, Hornets Agree Upon Two-Year, $12.5M Deal
Ramson Sessions will help the Hornets replace Jeremy Lin as their backup point guard behind Kemba Walker.

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Marvin Williams Agrees To Four-Year, $54.5M Deal With Hornets
Marvin Williams had offers for more money from other teams but he loved playing for the Hornets and the deal gives the front office more flexibility.

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Wizards, Spurs, Wolves, Hornets, Blazers, Mavs, Magic In Mix For Ian Mahinmi
Ian Mahinmi had a breakout season for the Pacers in 15-16.

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Al Jefferson Agrees To Three-Year, $30M Deal With Pacers
Al Jefferson signed a three-year, $41 million deal with the Hornets.

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Nicolas Batum Re-Signs With Hornets On Five-Year, $120M Deal
Nicolas Batum will have a player option in the fifth year of the contract.

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Jeremy Lin Agrees Upon Three-Year, $36M Deal With Nets
Jeremy Lin's deal includes a player option for the third year, a trade kicker and bonus provisions.

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Dwight Howard Seeking Starting Salary Of $24M On Open Market
Dwight Howard declined his $23.2 million player option for 16-17 with the Rockets to become a free agent.

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