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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

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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Tags: Atlanta Hawks, Charlotte Hornets, Miami Heat, Orlando Magic, Washington Wizards, NBA, RealGM Radio

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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Tags: Charlotte Hornets, NBA, NBA CBA

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

Cody Zeller Out Indefinitely With Bone Bruise In Right Knee

Oct 6, 2016 12:01 PM

Cody Zeller is suffering from a bone bruise along his right knee that will keep him out for an indefinite amount of time.

Zeller first suffered the injury during the playoffs and it flared up during Team USA scrimmages in July.

"He’s not even doing the non-contact stuff at this stage, so he has a long way to go," said Steve Clifford.

Roy Hibbert has started for the Charlotte Hornets at center in Zeller's absence.

Rick Bonnell/Charlotte Observer

Tags: Cody Zeller, Charlotte Hornets, NBA, NBA Injury

Dunc'd On: HOU Season Outlook w/Rahat Huq, CHA Season Outlook w/Spencer Percy

Sep 26, 2016 12:27 AM

Dunc'd On's Season Outlook for the Houston Rockets with Rahat Huq of We analyze how the Rockets will look after the acquisition of Ryan Anderson and Eric Gordon, how they look without Dwight Howard, potential breakout and regression candidates, overrated and underrated players, playing time and lineup issues, key questions for success this year, and finally give our predictions for the Rockets season.

At 1:01:00, we give the same treatment to the Charlotte Hornets with Spencer Percy, managing editor of Queen City Hoops.


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Lance Stephenson Doesn't Regret Passing On Pacers' $44M Offer

Sep 21, 2016 12:46 PM

Lance Stephenson was asked how he decided to sign with the New Orleans Pelicans this offseason.

"I liked this team, and I see a couple young guys that I could potentially help and show all the other stuff that I learned from other places, from guys like Chris Paul, Paul George, Paul Pierce," said Stephenson. "Just teach them, and help them believe and show them the right way to work out there and what it takes to make it to the conference finals, and getting that work in every day."

With Jrue Holiday on leave to be with his wife during her health issues, Stephenson gives the Pelicans another ball handler.

"We were actually talking before then. I was just weighing my options. I figured this was the best team to go to, and I can help this program win -- help the young guys in here and also help me at the same time."

Stephenson was also asked if he regrets passing up the Indiana Pacers' five-year, $44 million offer in 2014 now that he's a free agent after only making a combined $18 million over two seasons.

"I don’t think I really chose not to go there," said Stephenson. "I don’t want to get into that, but it goes with the business. We never came to an agreement. I’m not going to say I turned it down -- I didn’t do that. But I don’t want to dwell on the past. I’m happy with the position I’m in now. I’m just gonna move forward and work hard and get back to that elite basketball player that I was."

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Tags: Lance Stephenson, Charlotte Hornets, Indiana Pacers, New Orleans Pelicans, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Andrew Andrews, Rasheed Sulaimon Sign Camp Deals With Hornets

Sep 8, 2016 11:48 AM

The Charlotte Hornets have signed Andrew Andrews and Rasheed Sulaimon to camp deals.

As a senior at the University of Washington last season, the 6-2 Andrews averaged career highs of 20.9 points, 5.7 rebounds and 4.9 assists in 33.8 minutes per game. 

Sulaimon finished his collegiate career at Maryland in 2015-16, appearing in 36 games with averages of 11.3 points on .425 shooting from three-point range, 3.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists in 32.9 minutes per game, garnering a 2015-16 All-Big Ten honorable mention.

The Hornets' roster now stands at 18 players.

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Perry Ellis Signs Camp Deal With Hornets

Aug 31, 2016 10:55 AM

Perry Ellis will attend training camp with the Charlotte Hornets.

Ellis averaged 5.0 points and 2.8 rebounds per game for the Dallas Mavericks during the NBA summer league in Las Vegas.

Ellis underwent surgery for a sports hernia this week but is expected to be back in time for the start of camp.

“It’s a really good fit. They like him a lot. They’ve talked about him all summer,” agent Mark Bartelstein said of the Hornets. “We think it’s got a chance to be a really good opportunity for him. Coaches there are excited to have him. He has to get himself healthy here the next couple weeks. Then he’ll go into camp and compete.”

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Tags: Perry Ellis, Charlotte Hornets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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.

Rich Bonnell/Charlotte Observer

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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Nicolas Batum To Meet With Mavericks
Nicolas Batum previously played on the wing with Wesley Matthews as members of the Portland Trail Blazers.

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Knicks Interested In Courtney Lee
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.

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Lakers Could Meet With Nicolas Batum
The Hornets have reportedly made re-signing Nicolas Batum one of their top priorities in free agency but he's considering other options.

Broderick Turner/Los Angeles Times

Hornets Bracing For Losing Jeremy Lin In Free Agency
While the Hornets would like to re-sign Jeremy Lin this offseason, they are fearful of losing him to a rival team.

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Golden State Would Like To Sign Small Forward Into Core As Plan B
Nicolas Batum is likely a better fit than Harrison Barnes but his maximum salary will begin at $28 million compared to $23.5 million.

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