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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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Rasheed Sulaimon Agrees To Camp Deal Hornets

Aug 8, 2016 10:22 AM

Rasheed Sulaimon has signed a camp deal with the Charlotte Hornets and will play in the D-League.

Sulaimon went undrafted out of Maryland.

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Mike Tobey Signs Camp Deal With Hornets

Jul 25, 2016 3:51 PM

The Charlotte Hornets have signed Mike Tobey.

Tobey, a four-year player at Virginia, saw action in 138 games during his career, posting averages of 6.8 points and 4.0 rebounds in 16.3 minutes per game. His .622 two-point field goal percentage ranked third in the ACC during the 2015-16 season. The 7-0 center tallied 11 outings of double-digit scoring and 15 games of five-or-more rebounds, including one double-double in his final collegiate campaign. He was named ACC Sixth Man of the Year following the 2014-15 season.

“We really liked what we saw in Mike during mini-camp and he continued to impress throughout Summer League,” Rich Cho said. “He is a talented young big man with a lot of potential and we look forward to seeing what he can do moving forward.”

In Summer League, Tobey averaged 10.0 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.6 blocks and 1.0 steals in 20.8 minutes per game, tallying three games of ten-or-more points including one double-double. 

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Michael Jordan Releases Statement On Shootings Of African-Americans, Police

Jul 25, 2016 12:19 PM

Michael Jordan has spoken out on the racial and social unrest impacting the United States, particularly in the African-American community and police officers.

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.

“As a proud American, a father who lost his own dad in a senseless act of violence, and a black man, I have been deeply troubled by the deaths of African-Americans at the hands of law enforcement and angered by the cowardly and hateful targeting and killing of police officers,” Jordan writes in a one-page letter released exclusively to The Undefeated. “I grieve with the families who have lost loved ones, as I know their pain all too well.

“I was raised by parents who taught me to love and respect people regardless of their race or background, so I am saddened and frustrated by the divisive rhetoric and racial tensions that seem to be getting worse as of late. I know this country is better than that, and I can no longer stay silent. We need to find solutions that ensure people of color receive fair and equal treatment AND that police officers – who put their lives on the line every day to protect us all – are respected and supported...

“We are privileged to live in the world’s greatest country – a country that has provided my family and me the greatest of opportunities. The problems we face didn’t happen overnight and they won’t be solved tomorrow, but if we all work together, we can foster greater understanding, positive change and create a more peaceful world for ourselves, our children, our families and our communities.”

Jordan has donated to the presidential and senatorial campaigns of Barack Obama, former New Jersey Sen. Bill Bradley’s 2000 presidential campaign.

For two decades, Jordan has been saddled with a quote attributed to him by an anonymous friend in former Chicago Tribune NBA writer Sam Smith’s 1995 book, The Second Coming, that he didn’t support Gantt because “Republicans buy sneakers, too.” In a later book, Smith said it was a joke, not a political statement and that he felt badly about the backlash Jordan received. 

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NBA Close To Moving 2017 All-Star Game From Charlotte

Jul 21, 2016 2:24 PM

The NBA is on the brink of moving the 2017 All-Star Game out of Charlotte.

North Carolina recently passed a law limiting anti-discrimination protection for gays, lesbians and transgender people.

New Orleans has emerged as the frontrunner to host the game.

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

Jul 20, 2016 3:42 PM

Jeremy Lin compared signing a three-year, $36 million deal with the Brooklyn Nets to investing in a startup company.

Lin was raised in Palo Alto, which is located in the center of Silicon Valley.

"The way I was thinking of free agency was like when you invest in a startup company," said Lin. "You don't necessarily look at the product right then and there. That is a big part of it, you're kind of betting on the founder a lot of times. You're betting on what that person is capable of doing, because sometimes as you go through the process, the final product is going to change a lot. That's very common in startups and I feel like that's kind of how this is.

"I'm betting on certain people, I'm betting on Kenny (Atkinson), I'm betting on Sean (Marks), I'm betting on myself, I'm betting on Brook Lopez. I'm betting on the way I feel. If I didn't feel like this has a chance to go where I want to go, then I wouldn't have signed up for it. Yeah, right now and last season if you look at last season, we weren't where we wanted to be, but it's a process and it's a challenge. I believe in what we're capable of becoming. We're not there right now, but we all know that, but that's the thing."

Lin signed a two-year, $4.3 million deal with a player option last offseason with the Charlotte Hornets.

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Christian Wood, Hornets Agree Upon Two-Year Deal

Jul 13, 2016 10:03 PM

Christian Wood has agreed upon a two-year deal with the Charlotte Hornets.

The second season of Wood's deal is a team option.

Wood played well for the Philadelphia 76ers in Summer League.

The 76ers waived Wood in January in order to sign Elton Brand.

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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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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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Hornets Acquire Marco Belinelli For 22nd Overall Pick
The Hornets have acquired to acquire Marco Belinelli from the Kings for the 22nd overall pick.

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Hornets Offering No. 22 Pick Attached To Jeremy Lamb Or Spencer Hawes
The Hornets are offering the 22nd overall pick to any team that takes either Jeremy Lamb or Spencer Hawes into their cap space.

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Jeremy Lin Declines $2.2M Option With Hornets To Become Free Agent
Jeremy Lin rebounded in 15-16 with the Hornets after a series of disappointing seasons with the Rockets and Lakers.

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Dunc'd On: Warriors/Cavs Game 2, Hornets Offseason
Another Golden State blowout win sets up a must-win. 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 Hornets.

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Report: Nicolas Batum Optimistic Of Quickly Agreeing Upon Deal With Hornets
Nicolas Batum's agent is optimistic of being able to quickly agree upon a new contract in free agency with the Hornets.

Blazers Request Permission To Interview Stephen Silas
Stephen Silas is a candidate for the head coaching job of the Rockets as well as the top assistant job of the Warriors.

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