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Bismack Biyombo Not Tendered Qualifying Offer By Hornets, Becomes UFA

Jun 29, 2015 5:43 PM

The Charlotte Hornets did not tender a qualifying offer to Bismack Biyombo, making him an unrestricted free agent.

Biyombo was the seventh overall pick of the 2011 NBA Draft.

Biyombo had a 15.2 PER in 64 games last season.

Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Bismack Biyombo, Charlotte Hornets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Celtics Were Unsuccessful No. 4-No. 9 On Trading Up For Justise Winslow

Jun 26, 2015 12:22 PM

Danny Ainge said the Boston Celtics were "probably offering too much" to trade into the lottery despite having all of their attempts turned down.

The Celtics were reportedly targeting Justise Winslow as high as No. 4 and tried to grab him again when he was available at No. 9. Winslow was selected at No. 10 by the Miami Heat.

"Our probably biggest plan was to try to use a lot of our assets, a lot of our picks, to try to consolidate picks and to move up in the draft," he told 98.5 The Sports Hub's Toucher & Rich. "We spent a few weeks trying to prepare for that and do that, knowing that nothing really gets done until draft day, when people are making their final offers, their best offers and so forth. We were very close to consolidating picks and moving up in the draft on a couple of different occasions, and it just didn't happen.

"In hindsight, the next day, it's probably a good thing. We were probably going to spend too much to do what we needed to do," Ainge said. "This morning I wake up, and I'm refreshed that we got guys that we like but also that we didn't overspend for some of the players that were in the draft -- actually just basically one player we were chasing that we thought we had a realistic chance at."

Ainge hinted his offer might have included at least one of Brooklyn's unprotected future first round picks, but the Charlotte Hornets were set on drafting Frank Kaminsky.

"(The future picks) are worth a lot, (but) I think the draft is probably the time where they're least valuable, simply because people get so caught up in players," Ainge said on the radio. "Without mentioning names, there are some players that were drafted at certain spots (by teams) that turned down lots of draft picks that I just don't think was smart on their part.

"But I think our assets have value. On draft day, typically those are hard deals to move. People get so caught up and get so in love with a specific player that that player in their minds becomes bigger than life."

Jay King/Boston Herald

Tags: Justise Winslow, Boston Celtics, Charlotte Hornets, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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Kaminsky Ready To Play Alongside Zeller

Jun 26, 2015 1:21 AM

In the days leading up to Thursday night’s draft, rumors circulated that the Charlotte Hornets could be looking to trade Cody Zeller, who they selected with the fourth overall pick in 2013. They expectation was that upon dealing Zeller, they’d hone in on Frank Wisconsin’s Kaminsky.  

Charlotte instead traded Noah Vonley and they selected Kaminsky with the ninth overall pick anyway. He didn’t work out for the Hornets in the weeks leading up to the draft. 

“We knew it was on the radar,” Kaminsky said of Charlotte selecting him. “Like I said, it’s just part of the process and scheduling and match-ups and workouts. It just didn’t work out to where I went down to Charlotte and worked out, but they were definitely on the radar and definitely a team I was interested in.”

Kaminsky and Zeller play a similar style, although Kaminsky’s range is deeper. Despite a possible positional battle, Kaminsky believes he can work with Zeller in the frontcourt.

“I had an opportunity to play against him for two years, so I know about him and I knew where he started and where he is now,” Kaminsky said of Zeller. “Just looking forward to playing with him. He’s obviously a good player. Like I said, I’m just so excited to get down there and find out what my role will be and try to make the most of it."

Andrew Perna/RealGM

Tags: Frank Kaminsky, Charlotte Hornets, NBA

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Jeremy Lamb Traded To Hornets For Luke Ridnour

Jun 25, 2015 12:45 PM

Jeremy Lamb has been traded by the Oklahoma City Thunder to the Charlotte Hornets for Luke Ridnour and a second round pick.

Ridnour has been previously traded by the Orlando Magic and Memphis Grizzlies this offseason. Ridnour has a non-guaranteed contract.

Lamb was a lottery pick in 2012 out of UConn.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Jeremy Lamb, Luke Ridnour, Charlotte Hornets, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Grizzlies Acquire Matt Barnes From Hornets For Ridnour

Jun 25, 2015 10:07 AM

The Memphis Grizzlies have agreed to acquire Matt Barnes from the Charlotte Hornets for Luke Ridnour.

The Grizzlies acquired Ridnour from the Orlando Magic this week.

Ridnour's non-guaranteed contract will be waived by the Hornets.

Barnes went from the Los Angeles Clippers to the Hornets this offseason in the Lance Stephenson deal.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Matt Barnes, Luke Ridnour, Charlotte Hornets, Memphis Grizzlies, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Jeremy Lamb To Be Traded To Hornets

Jun 24, 2015 7:46 PM

The Charlotte Hornets will acquire Jeremy Lamb from the Oklahoma City Thunder involving the contract of Matt Barnes.

Barnes will not end up with the Thunder as part of the deal.

Lamb was the 12th overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft out of UConn, coming to the Thunder as part of the James Harden trade.

Rick Bonnell/Charlotte Observer

Tags: Jeremy Lamb, Matt Barnes, Charlotte Hornets, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Hornets Acquire Nicolas Batum From Blazers For Vonleh, Henderson

Jun 24, 2015 7:39 PM

The Charlotte Hornets have acquired Nicolas Batum from the Portland Trail Blazers for Noah Vonleh and Gerald Henderson.

The Blazers have been shopping Batum in recent days.

Henderson gives the Blazers a solid shooting guard to plug into the lineup with Arron Afflalo opting out of his contract, while Vonleh was a lottery pick last year.

LaMarcus Aldridge was aware of the deal and the Blazers feel it gives them greater financial flexibility and a young talent in Vonleh.

Batum has one season remaining on his contract.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Nicolas Batum, Gerald Henderson, Noah Vonleh, Charlotte Hornets, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Hornets Aggressively Trying To Trade Cody Zeller

Jun 24, 2015 5:03 PM

The Charlotte Hornets are aggressively shopping Cody Zeller in attempts to acquire a wing.

If the Hornets succeed in trading away Zeller, Frank Kaminsky could be a serious candidate in the draft at No. 9.

Zeller was the fourth overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft out of Indiana. Zeller had a PER of 14.1 in 24.0 minutes per game in his second season in the NBA.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Cody Zeller, Frank Kaminsky, Charlotte Hornets, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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Charlotte To Host 2017 NBA All-Star Game

Jun 22, 2015 11:31 AM

The NBA will hold its 2017 All-Star Game in Charlotte.

Charlotte previously hosted the All-Star Game in 1991.

The city agreed last fall to pay for $33.5 million of what will be $40 million in improvements to the arena.

Rick Bonnell/Charlotte Observer

Tags: Charlotte Hornets, NBA, NBA All-Star

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Greg Oden Working Out For Mavericks, Hornets As Part Of Free Agent Camps

Jun 20, 2015 6:37 PM

As Greg Oden attempts a return in the NBA, the former No. 1 overall pick worked out for the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday and will visit the Dallas Mavericks this week, league sources told RealGM.

Oden will be part of the Mavericks’ free-agent mini-camp that includes wings and several big men, such as Keith Benson. The 7-foot Oden had worked out for the Memphis Grizzlies in the spring, and the franchise is expected to continue to monitor him.

The first overall selection to the Portland Trail Blazers in 2007, Oden was considered a generational pro prospect capable of having a career arc similar to the NBA's all-time big men greats.

He played with the Miami Heat last season, scoring 67 points and grabbing 54 rebounds in 23 games.

Oden's close friend and former teammate, Mike Conley, spoke late this season about the possibility of Oden's comeback. Surely, Oden’s comfort level with the Grizzlies rises with Conley’s stature on the team.
In averaging 15.7 points and 9.6 rebounds, Oden led Ohio State to the NCAA championship game in 2007 and had the base of a foundational player at the NBA level. Nevertheless, knee injuries provided constant setbacks.

Oden, 27, has played two NBA seasons for Portland and one for Miami.

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Tags: Greg Oden, Charlotte Hornets, Dallas Mavericks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Mo Williams Interested In Return To Cavaliers
Mo Williams is seeking a multi-year deal.

Chris Haynes/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Gerald Henderson Picks Up $6M Option For 15-16
Gerald Henderson has exercised his player option for the 2015-16 season.

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Hornets Tried To Trade Stephenson To Clippers During Season
The Hornets tried to execute a similar Lance Stephenson trade with the Clippers last season before Doc Rivers backed out.

Arash Markazi/ESPN

Lance Stephenson Traded To Clippers
The Clippers have acquired Lance Stephenson from the Hornets for Spencer Hawes and Matt Barnes.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Clippers Discuss Deal To Aquire Stephenson From Hornets For Hawes, Barnes
The Clippers are discussing a trade to acquire Lance Stephenson from the Hornets, according to sources.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Al Jefferson Won't Opt For Free Agency
Al Jefferson said in April after the Hornets missed the postseason that he was unlikely to opt out, citing "unfinished business" in Charlotte.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Magic, Kings, Pistons, Hornets Expected To Shop Pick To Accelerate Rebuild
Many of the lottery teams want to trade their pick for a proven player.

Chad Ford/ESPN

Wolves Win 2015 NBA Draft Lottery
The Wolves have won the lottery with the Lakers moving up to No. 2 and the 76ers staying at No. 3.

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Divac, Noel, Bird Among On-Stage Participants For Lottery
The NBA has released the list of on-stage participants for next week's draft lottery.

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Al Jefferson Plans To Exercise $13.5M Option For Next Season
Al Jefferson finished the season averaging 16.6 points and 8.4 rebounds and shooting 48 percent from the field.

Rick Bonnell/Charlotte Observer

Lance Stephenson Doesn't Regret Leaving Pacers For Hornets
Lance Stephenson has averaged 8.3 points, 4.7 rebounds and 4.1 assists this season compared to 13.8 points, 7.2 rebounds and 4.6 assists last season.

Associated Press

Heat, Hornets, Cavs Lead In 14-15 Trade Score; Bucks, Mavs Rank Last
J.R. Smith had a -4.3 BPM with the Knicks and +3.4 with the Cavaliers for a difference of +7.7.

Nathan Walker/Nylon Calculus

Kemba Walker To Return Wednesday After 18-Game Absence
Kemba Walker will return to the Hornets' lineup on Wednesday after missing 18 games due to knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus on Jan. 28.

Rick Bonnell/Charlotte Observer

Russell Westbrook, Mo Williams Named NBA Players Of Week
Russell Westbrook averaged a triple-double as he led the Thunder to a 2-1 week.

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Michael Jordan Now Worth $1 Billion
Michael Jordan qualifies as the 1,741st richest person in the world.

Darren Rovell/ESPN

Warriors, Hawks, Blazers In Top-10 On Both Offense, Defense
Fourteen other teams are in the top-10 in either offensive or defensive efficiency.

Christopher Reina/RealGM

Hornets Acquire Mo Williams, Troy Daniels From Wolves For Gary Neal
Mo Williams and Troy Daniels will go to the Hornets, while Gary Neal will be traded to the Wolves.

Shams Charania/RealGM

Bismack Biyombo Sidelined At Least Two More Weeks
Bismack Biyombo will miss at least an additional two weeks with a bone bruise on his right knee.

Rick Bonnell/Charlotte Observer

Hornets Waive Jannero Pargo, Sign Elliot Williams
Elliot Williams joins the Hornets from the Santa Cruz Warriors of the NBA D-League.

RealGM Staff Report

Hornets Expected To Sign Elliot Williams To 10-Day Contract
Elliot Williams averaged 3.6 points in 8.4 minutes over five games with the Jazz.

Marc Stein/ESPN

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