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Jeff Taylor Won't Appeal 24-Game Suspension

Jeff Taylor will not appeal his 24-game suspension on a domestic violence incident despite the backing of the players' union.

National Basketball Players Association executive director Michele Roberts ripped NBA commissioner Adam Silver’s punishment as “excessive and without precedent” in a statement on Thursday. The union was eager to challenge the NBA on the severity of the suspension based on the league’s Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Taylor and his agent chose to accept the suspension and sit the remaining 13 games until he can return to the lineup.

 

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

NBPA Prepared To Appeal Jeff Taylor's Suspension

The National Basketball Players Association announced that it is prepared to file an appeal on behalf of Jeff Taylor in regards to his 24-game suspension for domestic violence.

Michele Roberts called the suspension "excessive, without precedent and a violation of the CBA."

Taylor's suspension would cost him $199,689 of his $915,000 salary.

"The Commissioner is not entitled to rewrite the rules or otherwise ignore precedent in disciplinary matters."

Taylor pled to a misdemeanor charge that will be dismissed at the end of his probationary period.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Jeffery Taylor Suspended 24 Games By NBA For Pleading Guilty To Domestic Assault

Jeffery Taylor has been suspended 24 games by the NBA due to his guilty plea to domestic assault charges in September, the league announced on Wednesday.

Taylor had been removed from all Charlotte Hornets' basketball activities.

A 24-game suspension in the NBA is roughtly the equivalent of 4.7 NFL games.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Lance Stephenson Expects To Get Booed From Pacers Crowd In Return

Lance Stephenson has already visualized the scene when his name is introduced in front of the Indiana Pacers' home crowd on Wednesday.

Stephenson expects to receive boos from the crowd after leaving the Pacers as an unrestricted free agent to sign a three-year contract with the Charlotte Hornets.

"Honestly," Stephenson said. "I think I'm going to get booed."

Stephenson's father, Lance Stephenson Sr., maintains that leaving the Pacers was not the plan heading into free agency in the offseason.

"It was definitely a tough decision to leave but it almost was like we had no choice, to me. The next day, they signed CJ Miles so it was over from that point on," Stephenson's father said. "It was tough. It wasn't like, 'Eff, the Pacers!' It was tough to leave. I didn't think it would happen. Before free agency, if you asked me where Lance was going to be, I would've said, 'He's going to be a Pacer for life.' That was one of our goals. I'm a firm believer in sticking with the team you got drafted by."

Via Candace Buckner/Indianapolis Star

Assault Charges Dropped Against P.J. Hairston

District Attorney Roger Echols dropped misdemeanor assault charges Thursday against P.J. Hairston.

The charges stemmed from the alleged assault in July on a Northern High School student during a game of pickup basketball at the downtown Durham YMCA.

Echols said he dropped the charge of simple assault and battery at the request of Kentrell Barkley, who claimed Hairston punched him in the face during the game.

Via Keith Upchurch/Herald Sun

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Diagnosed With Stress Reaction In Foot

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist has been diagnosed with a stress reaction in his right foot and will miss the remaining two games on the Charlotte Hornets' road trip, the team announced.

Kidd-Gilchrist will be re-evaluated in Charlotte and a recovery timeline will be determined at that time.

In six games this season, Kidd-Gilchrist is averaging 9.8 points on .625 shooting from the field, 5.5 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 23.3 minutes per game.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Steve Clifford Looking For Better Play, Organization From Lance Stephenson

Lance Stephenson was benched for the entire fourth quarter of the Charlotte Hornets' loss to the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday.

Steve Clifford was cleared frustrated some by Stephenson's play.

"I went with the team that was playing the best,” Clifford said, several times pounding the table with his right hand for emphasis. “I’m going to coach to win. He just didn’t play very well. Look, he’s trying to find his rhythm. But we’ve got to be organized.”

Stephenson has shot 4-of-18 in the Hornets' first two games.

“I am frustrated, but that’s part of being a pro,” Stephenson said. “Just learning from your mistakes and getting better every time.”

Via Scott Fowler/Charlotte Observer

Jeff Taylor Sentenced To 18 Months Probation, Treatment For Alcohol

Jeff Taylor has been sentenced to 18 months probation in connection with a domestic violence conviction.

Television news station WILX reported that as a part of the probation Taylor must complete 26 weeks in a batterer’s intervention program. He must also enter an outpatient alcohol treatment program and perform self-tests for alcohol use several times a day.

On Wednesday, Taylor, 25, pleaded guilty in East Lansing, Mich., to the domestic violence charge and to malicious destruction of property, also a misdemeanor.

An NBA spokesman told the Observer on Wednesday that the league’s investigation is continuing.

Court documents indicated Taylor and prosecutors struck a deal Tuesday. A charge of assault and battery against a hotel employee was dropped as part of the plea deal.

Taylor said in court that he pushed his girlfriend into a wall at the Marriott Hotel in East Lansing, and the hotel room wall was damaged, the station reported.


Via Cleve R. Wootson Jr./Charlotte Observer

Knicks, Nets, Mavs, Hornets Could Conceivably Be Interested In Kobe

The New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets, Dallas Mavericks and possibly Charlotte Hornets are all teams that could be interested in Kobe Bryant, according to ESPN's Chad Ford.

The Los Angeles Lakers lost Julius Randle for the entire season on opening night and are expected to struggle to make the playoffs. The Lakers also get to keep their 2015 first round pick if it is in the top-5.

The Knicks are an especially interesting possibility due to his connection to Phil Jackson, Derek Fisher and Carmelo Anthony.

The Knicks could include young players like Iman Shumpert and/or Tim Hardaway Jr., along with a 2015 first rounder and they also have the expiring contracts of Amar'e Stoudemire and Andrea Bargnani.

"I don't think Mitch has much choice but to find ways to lose," one GM told ESPN. "They're going to be bad anyway. You don't want to be just good enough that you lose the pick and still miss the playoffs. I don't think they have the assets to get good enough to make the playoffs and I don't think they have the [expletive] to trade Kobe. It's paradoxical, but right now losing seems like the only way to really get better."

Bryant's contract expires after the 15-16 NBA season.

Via Chad Ford/ESPN

Horents Exercise Rookie Options On Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Cody Zeller

The Charlotte Hornets have exercised their fourth-year option on forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and its third-year option on forward Cody Zeller.

“We are excited to keep both of these young talents as part of our core for another season,” Rich Cho said in a statement.  “We have been very pleased with their improvement and look forward to seeing them continue to grow alongside the great group of guys we have in our locker room.” 

The second overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, Kidd-Gilchrist has played in 140 career games over two seasons in Charlotte, averaging 8.2 points and 5.6 rebounds in 25.2 minutes.

The fourth overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, Zeller played in all 82 games of his rookie season, averaging 6.0 points and 4.3 rebounds in 17.3 minutes, earning Second Team All-Rookie honors.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Charlotte Hornets Archives

Jordan Admired How Stephenson 'Takes On Challenges'

Michael Jordan believes Lance Stephenson could be the missing piece for the Hornets to take the next step as a championship contender.

Kemba Walker Agrees To Four-Year, $48M Extension With Hornets

Kemba Walker has agreed to a four-year, $48 million contract extension with the Hornets, according to sources.

Hornets Waive Justin Cobbs, Dallas Lauderdale, Brian Qvale

The Hornets roster currently stands at 15 players.

RealGM Radio: Arturo Galletti On NBA Season Over-Unders

In this two-part episode, host Daniel Leroux and Arturo Galletti of BoxScoreGeeks go through the over-unders for all 30 NBA teams for the 14-15 season.

Michael Jordan Disagrees With Players' Preference For Shorter Regular Season

Michael Jordan also disagreed with the experiment of shortening individual games by four minutes.

RealGM Radio: On The Southeast Division With Galletti, Minton

Daniel Leroux, Arturo Galletti and Patrick Minton talk in-depth about the major offseasons for the Heat and Hornets, as well as small but important summers for the Wizards, Hawks and Magic, talk about their favorite moves and preview the upcoming season.

Marvin Williams Makes Peace With Shooting, Defending Role

The Hornets signed Marvin Williams as a free agent due to his abilities on both ends of the floor.

Hornets Remove Jeffery Taylor Indefinitely From Team Activities

Jeffery Taylor will not be participating in any team-related activities with the Hornets while the NBA is investigating his conduct, effective immediately.

Jason Maxiell To Sign Non-Guaranteed Deal With Hornets

Jason Maxiell averaged 3.2 points and 2.5 rebounds in 34 games last season.

Hornets Start Extension Talks With Kemba Walker

Kemba Walker will enter his fourth NBA season having averaged 17.7 points and 6.1 assists last season.

Jeffery Taylor Arrested On Domestic Assault Charge

Jeffery Taylor is charged with one count of domestic assault, assault and malicious destruction of property.

Hornets Sign Justin Cobbs, Dallas Lauderdale, Brian Qvale To Camp Deals

The Hornets' training camp roster now stands at 17.

Noah Vonleh Sidelined 6-8 Weeks After Surgery To Repair Sports Hernia

Noah Vonleh is expected to miss approximately six to eight weeks.

Stephen Curry Has Had Thoughts About Playing For Hometown Hornets

Stephen Curry is in the middle of a four-year contract with the Warriors.

Hornets Submit Bid To Host Either 2017 Or 2018 All-Star Game

Charlotte hosted the NBA All-Star Game in 1991.

Bird: Pacers Did What We Could To Keep Stephenson

The Pacers' best offer for Lance Stephenson was reportedly $44 million over five years, but his camp was searching for a $55 million contract.

Jannero Pargo Re-Signs With Hornets On One-Year Deal

Jannero Pargo will re-sign with the Hornets on a fully guaranteed one-year, $1.5 million deal, a league source told RealGM.

Lance Stephenson Agrees To Three-Year, $27.5M Deal With Hornets

Lance Stephenson’s contract with the Hornets will have the annual salary structure of $9 million in Years 1 and 2 and $9.5 million in Year 3, a source said.

Hornets Explore Contract With Lance Stephenson

The Hornets are now exploring the possibility of signing Lance Stephenson.

Kirk Hinrich Agrees To Re-Sign With Bulls

Kirk Hinrich is expected to sign for more than the veteran's minimum, with the Bulls having the "room exception" of $2.7 million available.
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