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

Noah Vonleh underwent successful surgery on Tuesday to repair a sports hernia suffered in a recent workout.

Vonleh is expected to miss approximately six to eight weeks.

The ninth overall pick by the Charlotte Hornets in the 2014 NBA Draft, Vonleh was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year and Third Team All-Big Ten in 2013-14 at Indiana University after averaging 11.3 points, a Big Ten-high 9.0 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 26.5 minutes per game.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Stephen Curry Has Had Thoughts About Playing For Hometown Hornets

Stephen Curry was asked if watching LeBron James returning to play for the Cleveland Cavaliers would lead him to consider playing for his hometown Charlotte Hornets.

"I've always had thoughts about playing at home, what it would be like," Curry said on The Doug Gottlieb Show. "My dad played there for 10 years, and people around the Greater Charlotte area in North Carolina have done a lot for my family growing up, so you always think about it.

"Right now I feel like I've got three years left on my deal, so this isn't going to be an issue for me for a while. I love the Bay Area and where we are as a team trying to win a championship, and that's what it's all about. Of course everybody dreams about or thinks about what it's going to be like to play at home. Obviously if that opportunity comes along it's a different discussion."

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

Via Diamond Leung/Bay Area News Group

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

The Charlotte Hornets and the Charlotte Sports Foundation submitted their official bid Tuesday to host the NBA All-Star weekend in 2017 or 2018.

"On behalf of everyone involved, we are very excited to announce that we will submit an official bid this afternoon for Charlotte to host NBA All-Star Weekend," said Webb. "The overwhelming support for the Hornets during their playoff run and rebranding has proven the passion Charlotte has for the NBA. And the worldwide fan base of the NBA makes this a perfect opportunity to showcase Charlotte and Time Warner Cable Arena on a global stage." 

Charlotte hosted the NBA All-Star Game in 1991.

Via Charlotte Observer

Bird: Pacers Did What We Could To Keep Stephenson

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

Stephenson eventually agreed upon a three-year, $27 million deal with the Charlotte Hornets.

"I really feel bad about losing him,'' Larry Bird said. "I hope it doesn't interfere with our relationship. But I did what I could possibly do to keep him here. Even if he didn't have any other offers, I was committed to giving him that $44 million because I believe in the kid. If you look at our roster, we have five or six guys in the last year of their deals, plus David (West) and Roy (Hibbert) can opt out, so don't you think I wanted to keep Lance and Paul (George) locked into long-term deals?''

Stephenson's agent, Alberto Ebanks, reportedly called Bird several days after the initial offer and said that the $44 million would be too low.

"I don't think this is going to work. I don't believe you have the money available to re-sign Lance.''


Via Bob Kravitz/Indianpolis Star

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

Free agent guard Jannero Pargo will re-sign with the Charlotte Hornets on a fully guaranteed one-year, $1.45 million deal, a league source told RealGM.

Pargo has spent the past two seasons with Charlotte, joining the team on a 10-day contract in March of 2013. In 29 games last season, Pargo averaged 4.7 points and 1.8 assists.

A 10-year NBA veteran, Pargo is a reliable reserve for competing teams. The 34-year-old has averaged 6.4 points and 35.5 percent three-point shooting while playing with the Los Angeles Lakers, Chicago Bulls, Toronto Raptors, New Orleans Pelicans, Atlanta Hawks, Washington Wizards and Hornets.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

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

Free agent shooting guard Lance Stephenson has agreed to a three-year, $27.5 million contract with the Charlotte Hornets, a league source told RealGM.

Stephenson met with Michael Jordan, Rich Cho, Steve Clifford and other team officials in Las Vegas on Tuesday night, when the Hornets delivered him a contract offer. Stephenson’s contract will have the annual salary structure of $9 million in Years 1 and 2 and $9.5 million in Year 3, a source said. The third season is a team option.

With the Indiana Pacers, Stephenson blossomed into an effective all-around player and provided an ideal complement to Paul George, Roy Hibbert and David West. His suitors came and went throughout free agency and his dialogue with the Pacers’ front office diminished, leaving an uncertainty about whether their five-year, $44 million deal was still available.

Stephenson heard pitches from the Detroit Pistons and Milwaukee Bucks early in free agency and held fluctuating conversations with the Los Angeles Lakers and Chicago Bulls. Stephenson had been in the process of finalizing a possible deal with the Mavericks before the Houston Rockets decided to allow Chandler Parsons to follow through on his offer sheet in Dallas, sources told RealGM.

The Charlotte Observer first reported that Stephenson reached an agreement with the Hornets.

In his meeting with Charlotte, Stephenson became impressed by the organization’s direction and intrigued about a pitch on his offensive role. The Hornets have searched for an infusion of talent and emerged as a viable option once Gordon Hayward remained with the Utah Jazz.

Stephenson, 23, averaged 13.8 points, 7.2 rebounds and 4.2 assists for the Pacers in 2013-14 and his loss damages their ability to recover from a staggering close to the season. He had been part of distracting on-court antics in the playoffs, but had remained productive and had Larry Bird willing to accept a larger role in his growth.

For Stephenson, the Year 1 salary played a major role between the Hornets and Pacers offers, a difference of nearly $1.5 million. Now, he’ll face the challenge of fitting in a fresh locker room and blending within a diverse talent group.

Indiana chose Stephenson with the 40th overall pick in the 2010 NBA draft. In four seasons, he averaged 9.1 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.1 assists.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Hornets Explore Contract With Lance Stephenson

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

The Hornets have previously signed Gordon Hayward and Marvin Williams this offseason. Hayward's offer sheet was eventually matched by the Utah Jazz.

The Hornets have enough cap space remaining to offer a starting salary at approximately $10 million per season.

The Indiana Pacers haven't budged from their offer of a four-year deal starting at $7 million.

Stephenson was an All-Star candidate this past season.

Via Rick Bonnell/Charlotte Observer

Kirk Hinrich Agrees To Re-Sign With Bulls

The Chicago Bulls have agreed to re-sign Kirk Hinrich.

Hinrich also drew interest from the Charlotte Hornets.

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

Via K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Brian Roberts Agrees To Two-Year, $5.5M Deal With Hornets

Brian Roberts has agreed to sign with the Charlotte Hornets on a two-year, $5.5 million deal.

Roberts is a 28-year-old point guard out of Dayton who most recently played for the New Orleans Pelicans.

Roberts initially emerged in Germany playing for Brose Baskets.

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Hornets To Pursue Lance Stephenson With Hayward's Contract Matched

The Charlotte Hornets will next pursue Lance Stephenson with their cap space that was earmarked for Gordon Hayward before their offer sheet was matched by the Utah Jazz.

The Indiana Pacers have a five-year, $44 million offer on the table to Stephenson.

The Dallas Mavericks may also get involved with Stephenson depending on what the Houston Rockets decide to do with the Chandler Parsons offer sheet.

Via Sean Deveney/Sporting News

Charlotte Hornets Archives

Jazz Match Gordon Hayward's Four-Year, $63M Max Offer Sheet With Hornets

Gordon Hayward's contract includes a player option for the fourth year and a 15 percent trade kicker.

Alonzo Gee Traded By Cavs To Pelicans

The Cavaliers previously had a trade agreed upon with the Bobcats involving Alonzo Gee.

Clippers, Cavaliers Among Teams Interested In Anthony Tolliver

Anthony Tolliver has also received interest from the Pistons, Wizards, Spurs and Hornets among other teams, sources said.

Gordon Hayward Agrees To Four-Year, $63M Max Offer Sheet With Hornets

Gordon Hayward has agreed to an offer sheet with the Hornets.

Josh McRoberts Verbally Commits To Four-Year, $23M Deal With Heat

Josh McRoberts could possibly be had at the mid-level exception.

Marvin Williams Receiving Interest From Spurs, Heat, Wizards, Others

Marvin Williams is solidly in line to reach a contract agreement after the top free agents sign.

Gordon Hayward To Visit Hornets, Could Be Recruited By Al Jefferson

Gordon Hayward is friends with Al Jefferson after their stint playing together.

Stephenson Reaches Impasse With Pacers After Five-Year, $44M Offer

The Bulls, Lakers and Hornets are believed to also be interested in Lance Stephenson.

Hornets Unload Haywood's Contract In Trading Powell To Cavs

The Hornets have traded the draft rights to Dwight Powell and Brendan Haywood to the Cavaliers.

Noah Vonleh Ready To Play In Pick-And-Roll With Walker

Noah Vonleh has been working on extending his range as an adjustment to the NBA and he believes he fits in very well with Charlotte’s current roster.

Hornets Offered Henderson, 24th Pick To Magic For Afflalo

The Hornets are firmly focused on acquiring shooters this offseason.

Josh McRoberts Declines Player Option With Bobcats For 14-15

Josh McRoberts has decided to decline his player option for the 2014-15 season.

Rod Higgins Steps Down, Rich Cho To Take Over Decision-Making

Rich Cho will remain general manager and assume responsibility for the team's basketball operations from Rod Higgins.

Cavaliers To Interview Mark Price

Mark Price spent last season as an assistant coach with the Charlotte Bobcats/Hornets.

Michael Jordan Believes Hornets, Jefferson Prove Charlotte Could Attract Superstar

The Hornets have at least $13 million in space under the salary cap.

Hornets To Likely Target Wing Shooting In Draft

Creighton’s Doug McDermott, Michigan State’s Gary Harris and Michigan’s Nik Stauskas all shot 40 percent or better from the college 3-point line last season.

LeBron, Durant, Noah, Paul, Harden Headline All-NBA Teams

Joakim Noah was named to his first All-NBA First Team.

Celtics, Lakers, Kings, Hornets, Wolves, Suns Open To Trading Lottery Pick

The idea of a lottery pick in this year's draft being available in trade talks is a surprising development, but several teams appear amenable to a deal.

Gerald Henderson Undergoes Arthroscopic Surgery On Wrist

Gerald Henderson’s wrist will be immobilized for approximately two weeks before he begins rehabilitation.

Bob Beyer Emerges As Candidate To Become Pistons' Top Assistant Coach

Bob Meyer is currently an assistant coach to Steve Clifford with the Hornets.
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