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Al Jefferson Plans To Exercise $13.5M Option For Next Season

Apr 16, 2015 6:44 PM

Al Jefferson said he does not plan to opt out of his $13.5 million option for the 2015-16 season.

"I’ve got unfinished business here. That’s not even an option for me," Jefferson said. "Unless something dramatic changed, I can’t see myself opting out, and leaving that bad taste in my mouth. And in the Charlotte Hornets’ mouth. I can’t walk away from that."

Jefferson finished the season averaging 16.6 points and 8.4 rebounds and shooting 48 percent from the field.

"I wasn’t the player I need to be to get this team to the next level," said Jefferson, 30. "I’m still a young man with a lot of great basketball in me. Like coach (Steve Clifford) always says – the responsibility (to lead) is with him and the best players. I’m disappointed in myself. I’ve got to redeem myself."

Rick Bonnell/Charlotte Observer

Tags: Al Jefferson, Charlotte Hornets, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Lance Stephenson Doesn't Regret Leaving Pacers For Hornets

Apr 2, 2015 1:26 AM

Lance Stephenson said he does not regret signing with the Charlotte Hornets, leaving the Indiana Pacers in the process.

"Not at all," Stephenson said. "I love this system. I love my coaches. I love my teammates. Some people come into systems and fit right in. Some people it takes time. I feel like with me, I'm going to take time."

The Hornets gave Stephenson a three-year, $27 million deal this past offseason.

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.

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Tags: Lance Stephenson, Charlotte Hornets, Indiana Pacers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Heat, Hornets, Cavs Lead In 14-15 Trade Score; Bucks, Mavs Rank Last

Mar 26, 2015 1:28 PM

J.R. Smith has had the biggest Box Plus-Minus improvement of all the players traded this season as he's become a critical part of the Cleveland Cavaliers success following his arrival from the New York Knicks. 

Smith had a -4.3 BPM with the Knicks and +3.4 with the Cavaliers for a difference of +7.7.

Enes Kanter ranks second with a +5.9 difference since arriving to the Oklahoma City Thunder from the Utah Jazz. The Jazz have also benefitted from his absence as it has given more minutes to Rudy Gobert.

Will Barton, Mo Williams, Anthony Tolliver, Ramon Sessions, Timofey Mozgov, Iman Shumpert, Tarik Black and Goran Dragic round out the top-10.

Overall, the Heat have the best Trade Score at 6.10, ahead of the Charlotte Hornets at 5.90 and Cavaliers at 5.10. The

Brandon Knight has had the biggest drop since being traded, going from +2.3 with the Milwaukee Bucks to -4.0 with the Phoenix Suns. The Bucks replaced Knight's +2.3 with a -2.0 from Michael Carter-Williams and they have struggled since the trade.

The Dallas Mavericks are also one of the losers of in-season trades as Rajon Rondo has struggled and they also lost the production of Brandan Wright.

The Bucks have the worst Trade Score at -4.30 with the Mavericks ranking next to last at -3.70.

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Tags: Charlotte Hornets, Cleveland Cavaliers, Dallas Mavericks, Miami Heat, Milwaukee Bucks, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Kemba Walker To Return Wednesday After 18-Game Absence

Mar 11, 2015 1:56 PM

Kemba Walker will return to the Charlotte Hornets' lineup on Wednesday after missing 18 games due to knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus on Jan. 28.

“I just can’t sit there anymore,” Walker said. “I’ve got to play. I hate to watch. I’m comfortable with where I’m at and I’m ready to go.”

Walker will return against the Sacramento Kings.

Rick Bonnell/Charlotte Observer

Tags: Kemba Walker, Charlotte Hornets, NBA, NBA Injury

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Russell Westbrook, Mo Williams Named NBA Players Of Week

Mar 9, 2015 5:14 PM

Mo Williams and Russell Westbrook were named NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, March 2, through Sunday, March 8.

Williams led the Charlotte Hornets to a 4-0 week.

Westbrook averaged a triple-double as he led the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 2-1 week.

RealGM Staff Report

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Michael Jordan Now Worth $1 Billion

Mar 2, 2015 10:10 AM

Michael Jordan has made the Forbes Magazine list of the richest people in the world with an estimated net worth of $1 billion.

Jordan qualifies as the 1,741st richest person in the world.

It is believed that Jordan makes more than $100 million a year off royalties from his Nike Air Jordan line, though his business manager Estee Portnoy has never confirmed those numbers. 

In March 2010, Jordan agreed to buy 80 percent of the Charlotte Bobcats on a valuation of about $275 million. Jordan's stake increased to 89 percent in 2013 and the Charlotte Hornets are now worth more than $700 million.

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Warriors, Hawks, Blazers In Top-10 On Both Offense, Defense

Feb 12, 2015 12:50 PM

The Golden State Warriors, Atlanta Hawks and Portland Trail Blazers enter the All-Star break as the only three teams in the NBA ranked in the top-10 in both offense and defense.

Fourteen other teams are in the top-10 in either offensive or defensive efficiency.

The Chicago Bulls ranked second in defensive efficiency last season and 28th on offense, but they are currently 9th on offense and just 13th on defense.

Teams that contend for a championship in the NBA typically are in the top-10 in both categories, or are particularly dominant on one end of the floor.

The current top-10 in efficiency differential consists of the Warriors, Hawks, Clippers, Mavericks, Blazers, Grizzlies, Raptors, Spurs, Rockets and Cavaliers.

The old/young distinction is based on the average age of players who play 15 or more minutes per game.

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Hornets Acquire Mo Williams, Troy Daniels From Wolves For Gary Neal

Feb 10, 2015 12:51 PM

The Charlotte Hornets have acquired Mo Williams and Troy Daniels from the Minnestoa Timberwolves for Gary Neal,

League sources previously told RealGM that they were on the verge of an agreement.

The Hornets need help at point guard with Kemba Walker injured. Williams is averaging 12.2 points and 6.4 assists per game this season for the Wolves.

The Wolves will attempt to flip Neal in another trade before the deadline, sources tell RealGM.

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Bismack Biyombo Sidelined At Least Two More Weeks

Feb 9, 2015 12:04 AM

Bismack Biyombo will miss at least an additional two weeks with a bone bruise on his right knee.

Biyombo likely won’t participate in practices the second half of next week following the All-Star break.

Biyombo has missed the last five games for the Charlotte Hornets.

Rick Bonnell/Charlotte Observer

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Hornets Waive Jannero Pargo, Sign Elliot Williams

Feb 4, 2015 1:30 PM

The Charlotte Hornets have signed Elliot Williams to a 10-day contract and waived Jannero Pargo.  

Williams joins the Hornets from the Santa Cruz Warriors of the NBA D-League, becoming the 30th Gatorade Call-Up this season.  He will wear No. 4. 

The Hornets roster remains at 15 players.

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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.

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Bucks, Hornets, 76ers Interested In Gary Talton, D-League's Assists Leader
Gary Talton has averaged 13.2 points, 10.2 assists and 40.6 percent three-point shooting this season for Fort Wayne.

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Kemba Walker To Undergo Surgery For Meniscus
Kemba Walker is expected to miss approximately six weeks.

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Nets, Hornets Discuss Trade Involving Joe Johnson, Lance Stephenson
Michael Jordan has been intrigued with the possibility of Joe Johnson.

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Average NBA Franchise Valuation Now More Than $1 Billion
There are now 11 NBA teams worth at least $1 billion, compared to three a year ago.

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Nets Decide To Keep Brook Lopez For Now
The Nets backed away from the idea of simply moving Brook Lopez on a salary dump.

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Nets, Thunder Progressing On Brook Lopez For Perkins, Lamb Trade
Three-team talks with the Hornets that would have sent Lance Stephenson to Brooklyn are dead.

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Nets Put Lopez, Stephenson Talks On Hold
The Nets pulled back from three-team talks involving Brook Lopez and Lance Stephenson on Friday.

Rick Bonnell/Charlotte Observer

Thunder, Nets, Hornets Discuss Three-Team Brook Lopez, Stephenson Deal
Brook Lopez would go to the Thunder under the discussed trade, while Lance Stephenson would be dealt to the Nets.

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Nets Accelerate Brook Lopez Trade Talks
The Nets are in talks with several teams regarding Brook Lopez with Lance Stephenson a viable option.

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Heat, Clippers, Hornets Calling Nuggets On Arron Afflalo
The Nuggets acquired Arron Afflalo last offseason from the Magic and is on an expiring contract.

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Kemba Walker, Klay Thompson Named NBA Players Of Week
Kemba Walker and Klay Thompson have been named the NBA's Players of the Week for games played Jan. 5 through Jan. 11.

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Hornets Guaranteeing Jason Maxiell's Contract For Season
Jason Maxiell has been informed informed he will make the guarantee cut with the Hornets.

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Hornets Recall Noah Vonleh From D-League
Noah Vonleh played two games for the Mad Ants this season averaging 7.0 points and 4.5 rebounds per game.

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Al Jefferson Out Minimum Of Four Weeks With Groin Strain
Al Jefferson has been diagnosed with a strain of an adductor muscle in his left groin.

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Hornets Assign Noah Vonleh To D-League
Noah Vonleh has played in just four games this season.

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Lance Stephenson Could Return As Soon As Monday From Pelvic Injury
Steve Clifford said even Monday might be a reach for Lance Stephenson's return.

Rick Bonnell/Charlotte Observer

Lance Stephenson Has Strengthened Confidence In Hornets' Partnership
The Nuggets emerged as an interested suitor for Lance Stephenson this season, league sources told RealGM.

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Pacers' Players Not Encouraging Front Office To Trade For Stephenson
The Pacers were worn out of Lance Stephenson by the end of last season.

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Lance Stephenson Has Clashed With Hornets' Teammates
Steve Clifford has placed responsibility for Lance Stephenson's adjustment on the Hornets' veterans.

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