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Steve Clifford, Hornets Agree Upon Three-Year Extension

Nov 25, 2015 11:02 AM

Steve Clifford and the Charlotte Hornets have agreed upon a three-year contract extension.

The deal includes a three-year guarantee that would keep Clifford in his current role through the 2018-19 season. The Hornets have an option on the 2019-20 season, a source said.

Clifford is in his third season as Hornets coach.

Rick Bonnell/Charlotte Observer

Tags: Charlotte Hornets, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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DeMarcus Cousins, Nicolas Batum Named Players Of The Week

Nov 16, 2015 3:35 PM

DeMarcus Cousins and Nicolas Batum have been named the NBA's Players of the Week for games played between Nov. 9th and Nov. 15th.

Cousins led the Kings to a 3-1 week behind averages of 32.5 points (tied-first in the conference) and 11.0 rebounds (third in the conference). He posted a point-rebound double-double in three of four contests, including a 40-point, 13-rebound effort on Nov. 13 during a 111-109 win over the Nets. The sixth-year big man connected on 9-of-19 (47.4 percent) three-point field goals on the week and also collected six blocks and three steals.

Batum led the Hornets to a 3-1 week behind averages of 25.5 points (fifth in the East), 6.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists. The French native ranked fifth in the conference in three-point field goal percentage (57.7 percent) as he connected on 15-of-26 triples on the week. Batum stuffed the stat sheet against his former team on Nov. 15. as he posted 33 points, six assists and five rebounds during a 106-94 win over the Portland Trail Blazers.

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Tags: Nicolas Batum, DeMarcus Cousins, Charlotte Hornets, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Award

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Jeremy Lamb Agrees To Three-Year, $21M Extension With Hornets

Nov 1, 2015 11:24 PM

Jeremy Lamb and the Charlotte Hornets have agreed upon a three-year, $21 million extension.

Lamb was traded to the Hornets by the Oklahoma City Thunder this offseason.

Lamb was the 12th overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft by the Houston Rockets.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Jeremy Lamb, Charlotte Hornets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Thunder, Celtics, Grizzlies Finish Preseason Top-3 In Efficiency Differential

Oct 26, 2015 1:02 PM

The Oklahoma City Thunder led the NBA in efficiency differential during the preseason with a mark of +12.5.

During the 14-15 preseason, the Golden State Warriors had the league's best mark with +11.0, which became a first indicator of their jump as title contenders.

Here's the full rankings from the 15-16 preseason:

1. Thunder: 12.5
2. Celtics: 11.6
3. Grizzlies: 11.5
4. Wizards: 10.4
5. Hornets: 10.0
6. Pistons: 7.1
7. Raptors: 5.6
8. Pacers: 4.7
9. Knicks: 4.0
10. Suns: 3.9
11. Nuggets: 3.5
12. Kings: 3.3
13. Magic: 2.8
14. Blazers: 1.8
15. Jazz: 0.4
16. Heat: 0.0
17. Hawks: -0.7
18. Rockets: -0.7
19. Nets: -1.0
20. Warriors: -1.3
21. Spurs: -1.9
22. Lakers: -2.1
23. Bucks: -3.4
24. Bulls: -3.6
25. Pelicans: -3.6
26. Clippers: -4.2
27. Cavaliers: -6.5
28. 76ers: -8.6
29. Mavericks: -10.7
30. Wolves: -11.0

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Dunc'd On Pod: Charlotte Hornets Season Preview With Spencer Percy

Oct 21, 2015 12:08 PM

Spencer Percy (@QCHSpencer) joins Nate Duncan (@NateDuncanNBA) to preview the Charlotte Hornets season.  

Topics include: The effects of the MKG injury, a new pace and space era in Charlotte, expectations for Frank Kaminsky, the Hornets' crunchtime lineup, and a grade for the Hornets' management and ownership. 

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Jeremy Lin Was Interested In Returning To Knicks In Offseason

Oct 17, 2015 4:22 PM

Jeremy Lin was open to returning to the New York Knicks this offseason and had his agent reach out to the team.

“There was no conversation other than them telling me they weren’t interested,” said Lin.

Lin signed a two-year, $4.3 million contract with the Charlotte Hornets, which was a significant pay cut from the $25 million deal he signed with the Houston Rockets back in 2012.

“I’ve always been open to it, ever since I, you know, I don’t want to say I necessarily left, ever since (they decided they didn’t want to re-sign me),” Lin said. “But I’ve always been open to it. But I don’t think they’re as open to it."

Stefan Bondy/New York Daily News

Tags: Jeremy Lin, Charlotte Hornets, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Lance Stephenson Feels Hornets Misused His Game

Oct 12, 2015 6:27 PM

Lance Stephenson is excited for his fresh start with the Los Angeles Clippers after a disappointing season with the Charlotte Hornets.

The Hornets signed Stephenson in free agency and he expected to dominate the ball, but the team was still built around Kemba Walker on the perimeter.

“I don’t feel that,” he said. “I was just sitting in the corner. That’s not trying to be a star. A star normally gets the ball.”

Stephenson feels like he was misused.

“I think the way they wanted me to be a star isn’t the way my game is,” he said.

Doc Rivers is attempting to find Stephenson's game again.

“I’ve got the ball in my hands. We’re moving; we’re screening for each other. Everybody touches the ball in this unit,” said Stephenson. “Anything can happen.”

Dan Woike/Orange County Register

Tags: Lance Stephenson, Charlotte Hornets, Los Angeles Clippers, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Out Six Months With Shoulder Surgery

Oct 5, 2015 2:45 PM

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist will undergo surgery on his shoulder and miss six months.

Kidd-Gilchrist injured his shoulder in the Charlotte Hornets' first preseason game.

Kidd-Gilchrist signed an extension in the offseason.

The injury will open up more minutes for Jeremy Lamb.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

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Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Dislocates Shoulder, X-Rays Negative

Oct 4, 2015 9:43 PM

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist dislocated his right shoulder, but x-rays came back negative.

Kidd-Gilchrist was curling off a screen late in the second quarter when he tumbled to the ground after absorbing a foul by a Magic player. 


Gilchrist signed a four-year, $52 million extension in August. He averaged a career-high 10.9 points, 7.6 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game last season, although he was limited to 55 games due to injuries.


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Kidd-Gilchrist Near Agreement Upon Four-Year, $52M Extension With Hornets

Aug 24, 2015 9:12 PM

The Charlotte Hornets and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist are finalizing a four-year, $52 million contract extension.

The agreement is expected to be finalized this week.

Kidd-Gilchrist was the No. 2 overall pick in the draft out of Kentucky.

Kidd-Gilchrist averaged 10.9 points and 7.6 rebounds for Charlotte last season, his third in the league.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

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Michael Jordan Awarded $8.9M From Supermarket Chain For Use Of Name
Michael Jordan was awarded $8.9 million for the use of his name and promoting a product in an ad without his permission.

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T.J. Zanin To Become Hornets' Director Of College Scouting
T.J. Zanin's brother, Frank Zanin, is the Nets' assistant general manager.

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Hornets Sign Elliot Williams
Elliot Williams has career averages of 5.1 points and 1.5 rebounds in 13.7 minutes.

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Nicolas Batum Interested In Playing For Raptors
Nicolas Batum has interest in playing for the Raptors when he becomes an unrestricted free agent in 2016.

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Celtics Offered Four First Rounders To Hornets For No. 9
The Celtics were targeting Justise Winslow while the Hornets were settled on taking Frank Kaminsky.

Zach Lowe/Grantland

Jeffery Taylor, Real Madrid Agree Upon One-Year Deal
Jeffery Taylor's deal with Real Madrid is expected to be worth over $900,000, sources told RealGM.

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Tyler Hansbrough Agrees To Deal With Hornets
Tyler Hansbrough spent last season with the Raptors.

Rick Bonnell/Charlotte Observer

Hornets Traded Vonleh After Finding No Takers For Cody Zeller
With no team interested in moving for Cody Zeller with a satisfactory deal, the Hornets instead traded Noah Vonleh to the Blazers.

Gary Washburn/Boston Globe

Aaron Harrison Signs With Hornets
Aaron Harrison averaged 13.4 points, 4.8 rebounds and 3.4 assists in five Orlando Summer League games with the Hornets.


Jeremy Lin Agrees To Two-Year, $4M+ Deal Hornets
Jeremy Lin spent last season with the Lakers.

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Raptors Agree To Two-Year, $6M Deal With Bismack Biyombo
Bismack Biyombo became an unrestricted free agent when the Hornets declined to extend him a qualifying offer after the season.

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Marco Belinelli To Receive Interest From Warriors, Hornets
Marco Belinelli was drafted by the Warriors in 2007.

Marc J. Spears, Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Bismack Biyombo Not Tendered Qualifying Offer By Hornets, Becomes UFA
Bismack Biyombo had a 15.2 PER in 64 games last season.

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Celtics Were Unsuccessful No. 4-No. 9 On Trading Up For Justise Winslow
Danny Ainge said the Celtics were "probably offering too much" to trade into the lottery despite having all of their attempts turned down.

Jay King/Boston Herald

Kaminsky Ready To Play Alongside Zeller
Despite a possible positional battle, Frank Kaminsky believes he can work with Cody Zeller in the frontcourt.

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Jeremy Lamb Traded To Hornets For Luke Ridnour
Jeremy Lamb will get a fresh start with the Hornets.

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Grizzlies Acquire Matt Barnes From Hornets For Ridnour
Matt Barnes went from the Clippers to the Hornets this offseason in the Lance Stephenson deal.

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Jeremy Lamb To Be Traded To Hornets
Hornets will acquire Jeremy Lamb from the Thunder involving the contract of Matt Barnes.

Rick Bonnell/Charlotte Observer

Hornets Acquire Nicolas Batum From Blazers For Vonleh, Henderson
The Hornets are finalizing an acquisition of Nicolas Batum from the Blazers for Noah Vonleh and Gerald Henderson.

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

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