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NBA Close To Moving 2017 All-Star Game From Charlotte

Jul 21, 2016 2:24 PM

The NBA is on the brink of moving the 2017 All-Star Game out of Charlotte.

North Carolina recently passed a law limiting anti-discrimination protection for gays, lesbians and transgender people.

New Orleans has emerged as the frontrunner to host the game.

The Charlotte Observer expected the All-Star Game to inject $100 million into the economy.

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Tags: Charlotte Hornets, New Orleans Pelicans, NBA, NBA All-Star

Jeremy Lin Compares Signing With Nets To Investing In Startup

Jul 20, 2016 3:42 PM

Jeremy Lin compared signing a three-year, $36 million deal with the Brooklyn Nets to investing in a startup company.

Lin was raised in Palo Alto, which is located in the center of Silicon Valley.

"The way I was thinking of free agency was like when you invest in a startup company," said Lin. "You don't necessarily look at the product right then and there. That is a big part of it, you're kind of betting on the founder a lot of times. You're betting on what that person is capable of doing, because sometimes as you go through the process, the final product is going to change a lot. That's very common in startups and I feel like that's kind of how this is.

"I'm betting on certain people, I'm betting on Kenny (Atkinson), I'm betting on Sean (Marks), I'm betting on myself, I'm betting on Brook Lopez. I'm betting on the way I feel. If I didn't feel like this has a chance to go where I want to go, then I wouldn't have signed up for it. Yeah, right now and last season if you look at last season, we weren't where we wanted to be, but it's a process and it's a challenge. I believe in what we're capable of becoming. We're not there right now, but we all know that, but that's the thing."

Lin signed a two-year, $4.3 million deal with a player option last offseason with the Charlotte Hornets.

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Tags: Jeremy Lin, Charlotte Hornets, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Christian Wood, Hornets Agree Upon Two-Year Deal

Jul 13, 2016 10:03 PM

Christian Wood has agreed upon a two-year deal with the Charlotte Hornets.

The second season of Wood's deal is a team option.

Wood played well for the Philadelphia 76ers in Summer League.

The 76ers waived Wood in January in order to sign Elton Brand.

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Tags: Christian Wood, Charlotte Hornets, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Brian Roberts, Hornets Agree To Deal For Vet's Minimum

Jul 6, 2016 4:10 PM

The Charlotte Hornets and Brian Roberts have agreed upon a contract for the veteran's minimum.

Roberts was traded by the Hornets in February and he finished the season with the Portland Trail Blazers.

Roberts also spent the 14-15 season with the Hornets.

Roberts will be Charlotte's third point guard behind Kemba Walker and Ramon Sessions.

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Tags: Brian Roberts, Charlotte Hornets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Roy Hibbert Agrees Upon One-Year, $5M Deal With Hornets

Jul 4, 2016 8:27 PM

Roy Hibbert has agreed upon a one-year, $5 million with the Charlotte Hornets. 

Hibbert played this past season with the Los Angeles Lakers.

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Tags: Roy Hibbert, Charlotte Hornets, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Ramon Sessions, Hornets Agree Upon Two-Year, $12.5M Deal

Jul 4, 2016 2:31 PM

Ramon Sessions has agreed to sign a two-year, $12.5 million deal with the Charlotte Hornets.

Sessions will help the Hornets replace Jeremy Lin as their backup point guard behind Kemba Walker.

Sessions signed with the Washington Wizards last offseason.

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Tags: Ramon Sessions, Charlotte Hornets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Marvin Williams Agrees To Four-Year, $54.5M Deal With Hornets

Jul 2, 2016 5:52 PM

Marvin Williams has agreed upon a four-year, $54.5 million deal to re-sign with the Charlotte Hornets.

Williams had offers for more money from other teams but he loved playing for the Hornets and the deal gives the front office more flexibility.

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Tags: Marvin Williams, Charlotte Hornets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Wizards, Spurs, Wolves, Hornets, Blazers, Mavs, Magic In Mix For Ian Mahinmi

Jul 1, 2016 9:12 PM

Ian Mahinmi will not return to the Indiana Pacers after they've acquired Thaddeus Young via trade and signed Al Jefferson.

Mahinmi had a breakout season for the Pacers and is receiving interest from the Washington Wizards, San Antonio Spurs, Minnesota Timberwolves, Charlotte Hornets, Dallas Mavericks, Portland Trail Blazers and Orlando Magic.

Mahinmi will turn 30 at the start of the upcoming season.

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Tags: Charlotte Hornets, Dallas Mavericks, Indiana Pacers, Minnesota Timberwolves, Orlando Magic, Portland Trail Blazers, San Antonio Spurs, Washington Wizards, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Al Jefferson Agrees To Three-Year, $30M Deal With Pacers

Jul 1, 2016 12:26 PM

The Indiana Pacers and Al Jefferson have agreed upon a three-year, $30 million deal.

Jefferson signed a three-year, $41 million deal with the Hornets in 2013.

The Pacers have wanted to play faster over the past two offseasons.

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Tags: Al Jefferson, Charlotte Hornets, Indiana Pacers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Nicolas Batum Re-Signs With Hornets On Five-Year, $120M Deal

Jul 1, 2016 10:34 AM

Nicolas Batum and the Charlotte Hornets have agreed upon a five-year, $120 million deal

Batum will have a player option in the fifth year of the contract.

Batum was the franchise’s primary priority this offseason, and team executives traveled to Dallas to meet him and his agent, Bouna Ndiaye, once free agency began. 

The Hornets acquired Batum a year ago in a trade with the Portland Trail Blazers.

RealGM's Grading the Deal on Batum re-signing with the Hornets.

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Tags: Nicolas Batum, Charlotte Hornets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Jeremy Lin Agrees Upon Three-Year, $36M Deal With Nets
Jeremy Lin's deal includes a player option for the third year, a trade kicker and bonus provisions.

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Dwight Howard Seeking Starting Salary Of $24M On Open Market
Dwight Howard declined his $23.2 million player option for 16-17 with the Rockets to become a free agent.

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Nicolas Batum To Meet With Mavericks
Nicolas Batum previously played on the wing with Wesley Matthews as members of the Portland Trail Blazers.

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Knicks Interested In Courtney Lee
New York has a hole to fill at shooting guard and are hoping to have leftover money to sign one after likely adding Joakim Noah.

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Lakers Could Meet With Nicolas Batum
The Hornets have reportedly made re-signing Nicolas Batum one of their top priorities in free agency but he's considering other options.

Broderick Turner/Los Angeles Times

Hornets Bracing For Losing Jeremy Lin In Free Agency
While the Hornets would like to re-sign Jeremy Lin this offseason, they are fearful of losing him to a rival team.

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Golden State Would Like To Sign Small Forward Into Core As Plan B
Nicolas Batum is likely a better fit than Harrison Barnes but his maximum salary will begin at $28 million compared to $23.5 million.

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Hornets Acquire Marco Belinelli For 22nd Overall Pick
The Hornets have acquired to acquire Marco Belinelli from the Kings for the 22nd overall pick.

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Hornets Offering No. 22 Pick Attached To Jeremy Lamb Or Spencer Hawes
The Hornets are offering the 22nd overall pick to any team that takes either Jeremy Lamb or Spencer Hawes into their cap space.

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Jeremy Lin Declines $2.2M Option With Hornets To Become Free Agent
Jeremy Lin rebounded in 15-16 with the Hornets after a series of disappointing seasons with the Rockets and Lakers.

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Dunc'd On: Warriors/Cavs Game 2, Hornets Offseason
Another Golden State blowout win sets up a must-win. Why has the Cleveland offense struggled so badly, and is there anything they can do about it? We also delve into a fascinating but under-the-radar offseason for the Hornets.

RealGM Staff Report

Report: Nicolas Batum Optimistic Of Quickly Agreeing Upon Deal With Hornets
Nicolas Batum's agent is optimistic of being able to quickly agree upon a new contract in free agency with the Hornets.

Blazers Request Permission To Interview Stephen Silas
Stephen Silas is a candidate for the head coaching job of the Rockets as well as the top assistant job of the Warriors.

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Warriors To Interview Stephen Silas For Top Assistant Job
Golden State could no longer wait until the end of the playoffs to secure Luke Walton's replacement because of Stephen Silas' growing candidacy in Houston.

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Rockets Again Interview Stephen Silas, Could Also Hire Him As Top Assistant
Stephen Silas isn't the top assistant with Charlotte, and the Rockets could make a play to hire Silas to join Mike D'Antoni as his top assistant.

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Patrick Ewing Interviews For Grizzlies' Job
Patrick Ewing has been an assistant coach with the Rockets, Magic and Hornets.

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Nicolas Batum Played How He Wanted For First Time In NBA With Hornets
Nicolas Batum is the most attractive free agent amongst many for the Hornets.

Rick Bonnell/Charlotte Observer

Al Jefferson Would Like To End Career With Hornets
Al Jefferson is one of the many free agents of the Hornets this offseason.

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Patrick Ewing To Interview For Kings' Head Coaching Job
The Kings are intrigued by the possibility of having Patrick Ewing coach DeMarcus Cousins.

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Spencer Hawes Has Sprained MCL in Right Knee, Re-Evaluated in a Week
Spencer Hawes played fifteen minutes in Wednesday's Game 5 and will be re-evaluated in a week.

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