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Hornets Sign Elliot Williams

Jul 28, 2015 4:06 PM

The Charlotte Hornets signed free agent guard Elliot Williams, the team announced Tuesday. 

Williams was the 22nd overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft.

The 6-5 Williams has played in 104 games for the Trail Blazers, 76ers, Jazz and Pelicans with 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

Jul 28, 2015 10:33 AM

Nicolas Batum has interest in playing for the Toronto Raptors when he becomes an unrestricted free agent in 2016.

Toronto is an international city that appeals to Batum.

The Charlotte Hornets acquired Batum this offseason from the Portland Trail Blazers despite him entering his contract year.

General manager Rich Cho and assistant general manager Chad Buchanan are familiar with Batum from their time with the Blazers.

“We are very comfortable given that Chad and Rich know Nic well,” said Hornets' vice-chairman Curtis Polk.

“We’ve seen over the last few years that players want to be here,” Cho says. “Free agents want to come here.”

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Celtics Offered Four First Rounders To Hornets For No. 9

Jul 28, 2015 10:24 AM

The Boston Celtics offered four first-round picks to the Charlotte Hornets for the chance to move up from No. 16 to No. 9. The Celtics were targeting Justise Winslow while the Hornets were settled on taking Frank Kaminsky.

The Celtics offered the 16th pick, No. 15 (acquired in a prearranged contingency deal with the Atlanta Hawks), one unprotected future Brooklyn pick, and a future first-rounder from either the Memphis Grizzlies or Minnesota Timberwolves.

Some members of the Hornets' front office wanted to do the deal with the Celtics, but Michael Jordan preferred Kaminsky over first rounders outside the lottery.

“If it was such a no-brainer for us, why would another team want to do it?” said Rich Cho.

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Tags: Frank Kaminsky, Justise Winslow, Boston Celtics, Charlotte Hornets, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Jeffery Taylor, Real Madrid Agree Upon One-Year Deal

Jul 23, 2015 2:24 PM

Free agent Jeffery Taylor has agreed to a one-year contract with Euroleague contender Real Madrid, sources told RealGM.

Taylor's deal with Real Madrid is expected to be worth over $900,000, sources said. Real Madrid is the reigning Euroleague champion.

RealGM reported on Tuesday that Taylor was closing in negotiations with the Spanish club.

Taylor, the No. 31 overall pick in the 2012 NBA draft, made progress with Real Madrid over the past several days.

The 6-foot-7 Taylor averaged 4.4 points and 1.3 rebounds in 14.8 minutes per game for the Charlotte Hornets last season. Taylor has played his entire three-year career with the Hornets, with averages of 6.1 points and two rebounds

Taylor had a standout collegiate career at Vanderbilt University.

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Tyler Hansbrough Agrees To Deal With Hornets

Jul 22, 2015 10:21 AM

Tyler Hansbrough and the Charlotte Hornets have agreed upon a contract.

Hansbrough spent last season with the Toronto Raptors.

His best season was his second with the Indiana Pacers in 2010-11 when he averaged 11 points and 5.2 rebounds over 70 games.

Rick Bonnell/Charlotte Observer

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Hornets Traded Vonleh After Finding No Takers For Cody Zeller

Jul 19, 2015 4:43 PM

The Charlotte Hornets attempted to balance their roster by trading a frontcourt piece at the beginning of the offseason and started trade discussions with Cody Zeller.

With no team interested in moving for Zeller with a satisfactory deal, the Hornets instead traded Noah Vonleh to the Portland Trail Blazers.

Vonleh was the ninth overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft out of Indiana.

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Aaron Harrison Signs With Hornets

Jul 15, 2015 7:19 PM

Aaron Harrison has signed with the Charlotte Hornets.

Harrison went undrafted after two seasons with Kentucky.

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

Rich Cho says Harrison is "a talented young player with a lot of potential and we look forward to seeing what he can do moving forward."

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Jeremy Lin Agrees To Two-Year, $4M+ Deal Hornets

Jul 8, 2015 9:26 PM

Jeremy Lin has announced he will sign with the Charlotte Hornets on Instagram.

Adrian Wojnarowski reports Lin's deal will be for two years and more than $4 million.

Lin received strong interest as well from the Dallas Mavericks.

Lin spent the previous season with the Los Angeles Lakers.

"Going into my first true free agency as an NBA player this off-season, the one thing that mattered to me the most was finding a team that would be a good fit for me," wrote Lin on Facebook. "I wanted to be on a team where I would be able to play freely and truly play the game I love with joy again. That has always been the most important thing to me. After a LOT of prayer and long discussions with family and friends, I wanted to personally let you guys know I'll be joining the Charlotte Hornets."

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Raptors Agree To Two-Year, $6M Deal With Bismack Biyombo

Jul 4, 2015 2:33 PM

Bismack Biyombo has agreed upon a two-year, $6 million deal with the Toronto Raptors.

Biyombo became an unrestricted free agent when the Charlotte Hornets declined to extend him a qualifying offer after the season.

Biyombo was the seventh overall pick of the 2011 NBA Draft and has been relatively disappointing, but he remains a young player capable of significant improvement.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

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Marco Belinelli To Receive Interest From Warriors, Hornets

Jun 30, 2015 4:52 PM

The Golden State Warriors and Charlotte Hornets are expected to pursue Marco Belinelli.

Belinelli was drafted by the Warriors in 2007.

The Hornet can offer the mid-level exception to Belinelli. 

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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.

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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.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Charlotte To Host 2017 NBA All-Star Game
Charlotte previously hosted the All-Star Game in 1991.

Rick Bonnell/Charlotte Observer

Greg Oden Working Out For Mavericks, Hornets As Part Of Free Agent Camps
Greg Oden worked out for the Hornets on Wednesday and will visit the Mavericks this week, league sources told RealGM.

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Mo Williams Interested In Return To Cavaliers
Mo Williams is seeking a multi-year deal.

Chris Haynes/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Gerald Henderson Picks Up $6M Option For 15-16
Gerald Henderson has exercised his player option for the 2015-16 season.

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Hornets Tried To Trade Stephenson To Clippers During Season
The Hornets tried to execute a similar Lance Stephenson trade with the Clippers last season before Doc Rivers backed out.

Arash Markazi/ESPN

Lance Stephenson Traded To Clippers
The Clippers have acquired Lance Stephenson from the Hornets for Spencer Hawes and Matt Barnes.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Clippers Discuss Deal To Aquire Stephenson From Hornets For Hawes, Barnes
The Clippers are discussing a trade to acquire Lance Stephenson from the Hornets, according to sources.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Al Jefferson Won't Opt For Free Agency
Al Jefferson said in April after the Hornets missed the postseason that he was unlikely to opt out, citing "unfinished business" in Charlotte.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Magic, Kings, Pistons, Hornets Expected To Shop Pick To Accelerate Rebuild
Many of the lottery teams want to trade their pick for a proven player.

Chad Ford/ESPN

Wolves Win 2015 NBA Draft Lottery
The Wolves have won the lottery with the Lakers moving up to No. 2 and the 76ers staying at No. 3.

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Divac, Noel, Bird Among On-Stage Participants For Lottery
The NBA has released the list of on-stage participants for next week's draft lottery.

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Al Jefferson Plans To Exercise $13.5M Option For Next Season
Al Jefferson finished the season averaging 16.6 points and 8.4 rebounds and shooting 48 percent from the field.

Rick Bonnell/Charlotte Observer

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