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Knicks, Nets, Mavs, Hornets Could Conceivably Be Interested In Kobe

The New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets, Dallas Mavericks and possibly Charlotte Hornets are all teams that could be interested in Kobe Bryant, according to ESPN's Chad Ford.

The Los Angeles Lakers lost Julius Randle for the entire season on opening night and are expected to struggle to make the playoffs. The Lakers also get to keep their 2015 first round pick if it is in the top-5.

The Knicks are an especially interesting possibility due to his connection to Phil Jackson, Derek Fisher and Carmelo Anthony.

The Knicks could include young players like Iman Shumpert and/or Tim Hardaway Jr., along with a 2015 first rounder and they also have the expiring contracts of Amar'e Stoudemire and Andrea Bargnani.

"I don't think Mitch has much choice but to find ways to lose," one GM told ESPN. "They're going to be bad anyway. You don't want to be just good enough that you lose the pick and still miss the playoffs. I don't think they have the assets to get good enough to make the playoffs and I don't think they have the [expletive] to trade Kobe. It's paradoxical, but right now losing seems like the only way to really get better."

Bryant's contract expires after the 15-16 NBA season.

Via Chad Ford/ESPN

Horents Exercise Rookie Options On Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Cody Zeller

The Charlotte Hornets have exercised their fourth-year option on forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and its third-year option on forward Cody Zeller.

“We are excited to keep both of these young talents as part of our core for another season,” Rich Cho said in a statement.  “We have been very pleased with their improvement and look forward to seeing them continue to grow alongside the great group of guys we have in our locker room.” 

The second overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, Kidd-Gilchrist has played in 140 career games over two seasons in Charlotte, averaging 8.2 points and 5.6 rebounds in 25.2 minutes.

The fourth overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, Zeller played in all 82 games of his rookie season, averaging 6.0 points and 4.3 rebounds in 17.3 minutes, earning Second Team All-Rookie honors.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Jordan Admired How Stephenson 'Takes On Challenges'

Michael Jordan believes Lance Stephenson could be the missing piece for the Charlotte Hornets to take the next step as a championship contender.

"One of the reasons why I admire his game is he takes on challenges," Jordan said Tuesday. "For us to get any place in the East, we need someone to challenge LeBron. He challenged LeBron."

Stephenson has vowed "to calm down and be more focused."

Jordan will give Stephenson some freedom to be himself.

"If I feel like he's going the wrong way, that is when I will step in, like most parents do, and say, 'Look you need to focus on this and think about that,'" Jordan said.

Via AP

Kemba Walker Agrees To Four-Year, $48M Extension With Hornets

Kemba Walker has agreed to a four-year, $48 million contract extension with the Charlotte Hornets, according to sources.

Walker was the 9th overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft out of UConn.

Walker has averaged 17.7 points per game in each of the past two seasons, while his rebound and assist totals increased.

Via Marc Stein/ESPN

Hornets Waive Justin Cobbs, Dallas Lauderdale, Brian Qvale

The Charlotte Hornets have waived guard Justin Cobbs, forward Dallas Lauderdale and center Brian Qvale. 

The Hornets roster currently stands at 15 players.

Cobbs saw action in two preseason games, averaging 1.0 point and 1.0 rebound in 4.5 minutes.  Lauderdale and Qvale each appeared in one preseason game, seeing 3:13 worth of action.

Via RealGM Staff Report

RealGM Radio: Arturo Galletti On NBA Season Over-Unders

In this two-part episode, host Daniel Leroux (@DannyLeroux) and Arturo Galletti of BoxScoreGeeks.com (@ArturoGalletti) go through the over-unders for all 30 NBA teams for the 14-15 season. 

Timestamps for the discussion on each team:

Part One

Atlanta Hawks (40.5 wins)- 

2:10

Boston Celtics (26.5 wins)- 

6:13

Brooklyn Nets (41.5 wins)- 

8:58

Charlotte Hornets (45.5 wins)- 

14:35

Chicago Bulls (55.5 wins)- 

16:58

Cleveland Cavaliers (58.5 wins)- 

25:23

Dallas Mavericks (49.5 wins)- 

33:15

Denver Nuggets (40.5 wins)- 

38:36

Detroit Pistons (36.5 wins)- 

43:05

Golden State Warriors (50.5 wins)- 

48:09

Houston Rockets (49.5 wins)- 

54:25

Indiana Pacers (32.5 wins)- 

1:00:46

Los Angeles Clippers (55.5 wins)- 

1:06:32

Los Angeles Lakers (31.5 wins)- 

1:12:07

Memphis Grizzlies (48.5 wins)- 

1:17:25

Miami Heat (43.5 wins)- 

1:21:13

Lightning Round

1:25:43

Click here to listen or download Part 1 

Part Two

Milwaukee Bucks (24.5 wins)- 

1:20

Minnesota Timberwolves (25.5 wins)- 

4:30

New Orleans Pelicans (41.5 wins)- 

9:25

New York Knicks (40.5 wins)- 

14:15

Oklahoma City Thunder (57.5 wins)- 

22:12

Orlando Magic (28.5 wins)- 

28:50

Philadelphia 76ers (15.5 wins)- 

34:52

Phoenix Suns (42.5 wins)- 

40:11

Portland Trail Blazers (48.5 wins)- 

44:01

Sacramento Kings (30.5 wins)- 

46:46

San Antonio Spurs (56.5 wins)- 

49:31

Toronto Raptors (49.5 wins)- 

54:49

Utah Jazz (25.5 wins)- 

58:26

Washington Wizards (49.5 wins)- 

1:01:20

Other bets on the board-

Click here to listen or download Part 2

You can also click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Michael Jordan Disagrees With Players' Preference For Shorter Regular Season

Michael Jordan, owner of the Charlotte Hornets, was shocked and a bit bewildered to hear LeBron James and Dirk Nowitzki suggest on Wednesday that they would like to see the NBA shorten its regular season from 82 games.

"I love both of those guys but as an owner who played the game, I loved playing,'' Jordan said. "If I wasn't playing 82 games, I still would've been playing somewhere else because that's the love for the game I had. As a player, I never thought 82 games was an issue.

"But if that's what they want to do, we as owners and players can evaluate it and talk about it. But we'd make less money as partners. Are they ready to give up money to play fewer games? That's the question because you can't make the same amount of money playing fewer games.''

James and Nowitzki both believed players would benefit from shorter seasons, while Nowitzki suggested a season in the mid-60s.

Jordan also disagreed with the experiment of shortening individual games by four minutes. The NBA presented the 44-minute game to the owners as an idea but not something that the league is seriously considering instituting.

"I would never shorten the game by four minutes,'' said Jordan, "unless guys were having physical issues.

"It's not like football. We don't really have to worry about concussions and some of the physical damage that football players deal with after they retire. I can understand football players wanting to play fewer games from a physical standpoint. But basketball's not the same. I'm not diminishing the fact that we go through a grueling season. But I wouldn't want to shorten the game or play 15-20 fewer games.''

Via Chris Broussard/ESPN

RealGM Radio: On The Southeast Division With Galletti, Minton

In this episode, host Daniel Leroux (@DannyLeroux) breaks down the Southeast Division with Arturo Galletti (@ArturoGalletti) and Patrick Minton (@nbageek) of BoxScoreGeeks.com. 

They talk in-depth about the major offseasons for the Heat and Hornets. as well as small but important summers for the Wizards, Hawks and Magic, talk about their favorite moves and preview the upcoming season.

Click here to listen or download

You can also click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Marvin Williams Makes Peace With Shooting, Defending Role

Marvin Williams was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2005 NBA Draft, but the forward has made peace with his stretch-four and defending role in the league.

“I’m not going to do anything I’m not comfortable doing or capable of doing,” Williams said.

“There comes a point when you have to accept who you are, not who you think you are. You don’t want to tell people what they can and cannot be, but at some point in your career you have to see who you really are.”

Williams made 84 three-pointers on 35.9 percent accuracy last season with the Utah Jazz.

The Charlotte Hornets signed Williams as a free agent due to his abilities on both ends of the floor.

“Marvin is a very good defender, both individual defense – pick-and-roll defense – and he’s got the reaction (time) to play good team defense,” Clifford said.

“He’s a smart player – when he’s open, he shoots; when he’s not, he passes.”

Via Rick Bonnell/Charlotte Observer
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