Mar 28, 2012 2:11 PM EDT
Eric Gordon should return to game action at some point during the Hornets' current road trip.
Gordon underwent arthroscopic knee surgery on Feb. 14 to remove cartilage and other debris.
Gordon has increased the intensity of his workouts in recent weeks.
“I’ve been working out hard, like I wasn’t injured,” Gordon said. “At this point, it’s almost to the point where I should be getting back to play very soon.”
Mar 27, 2012 10:12 AM EDT
Blake Griffin delivered a hard foul on Trevor Ariza in Monday's game between the Clippers and Hornets, which was called a flagrant 1 foul.
Griffin was knocked to the ground last week by Jason Smith and he appeared to seek retribution in this return matchup. Smith did not play due to suspension.
"Man, I get fouled 10 times harder than that and they call a regular foul," said Griffin. "That wasn't a flagrant foul. I'm going to appeal that one."
Griffin glared at the Hornets' bench following the foul.
"Yeah, I walked back because they stood up like it was going to be something," Griffin said. "There was nothing, man, and you can publish that."
Mar 24, 2012 1:42 PM EDT
The Hornets were hoping Xavier Henry's D-League stint would make him more aggressive offensively, seeking to attack the defense off the dribble.
“Playing with those guys made me realize that, OK, I’ve just got to be aggressive,’’ Henry said. “When I came back, I wanted to be confident so I could really show my game instead of sitting back and letting the game come to me. I just had to go out there and push the issue.’’
Henry has scored more than 10 points in his past two games, the first time accomplishing the feat this season.
Mar 24, 2012 1:39 PM EDT
Jason Smith received a two-game suspension for his flagrant foul 2 against Blake Griffin in Thursday's game.
Smith will miss Saturday's game against the Spurs and Monday's game against the Clippers.
“We have to play them a couple of more times, so I apologized to him,’’ said Smith on Thursday. “Obviously, the Clippers are a very high-octane offense playing at the rim. Blake and DeAndre Jordan are incredible athletes, but we just wanted to come out there and play aggressive and not back down.
“But it’s just one of those things that we had to be mentally tough when they got an ESPN highlight. You’ve got to move on from that play and go to next one.’’
Mar 24, 2012 12:11 PM EDT
Chris Kaman didn't seek a buyout following the deadline because sources say he was more interested in keeping his minutes and usage high with the Hornets as he enters free agency.
If Kaman had reached a buyout with the Hornets, Miami would have been at the top of his list.
Kaman is in the final season of his current contract.
Mar 20, 2012 12:03 PM EDT
The New Orleans Hornets have claimed Chris Johnson off waivers.
Johnson was waived by the Portland Trail Blazers on Mar. 15.
Johnson played collegiately at LSU.
Mar 19, 2012 4:02 PM EDT
The Springfield Armor have reacquired center Jeff Foote.
Foote (7-0, 265, Cornell) returns to the Armor after earning his first-career Call-Up with the New Orleans Hornets. He made his NBA debut on March 9 against the Denver Nuggets, scoring 4 points and grabbing 4 rebounds in 23 minutes off the Hornets’ bench. In four games with New Orleans, Foote averaged 1.0 points and 1.5 rebounds in 9.8 minutes.
Mar 18, 2012 8:09 PM EDT
The New Orleans Hornets have assigned Xavier Henry to the Iowa Energy of the NBA Development League.
Henry is in his second NBA season after being selected 12th overall by the Grizzlies in the 2010 NBA Draft out of the University of Kansas. He has appeared in 24 games for New Orleans this season, averaging 5.0 points and 1.9 rebounds.
Mar 16, 2012 3:40 PM EDT
The Warriors could have traded Brandon Rush, Kwame Brown and a second round pick to the Hornets for Chris Kaman, according to Ric Bucher while on KNBR Radio.
Golden State could have then had a chance to evaluate how Kaman played with a core of Monta Ellis, Stephen Curry and David Lee.
The Warriors instead traded Monta Ellis in a deal for Andrew Bogut.
Mar 16, 2012 1:13 PM EDT
Governor Bobby Jindal will announce that the State of Louisiana has reached an agreement in principle to keep the Hornets in New Orleans through at least 2024 with no escape clause, multiple sources confirmed.
There is also an NBA guarantee that another All-Star Game will be hosted.
The new lease will eliminate attendance benchmarks that could have triggered an escape clause in previous deals.
Terms of the lease will be accepted by a new owner when the NBA sells the team.
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The Hornets intend to re-sign Eric Gordon and like the idea of pairing him with Brandon Jennings.
Orlando attempted to piece together a three-team deal for Monta Ellis, including efforts with the Bucks and Hornets.
Two sources confirm the Magic are discussing a three-team trade involving the Warriors and Hornets that would send Monta Ellis, Andris Biedrins and Dorell Wright to Orlando.
The Hornets are still making Chris Kaman available in trade talks with the Rockets, Warriors, Heat, Pacers and Celtics among those interested.
Jeff Foote has played in 29 games (28 starts) for the Armor this season, averaging 14.8 points (55.1 FG%), 8.6 rebounds and 1.1 blocks.
Jeff Foote, a 7-foot center out of Cornell, has been playing for the Springfield Armor of the D-League.
With Emeka Okafor out indefinitely and Chris Kaman on the block, the Hornets have minutes available for Solomon Jones.
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The Nets, Hornets and Timberwolves have had the most players miss games due to injury this season, followed by the Bobcats, Knicks, Grizzlies and Raptors.
Chris Kaman is playing solid basketball over the past few weeks, but sources say the Hornets remain open to trading him.
Jason Smith said on Friday that he is still experiencing concussion-related symptoms.
The Hornets have been using Jarrett Jack off the bench to bring stability to an inexperienced second unit.
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