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Gordon Likely To Return This Week

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.”

Via Jimmy Smith/Times-Picayune

Griffin Finds Retribution Against Hornets With Hard Foul On Ariza

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."

Via Broderick Turner/Los Angeles Times

Henry Learned Importance Of Being Aggressive From D-League Stint

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.

Via John Reid/Times-Picayune

Jason Smith Suspended Two Games For Foul On Griffin

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.’’

Via John Reid/Times-Picayune

Kaman Preferred Heavy Minutes, Usage Than Playing For Contender

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.

Via Marc Stein/ESPN

Hornets Claim Chris Johnson Off Waivers

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.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Armor Reacquire Jeff Foote

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.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Hornets Assign Xavier Henry To Iowa Energy Of D-League

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.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Warriors Could Have Dealt Rush, Kwame For Kaman

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.

Via Ric Bucher/ESPN

Hornets Reach Agreement With Louisiana On Lease Through 2024

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.

Via Jimmy Smith/Times-Picayune

New Orleans Pelicans Archives

Hornets Were Interested In Brandon Jennings

The Hornets intend to re-sign Eric Gordon and like the idea of pairing him with Brandon Jennings.

Lacob Backs Warriors Off Ellis To Magic Trade Talks

Orlando attempted to piece together a three-team deal for Monta Ellis, including efforts with the Bucks and Hornets.

Three-Team Ellis To Magic Trade Being Discussed

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.

Hornets Considering Extension For Kaman

The Hornets are still making Chris Kaman available in trade talks with the Rockets, Warriors, Heat, Pacers and Celtics among those interested.

Jeff Foote Signs With Hornets

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.

Hornets Expected To Sign Jeff Foote

Jeff Foote, a 7-foot center out of Cornell, has been playing for the Springfield Armor of the D-League.

Hornets Likely To Sign Solomon Jones For Remainder Of Season

With Emeka Okafor out indefinitely and Chris Kaman on the block, the Hornets have minutes available for Solomon Jones.

Nets, Hornets Most Injured Teams; Suns, Jazz, Kings Amongst Least

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.

Kaman Has No Preference On Trade

Chris Kaman is playing solid basketball over the past few weeks, but sources say the Hornets remain open to trading him.

Jason Smith Still Suffering From Concussion Symptoms

Jason Smith said on Friday that he is still experiencing concussion-related symptoms.

Hornets Like Jack's Experience With Second Unit

The Hornets have been using Jarrett Jack off the bench to bring stability to an inexperienced second unit.
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