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Hornets Have Tried To Trade Nicolas Batum, Dwight Howard, Marvin Williams, Kidd-Gilchrist

Jan 19, 2018 10:08 AM

While the Charlotte Hornets are prepared to trade franchise cornerstone Kemba Walker, they previously made a number of other players available in trade talks.

League sources say the Hornets have explored trades involving Nicolas Batum, Dwight Howard, Marvin Williams and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, but there was little interest from rival teams.

Batum is owed $100 million over four seasons while Howard has $47 million over two years, and Williams is owed $42 million over three years. Kidd-Gilchrist has $39 million over three years on his rookie scale extension.

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Kemba Walker Made Available In Trade Talks By Hornets

Jan 19, 2018 10:02 AM

The Charlotte Hornets are open to trading Kemba Walker ahead of this year's trade deadline.

The Hornets are looking to attach some of their bad contracts along with Walker, who earns just $12 million per season through 18-19.

Charlotte views a trade of Walker as a reset of the franchise.

The Hornets are currently 11th in the Eastern Conference.

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Hornets Attempted To Acquire Jimmy Butler From Bulls

Dec 15, 2017 10:25 AM

The Charlotte Hornets attempted to engage the Chicago Bulls last spring on a trade for Jimmy Butler.

Sources say the Bulls had no interest in anything the Hornets could offer for Butler.

Chicago ultimately traded Butler to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and a pick swap that led to Lauri Markkanen. 

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Cody Zeller Out Six Weeks With Meniscus Surgery

Dec 11, 2017 5:38 PM

Cody Zeller will be out approximately six weeks due to surgery to repair a torn meniscus. 

Zeller suffered the injury last Wednesday.

Zeller is averaging 7.2 points and 5.4 rebounds in 19.9 minutes per game for the Hornets.

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Cody Zeller Out Indefinitely With Torn Left Meniscus

Dec 8, 2017 3:10 PM

Cody Zeller is out indefinitely with a torn meniscus in his left knee.

Zeller suffered the injury during the third quarter of Charlotte's loss on Wednesday to the Warriors.

The Hornets are still debating Zeller's treatment options.

Frank Kaminsky also suffered an ankle injury during the game and is day-to-day.


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Steve Clifford Out Indefinitely With Undisclosed Health Issue

Dec 6, 2017 9:52 AM

The Charlotte Hornets announced today that Steve Clifford will be away from the team for the immediate future to address his health.

There is no timetable for Clifford's return.

Hornets Associate Head Coach Stephen Silas will serve as acting head coach. 

Clifford underwent a heart procedure in 2013 shortly after he was hired as head coach.

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Dwight Howard Fined $35,000 For Obscene Gesture

Nov 26, 2017 10:53 AM

Dwight Howard has been fined $35,000 for making an obscene gesture on the playing court. 

The incident occurred with 4:25 remaining in the 2nd quarter of the Hornets’ 100-99 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday, Nov. 24 at Quicken Loans Arena.

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Nic Batum Escapes Long-Term Injury After Aggravating Elbow

Nov 24, 2017 12:24 PM

Nic Batum aggravated his elbow injury this week but it won't impact him long-term this season.

Batum missed the first six weeks of the season.

"In a pin-down, I got caught (on the arm) again. That hurt a little bit, but it’s not torn again, so I’m pretty pumped," Batum said.

Batum and the Hornets’ medical staff consulted with the Dallas-based specialist who supervised Batum’s non-surgical rehab from the original injury.

"I was kind of scared the last 24 hours. We’d played so well the last two games, and I was finding my way on the court, learning the new guys."

Rick Bonnell/Charlotte Observer

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Dwight Howard Fined $25,000 For Obscene Gesture Towards Fan

Nov 7, 2017 4:12 PM

Dwight Howard has been fined $25,000 for making an obscene gesture toward a fan.

The incident occurred with 1:15 remaining in the 2nd quarter of the Hornets’ 112-94 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday, Nov. 5 at Target Center.

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Nic Batum Won't Need To Undergo Surgery On Elbow

Oct 10, 2017 9:01 AM

Nic Batum will not need to undergo surgery on the torn ligament in his left elbow.

The Charlotte Hornets announced the injury as needing at least six to eight weeks to recover. 

Batum and the Hornets were optimistic he wouldn't need season-ending surgery.

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Nic Batum Likely Out 2-3 Months After Tearing Ligament In Elbow
Nic Batum will receive second opinions to determine whether he needs surgery.

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RealGM Radio: East Over-Unders With Arturo Galletti
Host Danny Leroux and Arturo Galletti continue their annual tradition of breaking down the over/under lines for the Eastern Conference.

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Dwight Howard: I Never Recovered From Dwightmare Period
Dwight Howard's future with the Magic and long dragged out exit dominated the NBA landscape in 2012 and he feels like the period has continued to plague his career five years later.

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Hornets Bring Back Classic Teal, Purple Pinstripe Uniforms As 'Classic Edition'
The uniforms were originally designed by clothing designer Alexander Julien.

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Hornets Will Still Start Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
There has been some support amongst fans for the Hornets to start Malik Monk over Michael Kidd-Gilchrist due to his superior shooting.

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Malik Monk Still Impacted By 'Significant' Ankle Injury
Malik Monk was forced to miss Summer League due to an ankle sprain.

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Michael Carter-Williams Underwent PRP Surgery In Both Knees
Steve Clifford said Michael Carter-Williams isn't cleared to work out with teammates on the court.

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Hornets To Hire Eddie Jordan As Assistant Coach
Eddie Jordan will fill the void of Bob Weiss, who recently left the Hornets for the Nuggets.

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RealGM Radio: Southeast Division With Mike Prada, Adi Joseph
Host Danny Leroux, Mike Prada of SB Nation and Adi Joseph of For The Win break down the Southeast Division.

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Hornets To Sign Julyan Stone To Two-Year Deal
The second year of Julyan Stone's deal will have a guaranteed trigger date.

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Julyan Stone Expected To Sign With Hornets
The Hornets have been looking for a third point guard at the veteran's minimum.

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Hornets Sign Marcus Paige, Mangok Mathiang To Two-Way Contracts
Marcus Paige and Mangok Mathiang will play primarily for the G-League Greensboro Swarm next season.

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Hornets Promote Buzz Peterson To Assistant GM
Buzz Peterson's promotion to Assistant General Manager comes after serving last season as the Senior Advisor to Basketball Operations.

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Michael Carter-Williams Agrees To Sign With Hornets On One-Year, $2.7M Deal
Michael Carter-Williams has agreed to sign with the Hornets.

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Carter-Williams Receiving Interest From Rockets, Knicks, Thunder, Pelicans, Hornets
Michael Carter-Williams received a call from the Rockets as free agency opened.

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Malik Monk Likely Out For Summer League With Sprained Left Ankle
Malik Monk's rehab is expected to last two to four weeks.

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Kemba Walker Wins Sportsmanship Award
Previous recipients include Mike Conley Jr., Kyle Korver, Jason Kidd, Stephen Curry and Grant Hill.

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Hornets Acquire Dwight Howard From Hawks
Dwight Howard signed with the Hawks during the 2016 offseason.

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Adam Silver Defends Awarding ASG To Charlotte Amid Criticism From LGBTQ Groups
After taking a public stand against North Carolina's discriminatory "bathroom bill" by moving the 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte to New Orleans, the NBA has already announced its return for the 2019 game.

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2019 NBA All-Star Game To Be Played In Charlotte
The 2017 game was scheduled to be played in Charlotte but the NBA moved it to New Orleans following North Carolina's passing of HB2.

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