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Bismack Biyombo Exercises $17M Player Option With Hornets For 19-20

Apr 16, 2019 12:59 PM

Bismack Biyombo has exercised his $17 million player option for the 19-20 season.

Biyombo has one season remaining on the four-year, $64 million deal he signed with the Orlando Magic in 2016 after a successful playoff run with the Toronto Raptors.

Biyombo had a 14.4 PER in 54 games during the 18-19 season.

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Kemba Walker Unsure About Future With Hornets

Apr 11, 2019 9:22 PM

Kemba Walker will be a free agent this offseason as he's on the verge of turning 29. Walker has spent his entire career with the Charlotte Hornets, but the team has missed the playoffs each of the past three seasons.

"I have no feeling right now, I don't know," Walker said of his impending decision in free agency this summer. "Honestly, I don't know what to expect. I guess it's a lot of different emotions bottled up into one. I'm not sure. I don't know."

If Walker were to re-sign with the Hornets for max or near-max money, they may not be able to build a competitive team around him.

"I mean, obviously I do want to be competitive because I want to be able to play in the playoffs," Walker said. "So I want to think that would have some influence" on my decision.


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Kemba Walker, Russell Westbrook Named NBA's Players Of The Week

Apr 8, 2019 3:29 PM

Kemba Walker and Russell Westbrook have been named the NBA's Players of the Week for games played between April 1 and 7.

Walker averaged 34.8 points, 6.3 assists and 5.5 rebounds as the Hornets went 3-1.

Westbrook averaged 22.0 points, 17.0 assists and 12.7 rebounds as the Thunder went 3-0.

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Bucks-Hornets To Play NBA's First Ever Regular Season Game In Paris

Mar 28, 2019 8:43 AM

The NBA and beIN SPORTS announced that the Charlotte Hornets and the Milwaukee Bucks will play in the NBA’s first regular-season game in Paris on Friday, January 24, 2020, at the AccorHotels Arena.

The NBA Paris Game 2020 Presented by beIN SPORTS will mark the Hornets’ second game in Paris, having played a preseason game in the French capital in 1994 against the Golden State Warriors. The Hornets’ roster currently features Kemba Walker, Tony Parker (France) and fellow countryman Nicolas Batum.

Opening-night rosters for the 2018-19 NBA season featured nine French players, more than any European country for the 12th consecutive season. 

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Kyrie Irving Says Kemba Walker 'Torches Us Everytime'

Mar 24, 2019 10:43 AM

Kyrie Irving was critical of the Boston Celtics' defense following their 124-117 loss to the Charlotte Hornets. The Hornets came back after being down 112-94 with over 8 minutes left in the game.

Kemba Walker scored 18 of his 36 points in the 4th quarter.

"Down the stretch, try to come in and help as much as possible. We should have probably trapped him a little bit more, like every team does in the league. But we didn't. Torches us every time we play him. So it's no surprise," said Irving.

The Celtics scored just twice in their final 20 possessions.

"This game was over in the beginning of the fourth quarter. We took our foot off the gas pedal, got it to a five-point game and momentum shifted from there," he added.


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Mavs Make Kemba Walker Top Target In Free Agency This Summer

Mar 13, 2019 12:34 AM

The Dallas Mavericks are eyeing Kemba Walker as their top addition in free agency this summer.

Walker, an unrestricted free agent, has repeatedly expressed his desire to stay with the Hornets, although that could be changing. 

Word around the league is that Walker is leaning towards leaving the Hornets, according to Sam Amick.

"At this point, based on scuttlebutt around the league but without direct clarity from his side, it feels like he’s more likely to leave than stay," said Amick in a recent Q-and-A.

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Kemba Walker Considered By Some Around NBA More Likely To Leave Hornets

Mar 8, 2019 8:59 AM

The Charlotte Hornets resisted trade offers at the 2018 deadline and the subsequent offseason on Kemba Walker and he responded by having an All-Star season. Walker will be a free agent and his future with the Hornets is unclear as they struggle to remain in the playoff picture.

Sam Amick of The Athletic suggested many around the league expect Walker to leave the Hornets.

"At this point, based on scuttlebutt around the league but without direct clarity from his side, it feels like he's more likely to leave than stay," wrote Amick.

Walker figures to receive max contract offers this offseason from multiple teams given the amount of cap space on the open market.

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Hornets Not Interested In Discussing Buyout With Frank Kaminsky

Feb 28, 2019 9:25 AM

Frank Kaminsky has sought a buyout before Friday's deadline in order to become playoff eligible with another team.

The Charlotte Hornets, however, have not been interested in discussing a buyout with Kaminsky.

Kaminsky is averaging 5.2 points, 2.4 rebounds and 10.4 minutes per game this season.

Kaminsky will be a restricted free agent this summer.

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Michael Jordan Owns Approximately 90 Percent Of Hornets

Feb 13, 2019 10:43 AM

Michael Jordan owns approximately 90 percent of the Charlotte Hornets with the current estimated value of the team at $1.2 billion.

The NBA approved the purchase of the Hornets by Jordan with just $30 million in cash. The then-Bobcats were valued at $275 million at the time of purchase. The NBA almost certainly would not approve that type of deal today, but the league and global economy were both in a very different place in 2010.

The Hornets have typically operated at a loss, but league documents showed Jordan's fellow owners sent him more than $130 million in revenue assistance between 2012 and 2017.

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Hornets Claim Shelvin Mack Off Waivers

Feb 10, 2019 7:15 PM

The Charlotte Hornets claimed Shelvin Mack off the waiver wire. 

The 29-year-old Mack was released by the Hawks after getting traded from the Grizzlies for Tyler Dorsey on deadline day.

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Hornets Had Interest In Harrison Barnes
Charlotte was only offering its own first round pick if the Mavericks took on money they didn't want.

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Hornets' Deal For Marc Gasol Fell Apart With Last-Minute Haggling
The Hornets were prepared to trade a lottery protected first round pick for Marc Gasol.

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Hornets, Grizzlies Continue To Hold Marc Gasol Talks
The Grizzlies appear to be on the verge of embarking on a rebuild.

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Hornets, Grizzlies Losing Momentum In Completing Marc Gasol Trade
Gasol sat out the Grizzlies game against the Timberwolves on Tuesday night.

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Hornets In Serious Talks With Grizzlies On Marc Gasol
Marc Gasol could become a free agent this offseason.

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Kemba Walker Leaves Game With Strained Neck
James Borrego was optimistic that Walker would be okay following the injury.


Tony Parker Was Told By Popovich He'd Be Spurs' Third String Point Guard
Tony Parker thought he would remain with the Spurs for his entire career.

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Kemba Walker Trusts Mitch Kupchak To Upgrade Hornets' Roster
Walker added that while he talks with Kupchak, he won't have any input on roster decisions ahead of his free agency.


Hornets Desperate to Move Nic Batum, Will Include Frank Kaminsky In Trade
Batum has one year left on his deal, plus a player option for the 2020-21 season.

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Cody Zeller Breaks Right Hand, No Timetable On Return
The 26-year-old Zeller averaged 9.2 points and 6.2 rebounds in 34 starts this season.

Kemba Walker: I Don't Have Any Interest In Coming Back Home To NY Right Now
Kemba Walker has always been linked to the Knicks due to their need at point guard and his ties to the area.

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Kemba Walker Pushed Agent To Accept Charlotte's $10M Per Season Offer In 2014
Kemba Walker never imagined becoming one of the NBA's best shooters.

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Michael Jordan 'Hellbent' On Re-Signing Kemba Walker
Teams around the NBA expect Kemba Walker to re-sign with the Hornets.

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Hornets Hoping To Re-Sign Kemba Walker
Michael Jordan would like to re-sign Kemba Walker this offseason.

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Nikola Jokic, Kemba Walker Named NBA Players Of The Week
Nikola Jokic averaged 26.3 points, 10.3 rebounds, 7.3 assists, 1.67 steals and 1.00 blocks while helping the Nuggets start the season 3-0.

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Hornets Convert Joe Chealey To Two-Way Deal
Joe Chealey went undrafted in 2018 out of Charleston.

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Hornets Announce Basketball Operations Hires
Nate Mitchell, George Rodman, Matt Carroll, Gary Sacks, Kevin Grevey, Anthony Gacona, Quinton Crawford and Alexander Powell have been hired by the Hornets.

RealGM Radio: Arturo Galletti on East Over-Unders
Host Danny Leroux and Arturo Galletti break down the over/unders for the Eastern Conference.

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RealGM Radio: Andrew Sharp, Mike Prada On The Southeast Division
Host Danny Leroux, Mike Prada of SB Nation and Andrew Sharp of Sports Illustrated break down the NBA’s Southeast Division.

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Joe Wolf Named Head Coach Of Greensboro Swarm
Joe Wolf played collegiately at North Carolina.

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