Charlotte Hornets Wiretap

LiAngelo Ball Signs Non-Guaranteed Deal With Hornets

Sep 27, 2022 1:33 AM

LiAngelo Ball agreed to a non-guaranteed deal with the Charlotte Hornets, sources told Shams Charania of The Athletic.

Ball appeared in 28 games last season with the Greensboro Swarm. 

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Tags: LiAngelo Ball, Charlotte Hornets, NBA, NBA Misc Official Transaction

Dennis Smith Jr., Hornets Agree To One-Year Deal

Sep 21, 2022 1:52 PM

Dennis Smith Jr. has agreed to a one-year deal with the Charlotte Hornets.

Smith appeared in 37 games with the Portland Trail Blazers last season, averaging 5.6 points, 2.4 rebounds and 3.6 assists in 17.2 minutes.

Smith was the ninth overall pick in the 2017 draft out of NC State.

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Hornets Sign Jalen Crutcher, Anthony Duruji, Jaylen Sims, Isaiah Whaley

Sep 12, 2022 1:51 PM

The Charlotte Hornets have signed a foursome to what are expected to be training camp contracts. Charlotte inked Jalen Crutcher, Anthony Duruji, Jaylen Sims and Isaiah Whaley to deals.

Crutcher attended camp with the Hornets prior to last season. The 6-foot-2 point guard then played for the Greensboro Swarm of the G League. in 33 games, Crutcher averaged 16.2 points and 5.9 assists per game.

Duruji is a 6-foot-7 wing who went undrafted out of Florida. As a senior, Duruji averaged 8.6 points and 4.1 rebounds per game for the Gators.

Sims went undrafted at the 2022 NBA Draft out of UNC Wilmington. The 6-foot-6 wing averaged 16.4 points and 5.8 rebounds per game as a senior for the Seahawks.

The 6-foot-9 Whaley went undrafted out of Connecticut. The big man averaged 7.7 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per game for Huskies as a senior.

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Tags: Jalen Crutcher, Anthony Duruji, Jaylen Sims, Isaiah Whaley, Charlotte Hornets, NBA, NBA Official Signing

RealGM Radio: Nekias Duncan, Mike Prada On The Southeast Division (Sep 2022)

Sep 10, 2022 4:19 AM

Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux), Nekias Duncan of The Dunker Spot podcast and BasketballNews (@NekiasNBA) and Mike Prada of The Athletic and Spaced Out(@MikePradaNBA) break down the NBA’s Southeast Division.

They discuss how the Heat, Wizards, Magic, Hornets and Hawks fared in the off-season, including which teams improved and what moves stood out. The three also predict the season to come, including projected finish, breakout players and rookies they are most excited to see.

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Tags: Atlanta Hawks, Charlotte Hornets, Miami Heat, Orlando Magic, Washington Wizards, NBA, RealGM Radio

Montrezl Harrell Has Felony Charge Reduced To Misdemeanor

Aug 31, 2022 1:31 PM

Montrezl Harrell has had felony charges on trafficking marijuana reduced to possession of marijuana and a misdemeanor. If Harrell remains in good legal standing for the next 12 months, the misdemeanor charge will be removed from the record.

Harrell's legal status has contributed to him remaining a free agent deep into the offseason.

Harrell finished last season with the Charlotte Hornets.C

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Tags: Montrezl Harrell, Charlotte Hornets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Hornets Considering Elfrid Payton, Isaiah Thomas, Kemba Walker For Point Guard Depth

Aug 28, 2022 1:18 PM

The Charlotte Hornets have had a quiet offseason, only adding Mark Williams and re-signing Cody Martin. Charlotte is still on the lookout for point guard depth behind LaMelo Ball, and they're reportedly looking at a couple of familiar faces.

The Hornets have considered re-signing Isaiah Thomas, who finished last season with the team. They've also looked into bringing Kemba Walker back to Charlotte after he's waived by Detroit Pistons.

Charlotte has also added Elfrid Payton to their list of options, per Marc Stein. Payton played in 50 games for the Phoenix Suns last season. The eight-year veteran has also played with the Orlando Magic, New Orleans Pelicans, New York Knicks, in addition to a previous stint with the Suns in 2018.

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Tags: Elfrid Payton, Isaiah Thomas, Kemba Walker, Charlotte Hornets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor

Hornets Are Only Team To Have Never Played On Christmas

Aug 24, 2022 9:10 AM

Christmas Day is the marquee day on the NBA schedule. For one team, playing on Christmas is an experience they're still waiting for.

The Charlotte Hornets are the lone NBA franchise that has never been scheduled to play on Christmas Day. The current iteration of the Hornets has been around since they entered the league as the Charlotte Bobcats in 2004. The franchise also retains the records for the previous Hornets team that played in Charlotte from 1988 through 2002.

Beyond the Hornets, the longest Christmas Day droughts in the NBA belong to the Sacramento Kings (2003), Indiana Pacers (2004) and Detroit Pistons (2005).

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Hornets, Wizards Also Pursuing Trade For Donovan Mitchell

Aug 16, 2022 2:42 PM

While the New York Knicks are widely considered the frontrunners for Donovan Mitchell, the Utah Jazz have received interest from a number of other teams.

Sources tell The Athletic that the Charlotte Hornets and Washington Wizards are among those teams. The Miami Heat have been linked with Mitchell, but they lack the package of future first round picks that Utah appears to prioritize.

The Knicks have considerable more draft capital to offer to the Jazz for Mitchell than virtually any other team in the league.

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Tags: Donovan Mitchell, Charlotte Hornets, New York Knicks, Utah Jazz, Washington Wizards, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Hornets Considering Kemba Walker, Isaiah Thomas

Jul 25, 2022 12:20 PM

The Charlotte Hornets are considering signing Kemba Walker and Isaiah Thomas this offseason.

The Hornets have a need for a backup point guard.

Walker departed the Hornets to sign with the Boston Celtics in 2019. Walker was bought out this offseason by the Detroit Pistons. 

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Tags: Isaiah Thomas, Kemba Walker, Charlotte Hornets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Heat, Raptors, Hornets, Kings, Hawks, Wizards Join Knicks In Pursuit Of Donovan Mitchell

Jul 25, 2022 8:27 AM

The New York Knicks are known to be a suitor for Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell. As many as six other teams have joined the Knicks in pursuit of Mitchell.

The Atlanta Hawks, Charlotte Hornets, Miami Heat, Sacramento Kings, Toronto Raptors and Washington Wizards have all talked Mitchell trades with Utah.

The Jazz are expected to move Mitchell after trading Rudy Gobert began a rebuilding process. New York has been most connected to Utah, as the Knicks can offer a package of young players and up to eight first-round picks in a trade for the All-Star guard.

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Miles Bridges Pleads Not Guilty To 3 Felony Domestic Violence Charges

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Three Felony Domestic Violence Charges Filed Against Miles Bridges


Hornets Didn't Pull $7.9M Qualifying Offer To Miles Bridges

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Hornets' Scottie Lewis Breaks Leg During Summer League Practice


Cody Martin, Hornets Agree To Four-Year, $32M Deal

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Miles Bridges Arrested On Domestic Violence Charge


NBA Free Agency Odds & Betting Guide - Are There Value Bets?

Mark Strotman

Pacers, Grizzlies Linked With Pursuit Of Miles Bridges

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Hornets Exercise $1.9M Team Option For Jalen McDaniels

Steve Clifford Agrees To Become Head Coach Of Hornets

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Steve Clifford Emerges As Candidate For Hornets

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Hornets Trying To Trade Gordon Hayward With One Draft Pick

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Mason Plumlee's Contract Becomes Fully Guaranteed With Hornets

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Mike D'Antoni To Discuss Hornets' Job With Michael Jordan

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Kenny Atkinson's Decision On Hornets Unrelated To Steve Kerr's Future

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Hornets Hesitant To Match Max Offer Sheet On Miles Bridges

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Kenny Atkinson Won't Take Hornets Head Coach Position

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Hornets, Kings Have Interest In Signing Kevon Looney

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Hornets Extend Arena Lease In Charlotte Through 2045

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Montrezl Harrell Facing Up To 5 Years In Prison For Felony Drug Charges