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Hornets Agree To Sign Isaiah Wilkins To Camp Deal

Jul 21, 2018 6:02 PM

The Charlotte Hornets have agreed to sign Isaiah Wilkins to a camp deal.

Wilkins went undrafted out of Virginia. Wilkins was the ACC Defensive Player of the Year.

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Kemba Walker Planning On Remaining With Hornets For Long Time

Jul 16, 2018 2:22 PM

Kemba Walker is entering the final season of his contract earning $12 million.

Walker was asked if he could see himself going to New York in his 2019 free agency.

“As far as seeing me in New York, I doubt it,” Walker replied. “I’m a Hornet, and I’m planning on being a Hornet for a long time, so, yeah, I’m not sure about that (New York)."

At a basketball camp last week, Walker was asked by a camper if he might leave the Charlotte Hornets.

“I’m not planning to leave, no,” Walker replied. “It’s not up to me right now.”


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Malik Monk Out 6-8 Weeks With Fractured Right Thumb

Jul 8, 2018 12:08 PM

Malik Monk will miss the rest of Summer League with a fractured right thumb.

The Hornets said Monk will be re-evaluated in six-to-eight weeks. He suffered the injury during Friday's game.

Monk averaged 6.7 points in 63 games as a rookie with the Charlotte Hornets.


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Hornets, Magic, Bulls Agree Upon Three-Team Trade

Jul 7, 2018 9:11 PM

The Charlotte Hornets, Chicago Bulls and Orlando Magic have agreed upon a three-team trade.

The Hornets will trade Timofey Mozgov to the Magic and Julyan Stone to the Bulls. Bismack Biyombo will be moved from the Magic to the Hornets. Biyombo began his career with Charlotte.

Orlando will also acquire Jerian Grant.

The Hornets acquired Mozgov in the Dwight Howard trade.

If Chicago waives Stone, the trade clears Grant and creates a $2.6 million trade exception, according to Albert Nahmad. The Bulls have up to $29 million in cap room before LaVine is officially matched if Sean Kilpatrick and Paul Zipser are waived.

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Tony Parker Disputes Way Relationship With Kawhi Leonard Has Been Portrayed

Jul 6, 2018 8:17 PM

Tony Parker spoke about the way his relationship with Kawhi Leonard has been portrayed as part of the reason why Leonard wants a trade from the San Antonio Spurs this offseason.

Leonard and Parker both had quad injuries last offseason.

“I have no problem with Kawhi Leonard. We never had an argument,” Parker said. “When the journalist asked me if my injury was worse than Kawhi’s, I said yes because it was true. But that didn’t lessen the significance of his injury. He took over the franchise and I gave up the torch of the franchise willingly.

“It’s very sad that the media took one quote and made it sound like I didn’t want to play with him. He was the face of the franchise.”

Parker signed with the Charlotte Hornets this offseason.

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Tags: Kawhi Leonard, Tony Parker, Charlotte Hornets, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, NBA Injury

Warriors Internally Rejected Idea Of Signing Dwight Howard

Jul 4, 2018 11:22 AM

While DeMarcus Cousins has been a difficult personality at certain points in his career, the Golden State Warriors internally made clear that they preferred to add him as a teammate than Dwight Howard.

Draymond Green, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson played with Cousins on the 2016 Olympics team, while Curry played with him on the 2014 World Cup team.

"I've heard and haven't reported this, and maybe this will get aggregated," said Tim Kawakami on The Lowe Post. "I really heard this. It's better than Dwight Howard. Dwight Howard was a 'no'. That was a 'no' in a lot of precincts of the Warriors. Flat out 'no'. And so DeMarcus Cousins against that backdrop is a thumbs up.

"Draymond clearly a 'yes' (on Cousins). Durant probably a 'yes'. Curry probably. The guys who knew him. Maybe others, we'll see.

"Dwight Howard was a 'no'. Let's not do that. 

"Dwight's older but he's more healthy and obviously incredibly talent. That was not going to happen."

Kawakami added that he perceived the situation as the decision to rule out Howard made Cousins an easier risk to take on.

Howard ultimately agreed to sign with the Washington Wizards.

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Hornets Decline To Tender Qualifying Offer To Treveon Graham

Jun 29, 2018 10:09 AM

The Charlotte Hornets won't tender a qualifying offer to Treveon Graham.

Graham will become an unrestricted free agent.

The Hornets already have considerable depth at small forward.

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Hornets Still Want To Build Around Kemba Walker

Jun 23, 2018 11:31 AM

Kemba Walker is entering the final season of his contract with the Charlotte Hornets but the team publicly says they remain committed to building around him.

Mitch Kupchak said he and Michael jordan consider Walker "the focal point of this franchise going forward."

Walker cannot sign an extension with the Hornets before he becomes a free agent in 2019 due to cap issues.

"I think everybody is aware of the situation, if you follow basketball a little bit, it is unique that he is on an extension that may make it a challenge going forward to figure out before he becomes a free agent," Kupchak said.

Walker is making just $12 million this season.

"I don't think it is anybody's goal to lose him in free agency," Kupchak said. "But going forward, in the community, in the franchise, this is a player that we hope is with us -- not only for the next couple of years, but ends his career here."


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2018 NBA Draft: Full Results

Jun 21, 2018 7:37 PM

The 2018 NBA Draft is underway in Brooklyn.

1. Phoenix Suns: Deandre Ayton 

2. Sacramento Kings: Marvin Bagley

3. Dallas Mavericks (via Atlanta): Luka Doncic

4. Memphis Grizzlies: Jaren Jackson Jr.

5. Atlanta Hawks (via Dallas): Trae Young

6. Orlando Magic: Mohamed Bamba

7. Chicago Bulls: Wendell Carter Jr.

8. Cleveland Cavaliers (from Brooklyn): Collin Sexton

9. New York Knicks: Kevin Knox

10. Phoenix Suns (via Philadelphia): Mikal Bridges

11. Los Angeles Clippers (from Charlotte: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

12. Charlotte Hornets (from Detroit via Clippers): Miles Bridges 

13. Los Angeles Clippers: Jerome Robinson

14. Denver Nuggets: Michael Porter Jr.

15. Washinton Wizards: Troy Brown

16. Philadelphia 76ers (from Phoenix/Miami): Zhaire Smith

17. Milwaukee Bucks: Donte DiVincenzo

18. San Antonio Spurs: Lonnie Walker

19. Atlanta Hawks (from Minnesota): Kevin Huerter

20. Minnesota Timberwolves (from Oklahoma City): Josh Okogie

21. Utah Jazz: Grayson Allen

22. Chicago Bulls (from New Orleans): Chandler Hutchison

23. Indiana Pacers: Aaron Holiday

24. Portland Trail Blazers: Anfernee Simons

25. Los Angeles Lakers (from Cleveland): Moritz Wagner

26. Philadelphia 76ers: Landry Shamet

27. Boston Celtics: Robert Williams

28. Golden State Warriors: Jacob Evans

29. Brooklyn Nets (from Toronto): Dzanan Musa

30. Atlanta Hawks (from Houston): Omari Spellman

Second Round

31. Phoenix Suns: Elie Okobo

32. Memphis Grizzlies: Jevon Carter

33. Dallas Mavericks: Jalen Brunson

34. Charlotte Hornets: Devonte Graham

35. Orlando Magic: Melvin Frazier

36. New York Knicks: Mitchell Robinson

37. Portland Trail Blazers (via Sacramento): Gary Trent Jr.

38. Detroit Pistons (via Philadelphia): Khyri Thomas

39. Los Angeles Lakers (via Philadelphia): Isaac Bonga

40. Brooklyn Nets: Rodions Kurucs

41. Denver Nuggets (via Orlando): Jarred Vanderbilt

42. Detroit Pistons: Bruce Brown

43. Orlando Magic (via Denver): Justin Jackson

44. Washington Wizards: Issuf Sanon

45. Charlotte Hornets (via Brooklyn): Hamidou Diallo

46. Houston Rockets: De'Anthony Melton

47. Los Angeles Lakers: Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk

48. Minnesota Timberwolves: Keita Bates-Diop

49. San Antonio Spurs: Chimezie Metu

50. Indiana Pacers: Alize Johnson

51. New Orleans Pelicans: Tony Carr

52. Houston Rockets (via Utah): Vince Edwards

53. Oklahoma City Thunder: Devon Hall

54. Philadelphia 76ers (via Dallas): Shake Milton 

55. Charlotte Hornets: Arnoldas Kulboka

56. Dallas Mavericks: Ray Spalding

57. Oklahoma City Thunder: Kevin Hervey

58. Denver Nuggets: Thomas Welsh

59. Phoenix Suns: George King

60. Dallas Mavericks: Kostas Antetokounmpo

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Dwight Howard Traded By Hornets To Nets For Timofey Mozgov, Two 2nd Rounders

Jun 20, 2018 10:32 AM

The Brooklyn Nets have acquired Dwight Howard from the Charlotte Hornets for Timofey Mozgov, two second round picks and cash.

Charlotte was determined to move Howard this offseason. Howard has a $23.8 million expiring contract.

The Hornets will receive the Nets' second-round pick (No. 45) in Thursday's NBA draft and a 2021 second-round pick.

The Nets will save $17 million in 19-20, which will allow them to potentially create two max salary slots.

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Cavaliers Interested In Trading For Kemba Walker
Kemba Walker will be entering the final season of his current contract with the Hornets.

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Hornets Hire Ronald Nored As Assistant Coach
Roland Nored was the head coach last season of the Nets' G League team.

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Hornets Hire Jay Hernandez As Assistant Coach
James Borrego has added Jay Hernandez to his coaching staff.

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Hornets Hire Jay Triano As James Borrego's Top Assistant Coach
Jay Triano finished the 17-18 season as interim head coach for the Suns.

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Suns Win 2018 NBA Draft Lottery, Kings At No. 2, Hawks At No. 3
The 2018 NBA Draft Lottery results will be published here once they are announced.

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ESPN, Netflix Announce 10-Hour Documentary On Michael Jordan
Michael Jordan has signed off on his participation on the project.

The Hollywood Reporter

Hornets Hire James Borrego As Head Coach
James Borrego most recently was an assistant coach with the Spurs.

Rick Bonnell/Charlotte Observer

Jay Larranaga Considered Strong Candidate For Hornets
Jay Larranaga had a long playing career in Europe before going into coaching in 2008.

Rick Bonnell/Charlotte Observer

Hornets Receive Permission From Bulls To Interview Jim Boylen
Jim Boylen has head coaching experience in college with Utah.

K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Ime Udoka To Interview With Magic
Ime Udoka is a candidate for the Magic and Hornets.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Hawks Targeting Several Current Assistants For Head Coaching Vacancy
The Hawks have already assembled a list of potential candidates.

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Hornets To Interview Ime Udoka
Ime Udoka has been an assistant coach with the Spurs since 2012.

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David Fizdale, Ettore Messina To Interview With Hornets
Ettore Messina is currently Gregg Popovich's top assistant coach with the Spurs.

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Jerry Stackhouse To Interview With Hornets, Magic, Knicks
Jerry Stackhouse is currently head coach of Raptors 905 of the G League.

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Hornets Receive Permission To Interview Ettore Messina
Ettore Messina has been an assistant coach with the Spurs since 2014.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Hornets Fire Steve Clifford As Head Coach
Charlotte made the playoffs in 2014 and 2016 under Steve Clifford.

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Hornets Hire Mitch Kupchak As President And General Manager
The Hornets have missed the playoffs each of the past two seasons.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Mitch Kupchak Near Deal With Hornets To Become GM
Mitch Kupchak will become president of basketball operations and general manager.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Hornets Offer General Manager Position To Mitch Kupchak
The Hornets are confident they will soon finalize a contract with Mitch Kupchak.

Marc Stein/New York Times

Kemba Walker Tired Of Not Being In Playoffs
Kemba Walker is building his dream house in Charlotte and wants to remain with the Hornets.

Rick Bonnell/Charlotte Observer