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Kemba Walker Put Himself Back Onto Charlotte's Draft Board With Tourney Play

Mar 14, 2018 6:05 PM

The Charlotte Hornets had crossed Kemba Walker off their draft list but that changed when Michael Jordan watched him play during the Big East Tournament and NCAA Tournament. The Hornets had already drafted D.J. Augustin and he was viewed at the time as their long-term solution at point guard.

Walker led UConn to the national championship in 2011 and Jordan was reminded of himself with his ability to hit clutch shots.

“Michael Jordan fell in love with Kemba because of how great Kemba was in the NCAA tournament, the source said. “Michael’s the greatest competitor of all time. Michael saw a little bit of the competitiveness that he had in Kemba. As good as Connecticut was at that time, they couldn’t have done it if Kemba hadn’t put that team on his back. I think Michael placed such a high value on that.”

Walker was selected ninth overall and he's since become Charlotte's franchise player.

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Michael Carter-Williams Out For Season With Shoulder Injury

Mar 9, 2018 4:12 PM

Michael Carter-Williams will miss the remainder of the season with a posterior labral tear in his left shoulder.

Carter-Williams suffered the injury on March 4th.

Carter-Williams will undergo surgery to address the injury.

The Hornets signed Carter-Williams to a one-year, $2.7 million deal in the offseason. Carter-Williams has appeared in 52 games and is averaging 4.6 points and 2.7 rebounds in 16.1 minutes per game. 

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Hornets To Interview Three Additional GM Candidates

Mar 5, 2018 11:25 PM

The Charlotte Hornets have begun to secure permission to interview candidates for their general manager vacancy.

Mitch Kupchak remains a frontrunner to replace Rich Cho.

Charlotte has received permission to speak with Philadelphia 76ers vice president of player personnel Marc Eversley, Houston Rockets executive vice president of basketball operations Gersson Rosas, and Miami Heat assistant general manager Adam Simon.

Kupchak has a long-standing relationship with Michael Jordan.

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Tags: Charlotte Hornets, Houston Rockets, Miami Heat, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Hornets Expected To Pursue Mitch Kupchak To Replace Rich Cho

Feb 20, 2018 10:41 AM

The Charlotte Hornets have announced they won't bring back Rich Cho as general manager next season on a new contract.

The Hornets plan on pursuing Mitch Kupchak to partner in the front office with assistant general manager Buzz Peterson.

Kupchak and Peterson both played collegiately at North Carolina.

The Hornets hired Cho as general manager in 2011. Cho was previously general manager of the Portland Trail Blazers.

The Lakers parted ways with Kupchak last February as Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka took over the front office.

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Tags: Charlotte Hornets, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Kemba Walker Replaces Kristaps Porzingis In All-Star Game

Feb 8, 2018 5:40 PM

Kemba Walker has been named the injury replacement on the All-Star team to Kristaps Porzingis.

Porzingis is out for the season with a torn ACL.

Walker is averaging 22.7 points, 3.4 rebounds and 5.8 assists in 35.0 minutes per game this season for the Hornets.

Walker was also an All-Star during the 16-17 season.

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Cavaliers Continue To Seek Kemba Walker Trade

Feb 8, 2018 11:57 AM

The Cleveland Cavaliers remain interested in a trade for Kemba Walker but there is no traction at this point.

While the Charlotte Hornets have been willing to listen to trade offers on Walker, they have been reluctant to part with him unless they're overwhelmed by the package.

The Hornets would like salary cap relief as part of any trade for Walker.

The Cavaliers are also considering a trade for DeAndre Jordan.

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Knicks Trade Willy Hernangomez To Hornets

Feb 7, 2018 11:25 AM

The New York Knicks and Charlotte Hornets have agreed to a trade of Willy Hernangomez for Johnny O'Bryant and two second round picks.

The Hornets will send their own second rounders in 2020 and 2021 in the deal.

Hernangomez fell out of the Knicks' rotation this season.

Hernangomez recently requested a trade from the Knicks.

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Forbes Values Average NBA Franchise At $1.65 Billion

Feb 7, 2018 10:47 AM

The New York Knicks remain the NBA's most valuable franchise for the third straight season, according to Forbes' annual report.

The Knicks are valued at $3.6 billion, which is an increase of nine percent from 2017.

The Los Angeles Lakers rank second at $3.3 billion, an increase of 10 percent.

The Golden State Warriors, Chicago Bulls and Boston Celtics round out the top-5.

The average NBA franchise is now worth a record $1.65 billion, up 22% over last year, and more than triple the figure of five years ago. 

Every NBA team is valued at $1 billion or more for the first time in league history.

“Investor interest in the NBA is enormous right now,” said Forbes’ senior editor Kurt Badenhausen, “thanks to the league’s strong current economic environment, as well as the international growth prospects, which are the best of any major U.S. sports league.”

1. Knicks: $3.6 billion (+9%)
2. Lakers: $3.3 billion (+10%)
3. Warriors: $3.1 billion (+19%)
4. Bulls: $2.6 billion (+4%)
5. Celtics: $2.5 billion (+14%)
6. Nets: $2.3 billion (+28%)
7. Rockets: $2.2 billion (+33%)
8. Clippers: $2.15 billion (+7%)
9. Mavericks: $1.9 billion (+31%)
10. Heat: $1.7 billion (+26%)
11. Spurs: $1.55 billion (+32%)
12. Raptors: $1.4 billion (+24%)
13. Kings: $1.375 billion (+28%)
14. Wizards: $1.35 billion (+35%)
15. Cavaliers: $1.325 billion (+10%)
16. Blazers: $1.3 billion (+24%)
17. Suns: $1.28 billion (+16%)
18. Thunder: $1.25 billion (+22%)
19. Magic: $1.225 billion (+33%)
20. Jazz: $1.2 billion (+32%)
21. 76ers: $1.18 billion (+48%)
22. Pacers: $1.175 billion (+34%)
23. Hawks: $1.15 billion (+30%)
24. Nuggets: $1.125 billion (+26%)
25. Pistons: $1.1 billion (+22%)
26. Bucks: $1.075 billion (+37%)
27. Wolves: $1.06 billion (+38%)
28. Hornets: $1.05 billion (+35%)
29. Grizzlies: $1.025 billion (+30%)
30. Pelicans: $1 billion (+33%)


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Hornets Have Interest In Mitch Kupchak

Feb 6, 2018 1:26 PM

Rich Cho is in the final season of his contract as general manager of the Charlotte Hornets.

Cho became general manager of the Hornets in 2011 after a brief stint with the Blazers.

Mitch Kupchak is believed to be a favorite among high-ranking officials to take over for Cho next summer.

Kupchak worked for the Lakers' front office for several decades and was let go last February.

Kupchak attended North Carolina and was the ACC Player of the Year in 1976.

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Tags: Charlotte Hornets, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Cavs, Hornets Have Discussed Kemba Walker Trade

Feb 5, 2018 9:15 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers and Charlotte Hornets have had at least vague discussions centered upon a trade of Kemba Walker and Nicolas Batum for Isaiah Thomas, Brooklyn's first round pick and approximately $25 million in outgoing salary.

The Hornets would likely have to take both Tristan Thompson and J.R. Smith.

The Hornets have interest in trading Walker, who will be a free agent in 2019.

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Michael Jordan Explained Hornets' Position On Trade To Kemba Walker
Michael Jordan told Kemba Walker the Hornets are not predisposed to moving him.

Rick Bonnell/Charlotte Observer

Hornets Have Tried To Trade Nicolas Batum, Dwight Howard, Marvin Williams, Kidd-Gilchrist
Nicolas Batum is owed $100 million over four seasons.

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Kemba Walker Made Available In Trade Talks By Hornets
Charlotte views a trade of Kemba Walker as a reset of the franchise.

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Hornets Attempted To Acquire Jimmy Butler From Bulls
The Bulls had no interest in anything the Hornets could offer for Jimmy Butler.

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Cody Zeller Out Six Weeks With Meniscus Surgery
Cody 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
The Hornets are still debating Cody Zeller's treatment options.


Steve Clifford Out Indefinitely With Undisclosed Health Issue
Stephen Silas will serve as acting head coach while Steve Clifford is out.

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Dwight Howard Fined $35,000 For Obscene Gesture
Dwight Howard committed the obscene gesture in Cleveland.

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Nic Batum Escapes Long-Term Injury After Aggravating Elbow
Nic Batum aggravated his elbow injury this week but it won't impact him long-term this season.

Rick Bonnell/Charlotte Observer

Dwight Howard Fined $25,000 For Obscene Gesture Towards Fan
Dwight Howard has been fined $25,000 for making an obscene gesture toward a fan.

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Nic Batum Won't Need To Undergo Surgery On Elbow
Nic Batum and the Hornets were optimistic he wouldn't need season-ending surgery.

Rick Bonnell/Charlotte Observer

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.

Rick Bonnell/Charlotte Observer

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

Rick Bonnell/Charlotte Observer

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.

Rick Bonnell/Charlotte Observer

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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