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Tony Parker Was Told By Popovich He'd Be Spurs' Third String Point Guard

Jan 14, 2019 8:01 PM

Tony Parker thought he would remain with the San Antonio Spurs for his entire career, but a June conversation with Gregg Popovich changed the dynamic.

"Pop just told me that I was going to be the third point guard, and I had to think really hard about if I was going to stay," Parker says. "So then I told him I'm not gonna stay. I think they really didn't believe I was gonna leave anyway. I think they thought I'd be like Manu and just stay."

Parker signed with the Charlotte Hornets.

The Spurs lost Dejounte Murray for the season in October, which would have created more minutes for Parker.

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Tags: Tony Parker, Charlotte Hornets, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Kemba Walker Trusts Mitch Kupchak To Upgrade Hornets' Roster

Jan 9, 2019 2:37 AM

Kemba Walker said he trusts Mitch Kupchak's ability to build a team and will not be involved in roster decisions ahead of his impending free agency.  

"That's not my job. I'll leave it up to those guys. We have Mitch now, who's a great guy who's done a great job at building teams over his GM career. And I have a lot of trust in him. So, you know, we talk all the time. Who knows?"

The 28-year-old Walker is averaging a career-high 25.4 points on the season. He would be eligible for a 5-year, $221 million supermax contract if he makes any All-NBA team, wins the MVP, or gets named the Defensive Player of the Year.

Kupchak stated last July that Walker was viewed as a cornerstone of the Hornets moving forward. 

 

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Tags: Kemba Walker, Charlotte Hornets, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Hornets Desperate to Move Nic Batum, Will Include Frank Kaminsky In Trade

Jan 4, 2019 1:50 AM

Desperate to move Nic Batum's contract, the Charlotte Hornets are willing to include Frank Kaminsky in a packaged deal.

The Hornets are paying Batum $24 million this season. Batum has one more year left on his deal, along with a player option worth $27.1 million for the 2020-21 season. He is averaging 8.8 points on the season.

Kaminsky is scoring a career-low 5.6 points in just over 11 minutes per game this year.

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Tags: Nicolas Batum, Charlotte Hornets, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Cody Zeller Breaks Right Hand, No Timetable On Return

Jan 1, 2019 1:26 AM

Cody Zeller suffered a broken right hand during the third quarter of the Charlotte Hornets 125-100 win over the Orlando Magic.

The Hornets gave no timetable for his return.

The 26-year-old Zeller started 34 games for the Hornets this season, averaging 9.2 points and 6.2 rebounds per game. 

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Tags: Cody Zeller, Charlotte Hornets, NBA, NBA Injury

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Kemba Walker: I Don't Have Any Interest In Coming Back Home To NY Right Now

Dec 10, 2018 9:16 AM

Kemba Walker was asked about possibly joining the New York Knicks as a free agent in 2019.

“I don’t have any interest in coming back home — right now,” said Walker.

Walker has always been linked to the Knicks due to their need at point guard and his ties to the area.

“I mean, I’m home. This is where I’m from,” Walker said when asked why he likes playing at the Garden so much. “I’m pretty sure anyone that goes home to play where they’re from, it’s exciting for them. [It’s exciting] for me, when I get a chance to play in front of my family and friends, play in front of the people that know me best.”

Walker previously expounded upon the links to the Knicks over this past summer.

“I’ve been hearing it for years now, the Knicks,” Walker said then. “Every time I come home, it’s ‘When are you coming home to the Knicks?’ MSG is a special place, man. The Knicks are a special team. Of course, I’ve been a Knicks fan growing up, always rooted for the home team. But I really can’t see myself in a Knicks jersey — only because I’ve been in one jersey. I really don’t know.”

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

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Kemba Walker Pushed Agent To Accept Charlotte's $10M Per Season Offer In 2014

Nov 28, 2018 10:29 AM

Kemba Walker entered the NBA without a reliable perimeter jumper, but he has transformed himself into one of the best three-point shooters off the dribble in the league.

Walker shot 30 percent on three-pointers as a rookie and a combined 31.8 percent on threes over his first four seasons.

"I never saw myself playing at this level, and shooting the ball like this," said Walker. "I guess you could say I'm surprised."

"He and Dame [Lillard] are the closest things to Stephen Curry," said James Borrego.

When Walker was negotiating a contract extension in 2014, his agent Jeff Schwartz pushed for $12 million per season. Charlotte's best offer was $10 million per season and as the deadline approached, Walker pushed Schwartz to accept. Walker even threatened to call the Hornets to accept it himself. Charlotte, however, eventually offered a four-year, $48 million extension that was accepted. 

As Walker approaches a pivotal free agency, he talked about his love for Charlotte.

"These guys believed in me," Walker said. "I couldn't care less about big markets. That's not who I am. I want to make this place big. I want to be in the playoffs every year. I want to make Charlotte pop."

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Tags: Kemba Walker, Charlotte Hornets, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Michael Jordan 'Hellbent' On Re-Signing Kemba Walker

Nov 19, 2018 11:26 AM

Kemba Walker will be one of the most prominent free agents on the 2019 market, but the Charlotte Hornets appear to be the heavy favorites to re-sign him.

"Michael Jordan is fully focused and hellbent, really, to re-sign Kemba Walker," said Shams Charania on Stadium.

Charania also reported that teams around the NBA expect Walker to re-sign with the Hornets. Walker, for his part, also is believed to prefer to remain with the Hornets.

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Tags: Kemba Walker, Charlotte Hornets, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Hornets Hoping To Re-Sign Kemba Walker

Nov 7, 2018 12:24 PM

The Charlotte Hornets have consistently sent the message to teams that they are committed to contending for a playoff berth with Kemba Walker.

Michael Jordan would like to re-sign Walker this offseason.

Walker is currently in the final season of a four-year, $48 million extension.

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Tags: Kemba Walker, Charlotte Hornets, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Nikola Jokic, Kemba Walker Named NBA Players Of The Week

Oct 22, 2018 4:01 PM

The NBA has announced that Nikola Jokic and Kemba Walker have been named the Players of the Week.

Jokić becomes the first player to win the award in the 2018-19 season and has now earned Western Conference Player of the Week honors three times in his career, doing so twice last season.

Jokić, 23, 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 for the first time since the 2009-10 season. He also shot .632 from the field and .500 from three during this stretch. He became the first player ever to record a 30+ point triple-double on 11 or fewer FG attempts.

During the week, Walker, who led the Hornets to a 2-1 record, ranked first in the NBA in points per game (35.3) and three-point field goals per game (6.3). He also averaged 5.3 assists and 3.0 rebounds per game, and shot .487 percent from the field, .500 percent from the three-point line and .765 percent from the free throw line during the week. Walker’s 41 points on opening night is the only 40-plus point game in the NBA so far this season.

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Tags: Kemba Walker, Nikola Jokic, Charlotte Hornets, Denver Nuggets, NBA, NBA Award

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Hornets Convert Joe Chealey To Two-Way Deal

Oct 13, 2018 1:29 PM

The Charlotte Hornets have converted the contract of Joe Chealey to a two-way deal.

Chealey went undrafted in 2018 out of Charleston.

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Tags: Joe Chealey, Charlotte Hornets, Greensboro Swarm, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, D-League, D-League Teams

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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.

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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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Suns Have Tried To Trade For Damian Lillard, Kemba Walker, Terry Rozier
Kemba Walker and Terry Rozier both project to be free agents in 2019.

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Hornets Waive Mangok Mathiang
Mangok Mathiang averaged 10.8 points, 9.2 rebounds, 1.4 blocks and 1.1 assists in 25.3 minutes per game in the G League.

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Tony Parker Initiated Move To Bench Role
Tony Parker revealed it was his idea to move to the bench to allow Dejounte Murray to start at point guard.

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Hornets Have Tony Parker On $5.25M Non-Guaranteed Deal For 19-20
Tony Parker signed a two-year $10.25 million deal with the Hornets.

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Hornets Agree To Sign Isaiah Wilkins To Camp Deal
Isaiah Wilkins was the ACC Defensive Player of the Year.

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Kemba Walker Planning On Remaining With Hornets For Long Time
Kemba Walker is entering the final season of his contract earning $12 million.

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Malik Monk Out 6-8 Weeks With Fractured Right Thumb
Malik Monk suffered the injury during Friday's game.

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Hornets, Magic, Bulls Agree Upon Three-Team Trade
Timofey Mozgov will go the Magic while the Hornets will acquire Bismack Biyombo.

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Tony Parker Disputes Way Relationship With Kawhi Leonard Has Been Portrayed
Kawhi Leonard and Tony Parker both had quad injuries last offseason.

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Warriors Internally Rejected Idea Of Signing Dwight Howard
The Warriors were clear that they preferred DeMarcus Cousins' personality over Dwight Howard.

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Hornets Decline To Tender Qualifying Offer To Treveon Graham
Treveon Graham will become an unrestricted free agent.

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Hornets Still Want To Build Around Kemba Walker
Kemba Walker cannot sign an extension with the Hornets before he becomes a free agent in 2019 due to cap issues.

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2018 NBA Draft: Full Results
The Suns have selected Deandre Ayton first overall.

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Dwight Howard Traded By Hornets To Nets For Timofey Mozgov, Two 2nd Rounders
Charlotte was determined to move Dwight Howard this offseason.

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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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