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Hornets Promote Buzz Peterson To Assistant GM

Jul 6, 2017 11:03 AM

The Charlotte Hornets have named Buzz Peterson Assistant General Manager.

“Throughout his tenure with our organization, Buzz has been an integral part of all aspects of our basketball operations department, with a focus on scouting and player evaluation,” Cho said. “He brings a wide breadth of basketball knowledge to the position, having been involved in the game at various levels for close to three decades. I’m excited to be working more closely with Buzz in his new role and look forward to his continued contributions to our basketball team.”

Peterson’s promotion to Assistant General Manager comes after serving last season as the Senior Advisor to Basketball Operations. 

During his time with the franchise, Peterson has been involved in various aspects of basketball operations, including pro personnel evaluation, NBA free agency, collegiate scouting and the NBA Draft process.

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Michael Carter-Williams Agrees To Sign With Hornets On One-Year, $2.7M Deal

Jul 1, 2017 6:15 PM

Michael Carter-Williams has agreed to sign with the Charlotte Hornets on a one-year, $2.7 million deal.

The Chicago Bulls did not tender the qualifying offer to Carter-Williams, which made him an unrestricted free agent.

Carter-Williams was the NBA Rookie of the Year in 2014, but was traded by the Philadelphia 76ers during his second NBA season and again by the Milwaukee Bucks before the 16-17 season.

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Carter-Williams Receiving Interest From Rockets, Knicks, Thunder, Pelicans, Hornets

Jul 1, 2017 10:59 AM

Michael Carter-Williams is receiving interest from the Houston Rockets, New York Knicks, Oklahoma City Thunder, Dallas Mavericks, New Orleans Pelicans and Charlotte Hornets.

Carter-Williams received a call from the Rockets as free agency opened.

The Chicago Bulls declined to tender a qualifying offer to Carter-Williams.

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Malik Monk Likely Out For Summer League With Sprained Left Ankle

Jun 27, 2017 11:19 AM

The Charlotte Hornets announced that Malik Monk will miss the Hornets Summer League Training Camp in Charlotte and is doubtful to participate in the team’s games at the Orlando Pro Summer League with a sprained left ankle suffered during the draft workout process.

Monk’s rehab is expected to last two to four weeks and he is expected to be ready to participate in training camp prior to the start of the regular season.

The 6-3 guard was selected 11th overall in the 2017 NBA Draft by the Charlotte Hornets. Monk led the SEC in total points scored (754), three-pointers made (104) and three-point field goal percentage (.397, 104-of-262) during the 2016-17 season. In his lone season at Kentucky, he ranked second among NCAA freshman in scoring average (19.8), totaling 36 games with double-figure scoring, including 19 games of 20-or-more points and four games with 30-or-more. In his freshman season, the Lepanto, Ark. Native brought home 2016-17 All-American Second Team honors, the 2016-17 Jerry West Award, 2016-17 SEC Player of the Year, 2016-17 SEC Freshman of the Year, and 2016-17 All-SEC First Team honors.

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Kemba Walker Wins Sportsmanship Award

Jun 26, 2017 10:02 PM

Kemba Walker has been named the recipient of the 16-17 Sportsmanship Award.

Previous recipients include Mike Conley Jr., Kyle Korver, Jason Kidd, Stephen Curry and Grant Hill.

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Hornets Acquire Dwight Howard From Hawks

Jun 20, 2017 9:01 PM

The Charlotte Hornets have agreed to acquire Dwight Howard from the Atlanta Hawks.

Howard signed with the Hawks during the 2016 offseason on a three-year, $70.5 million deal.

Howard was already frustrated with his role with the Hawks at the end of his first season.

The Hawks hired Travis Schlenk to be general manager this offseason.

Adrian Wojnarowski reports the Hawks will receive Miles Plumlee, Marco Belinelli and the 41st overall pick for Howard and the 31st pick.

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Adam Silver Defends Awarding ASG To Charlotte Amid Criticism From LGBTQ Groups

Jun 2, 2017 12:02 AM

After taking a public stand against North Carolina's discriminatory "bathroom bill" by moving the 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte to New Orleans, the NBA has already announced its return for the 2019 game.

The move drew criticism from a number of respected advocates on LGBT issues.

"There wasn’t a burning issue," said Adam Silver when asked by ESPN's Kevin Arnovitz. "The situation we had in Charlotte is of course we had already awarded the All-Star Game for 2018, and it was a function of the years. At the time we moved the All-Star Game, we had said to the legislative leaders that we will consider coming back in 2019 if you change the law."

Silver was asked by Arnovitz a follow-up on whether he feels like the law was changed sufficiently.

"Well, that’s a great question. The law was changed. Sufficient is a tough — the answer is yes, I felt that they made incremental progress. And I felt in part related to my response to the last question, I think there is a role that the league can play in demonstrating what equality looks like to a community. I think there that a new governor came in, certainly he made the request directly to us that if they could make progress with the legislature, would we be willing to bring the game back.

"I think to your point that trying to measure precisely whether it was enough progress, we ultimately felt it was. I respect those who feel we may have made the wrong decision, but I disagree factually for those who say that the change in the law was not an improvement, or some even said was worse. The fact is that under the change in the law in North Carolina, birth certificates were no longer required to use restrooms, and it also permitted us to take our All-Star Game to Charlotte and set a set of rules, a set of principles in which we were going to operate under in that state.

"Again, these are close calls for the league, but I think ultimately it’s that expression that sport imitates life. I think sometimes life can imitate sport. And I think that we can be in a position where we go in and say, this is what it looks like to operate under a set of egalitarian principles, and this is what it looks like to be nondiscriminatory, in this case against the LGBTQ community. And my hope is by setting that example, we can unify people and that the state will follow."

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2019 NBA All-Star Game To Be Played In Charlotte

May 24, 2017 10:41 AM

The NBA is finalizing a deal to bring the 2019 All-Star Game to Charlotte.

The 2017 game was scheduled to be played in Charlotte but the NBA moved it to New Orleans following North Carolina's passing of HB2. 

The 2018 All-Star Game will be held in Los Angeles.

“We have decided to award NBA All-Star 2019 to Charlotte based on this deep connection and the belief that we can honor our shared values of equality and inclusion, and we are excited to bring the All-Star Game back to Charlotte for the first time in 28 years," said Adam Silver.

“While we understand the concerns of those who say the repeal of HB2 did not go far enough, we believe the recent legislation eliminates the most egregious aspects of the prior law. Additionally, it allows us to work with the leadership of the Hornets organization to apply a set of equality principles to ensure that every All-Star event will proceed with open access and anti-discrimination policies. All venues, hotels and businesses we work with during All-Star will adhere to these policies as well.

“Sports have a long history of helping to change attitudes around important social issues. We believe holding our All-Star activities in Charlotte will be a powerful way for the NBA to continue this tradition.”

“The NBA’s decision to return to North Carolina while anti-LGBT laws remain on the books is troubling,” Hudson Taylor, the executive director of Athlete Ally, an organization that aims to put an end to homophobia in sports, said on Wednesday.

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Kemba Walker Undergoes Surgery On Left Knee

May 17, 2017 4:06 PM

Kemba Walker underwent a successful minor arthroscopic procedure on his left knee.

Typical recovery time for Walker’s procedure is approximately six weeks.

In his sixth season in Charlotte, Walker appeared in 79 games averaging a career-high 23.2 points, 5.5 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 1.1 steals in 34.7 minutes per game.  Walker was named to 2017 Eastern Conference All-Star team, the first NBA All-Star appearance of his six-year career.

Walker has appeared in 443 career games (398 starts) for Charlotte averaging 18.4 points, 5.4 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 1.4 steals in 33.9 minutes per game.  Walker was selected by Charlotte with the ninth overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft.

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Hornets To Wear Jordan Brand Next Season

Apr 25, 2017 1:38 PM

The Charlotte Hornets will wear Jordan Brand uniforms next season.

With Nike taking over the NBA's contract from Adidas, the Hornets will be the only team wearing Jordan Brand.

Michael Jordan became controlling owner of the Hornets in 2010.

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Hornets Decline 17-18 Option On Christian Wood
Christian Wood averaged 2.7 points, 2.2 rebounds and 0.5 blocks in 8.2 minutes per game.

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Hornets Pick Up 17-18 Option On Rich Cho
Rich Cho has been general manager of the Hornets since the 11-12 season.

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Patrick Ewing Agrees To Become Head Coach Of Georgetown
Patrick Ewing will immediately assume his duties with the Hoyas and leave the Hornets' coaching staff.

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Patrick Ewing To Interview For Georgetown Job
John Thompson Jr. has been a proponent of hiring Patrick Ewing.

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Kings' 2nd Choice For Head Coach Likely Was Patrick Ewing
Patrick Ewing is currently associate head coach of the Charlotte Hornets and has long sought a head coaching job in the NBA.

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Briante Weber To Sign Two-Year Deal With Hornets
Briante Weber was coming off his second 10-day contract with the Hornets.

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Hornets To Sign Johnny O'Bryant For Remainder Of Season
Johnny O'Bryant had been with the Hornets for two 10-day deals.

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Nicolas Batum To Undergo Brain Scan For Migraines
Sources say it's "a scary period" for Nicolas Batum.

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Briante Weber To Sign 2nd 10-Day Contract With Hornets
Briante Weber was previously on two 10-day contracts with the Warriors.

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Hornets Sign Johnny O'Bryant To 2nd 10-Day Contract
Johnny O'Bryant has played in two games with the Hornets, averaging 8.5 points on 80.0 percent from the field and 3.0 rebounds in 8.5 minutes.

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Briante Weber Agrees To 10-Day Deal With Hornets
The Warriors decided not to re-sign Briante Weber after the expiration of his second 10-day deal in order to sign Jose Calderon.

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Cavs Trade Chris Andersen To Hornets
The Cavaliers have traded the contract of Chris Andersen and cash considerations to the Hornets for a protected second round pick.

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Hornets To Sign Mike Tobey To 2nd 10-Day Contract
Mike Tobey has yet to appear in a game with the Hornets.

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Ramon Sessions Suffers Torn Meniscus
Ramon Sessions complained of discomfort in his knee Friday.

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Hornets To Sign Ray McCallum To 10-Day Contract
Ray McCallum has averaged 18.2 points, 6.0 rebounds and 7.4 assists in 37.9 minutes per game in 30 appearances this season for the Grand Rapids Drive of the D-League.

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Hornets To Sign Mike Tobey To 10-Day Contract
Mike Tobey is averaging 11.0 points and 8.9 rebounds in 26.0 minutes per game this season for the Greensboro Swarm of the D-League.

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Bucks Trade Miles Plumlee To Hornets For Roy Hibbert, Spencer Hawes
The Bucks have agreed to trade Miles Plumlee to the Hornets for Roy Hibbert and Spencer Hawes.

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Aaron Harrison Waived By Hornets
Aaron Harrison has played sparingly for the Hornets with Marco Belinelli and Jeremy Lamb ahead of him on the depth chart.

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Steve Clifford: Marvin Williams Is The NBA's New Prototypical Four Man
Marvin Williams entered the NBA as the second overall pick in the 2005 NBA Draft and while he carved a nice spot as a role player, he never seemed to meet expectations as a superstar.

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Kemba Walker: I Was Nervous As Hell When Batum, Williams Hit Free Agency
Kemba Walker admits he was worried when Nicolas Batum and Marvin Williams became free agents that the Hornets would be unable to keep them.

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