Charlotte Hornets WiretapDecember 2010 Charlotte Hornets Wiretap

Bobcats Warming To Augustin Under Silas

Dec 31, 2010 3:46 PM

The Bobcats had been looking to trade D.J. Augustin, but owner Michael Jordan has backed off that stance, according to league sources.

Charlotte had discussions with the Clippers and Trail Blazers when Larry Brown was coach.

However, interim coach Paul Silas likes Augustin and will allow the team to play faster and looser, which suits the young point guard's style.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: D.J. Augustin, Charlotte Hornets, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor

Ewing Confirms He Spoke To Jordan About Charlotte Job

Dec 31, 2010 9:47 AM

Patrick Ewing has confirmed that he had conversations with Michael Jordan about replacing Larry Brown as Charlotte's head coach.

He did not say if he was offered the job.

"I talk to Michael all the time, so there definitely was a phone call," Ewing said. "It depends on what we talked about."

Paul Silas was eventually named Bobcats coach.

"My aspirations have never changed," Ewing said of getting a head-coaching job. "We have two more years on our contract, so I'm happy."

New York Daily News

Tags: Patrick Ewing, Charlotte Hornets, Orlando Magic, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Research Shows Little Support For Bobcats To Change Name

Dec 31, 2010 9:38 AM

Changing their name isn't a widespread concern for the Bobcats, based on the team's market research.

Pete Guelli, who heads the franchise's marketing, told the Charlotte Observer that the team's recent market study showed no support for a name change.

Some fans have expressed a desire for a change.

Charlotte Observer

Tags: Charlotte Hornets, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Bulls Won't Acquire Jackson, Mayo; Will Stand Pat

Dec 31, 2010 9:36 AM

There have been a number of rumors about the Bulls looking to upgrade their talent at shooting guard, but they'll stand pat at the position for the time being.

Chicago has been linked to Stephen Jackson and O.J. Mayo, but they'll continue to rely on Keith Bogans, Ronnie Brewer and Kyle Korver.

The Bulls were engaged in talks recently, but nothing is imminent or likely, according to an NBA source.

They don't want to mortgage their future by making a move.

Chicago Sun-Times

Tags: Kyle Korver, Keith Bogans, Ronnie Brewer, Stephen Jackson, O.J. Mayo, Charlotte Hornets, Chicago Bulls, Memphis Grizzlies, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor

Jordan Buys $3.15M Penthouse In Charlotte

Dec 28, 2010 7:33 AM

Michael Jordan has purchased two top-floor penthouses, which he'll combine and then install a private elevator.

Jordan purchased the property in Charlotte last week for $3.15 million, according to the Charlotte Observer.

"Hotel life is starting to get a little tiresome," Jordan told the newspaper. "I need to start planting some roots. I need a place where I can bring a bunch of my clothes. There's nothing like having your own place to relax."

Jordan's new home is about two blocks from Time Warner Cable Arena.

Chicago Sun-Times

Tags: Charlotte Hornets, NBA

Rockets Have Spoken To Kings, Bobcats About Yao

Dec 28, 2010 7:23 AM

The Rockets have discussed Yao Ming with the Kings and Bobcats, according to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reported on Monday afternoon that Houston was shopping the All-Star center.

Sacramento has the sort of young talent that Houston would seek as part of any deal, while Charlotte would likely have to include coveted draft picks in addition to players.

The Kings are against trading rookie DeMarcus Cousins, despite concerns about his character and the team's rough start.

Nothing is imminent, with a trade much more likely around February's deadline.

Jonathan Feigen/Houston Chronicle

Tags: Charlotte Hornets, Houston Rockets, Sacramento Kings, NBA

Bobcats Could Offer Diaw To Magic

Dec 27, 2010 5:38 PM

The Bobcats may try to gain cap relief by offering Boris Diaw to the Magic in exchange for the expiring contract of Jason Richardson.

Diaw has a $9 million player option for next season, while Richardson's $14.4 million deal will come off the books this summer.

Gary Washburn/Boston Globe

Tags: Charlotte Hornets, Orlando Magic, NBA

McMillan Could Become Candidate For Bobcats

Dec 27, 2010 8:51 AM

Nate McMillan's contract expires after this season and Marc Stein of writes that he could be a long-term option for the Bobcats if he doesn't re-sign with the Trail Blazers.

Charlotte hired Paul Silas as their interim coach after Larry Brown stepped down last week.

Marc Stein/

Tags: Charlotte Hornets, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA

Bobcats Didn't See Coaching Change Coming

Dec 24, 2010 12:22 PM

Gerald Wallace was trying to do some Christmas shopping when he was informed that Larry Brown had stepped down as the coach of the Bobcats.

"It was a surprise to me. It's something you totally didn't see coming," Wallace said.

Charlotte has struggled to begin the season, opening with a 9-19 record despite playoff aspirations.

"I'm surprised it wasn't a call for me going someplace else," guard Stephen Jackson said. "We were playing so bad I knew something was going to happen."

Both Jackson and Wallace praised Brown for the work he did individually with both players.

"We're definitely going to miss coach Brown, but we have to take just as much blame as anybody for not playing well and causing coach Brown to leave," Jackson said.

Charlotte Observer

Tags: Charlotte Hornets, NBA

Silas Brings Son From Warriors To Join Staff

Dec 23, 2010 7:15 PM

Stephen Silas, son of Paul Silas, has accepted a position as the top assistant coach of the Charlotte Bobcats.

Silas had been assistant coach of the Warriors for five seasons.

"He said he wanted me to come with him and 'I couldn't do it without you,' " the younger Silas said. "And it wasn't like it used to be ? I can't do it without you because I need you around. Now it's 'I can't do it without you because of how good of a coach you are.' That feels good to hear your dad say that. It's hard to turn that down."

Silas may return to the Warriors if the elder Silas doesn't remain as head coach of the Bobcats next season.

Mercury News

Tags: Charlotte Hornets, Golden State Warriors, NBA

Bobcats, Blazers Discuss Wallace Trade

Gerald Wallace and D.J. Augustin have been discussed in a trade scenario involving Marcus Camby and Andre Miller.


Silas To Install Up-Tempo Offense
New Charlotte head coach Paul Silas wants his team to play an up-tempo offense.


Silas Named Interim Head Coach Of Charlotte
The Bobcats have hired Paul Silas as their interim head coach, replacing Larry Brown.

RealGM Staff Report

Bobcats Consider Dealing For Baron Davis
Baron Davis could reunite with the city of Charlotte and former Golden State teammate Stephen Jackson.

Yahoo! Sports

Silas Is Top Candidate To Replace Brown
Michael Jordan may be close to hiring Paul Silas as Charlotte's new coach.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Brown Steps Down As Bobcats Coach
Larry Brown and the Bobcats have mutually decided to part ways.

Washington Post

Bobcats Examine Trade Value Of Jackson, Wallace

The Bobcats are exploring the trade value of several of its players, including Stephen Jackson and Gerald Wallace.

Charlotte Observer

Bobcats May Have Genuine Interest In Hamilton

Chad Ford reports that Detroit has been close to moving Richard Hamilton on a few occasions.

Chad Ford/

Bobcats Pushing To Get Carmelo?

Michael Jordan thinks acquiring Carmelo Anthony would save Charlotte's season.

Chris Sheridan/

Bobcats Assign Collins To D-League

Charlotte Bobcats guard Sherron Collins was assigned to the Maine Red Claws.

Press Release

Bobcats Keep Karl From 1,000th Win
George Karl says he definitely would have remembered his 1,000th win if it came in North Carolina against Larry Brown.


Stephen Jackson Apologizes For Outburst

Stephen Jackson was suspended for Wednesday's loss to the Hornets after failing to leave the court in a timely manner over the weekend.


Jordan Denies Involvement In LeBron Video

Michael Jordan denied having any involvement in a video mocking LeBron James that has gone viral.

Yahoo! Sports