Hornets Rumors & News

  • Kemba Walker trade: Why dealing star may actually not be so easy for Hornets

    CBS Sports "Two seasons ago, the Charlotte Hornets won 48 games, took the Miami Heat to seven games in their first-round series and looked to be a team on the rise in the Eastern Conference. Now, after failing to make the playoffs in 2016-17, and this season looking like it will send them to the lottery..." January 19

  • Kemba: I'd be 'devastated' if Hornets traded me

    NBC Sports "Around this time last year, Kemba Walker‘s reputation peaked. The season prior, he led Charlotte to its first playoff-game wins since the franchise reemerged as the Bobcats. The Hornets were on pace to make the playoff again, which would have been their first back-to-back postseason appearances..." January 19

  • Hornets Have Tried To Trade Nicolas Batum, Dwight Howard, Marvin Williams, Kidd-Gilchrist

    Real GM Basketball "While the Charlotte Hornets are prepared to trade franchise cornerstone Kemba Walker, they previously made a number of other players available in trade talks. League sources say the Hornets have explored trades involving Nicolas Batum, Dwight Howard, Marvin Williams and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist,..." January 19

  • Pistons 'will look' at entering Kemba Walker sweepstakes

    Detroit Free Press "Kemba Walker would look great in a Detroit Pistons uniform. But is the Charlotte Hornets star point guard worth the price? A person with firsthand knowledge of the situation indicated the Pistons are indeed interested in Walker, who reportedly has been made available by the..." January 19

  • Steve Clifford would be ‘shocked’ if Kemba Walker wanted out

    Clutch Points "In the midst of the news of a potential Kemba Walker trade, Charlotte Hornets head coach Steve Clifford said a week prior to the reports that he would be “shocked” if his point guard wanted out. “I’d be shocked if he didn’t want to be here,” said Clifford, according to Chris Kroeger of..." January 19

  • Sources: Hornets open to trading PG Kemba Walker

    ESPN "Overloaded with bad contracts and untradable assets, the Charlotte Hornets have made All-Star point guard Kemba Walker available in trade discussions, league sources told ESPN. Charlotte has been encouraging teams to make offers and appears eager to discuss attaching Walker to a larger trade in..." January 19

  • Is fighting becoming an issue in the NBA?

    NBC Sports Boston "Three Houston Rockets players entered the Los Angeles Clippers’ training room before being stopped by security but not before a profanity-laced exchange that’s sure to result in fines and possibly some suspensions. Orlando’s Arron Afflalo threw a punch – and barely missed – hitting Minnesota’s..." January 18

  • 1 of Dwight Howard’s 5 Baby Mamas Files For Full Custody To Get Bigger Child Support Checks

    Total Pro Sports "For a guy who has been in the league since he came straight out of high school, Dwight Howard made his mark in the league that hecan produce on and off the court. That production off the court has gifted him five kids with five different women. Unlike many men around the country, he actually..." January 17

  • Kemba Walker trade unlikely due to eligibility for max extension

    Clutch Points "The Charlotte Hornets’ Kemba Walker is eligible for a max contract extension this summer that could keep him with the team for the next few years. In a report from Basketball Insiders’ Steve Kyler, he said that the odds of Walker being traded are very low that it’s not even worth talking..." January 17

  • Could Kemba Walker team up with Andre Drummond on the Pistons?

    Hoops Hype "As the Detroit Pistons faced the Charlotte Hornets on Monday, we saw Kemba Walker and Andre Drummond on the floor together. But could we eventually see these two teams complete a trade that has Walker and Drummond teaming up for Detroit? Tim Bontemps was one of the first to popularize rumors..." January 16

  • Nikola Mirotic, 15 Others Become Trade-Eligible

    Hoops Rumors "Today is January 15, which means that trade restrictions have lifted for most of the rest of the NBA’s 2017 offseason signees. While the majority of those ’17 free agents became trade-eligible on December 15, there was a small subset of free agent signees whose trade ineligibility lasted for..." January 15

  • Steve Clifford Suffered From Sleep Deprivation, Severe Headaches

    SLAM Online "After a month on medical leave, Hornets coach Steve Clifford revealed that he was suffering from severe headaches caused by sleep deprivation. Clifford that that, since stepping away, he’s gotten more sleep and exercise “We did the testing, and the results were… Internally, I was fine. These..." January 14

  • Steve Clifford is back for the Hornets. Here’s what took the coach out of the game.

    Charlotte Observer "Following a medical leave of more than a month, the Charlotte Hornets’ Steve Clifford will return to coach his team starting Tuesday at practice, the Hornets announced Thursday night. The Observer first reported Thursday that Clifford has been cleared to return to work. He has been out since..." January 12

  • Who Are The NBA’s Best And Worst Scorers In The Clutch This Season?

    Dime Magazine "Being “clutch” comes to define a superstar, for better or worse, and it can be hard to shake perception from reality once a reputation is built. Take for example LeBron James, who has become one of the NBA’s best players in crunch time over the past seven or eight seasons but still gets criticized..." January 11

  • Adam Silver on not televising All-Star draft: ‘The goal was to improve the All-Star game’

    Pro Basketball Talk "Early indications the NBA wouldn’t televise the new All-Star draft were met with swift opposition from fans and media. Yet, the league isn’t budging. NBA commissioner Adam Silver, via NBA TV: Should there be a public selection? Now, I get it. Yes, it would be more fun if we had that kind..." January 11

  • Dwight Howard: Playing injured for Lakers 'meant nothing to people'

    Lakers Nation "Lost in the hoopla of Paul George’s homecoming this week was that Dwight Howard also made his return to Staples Center. Of course, it’s understandable, considering the Los Angeles Lakers fan base reveres George and largely despises Howard. And if there was any doubt, fans made that crystal..." January 06

  • With the luxury tax looming, the Charlotte Hornets should trade Kemba Walker

    Washington Post "Kemba Walker is one of the NBA’s fun success stories. After leading Connecticut to a national championship in 2011, Walker became the ninth pick in that year’s draft by the Charlotte Hornets, and he slowly improved to the point that he deservedly was named an all-star last year. With a far..." January 06

  • Why Tanking In Charlotte Isn’t An Option For The Hornets

    Uproxx "What’s an NBA team to do when the calendar hits January and there seem to be only two choices — to tank or not to tank? For the Charlotte Hornets and their 13-23 record so far this season, a decision needs to be made soon. To the casual NBA follower, the obvious answer would be to tank. They’ve..." January 03

  • LaVar Ball is the founder of the NBA, according to Google

    CBS Sports "LaVar Ball just keeps on padding his resume. To ring in the New Year, a Google glitch has everyone turning their heads to answer a common question: Who founded the NBA? For the time being, if users google to find out who the NBA's founder is, it turns up none other than Mr. Ball. Ball, who was..." January 02

  • Meeting held to discuss tensions between refs, players

    ESPN "After Lee Seham, the general counsel for the National Basketball Referees Association, had grown increasingly dissatisfied working with the NBA on contentious issues between game officials and players, he called the players association's executive director, Michele Roberts: Let's get together and..." December 21

  • Charlotte Hornets’ season has cratered. Just what is Plan B?

    Charlotte Observer "It is time for Charlotte Hornets management to contemplate a new path, because the 2017-18 season is in a crater. The Hornets are 11-20, about six games out of even qualifying to be road kill for the Boston Celtics or Cleveland Cavaliers in the first round of the playoffs. It isn’t just the..." December 21

  • Charlotte's Forthcoming Kemba Walker Decision

    Real GM Basketball "Two years ago, the Charlotte Hornets were on the rise. The team had just won 48 games, earned a playoff berth and had a group of intriguing prospects to go with solid, prime-age vets flanking the always improving (and eventual All-Star) Kemba Walker. But after a forgettable 16-17 campaign and slow..." December 16

  • Rumor: Hornets tried to trade for Jimmy Butler last spring

    Clutch Points "It appears that the Charlotte Hornets once attempted to make a big blockbuster trade last year, but fell short. The Hornets have struggled this year due to injuries, and their draft picks in recent years haven’t panned out. They once had hope to get better, but that hope seems all but lost, per..." December 15

  • Scottie Pippen: LeBron James ‘Probably Ahead’ of Michael Jordan

    SLAM Online "LeBron James, statistically-speaking, is “probably ahead” of Michael Jordan, according to Scottie Pippen. Pip concedes that MJ has the edge in terms of MVPs—to say nothing of NBA championships—but says James’ numbers are superior. LeBron turns 33 this month, and he’s putting up staggering..." December 15

  • Eight NBA players who have a real chance to be involved in trade rumors soon

    CBS Sports "Dec. 15 is known by many fans as the unofficial start to NBA trade rumor season. It's the day that players who signed new contracts in free agency can be traded by the team they signed with. Is that big target from the offseason not working out well? Put him on the block and see what's out there...." December 15

  • Rick Pitino blocked Hornets’ plan to move to Louisville

    Clutch Points "Former Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino killed more dreams than just those associated with college basketball fans who thought he was on the up and up. Pitino, along with former Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich, reportedly blocked an attempt by the Charlotte Hornets to move to..." December 15

  • Pitino once helped shoot down attempt to move Hornets to Louisville

    Bloomberg "The first basketball practice was just days away, and in Louisville the expectations were high. Although the University of Louisville Cardinals had lost several top players, they had an influx of new talent, especially Brian Bowen, a highly regarded prospect from Saginaw, Mich. In the preseason..." December 14

  • Who's on the hot seat? Evaluating job security of every NBA coach

    Sporting News "When Phoenix gave the pink slip to Earl Watson in October, it ended a remarkable stretch of NBA coaching stability. Before the move to replace Watson, it had been a year-and-a-half since the league last had a coach get fired. Since then, we’ve already had another firing, a stunner that saw..." December 12

  • Hornets’ center Cody Zeller out six weeks following knee surgery

    Pro Basketball Talk "Charlotte just cannot get over the injury bug this season, and we found out last week it had struck again. Now we know how severe the damage is, as first reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN (and since confirmed by the team). Ouch. Zeller has been solid off the bench behind Dwight..." December 11

  • Hornets’ Nic Batum on severity of elbow pain: ‘I can’t be myself’

    Charlotte Observer "Charlotte Hornets guard Nic Batum is constantly aggravating his left elbow injury, and it is significantly affecting his performance. Batum detailed the situation in an exclusive interview with the Observer Saturday, following the Hornets’ 110-99 home loss to the Los Angeles Lakers. Batum..." December 11

  • MJ held meeting with Hornets players

    Charlotte Observer "When the team owner is also a basketball icon, things can be a bit more hands-on for the Charlotte Hornets. Owner Michael Jordan met with the players before Saturday’s game with the Los Angeles Lakers, looking for answers to what’s ailing this roster. The Hornets lost six of seven heading into..." December 10

  • Hornets' Cody Zeller: Out indefinitely with torn meniscus

    CBS Sports "Zeller has been diagnosed with a torn medial meniscus in his left knee and is out indefinitely. Zeller suffered the injury during Wednesday's game against the Warriors. It was originally being labeled a strain, but tests have revealed a more serious injury. Zeller's role has taken a hit this..." December 07

  • Report: NBA to establish G-League franchise in Mexico as soon as possible

    Larry Brown Sports "In an effort to expand its product internationally, the NBA is reportedly starting a G-League franchise south of the border. Marc Stein of the New York Times reported on Thursday that the NBA intends to “move quickly” to establish a team in Mexico, with play potentially beginning as early as..." December 07

  • Steve Clifford steps away from Hornets indefinitely to address health

    Fanrag Sports "Charlotte Hornets head coach Steve Clifford will be stepping away from the team to address his health, according to the team. There is no timetable for his return. Out of respect for Clifford’s privacy, the Hornets are withholding details about his situation and will not make any further..." December 06

  • NBA's TV viewership up 32%, highest since 2010-2011 season

    USA Today "Whether it was this summer’s unprecedented player movement or the NBA’s abundance of intriguing story lines, the league's television ratings are up substantially from last season. Between ESPN, TNT and NBA TV, the league’s viewership is up 32% this season and averaging 1.4 million viewers..." December 05

  • The NBA Has Been Making Behind The Scenes Moves For The Legalization Of Sports Gambling

    Uproxx "The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments for Christie v. NCAA on Monday, better known as the sports betting legalization case. Gambling, particularly on sports, was once taboo, but has now become part of the sports fan’s lexicon and a ubiquitous presence around sports coverage. A look at..." December 04

  • Ex-Bull Ben Gordon arrested for felony robbery — report

    Chicago Sun-Times "Gordon was arrested Monday for felony robbery at the Los Angeles apartment complex where he once lived, according to a TMZ report. From TMZ: Law enforcement sources tell us … the 34-year-old went to the apartment complex where he used to live in an effort to get his security deposit back...." November 28

  • Why is Hornets rookie Malik Monk sitting more than playing? It’s not punishment.

    Charlotte Observer "Someone approached Charlotte Hornets coach Steve Clifford recently, asking what it will take for rookie Malik Monk to escape the doghouse. Clifford says no doghouse exists: He likes Monk’s potential, envisioning a bright future for the former Kentucky guard. But the future isn’t the present...." November 28

  • Hornets' Nicolas Batum: Will start Saturday

    CBS Sports "Batum (elbow) will draw the start for Saturday's matchup against the Spurs. Batum was questionable heading into the contest with a left elbow bruise -- the same elbow that caused him to miss the first 12 games of the year." November 25

  • Howard fined $35K for another lewd gesture

    Bleacher Report "The NBA announced Saturday it fined Charlotte Hornets center Dwight Howard $35,000 for making an obscene gesture on the court during Friday's 100-99 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers. The incident occurred with 4:25 remaining in the second quarter and the game tied at 46 at Quicken Loans Arena in..." November 25

  • Nic Batum Escapes Long-Term Injury After Aggravating Elbow

    Real GM Basketball "Nic Batum aggravated his elbow injury this week but it won't impact him long-term this season. Batum missed the first six weeks of the season. "In a pin-down, I got caught (on the arm) again. That hurt a little bit, but it’s not torn again, so I’m pretty pumped," Batum said. " November 24

  • The latest on Charlotte Hornet Nic Batum’s elbow re-injury

    Charlotte Observer "While there has not yet been a definitive projection, it does not appear Charlotte Hornet Nic Batum’s latest left elbow injury threatens his season. Batum doesn’t feel the re-injury, which caused him to miss the second half Wednesday against the Washington Wizards, is as bad as the original..." November 23

  • 25 Players Still On Non-Guaranteed 2017/18 Salaries

    Hoops Rumors "There are 25 players around the NBA playing on 2017/18 salaries that aren’t yet fully guaranteed. While having those salaries guaranteed will be a mere formality for some players, others may be at risk of losing their roster spot with decision day nearing. If teams keep non-guaranteed players..." November 23

  • However this season goes, Hornets coach Steve Clifford true to his convictions

    Charlotte Observer "Of course, Charlotte Hornets coach Steve Clifford was upset Friday about losing a sixth consecutive game, particularly so early in the season. However, what really concerned him was not recognizing the group the Hornets assembled for this season. To use Clifford’s word, they lacked an..." November 19

  • Report: NFL Owners Asked Adam Silver About Becoming Commissioner

    SLAM Online "NFL owners reportedly reached out to Adam Silver to gauge his interest in succeeding Roger Goodell as commissioner of the league. According to ESPN’s Don Van Natta Jr and Seth Wickersham, Silver immediately declined. [NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell] knows that there’s no clear successor,..." November 17

  • Adam Silver, Michele Roberts Meet with Commission to Discuss One-and-Done Rule

    Bleacher Report "The NBA could be one step closer to changing its heavily debated "one-and-done" rule. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and NBPA executive director Michele Roberts met with the Commission on College Basketball Thursday to discuss possible changes. There is..." November 17

  • NBA Players Increasingly Switching To Plant-Based Diet

    Real GM Basketball "Kyrie Irving, Damian Lillard, Wilson Chandler, Al Jefferson, Garrett Temple, Enes Kanter, JaVale McGee and Jahlil Okafor have all made a switch to a vegan or vegetarian diet over the past year or so. "Been on more of a plant-based diet, getting away from the animals and all that," Irving told..." November 15

  • Nicolas Batum will start against Cavaliers

    247 Sports "The Charlotte Hornets are getting one of their starters back for their game against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Forward Nicolas Batum hasn't suited up yet this season. However, Batum will start against the Cavaliers when the two teams take the floor on Wednesday night. Batum suffered a torn..." November 15

  • USA Basketball Announces Roster For First World Cup Qualifiers

    Hoops Rumors "USA Basketball has announced its 12-man roster for the first round of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Americas Qualifiers, bringing back four members of the squad that won gold earlier this year in FIBA’s AmeriCup tournament. Here’s Team USA’s full 12-man roster: Semaj Christon, PG..." November 14

  • How did Charlotte Hornets guard Nic Batum do in his 1st full scrimmage back?

    Charlotte Observer "Nic Batum has yet to play a regular-season game this season, but Sunday his Charlotte Hornets teammates got a long look at what they’ve missed. For the first time since tearing a ligament in his left elbow Oct. 4, Batum went full-court 5-on-5 scrimmage in practice. All went well, and if there..." November 13