Hornets Rumors & News

  • Hornets promote Eddie Jordan

    Fanrag Sports "The Charlotte Hornets have promoted Eddie Jordan to the role of an assistant coach while also elevating Stephen Silas to the position of associate head coach, the franchise formally announced. Jordan first got a coaching job in the NBA during the 1993-94 campaign, when he was hired as an..." September 22

  • NBA Modifies Closeout, Continuation Rules

    Hoops Rumors "The NBA has decided to re-evaluate how it handles two particular fouling situations, Brian Mahoney of the Associated Press writes, and two players will see their names live on in notoriety as a result. In what can colloquially be referred to as the Zaza Pachulia rule, officials will be granted..." September 22

  • Converse to release shoes made from authentic NBA jerseys

    Sportsnaut "Converse is getting back into the NBA game. We all remember just how big this shoe company was in the 1980s and early 1990s, with multiple stars sporting the iconic brand. Now, as shoe deals and apparel contracts take on a whole new meaning, Converse itself will release sneakers made from..." September 21

  • NBA's hope for draft lottery reform tied to research showing fans hate tanking

    ESPN "The NBA's pursuit of draft lottery reform is rooted in research that "many fans continue to say that so-called tanking is making them less interested in the league," president of league operations Byron Spruell told ESPN. Lottery reform is moving toward a Sept. 28 vote at the NBA's board of..." September 21

  • Charles Barkley Ripped The ‘Babies’ In The NBA That Want More Rest Between Games

    Uproxx "Charles Barkley is on the same side as all the other Olds that once played in the NBA. The latest generation of NBA stars are lazy, lack grit and are just generally whiny, at least that’s what all the retired players think. Barkley reiterated that point on Wednesday when he was asked about players..." September 20

  • What Happened to Superman? How Dwight Howard Lost His Way and Is Trying to Get It Back

    SI "Dwight Howard peers out the living-room window of his condominium on the 25th floor of an apartment building in uptown Atlanta and points south: beyond Buckhead, past the skyline, to a neighborhood by Hartsfield-Jackson airport’s westernmost runways that he can’t see. Every couple months he drives..." September 20

  • Why Charlotte Hornets rookie Malik Monk is still a mystery as training camp nears

    Charlotte Observer "Since Malik Monk was drafted onto the Charlotte Hornets, you haven’t seen him take a shot or dribble through traffic or get into a defensive stance. The left ankle sprain Monk suffered while readying for pre-draft workouts cost him summer league in July and much of a rookie’s normal off-season..." September 20

  • Dwight Howard says he almost retired from the NBA after the 2014-15 season

    SI "Dwight Howard peers out the living-room window of his condominium on the 25th floor of an apartment building in uptown Atlanta and points south: beyond Buckhead, past the skyline, to a neighborhood by Hartsfield-Jackson airport’s westernmost runways that he can’t see. Every couple months he drives..." September 19

  • Bob Delaney will no longer oversee NBA's game officials

    ESPN "Bob Delaney, the NBA's Vice President for Referee's Development and Performance, will no longer oversee the league's game officials, league sources tell ESPN. The NBA has been pursuing a more data-driven and analytical management structure over the NBA's referees, integrating searching more..." September 18

  • NBA Releases ‘I’m Why’ Commercials To Preview the 2017-18 Season

    SLAM Online "With a series of new documentary-style commercials, the NBA launched the next chapter of the “This Is Why We Play” campaign on Monday. The new series entitled “I’m Why” portrays the unique perspectives that make NBA basketball special. " September 18

  • ACL injury in NBA athletes not associated with number of minutes played

    Healio "Results published in Orthopedics showed the risk for ACL injury among players did not increase with the number of minutes played in a single National Basketball Association game. To determine the influence of minutes played on injury risk, researchers assessed minutes played in the injury game,..." September 18

  • Report: NBA commissioner may soon have power to fine teams for resting players

    CBS Sports "The NBA may soon have new rules for the draft lottery. Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported Friday that the competition committee has sent the reform proposal through to the Board of Governors, who will vote on the issue at the end of September. Much of the focus of that report is on the..." September 15

  • Report: NBA Would Prefer Teams Lie About Injuries

    Deadspin "Adrian Wojnarowski has another scoop related to an upcoming NBA board of governors meeting, during which potential rule changes will be voted on, and this one makes the league look pretty stupid This is in response to the occasional fits the league gets thrown into when a (not coincidentally)..." September 15

  • NBA board of governors to vote on draft lottery reform Sept. 28

    ESPN "The NBA's Competition Committee has recommended the league's proposal on draft lottery reform, sending it to the board of governors for a vote on Sept. 28, league sources told ESPN. The draft reform changes would start with the 2019 Draft, if passed by the board of governors. Among proposed..." September 15

  • Hornets unveil fan favorite classic uniforms, and the popular teal is back

    CBS Sports "The Hornets have one of the better uniform sets in the NBA. The teal and purple are beloved, but don't quite capture the nationwide appeal as their teal set from the 90s. Those were among the most popular jerseys ever. Charlotte was well aware of this and when it was revealed that they would..." September 13

  • NBA lottery changes would be nice, but will not fix the league's real problem

    CBS Sports "The NBA lottery system is again under scrutiny, and it looks like this time, there may be some real change. A report last week from ESPN outlined myriad changes the competition committee and NBA Board of Governors were to examine this week to the NBA's system for determining draft order. Among..." September 12

  • Hornets coach thinks Dwight Howard is still elite defender

    Larry Brown Sports "Steve Clifford does not believe that Dwight Howard is essentially a walking Lifetime Achievement Award on the defensive end at this stage of his career. Speaking with reporters this weekend, the Charlotte Hornets head coach said that Howard, the team’s newest center, can still pack a punch on..." September 11

  • Proposal for NBA draft lottery reform to disincentivize tanking, set even odds for worst teams

    USA Today "When the NBA’s competition committee meets to discuss lottery reform later this week, it will be presented with a proposal designed to disincentivize the race for the league’s worst record and best odds to win the draft lottery. The proposal has three main elements, four people with direct..." September 11

  • Steve Clifford reveals starting lineup ahead of training camp

    Clutch Points "With only a few weeks before the start of training camp, Charlotte Hornets head coach Steve Clifford revealed his starters going into the preseason. Cliff will run the following lineup, according to Rick Bonnell of The Charlotte Observer. (PG) Kemba Walker (SG) Nicolas Batum (SF) Michael..." September 08

  • Hornets’ Michael Carter-Williams could miss start of season after knee surgery

    Pro Basketball Talk "The Hornets plugged their hole at backup point guard with Michael Carter-Williams, who’s just three years removed from winning Rookie of the Year but whose uneven play has him on his third team in three years. He isn’t the safest answer behind Kemba Walker, but Carter-Williams was a reasonable..." September 08

  • GMs say tampering is part of the NBA: Not cheating means 'not trying'

    CBS Sports "Tampering is a part of the NBA. This is a common fact that has become more accepted over the years. General managers and agents around the league work behind the scenes to get deals done before they're technically allowed to. This is why contracts are agreed upon the second free agency begins, and..." September 06

  • Who is the veteran coach the Charlotte Hornets are adding to their staff?

    Charlotte Observer "Eddie Jordan, formerly a head coach with three NBA franchises, is close to joining the Charlotte Hornets as an assistant to Steve Clifford, the Observer has learned. The Hornets are finalizing a contract for Jordan, an NBA source said. Jordan would fill the role formerly held by Bob Weiss, who..." September 02

  • Why Charlotte NBA player Anthony Morrow is upset with a police stop in Georgia

    Charlotte Observer "Charlottean Anthony Morrow, a veteran NBA guard, says he was racially profiled and mistreated in Commerce, Ga., during a police stop Thursday evening. Morrow told the Observer Sunday night he plans to file a complaint Monday against the two policemen who searched him and his car. He says there..." August 28

  • Steve Clifford and Hornets offer Dwight Howard a home and hope

    ESPN "For two hours, Dwight Howard had gone hard inside Georgia Tech's basketball facility, moving between the weight room and gymnasium, between conditioning and basketball. No tomfoolery, no high jinks. When Howard does the work, he's ferocious in his approach, meticulous in methodology. During..." August 18

  • Julyan Stone, Reyer Venezia will part company. The guard will sign with the Hornets

    Sportando "Julyan Stone and Reyer Venezia will part ways. Despite a two-year contract extension signed in July, without outs, Stone and the Italian reigning champions will part company." August 12

  • Malik Monk “Convinced” The Knicks Would Draft Him

    Hoops Rumors "The Knicks were under Phil Jackson‘s reign during this summer’s draft and the team selected Frank Ntilikina with the No. 8 overall pick. Jackson has since been ousted, though the current front office is confident in the team’s first round selection, as Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News..." August 12

  • NBA expected to approve player-resting rules

    Chicago Sun-Times "NBA owners are expected to approve player-resting rules in September designed to cut back on teams benching healthy players for regular-season games, a person with direct knowledge of the situation told USA TODAY Sports. The person requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak..." August 10

  • The latest on hope-to-be Charlotte Hornet Julyan Stone

    Charlotte Observer "The agent for guard Julyan Stone still hopes to work out a compromise with an Italian pro team, allowing Stone to sign with the Charlotte Hornets. Stone would be the Hornets’ third point guard behind starter Kemba Walker and backup Michael Carter-Williams. The Hornets are reportedly prepared to..." August 08

  • Malik Monk thinks he can beat Michael Jordan 1-on-1 right now

    Larry Brown Sports "Malik Monk is trying to channel his inner LaVar Ball. Speaking with David T. Foster III of The Charlotte Observer on Saturday, the Charlotte Hornets rookie guard said that he would be able to beat team owner Michael Jordan in a game of 1-on-1 right now. “He’s pretty old right now,” Monk said..." July 30

  • Hornets GM Rich Cho's Next Scouting Mission: Big Time Bites

    SI "Just after 9 a.m., Rich Cho has ordered the scallops. He’s not much of a breakfast proponent, anyway, and the seafood dish comes highly recommended by our server at Pearl’s Oyster Bar, which lines the 12th Street edge of Philadelphia’s vaunted Reading Terminal Market. Cho has as large an appetite..." July 30

  • Hornets waive point guard Briante Weber, avoid guaranteed salary

    Durham Herald-Sun "The Charlotte Hornets on Friday waived point guard Briante Weber, before an Aug. 1 team option would have paid him about $1.5 million next season. Weber, 24, played 13 games for the Hornets late last season, averaging 3.8 points, 1.2 assists and about 13 minutes per game. He started for the..." July 28

  • Knicks, Ramon Sessions Finalizing One-Year Deal

    Hoops Rumors "The Knicks are in the process of finalizing a one-year contract with free agent point guard Ramon Sessions, reports Shams Charania of The Vertical (Twitter link). New York has used just about all of its cap room and committed its room exception to Ron Baker, so Sessions will get a minimum salary..." July 28

  • Why Charlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker won’t play in Africa exhibition after all

    Charlotte Observer "Charlotte Hornets point guard Kemba Walker will not play in an NBA Africa exhibition next month as a precaution following surgery in May on his left knee. An informed source told the Observer Tuesday that Walker won’t play, but he will travel to Johannesburg, South Africa for the exhibition..." July 26

  • NBA Sees Expansion As Inevitable But Not Sure On Timeline

    Real GM Basketball "In an interview in June with C.J. McCollum for The Players Tribune, Adam Silver talked about expansion. "I think it's just a question of when's the right time to seriously start thinking about expansion," said Adam Silver. "Think about the state we're in the league right now, where amazing to..." July 26

  • Adam Silver predicts legal sports gambling ‘in the next few years’

    Larry Brown Sports "Long bullish regarding the prospect of legalizing sports gambling in the United States, NBA commissioner Adam Silver thinks it will happen sooner rather than later. Silver said Wednesday that he expects sports betting to be legalized within a few years, saying it would provide “enormous..." July 20

  • NBA eliminates home and road uniforms, teases new Nike jerseys

    CBS Sports "NBA games will look a lot different next season, as the league has uniform major changes planned as they begin their partnership with Nike. One of the big changes in store is that the league is doing away with home and away jerseys, so expect to see plenty of color vs. color uniform matchups..." July 18

  • Dwight Howard claims he never had beef with Kobe Bryant

    Larry Brown Sports "Revisionist history or not, Dwight Howard wants to set the record straight about his relationship with Kobe Bryant. Responding to a question from a Twitter user on Sunday, the eight-time All-Star center claimed that rumors of him beefing with Bryant in Los Angeles were nothing more than a media..." July 16

  • Jordan Hill on Hornets' radar, sources say

    Sporting News "The Hornets have already had an interesting offseason, bringing in declining star center Dwight Howard ahead of free agency, picking guard Malik Monk in the draft, seeing second-round pick Dwayne Bacon shine in summer league and securing backup point guard Michael Carter-Williams in free..." July 13

  • The NBA Is Reportedly Moving Up The Trade Deadline Next Season

    Dime Magazine "The NBA trade deadline has, for years, happened after the NBA All-Star break. The weekend breeds trade rumors as executives have the chance to meet in person and reporters dig for details of those discussions amid the parties and festivities. Then, the week after celebrating the league’s best,..." July 13

  • Adam Silver: Changing NBA playoff structure 'not at top of agenda right now'

    CBS Sports "There has been talk for years about disregarding conferences when it comes to the NBA playoffs and seeding the teams 1-16 based on records. The idea resurfaced recently, after All-Stars Paul George and Jimmy Butler were traded to the Western Conference, making it even more formidable than it..." July 12

  • Olympic Channel to air all original broadcasts of 1992 Dream Team's gold medal run

    SI "We live in an endless era of basketball debates—LeBron versus Durant, should you or should you not trust The Process, and is Danny Ainge crazy or crazy like a leprechaun? Here’s the one thing most pro basketball fans can agree on is this: The 1992 United States Olympic Team is the greatest in the..." July 12

  • Malik Monk on Fultz vs. Ball: ‘Markelle does a little bit more’

    Yardbarker "It was surprising how far Malik Monk fell on NBA Draft night. The sweet-shooting Kentucky guard who hung 47 on eventual national champ North Carolina early in the season somehow plummeted to No. 11 overall. The Hornets were thrilled to snag him there. Following the draft, Monk answered five..." July 11

  • Walker: Hornets' culture can help Howard, MCW bounce back

    Charlotte Observer "Along with being an All-Star point guard, the Charlotte Hornets’ Kemba Walker is quite a salesman. Walker pitched the merits of free-agent point guard Michael Carter-Williams all over the Hornets’ basketball operation. He also networked with his agent, Jeff Schwartz, who also represents..." July 07

  • Hornets to sign Michael Carter-Williams

    CBS Sports "Carter-Williams agreed to terms on a one-year, $2.7 million contract with the Hornets, Jeff Goodman of ESPN.com reports. Carter-Williams is coming off yet another disappointing campaign, as he averaged just 6.6 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.5 assists across 18.8 minutes per game with the Bulls. " July 01

  • Hornets will pass on Ramon Sessions’ contract option, look elsewhere for backup PG

    Charlotte Observer "Point guard Ramon Sessions’ second stint with the Charlotte Hornets will end Thursday, with the team choosing not to exercise a contract option for next season. Under the contract Sessions signed last summer, his salary for next season – nearly $6.3 million – would have been guaranteed had the..." June 29

  • Chad Buchanan Reportedly Will Be Named Pacers General Manager

    Bleacher Report "The Indiana Pacers are planning to hire Charlotte Hornets executive Chad Buchanan as their next general manager. Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reported the news. Buchanan will serve under president of basketball operations Kevin Pritchard, who will maintain final say on personnel..." June 29

  • Hornets' Malik Monk doubtful to play in summer league due to sprained ankle

    Bleacher Report "The Charlotte Hornets announced on Tuesday that rookie Malik Monk "will miss the Hornets Summer League Training Camp in Charlotte and is doubtful to participate in the team’s games at the Mountain Dew Orlando Pro Summer League with a sprained left ankle suffered during the draft workout..." June 27

  • Ramon Sessions Appears Finished In Charlotte

    Hoops Rumors "Ramon Sessions‘ brief stay in Charlotte seems certain to end by Thursday, writes Rick Bonnell of The Charlotte Observer. That’s the deadline for teams to make decisions about options for next season. Sessions is due to make $6.27MM, and Bonnell doesn’t think the Hornets want to commit that much..." June 25

  • Hornets GM Introduces Dwayne Bacon As Dwyane Wade In Hilarious Gaffe

    NESN "Dwayne Bacon received a warm welcome to the Charlotte Hornets organization Saturday afternoon. Well, kind of. Bacon, who the Hornets grabbed with the No. 40 pick in this year’s draft, was introduced alongside No. 11 overall pick Malik Monk by Charlotte general manager Rich Cho. But thanks..." June 25

  • Ratings for 2017 NBA Draft on ESPN are up from 2016

    Awful Announcing "This year’s NBA Draft which had plenty of buzz going into the event certainly scored for ESPN. The Draft averaged a 2.7 overnight rating which is up 13% from last year’s event. It peaked at a 4.0 rating in the 8:15-8:30 p.m. ET quarter-hour. ESPN is really ecstatic about its streaming numbers...." June 23