Hornets Rumors & News

  • Report: Four cities remain in contention to host 2017 NBA ASG

    NESN "The 2017 NBA All-Star Game needs a new host city after the league removed it from Charlotte last week because of North Carolina’s controversial HB2 law. Right now, the most likely host is New Orleans, which last hosted the event in 2008. Chicago last hosted All-Star Weekend in 1988, when..." July 28

  • NBA to Fund Health Care for Former Players with at Least 3 Seasons of Experience

    Bleacher Report "The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) announced Wednesday it will fund health care for the league's retired players who racked up at least three years of experience, per Howard Beck of Bleacher Report. The statement noted player representatives passed the vote to fund the health..." July 27

  • Hornets sign undrafted center Mike Tobey

    At The Hive "The Charlotte Hornets have signed center Mike Tobey to a training camp deal, the team announced in a press release Monday afternoon. Tobey, a four-year player from Virginia, played for the Hornets in the Orlando Summer League earlier this month. He averaged 10 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.6 blocks..." July 26

  • Hornets Sign Treveon Graham

    Hoops Rumors "The Hornets have signed unrestricted free agent Treveon Graham, the team announced. The length and terms of the arrangement were not relayed, though it is most likely a minimum salary deal with little or no guaranteed money. “We were impressed by Treveon’s play last season in the D-League and..." July 26

  • Hornets' Walker supports NBA's decision to pull ASG from Charlotte

    The Player's Tribune "How can I help? That’s what I’m thinking when I see Michael Jordan, the greatest to ever play the game of basketball and my team’s owner, speak up and take decisive action to help bring Americans together in a time of crisis. How can I help? That’s what’s going through my head when I turn..." July 26

  • Jeremy Lin fires back at trash-talking kid on Instagram

    The Comeback "It’s not rare to see people, both young and old talking smack about professional athletes. It could be at an arena or stadium, or nowadays, it can be online, whether it be on Twitter, Facebook, or in this case—Instagram. Instagram user kodyepugh posted a picture with Jeremy Lin, where it..." July 26

  • Jeremy Lin opens up: On Knicks heartbreak and racism

    New York Post "Q: When you knew your Knicks days were ending, how sad was that for you? A: I was really, really sad. I was sad the way everything went down, ’cause nothing happened the way I thought it was going to. I had wished that they had offered me a contract just in the beginning, and that didn’t even..." July 24

  • Hornets co-owner rips NBA, pols for All-Star exit in wild email

    Yahoo! Sports "The NBA on Thursday followed through on multiple previous threats by announcing it was pulling the 2017 NBA All-Star Game out of Charlotte in opposition to House Bill 2, a law passed in March by North Carolina legislators and signed by Republican Gov. Pat McCrory that reversed a Charlotte city..." July 22

  • NC governor rips NBA for 'imposing political will' on Charlotte

    The Score "North Carolina governor Pat McCrory, who enacted the HB2 bill that prompted the NBA to pull the 2017 All-Star game from Charlotte, has doubled down on his defense of the controversial piece of legislation in the wake of the league's announcement. "The sports and entertainment elite, Attorney..." July 21

  • NBA pulls 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte, focuses on New Orleans

    Yahoo! Sports "Without any movement by state legislators in North Carolina to change newly enacted laws targeted at the LGBT community, the NBA is pulling the 2017 All-Star Game out of Charlotte, league sources told The Vertical. The NBA is focused on the New Orleans’ Smoothie King Center as the host for..." July 21

  • The NBA will create TV-style shows exclusively for Twitter

    Sporting News "Twitter continues to partner with sports industries, and the latest pairing is with the NBA. The social media company and basketball league made a joint statement Tuesday announcing a deal which allows Twitter to broadcast "exclusive original live programming" from the NBA. But the programming..." July 19

  • NBA execs want an NFL-style franchise tag. Players should hate that idea.

    SB Nation "The Washington Post's Tim Bontemps put together a tidy package of flashpoints in upcoming NBA labor negotiations, issues that could be so divisive they could spark another season-damaging lockout. We'll talk more about the Lockout Warning Level as summer wears on, but one item in particular piqued..." July 19

  • Hornets Sign Summer Sixers Standout Christian Wood

    Liberty Ballers "Despite the remarkably packed front court situation the Philadelphia 76ers are dealing with, the thought of Christian Wood not earning a contract with the team after his play this summer was hard to fathom. The on-again, off-again Sixer tore up both Utah and Las Vegas Summer League in his..." July 14

  • Mike D’Antoni Comes Clean About Carmelo Anthony’s Discomfort With ‘Linsanity’ In New York

    Uproxx "It seems like a lifetime ago that Jeremy Lin was just a no-name kid from Harvard struggling to secure a spot on an NBA roster when he put together a now-mythological spree of performances that turned him into a worldwide phenomenon and gave birth to the name “Linsanity.” It’s still difficult to..." July 14

  • NBA Announces Changes to Intentional Foul Rules

    Bleacher Report "The NBA announced changes to its intentional fouling rules Tuesday following years of debate regarding teams' various Hack-a-Shaq strategies. According to the league's official press release, the NBA Board of Governors approved a rule change for the 2016-17 season that will make the intentional..." July 13

  • Al Jefferson said that he didn't talk to any other teams in free agency

    NBA.com "Jefferson a Natural Fit with Pacers by Mark Montieth Pacers.com Writer @MarkMontieth Posted: Jul 08, 2016 Facebook Google Plus Twitter Link Al Jefferson had a feeling all along last season. With his contract due to expire and Charlotte needing to devote its financial..." July 10

  • Nets' Lin: 'Can't wait' to be full-time starting PG

    ESPN "Four years after Linsanity, Jeremy Lin returns to New York a different player, a more mature person, and with a much different role. Lin said Saturday he signed a three-year, $36 million contract with the Brooklyn Nets in free agency because he was given an opportunity that has been rare during..." July 10

  • Salary-cap projection for 2017-18 season to be lower than expected

    ESPN "In a surprise turn, the NBA is pulling back on its salary-cap projection for the 2017-18 season, according to a league memo obtained by ESPN, and it could complicate the Golden State Warriors' efforts to keep their new super team together. The league previously projected the 2017-18 cap to hit..." July 07

  • Charlotte Hornets adding Brian Roberts as third point guard

    Charlotte Observer "Looking to fine-tune their upcoming roster, the Charlotte Hornets came to terms with Brian Roberts Wednesday to be the team’s third point guard. A source familiar with the deal said Roberts will be paid the veteran minimum salary. The Hornets start Kemba Walker at the point and have agreed..." July 06

  • Books adjust NBA odds in wake of Durant to the Warriors

    Covers.com "Well, this is certainly a holiday weekend that Bay Area basketball fans will never forget. We were told to expect an announcement in the Kevin Durant free agency sweepstakes at some point over the weekend, and the bombshell dropped just before noon EST on July 4. Former Oklahoma City Thunder..." July 05

  • Sources: Roy Hibbert, Hornets reach deal

    Yahoo! Sports "Free-agent center Roy Hibbert has agreed to a one-year, $5 million deal with the Charlotte Hornets, league sources told The Vertical. Hibbert, 29, has fallen severely from his All-Star status a couple of years ago with the Indiana Pacers but will try to resurrect his career under coach Steve..." July 04

  • Hornets agree to 2-year, $12M contract with Sessions

    Charlotte Observer "The Charlotte Hornets are bringing back 6-foot-3 point guard Ramon Sessions as their backup , filling half their remaining needs in free agency. Sessions played for the then-Bobcats during the 2013-14 season, averaging 10.5 points and 3.7 assists. He was traded partway through the next season..." July 04

  • Hornets shopping Hawes; eyeing Hibbert, Pachulia

    The Score "The Charlotte Hornets are looking to trade Spencer Hawes, reports The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski, citing sources. Charlotte is hoping to create cap room to acquire a center, and Wojnarowski lists Roy Hibbert and Zaza Pachulia as two of their targets. The Hornets lost backup center Al..." July 04

  • Joakim Noah played ‘instrumental’ role in recruiting Courtney Lee to Knicks

    Larry Brown Sports "Joakim Noah isn’t even an official member of the New York Knicks yet, but he may already be the team’s best recruiter. Free agent guard Courtney Lee, who the team had been courting, agreed to a four-year, $50 million deal with the Knicks on Saturday, per Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders...." July 03

  • Courtney Lee will sign a 4-year, $50 million deal with the Knicks

    New York Post "So much for Dwyane Wade. Phil Jackson has found his shooting guard — and nailed down his starting five — in landing 30-year-old veteran Courtney Lee. He is a less-splashy name than Wade, but fit exactly what the Knicks’ president sought. And credit Joakim Noah for his first assist. Lee..." July 03

  • Grizzlies have reached out to Courtney Lee for a possible return

    Grizzly Bear Blues "All right, all right. I'm swooning already. The Grizzlies are still open for business as they reach out to a former Grizz in Courtney Lee." July 02

  • Woj: Brooklyn Nets in, then out of Marvin Williams sweepstakes

    Nets Daily "Adrian Wojnarowski first reported that the Nets and Hornets are both pursuing Charlotte free agent Marvin Williams, the 30-year-old power forward. Then, not long after, he corrected the earlier report. The Nets were out of the Williams sweepstakes." July 02

  • Charlotte Hornets re-sign Marvin Williams, 4-years $54.5 million

    At The Hive "Marvin Williams is officially back with the Charlotte Hornets. After rumors all day that the Minnesota Timberwolves or Brooklyn Nets could be in the mix for the stretch four it looks like he'll be back in Charlotte on a pretty big deal. Williams may have been rumored to be involved with other..." July 02

  • Why NBA players get paid so much more than NFL stars

    SB Nation "Among the loudest voices expressing shock over some of the massive deals signed on the first day of NBA free agency were NFL players. Ryan Wilson at CBS Sports has a good round-up. This example from DeAngelo Williams sums up the sentiment. Many sports fans — even many NBA fans, who have had..." July 02

  • Timberwolves in on Marvin Williams?

    Canis Hoopus "So far the Wolves have been very quiet in free agency--apparently making a lot of calls, but not making competitive offers as players are agreeing to big deals around the league. One guy they might be working on is Charlotte Hornets forward Marvin Williams, according to a Charlotte..." July 02

  • Courtney Lee Receives Four-Year Offer From Knicks

    Real GM Basketball "The New York Knicks have made a four-year offer to Courtney Lee. New York has a hole at shooting guard after Arron Afflalo opted out of his deal. The Knicks also have interest in Dwyane Wade," July 01

  • Report: Spurs among 7 teams in hunt for Ian Mahinmi

    The Score "After a big chunk of the NBA free-agent market got bitten off Friday, teams are swarming the remaining available players like moths to a flame. Free-agent center Ian Mahinmi is one such player, and he reportedly has at least seven teams currently pursuing him. The San Antonio Spurs,..." July 01

  • Al Jefferson agrees to $30 million deal with Pacers, per report

    SB Nation "Al Jefferson has never spent more than three seasons with a team. That includes stints with Boston, Minnesota, Utah -- and now Charlotte. The veteran center will leave the Hornets after signing a three-year, $30 million contract with the Indiana Pacers. The Pacers are betting Jefferson's..." July 01

  • Recently waived Jack has Twitter laughing fit after Nets sign Lin

    The Score "Jarrett Jack doesn't appear to be a fan of some of the Brooklyn Nets' most recent transactions. Waived by the Nets on Thursday, Jack watched as they were quick to replace him by signing Jeremy Lin to a reported three-year, $36-million deal on Friday." July 01

  • Jeremy Lin signing a multi-year deal with Brooklyn Nets

    Sportsrageous "The Brooklyn Nets are reportedly one step closer to bringing Linsanity 2 to their team. There has been plenty of speculation that the Nets and Jeremy Lin have ‘mutual interest’ in the nearing free agency. This was mostly speculated with the strong bond between the Asian-American guard and coach..." July 01

  • Nicolas Batum agrees to 5-year, $120 million deal to stay with Hornets

    ESPN "Forward Nicolas Batum has agreed to a five-year, $120 million deal to re-sign with the Charlotte Hornets, according to a league source. The Vertical first reported the agreement. Batum had scheduled a Friday meeting with the Dallas Mavericks but struck a deal hours into free agency to stay..." July 01

  • Report: Knicks getting very busy, eyeing Eric Gordon, Courtney Lee

    CBS Sports "Free agency hasn't even started yet but the Knicks have quickly become one of the more active teams in the league. The Knicks have already traded for Derrick Rose and will reportedly sign Joakim Noah at the start of free agency. Now to complete their starting lineup, the Knicks are reportedly..." June 30

  • With Chandler Parsons exit likely, Mavs expected to meet with Batum

    ESPN "Charlotte Hornets small forward Nicolas Batum is expected to meet with the Dallas Mavericks in free agency, a league source told ESPN. The Mavs are exploring options to replace small forward Chandler Parsons, who sources say is expected to leave in free agency with Dallas declining to offer him..." June 30

  • As midnight approaches, "chatter" that Brooklyn Nets pushing for Jeremy Lin

    Nets Daily "We still don't know the identities of the three teams Jeremy Lin will meet on Friday --Charlotte is not one of them-- but Rick Bonnell,the long-time Hornets beat writer, says the Nets are making a big push to reignite LinSanity. It would of course make sense on a number of levels: Lin is a big..." June 30

  • Hornets extending qualifying offer to guard Troy Daniels

    Charlotte Observer "The Charlotte Hornets are extending a qualifying offer to 6-foot-4 shooting guard Troy Daniels, making him a restricted free agent July 1, an informed source said. That qualifying offer is for about $1.2 million for next season. " June 29

  • Report: Wizards to target Horford, Batum in free agency

    The Score "The Washington Wizards are looking at plans B, C, D, and so on with the pipe dream of four-time scoring champion Kevin Durant making his way home basically extinguished. On top of the team's reported interest in sharpshooting big man Ryan Anderson, the Wizards also plan to target All-Star..." June 29

  • Hornets’ Frank Kaminsky to undergo minor procedure on chest

    Charlotte Observer "Charlotte Hornets forward Frank Kaminsky will have a procedure this week to repair a small pocket of air in his chest wall. The procedure, scheduled for Wednesday, will cause Kaminsky to miss about the next six weeks of activity. As a result, he will not play for the Hornets’ entry in the..." June 28

  • North Carolina Is Drafting Changes To The Controversial HB2 Bill So It Doesn’t Lose The NBA All-Star Game

    Charlotte Observer "Lawmakers are circulating a draft of a bill to change the controversial House Bill 2, but whether the changes are enough to placate critics – including the NBA – is unclear. State Rep. Chris Sgro, executive director of Equality NC, a gay rights group, criticized the proposal in an afternoon..." June 28

  • Soon-to-be Hornets guard Marco Belinelli breaks jaw in exhibition game

    At The Hive "Marco Belinelli, the soon-to-be Charlotte Hornets guard, broke his jaw in an exhibition game between his native Italy and Canada on Sunday night, according to Sportando. While not officially a Hornet yet, the team agreed to send the 22nd pick in this year's draft to the Sacramento Kings in return..." June 28

  • Hornets unlikely to have space to sign Jeremy Lin after other priorities

    ESPN "The Charlotte Hornets would like to re-sign free agent Jeremy Lin but are fearful of losing the point guard, according to league sources. The Hornets' top priority is bringing back Nicolas Batum, their free-agent swingman who had a breakout season, and they also want to re-sign Marvin Williams,..." June 27

  • USA Basketball unveils 2016 Olympic team roster

    NBA.com "Featuring six Olympic and/or FIBA World Cup gold medalists, USA Basketball unveiled its official 12-man 2016 U.S. Olympic Men's Basketball Team. Selected for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team, which is seeking a third consecutive Olympic title, were: Carmelo Anthony (New York Knicks/Syracuse); Harrison..." June 27

  • Free agent Jeremy Lin says he's 'always been open to' returning to the Knicks

    Fox Sports "It's been four years since Linsanity took over the New York sports scene, as little-known Jeremy Lin became an overnight sensation with the Knicks. And though Lin has played with three different organizations since his breakout run, the veteran free-agent guard has always had a soft spot for the..." June 26

  • Despite So Many Dropping Out, The USA Basketball Roster For Rio Is Really Really Good

    Uproxx "LeBron James is out; Same with Kawhi Leonard; Damian Lillard isn’t going to Rio because of rehab and more than a bit of disgruntlement. Two-time MVP and zero-time Finals MVP Steph Curry is out. You can add Clippers Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, plus LaMarcus Aldridge, James Harden, Anthony Davis,..." June 26

  • Jeremy Lin could be a Deron Williams-level backup plan for the Mavericks

    Mavs Moneyball "After the Mavericks secured verbal commitments from DeAndre Jordan and Wes Matthews last summer, point guard was the next order of business. I was convinced that hole would be filled by Jeremy Lin, and that the Mavs starting five would be Lin, Matthews, Jordan, Chandler Parsons and Dirk..." June 26

  • Warriors eye Durant backup plans, FAs including Horford, Whiteside, Batum

    The Score "Despite winning a record 73 regular-season games, some of the Golden State Warriors' flaws were exposed during the playoffs, which culminated in a Game 7 NBA Finals loss after they held a 3-1 series lead. Key rotation players Harrison Barnes and Festus Ezeli may walk as restricted free agents..." June 24

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