Hornets Rumors & News

  • 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

  • Newest Hornet Malik Monk says he can beat Michael Jordan 1-on-1

    Bleacher Report "Malik Monk already has his eyes on the Charlotte Hornets owner after the team selected him with the No. 11 pick in Thursday's NBA draft. Granted, Charlotte's owner is Michael Jordan—who is only widely considered the greatest player in NBA history—but Monk said "I'm going to beat him" when asked..." June 23

  • Hornets coach: Dwight Howard can return to All-Star level

    ESPN "Charlotte coach Steve Clifford is confident he can help newly acquired Hornets center Dwight Howard become a dominant force and an NBA All-Star again. Clifford is familiar with Howard, having coached him for six seasons as an assistant in Orlando and Los Angeles. "I know what he has to do..." June 21

  • Atlanta Hawks send Dwight Howard to Charlotte Hornets

    CBS Sports "The Atlanta Hawks are reportedly trading veteran Dwight Howard to the Charlotte Hornets, according to Marc Spears of ESPN on Tuesday. Howard will be playing for his third team in as many seasons. The deal will send Howard and the 31st pick in Thursday's NBA Draft to Charlotte in exchange for..." June 21

  • Glaring needs for 2017 NBA Draft Lottery teams

    Sportsnaut "The countdown has officially begun for the 2017 NBA Draft. This year stands to be one of the deepest drafts in recent memory, with solid players throughout the lottery and deep into the first round. It’s also one of the most consequential. The Boston Celtics — not listed here because they..." June 13

  • Players Eligible For Rookie Scale Extensions In 2017

    Hoops Rumors "July 1 marks the start of the NBA’s new league year. At that point, players eligible for free agency will be able to begin negotiating and reaching contract agreements with suitors. In addition to those free agents, another group of players will also become eligible to sign new deals. For..." June 05

  • Olympics considering adding 3-on-3 basketball as event

    Fanrag Sports "The 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan, appear to have a new event on the horizon. According to the Associated Press, 3-on-3 basketball “is all but certain” to be added to the new list of events, which includes skateboarding and sport climbing. “It would certainly be a perfect fit,” said..." June 04

  • Why Adam Silver’s comments on the ‘one-and-done’ rule miss the mark

    Fox Sports "NBA commissioner Adam Silver joined FS1’s “The Herd with Colin Cowherd” for a wide-ranging discussion on the state of the NBA on Wednesday. And while issues such as “super teams” and resting players are always hot-button, Silver’s most intriguing response may have come following a question on..." June 01

  • Adam Silver: NBA rethinking one-and-done rule

    Sportsnaut "NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has never been one adverse to change since he took over that role from David Stern. For the most part, it has helped the Association move on from a bygone era that saw popularity dwindle. We can conclude the on-court product has played a role in this, but Silver’s..." May 31

  • Sit Down, Be Humble: An NBA Champion's Guide to Ring Chasing

    Bleacher Report "For the last two seasons, veteran power forward David West has sacrificed bigger roles and much bigger contracts for the sake of being on championship-contending teams. So if he fails to win a ring with the Golden State Warriors in the next few weeks, as he did with the San Antonio Spurs this time..." May 31

  • Report: Emeka Okafor eyeing NBA comeback

    Larry Brown Sports "Emeka Okafor hasn’t played in the NBA since the beginning of Barack Obama’s second term, but he’s not giving up just yet. Jon Krawczynski‏ of the Associated Press reports on Tuesday that the former Rookie of the Year has been cleared to return to the court and is pursuing an NBA comeback." May 31

  • LeBron And Other NBA Stars Are High On ESPN’s List Of 100 Most Popular Athletes

    Dime Magazine "LeBron James isn’t the most popular athlete in the world, but he’s close. ESPN released its annual list of the 100 most popular athletes on the planet on Tuesday, with Cristiano Ronaldo nabbing the top spot again. James, the top NBA player on the list, was second yet again. Other NBA players..." May 30

  • Stern: We thought we could re-work CP3-to-Lakers trade until Mitch Kupchak ‘panicked’

    Pro Basketball Talk "NBA commissioner David Stern – acting as New Orleans’ owner representative, he says – infamously vetoed a potential Chris Paul-to-Lakers trade in 2011. But that didn’t close the possibility of Paul going to the Lakers. The New Orleans Hornets (now the Pelicans and not be confused with the..." May 27

  • Playoffs Could Have Fewest Games In Expanded Format Era, Bring Down Cap

    Real GM Basketball "The 2017 NBA Playoffs will have one of the fewest number of game since the first round was expanded from a five-game series to a seven-game series in 2003. Depending on the length of The Finals between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers, there will be anywhere between 78 games..." May 26

  • 2019 NBA All-Star Game To Be Played In Charlotte

    Real GM Basketball "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." May 24

  • Pacers get permission from Hornets to interview Chad Buchanan for front office spot

    Pro Basketball Talk "Larry Bird has stepped aside in Indiana, and Kevin Pritchard has taken over as the head of basketball operations for the Pacers. Now Pritchard is starting to round out who he wants in the front office, and he has reached out to Charlotte for that, reports Marc Stein of ESPN. Buchanan is well..." May 20

  • Anthony Davis chosen first-team All-NBA for second time in three seasons

    NBA.com "With one week remaining in the 2016-17 regular season, Anthony Davis half-jokingly told the media that although being chosen for an All-NBA team would be meaningful for him, “last year it would’ve meant a lot more.” Davis was referring to a clause in his New Orleans Pelicans contract that..." May 18

  • Hornets PG Kemba Walker has successful knee surgery

    Fanrag Sports "Charlotte Hornets point guard Kemba Walker has undergone successful left knee surgery, the franchise officially announced on Wednesday morning. Specifically, Walker was forced to endure a “minor arthroscopic procedure on his left knee.” Thanks to the successful operation, the Hornets now..." May 17

  • NBA Team Option Decisions For 2017/18

    Hoops Rumors "Having created a post last week to track this offseason’s player option decisions, we’re turning our attention today to team options. In the coming weeks, we’ll use the space below to keep tabs on all the team options for 2017/18, making note of whether they’re picked up or declined. True team..." May 15

  • NBA Teams Fed Up with Rockets' 'Jabroni' Foul-Drawing

    Bleacher Report "What the NBA should do about the proliferation of players being fouled on three-point shot attempts is up for debate. What is not is who has practically cornered the market on how to draw them: the Houston Rockets. And for however long they are alive in these playoffs—and facing elimination in..." May 11

  • Jordan Brand Just Added Its First Chinese Superstar To The Roster

    Dime Magazine "Michael Jordan’s Jordan Brands has added its newest athlete to the fold, as Chinese basketball star Guo Ailun is officially a Jordan athlete. Jordan Brands says the move coincides with the 20-year anniversary of the company’s first foray into Greater China. The Nike company announced the move..." May 10

  • NBA announces eight new awards to be voted on by fans

    Sportsnaut "If you were wondering how the NBA plans to fill a prime-time awards show, we got part of the answer today. TNT announced eight new awards to be voted on by fans through social media: Assist of the Year, Best Style, Block of the Year, Dunk of the Year, Game Winner of the Year, Performance of the..." April 28

  • Hornets To Wear Jordan Brand Next Season

    Real GM Basketball "The Charlotte Hornets will wear Jordan Brand uniforms next season. With Nike taking over the NBA's contract from Adidas" April 25

  • The NBA Players Who Are Too Busy Complaining To Get Back On D

    Five Thirty Eight "As someone who each week watches about a dozen NBA games for a living, I have my fair share of pet peeves. Like many fans, I lose my patience with the glitchy League Pass whenever I’m forced to stream a game on my laptop. By the ends of close games, I’ve often lost interest during the 15-minute..." April 20

  • This Is The NBA Draft Order And Lottery Odds After Tiebreakers Were Decided

    Dime Magazine "The NBA Draft Lottery isn’t until May 16, but the ping-pong ball fun got started on Tuesday when the league broke all the necessary tiebreakers for the lottery odds and 16 non-lottery spots in the draft. In total, there were five ties broken on Tuesday by way of the all powerful ping-pong ball..." April 18

  • Here Is The BIG3 Basketball League’s Full 10-City Schedule For The Summer

    Uproxx "The BIG3’s full 10-week, 10-city schedule has been released, as the fledgling basketball league filled with former NBA stars like Allen Iverson, Jason Williams, Stephen Jackson, Chauncey Billups and many more will begin in late June with their inaugural games at the Barclays Center in..." April 18

  • Nine worst NBA free agent signings from last summer

    Sportsnaut "Last summer, the NBA’s salary cap spiked upward in a way we had never seen before. The result was a bevy of contracts that, by previous standards, were enormous. Most look fine now, in accordance with the cap spike, but the bad contracts look much worse than normal. Instead of Allen Crabbe and..." April 17

  • NBA GMs looking to tweak contract buyout and waiver process

    Fanrag Sports "A majority of general managers in the NBA are urging the league to begin a dialogue on possible tweaks to the in-season contract buyout and waiver process, according to a report from The Vertical. Among front office and personnel, there’s an ongoing worry regarding the buyout process. The..." April 13

  • Howard, Hawks too strong for Hornets

    The Sports Xchange "ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Hawks may have discovered the optimum time to get hot. The Hawks, behind center Dwight Howard's 53rd double-double, secured fifth place in the Eastern Conference with a 103-76 win over the Charlotte Hornets on Tuesday. Howard scored 19 points on 7-for-9 shooting..." April 11

  • Only one of Warriors’ Big Four missed the cut in NBA’s 15 most popular jerseys

    Fox Sports "When it comes to selling merchandise, popularity matters. That’s the case in the NFL and MLB, and it’s certainly true in the NBA. That’s part of the reason Stephen Curry has dominated jersey sales for quite a while now. His reign of having the most popular jersey in the league continued this..." April 11

  • Antetokounmpo gets triple-double in Bucks' win

    The Sports Xchange "MILWAUKEE -- Giannis Antetokounmpo is still learning about the concept of "winning time," but fortunately for the Milwaukee Bucks' young star in the making, he has the perfect teacher in veteran Jason Terry. Terry gave Antetokounmpo a valuable lesson Monday night, scoring 15 points off the..." April 10

  • Hornets pick up GM Rich Cho’s option for next season

    Fanrag Sports "According to a Monday afternoon report from Marc Stein of ESPN, the Charlotte Hornets have picked up general manager Rich Cho’s team option for next season. While Cho will be returning to Charlotte for 2017-2018 campaign, he will now be doing so under his already existing contract. As it stands..." April 10

  • Hornets coach Steve Clifford ejected for first time in career

    Sporting News "Something must have really gotten under the skin of Hornets coach Steve Clifford. After going 325 regular season games as Charlotte's head coach, Clifford received a pair of technical fouls in the span of 2:11 seconds and was ejected from a game for the first time in his coaching career. It..." April 09

  • Thomas leads Celtics past Hornets

    The Sports Xchange "CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Boston Celtics didn't keep to the script they meant to follow on Saturday night, but the ending was exactly what they wanted. The Celtics eventually prevailed over the Charlotte Hornets, 121-114, but not before blowing a 19-point third-quarter lead and then having to..." April 08

  • Adam Silver Says NBA Discussed Rest Issue, N.C. Eligible to Host All-Star Game

    Bleacher Report "The NBA's Board of Governors convened in midtown Manhattan for spring meetings this week, and commissioner Adam Silver addressed the media Friday to discuss the points of emphasis from the session. Chief among the hot-button issues was the potential for a future NBA All-Star Game in Charlotte,..." April 07

  • NBA ProJects $101MM Salary Cap Next Season

    Hoops Rumors "The NBA’s latest salary cap projection for the 2017/18 season is now $101MM, sources told Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical. That’s an increase of nearly $7MM over this season’s cap of $94.1MM but lower than previous projections. The tax level is projected to rise $8MM to $121MM next season,..." April 07

  • Wall helps Wizards snap losing streak

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- With the Washington Wizards returning home from a lengthy road trip riding a three-game losing streak, coach Scott Brooks said his squad needed its spirit back. He repeated some version of that claim at halftime Tuesday night with Washington trailing the Charlotte Hornets by..." April 05

  • Dragic paces Heat to crucial win over Hornets

    The Sports Xchange "CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The plan wasn't necessarily for the Miami Heat to sink as many 3-pointers as possible Wednesday. Those simply were the shots available against the Charlotte Hornets. A franchise-record 21 of them. Miami sank 21 of 40 3-point attempts as the Heat toppled the Hornets..." April 05

  • ESPN replacing Sage Steele with Michelle Beadle as 'NBA Countdown' host

    Sporting News "As the NBA playoffs approach, ESPN is making a key personnel change. Network veteran Sage Steele is out. Michelle Beadle is in, the network announced Tuesday. Beadle, who rose to popularity as personality on ESPN2's "SportsNation," will become the full-time host on "NBA Countdown," leading..." April 04

  • Frank Kaminsky, ESPN’s Dan Dakich get into Twitter debate about paying college athletes

    Land of 10 "Former Wisconsin star Frank Kaminsky will never be afraid to speak his mind. That includes calling out ESPN analyst Dan Dakich in a Twitter debate. The two took to the platform to argue about paying college athletes Monday, with both Kaminsky and Dakich exchanging pointed remarks. It seems..." April 04

  • Patrick Ewing hired as Georgetown head coach

    New York Daily News "Former Knicks great Patrick Ewing has been hired as head coach at Georgetown, according to the multiple reports. The Vertical reported that Ewing was scheduled to meet with school officials in D.C. on Monday. Apparently, that meeting went well. Ewing is currently employed as an assistant..." April 03

  • Georgetown to interview Patrick Ewing for coaching vacancy

    Washington Post "Patrick Ewing was the man who helped John Thompson put Georgetown on the map. Now he could potentially be the man tasked with attempting to return the school’s men’s basketball program to prominence in the wake of John Thompson III’s dismissal. People with knowledge of the situation confirmed..." April 03

  • Hornets overcome Westbrook triple-double, beat Thunder

    The Sports Xchange "OKLAHOMA CITY -- For most of the season, Russell Westbrook's chase of the triple-double record and his team's success coincided. The Oklahoma City Thunder's success rate when he reaches those magical double-digit numbers made the historical ride beyond reproach. However, the luster is..." April 02

  • Walker, fourth-quarter surge lift Hornets past Nuggets

    The Sports Xchange "CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Kemba Walker refused to come out of the game and, in essence, he refused to lose. Walker played the entire second half and led a furious fourth-quarter comeback as the Charlotte Hornets rallied to beat the Denver Nuggets 122-114 on Friday night at the Spectrum Center...." March 31

  • Belinelli boosts Hornets past Raptors

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- There was bloodletting in more ways than one Tuesday night when the Charlotte Hornets were thoroughly outplayed by the Milwaukee Bucks. Late in that game, the blood flowed profusely from just above the nose of Marco Belinelli after he bumped heads with a Bucks player. He..." March 29

  • Bucks blow past Hornets

    The Sports Xchange "CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Milwaukee Bucks are in a fight for playoff positioning, and they knew they needed to bounce back after a 15-point home loss to Chicago on Sunday. That's precisely what they did, and the result was an emphatic 118-108 victory over the Charlotte Hornets on Tuesday night..." March 28

  • Adam Silver wants NBA woman head coach 'sooner than later'

    ESPN "Adam Silver not only believes that there will be a woman head coach in the NBA, but the NBA commissioner told ESPN he wants it to happen "sooner rather than later." "There definitely will," Silver said when asked about a woman becoming an NBA head coach. "And I think it is on me to sort of..." March 28

  • Walker scores 31 as Hornets rout Suns

    The Sports Xchange "CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Charlotte Hornets wanted to start fast, and that's exactly what they did. The Hornets pounced on the Phoenix Suns quickly on Sunday afternoon and rolled to a 120-106 victory at the Spectrum Center. The Hornets scored the first eight points of the game, then led..." March 26