Hornets Rumors & News

  • City Council Takes Steps for Charlotte to Host 2019 NBA All-Star Game

    Time Warner Cable News "City council took steps Monday night to make it possible for Charlotte to host the 2019 NBA All-Star game. Last month the NBA pulled the 2017 game from the city because of the controversy surrounding House Bill 2. It was a tough loss for the city and for the state of North Carolina after the..." August 23

  • Former No. 1 Overall Pick Kwame Brown Reportedly Has His Eyes Set On An NBA Comeback

    Uproxx "really deserved the literal and metaphorical beatings he took during his disappointing NBA journeyman’s career. He didn’t ask to be the No. 1 pick in the 2001 Draft, and he certainly didn’t ask for the burden of expectation that came along with having to make front-office neophyte Michael Jordan..." August 23

  • Charlotte Hornets’ Frank Kaminsky: ‘I’ve got to be a better defender’

    Charlotte Observer "Frank Kaminsky has a message for Charlotte Hornets fans who think he was a spotty defender as an NBA rookie power forward: He thoroughly agrees. And given a chance, he’ll improve. I asked Kaminsky a slew of questions Wednesday at Time Warner Cable…oops the Spectrum Center (going to take a while..." August 21

  • Kevin Durant, USA blow out Serbia to win Olympic gold

    USA Today "They weren’t the Dream Team, or even the Redeem Team – not even close. But by the time Team USA’s 96-66 win against Serbia was complete on Sunday and the mission for the third consecutive gold medal was complete, only one thing mattered more than all the comparisons that always inevitably come:..." August 21

  • NBA Moves 2017 All-Star Game To New Orleans

    Real GM Basketball "The NBA has decided to hold the 2017 All-Star Game in New Orleans. An official announcement is expected by the end of Friday. The All-Star Game was previously scheduled to take place in Charlotte but the NBA decided to relocate it due to a state law in North Carolina that limits..." August 19

  • Hornets' arena gets new name

    The Score "The Charlotte Hornets' home arena has been renamed the Spectrum Center, the organization officially announced Wednesday. The renaming is a result of Spectrum parent company Charter Communications' purchase of Time Warner Cable in May. The facility, which opened in 2005, had been called Time..." August 17

  • Charles Barkley Has Some Harsh Words For The U.S. Olympic Basketball Team’s Roster

    Uproxx "The U.S. men’s Olympic basketball team isn’t exactly dominating in Rio de Janiero so far. Sure, it finished the group stage 5-0, but the team had some close calls, including three-point wins over France and Serbia. With the knockout round set to start on Wednesday, the Americans have some..." August 17

  • USA Basketball’s quest for superstar continuity may be impossible

    SB Nation "When Jerry Colangelo took over USA Basketball in 2005, he had both immediate and long-term goals. He wanted to wash the taste of bronze out of America’s mouth and he wanted to build a sustainable program. On most accounts, he has succeeded. While the United States slipped in the 2006 FIBA World..." August 16

  • 2017 NBA All-Star Game is a slam dunk for New Orleans

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "The 2017 NBA All-Star Game is coming to New Orleans. It's only a matter of time until city and league officials announce an agreement for the NBA's marquee annual event to be held at the Smoothie King Center on Feb. 19. The deal's not quite done. City officials still need to iron out a few..." August 13

  • FIBA pushing for 3-on-3 in 2020 Olympics

    The Score "The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) is pushing for the inclusion of three-on-three basketball in the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, FIBA secretary-general Patrick Baumann told USA Today's Jeff Zillgitt on Thursday. The request is under consideration by the International Olympic..." August 11

  • David Stern to give speech in support of legalized sports gambling

    The Comeback "New NBA commissioner Adam Silver has been outspoken in his support for legalized gambling across the United States, and that fight has received an unlikely ally – Silver’s predecessor, David Stern. At the Global Gaming Expo, held in Las Vegas near the end of September, Stern will be a featured..." August 11

  • NBA Chief Adam Silver Isn’t Expecting Another Lockout in 2017

    Bloomberg "I’m going to abuse my privilege here to lodge a complaint, which is that basketball is a great flow sport, but NBA games stop too much. If it were me, I’d try to take most of the timeouts away from coaches. I know you have to have them for commercials and for rest, but if they were just programmed..." August 06

  • Charlotte Hornets’ Kemba Walker on social justice, inspiring kids, departure of Jeremy Lin

    Charlotte Observer "Kemba Walker isn’t particularly bossy. That’s not to say the Charlotte Hornets’ point guard lacks assertiveness. But typically Walker would rather be known for his actions than his words. So it was a departure last month when Walker wrote an essay for the Player’s Tribune addressing gun..." August 05

  • Officials closing in on deal to bring 2017 NBA All Star Game to New Orleans

    The New Orleans Advocate "It isn’t done. But it’s close. New Orleans officials are closing in on a deal with the NBA to host the 2017 All Star Game and are in the process of ironing out details, multiple league sources told The Advocate on Tuesday. If everything goes to plan, there is a formal announcement expected..." August 04

  • NBA union boss ‘optimistic’ there won’t be a lockout next year

    Yahoo! Sports "This July, Kevin Durant decided to join the Golden State Warriors. (Y’know, in case you missed it.) That was one of many, many transactions during a month in which NBA teams flush with cash thanks to a salary cap sent skyrocketing by the league’s $24 billion broadcast rights deal spent to such a..." August 02

  • Jalen Rose thinks NBA players should only get to play in the Olympics once

    USA Today "Jalen Rose stopped by the Summer of Jeep event in Chicago along with 25 students from the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy. The school began in 2011, and has now graduated 170 students, all who were accepted into college, trade school or the military. He brought the group to Chicago to see Team USA..." August 01

  • Jarrett Jack says 'Haha' tweet was never about Jeremy Lin

    ESPN "Jarrett Jack says he was not throwing any shade on Jeremy Lin on July 1 when he tweeted in laughter about 20 minutes after Lin tweeted he was signing with the Brooklyn Nets. Some wondered whether Jack might have been bitter considering the Nets waived him and then gave Lin a three-year, $36..." July 30

  • 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