Hornets Rumors & News

  • David Fizdale, Ettore Messina To Interview With Hornets

    Real GM Basketball "The Charlotte Hornets will interview David Fizdale and Ettore Messina for their head coaching vacancy in the coming days. Fizdale was fired by the Grizzlies as head coach early this season." April 21

  • Kenyon Martin Says 85 Percent of NBA Smokes Marijuana

    SLAM Online "While the NBA bans the use of marijuana, Kenyon Martin estimates that “85 percent” of the League continues to find ways to smoke marijuana. In a roundtable discussion with B/R Mag’s Master Tesfatsion, Matt Barnes added that not only the players—but coaches and executives—smoke weed. “Some of..." April 20

  • Adam Silver: 'We Should Be Compensated' If Sports Gambling Is Legalized

    Bleacher Report "NBA commissioner Adam Silver reiterated Friday the league believes it should receive compensation if sports betting becomes legal in the United States. Silver explained his stance during an appearance on ESPN's Get Up!, per Andrew Joe Potter of The Score. "We've joined the fray ... and we..." April 20

  • Adam Silver on NBA’s handling of tanking incentives: ‘We’re not there yet’

    Pro Basketball Talk "NBA commissioner Adam Silver has defined tanking so narrowly – a team purposefully losing – he can deny it happens. A team sitting good healthy players? Not necessarily tanking. A team using suboptimal lineup combinations? Not necessarily tanking. Players giving less effort as they feel..." April 18

  • NBA owner reportedly berated coach for not tanking

    Larry Brown Sports "As long as the NBA keeps its draft system the way it currently is, tanking will always be a huge issue across the league, particularly late in the season. For at least one team owner, tanking was an absolute must down the stretch. In the latest edition of his podcast with Bobby Marks, ESPN’s..." April 17

  • Big Pay Raises Coming for G League Players

    New York Times "The N.B.A. is instituting a long-anticipated salary increase in its developmental league, according to two people familiar with the league’s plans. Effective next season, players signed to G League contracts will earn $35,000 — or $7,000 per month — in addition to housing and insurance benefits..." April 17

  • NBA Leaves 18-19 Cap Projection At $101M, 19-20 At $108M

    Real GM Basketball "The NBA has not changed their preseason salary cap projection of $101 million for the 18-19 season and $108 million for 19-20 in a new memo to teams." April 17

  • Jerry Stackhouse To Interview With Hornets, Magic, Knicks

    Real GM Basketball "The Charlotte Hornets and Orlando Magic plan on interviewing Jerry Stackhouse. Stackhouse will also interview with the New York Knicks" April 16

  • 2018 Pre-Lottery NBA Draft Order

    Hoops Rumors "The NBA conducted its draft tiebreakers on Friday evening, further cementing the draft order for 2018. While we’ll have to wait until the lottery to determine the exact order for this year’s event, we now know what most of the 60 selections look like. Listed below is the pre-lottery 2018 NBA..." April 16

  • Hornets permitted to interview Spurs assistant Ettore Messina

    Hoops Rumors "Adrian Wojnarowski: The Charlotte Hornets have received permission to interview San Antonio Spurs assistant Ettore Messina for head coach opening, league sources tell ESPN. GM Mitch Kupchak and Messina worked together with Lakers, when Messina was part of Mike Brown’s coaching staff." April 15

  • Steve Clifford could be Knicks’ coaching candidate after getting fired by Hornets

    Newsday "Could another coach with Long Island ties be joining the list of candidates to replace Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek? Former Knicks assistant Steve Clifford became available Friday when he was fired by the Charlotte Hornets after five seasons as head coach. Clifford was the head coach at Adelphi..." April 13

  • David Fizdale considered favorite for Hornets head coaching vacancy

    Hoops Hype "Former Memphis Grizzlies head coach David Fizdale is reportedly the leading candidate to replace Steve Clifford with the Charlotte Hornets. Fizdale, 43, was let go by the Grizzlies after just over one season with the organization. He was also a longtime assistant coach for the Miami Heat before..." April 13

  • Charlotte Hornets fire coach Steve Clifford after five seasons

    USA Today "The Charlotte Hornets have fired coach Steve Clifford, the team announced Friday morning. Clifford, whose Hornets missed the postseason for the second consecutive season, had been the coach for five seasons with a 196-214 record. That run included two postseason appearances, both of which..." April 13

  • NBA viewership up year-over-year on both ABC and TNT

    Awful Announcing "It has been a good year for the NBA. Both conferences have featured more exciting races than expected, with mildly surprising results atop the standings and all kinds of unexpected outcomes (Jazz! Blazers! Pacers!) just a bit lower down. Superstars have played like superstars, young players have..." April 12

  • Kemba Walker on future with the Hornets: ‘I have no idea’

    Sportsnaut "Yet another disappointing season for the Charlotte Hornets came to a conclusion with a 119-93 win over the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday. Charlotte finished the season with a 36-46 record, missing out on the playoffs for a second consecutive year. The backdrop of this is the team’s decision to hire..." April 11

  • Dwight Howard Passes Shaquille O’Neal For 14th On All-Time Rebounding List

    SLAM Online "With a third quarter rebound in the Hornets’ season-ending game against the Pacers on Tuesday night, Dwight Howard passed Shaquille O’Neal to move into 14th place on the NBA’s all-time rebounding list." April 11

  • Why new Charlotte Hornets GM Mitch Kupchak says he's undecided on rebuilding team

    Charlotte Observer "What we learned at Mitch Kupchak’s introductory news conference as Charlotte Hornets president of basketball operations and general manager. He hasn’t decided if a rebuild is necessary “I don’t know the ins and outs much. I don’t know if that is the right word or not. To sit here and say..." April 10

  • Mitch Kupchak Has Reportedly Agreed To Become The Hornets New President And General Manager

    Uproxx "It was never much of a secret who the Charlotte Hornets wanted to take over as their next general manager when Rich Cho was let go earlier this season. The immediate reports were that former Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak was at the top of Michael Jordan’s list, and as so often was the case in Jordan’s..." April 08

  • Stephen Curry, LeBron James Headline US Men's Basketball National Team Roster

    Bleacher Report "USA Basketball announced its 35-player roster for the 2018-20 international basketball schedule on Friday, with Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James, Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant of the Golden State Warriors and Oklahoma City Thunder's reigning MVP Russell Westbrook among the notable..." April 06

  • The Hornets And Mitch Kupchak Have Reportedly Made ‘Significant Progress’ On A Contract

    Dime Magazine "The Charlotte Hornets don’t have their man quite yet, but according to reports, it seems like only a matter of time before the team fills a vacancy in its front office. Charlotte reportedly offered its general manager job to former Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak earlier this week, a move that was..." April 05

  • Nurse, Vanterpool Top List Of Rising Head Coach Candidates

    Hoops Rumors "No NBA head coaches were replaced during the 2017 offseason, but that’s very unlikely to be the case for 2018. Tim Bontemps of The Washington Post and Chris Mannix of Yahoo Sports suggest that as many as 10 or 11 teams could be on the lookout for a new head coach this offseason. That list of..." April 04

  • Hornets Offer GM Job To Mitch Kupchak

    Hoops Rumors "The Hornets have formally offered their open general manager job to former Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak, league sources tell Marc Stein of The New York Times (Twitter link). According to Stein, the Hornets are confident that they’ll be able to work out an agreement to bring Kupchak aboard. Charlotte..." April 02

  • Report: Mitch Kupchak to Hornets as GM is 'done deal'

    Sportsnaut "When the Charlotte Hornets fired general manager Rich Cho, the team was expected to pursue Mitch Kupchak as the replacement. That has become a reality. Marc Stein of the New York Times reported Charlotte has “formally offered” the position to Kupchak. And according to Rick Bonnell of the..." April 02

  • Revolution Interrupted: Why Has the NBA's Effort to Hire Female Refs Stalled?

    Bleacher Report "Twenty-one years ago, the NBA broke the gender barrier when it hired Violet Palmer and Dee Kantner, becoming the first major U.S. professional men's league to hire women as full-time officials. But what was once seen as a sign of progress has not ushered in the cultural shift many expected. Today..." April 02

  • NBA Teams That Will Be Most Active on Trade Market This Summer

    Bleacher Report "Trade speculation is rampant during the NBA offseason—for good reason. Every team is, ostensibly, granted a fresh slate each summer. Breaks in the action allow them to decide what's next. Where are they headed? Where do they want to go? Squads can kick around rebuilds. They can chase instant..." April 02

  • Dwight Howard hasn’t changed the Charlotte Hornets’ fortunes. Is it time for a trade?

    Charlotte Observer "This isn’t Dwight Howard’s fault, but it is the Charlotte Hornets’ problem: With nearly an entire season as sample size, I don’t know that the future Hall of Famer Howard’s presence has made the Hornets better. If you had told me last June Howard would play 76 of the first 77 games, I’m not..." April 02

  • NBA teams break league-wide 3-point record for 6th consecutive year

    The Score "NBA players are digging the long ball more and more. Teams combined to break a league-wide record for the sixth year in a row Friday night courtesy of the 23,749th made 3-pointer, surpassing the 2016-17 total. With 93 games remaining, players are drilling threes at more than eight percent above..." March 31

  • Steve Nash, Jason Kidd, Grant Hill to enter Basketball Hall of Fame

    ESPN "Jason Kidd, Steve Nash and Grant Hill have been notified of their inductions into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2018, sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. A formal announcement of the full 2018 Hall of Fame class will come at a Final Four news conference in San..." March 29

  • Steve Clifford is one of city’s best-ever coaches. Hornets still may need to fire him.

    Charlotte Observer "About the Charlotte Hornets: Do you see them bringing back head coach Steve Clifford next season? I don’t. Clifford is one of the best coaches that Charlotte, the city not the team, has ever had. And as much as I like and respect Clifford, I don’t think the Hornets will, and I don’t know if they..." March 29

  • Kemba Walker Becomes Hornets All-Time Leading Scorer

    SLAM Online "With 21 points on Wednesday night, Kemba Walker became the all-time leading scorer in Charlotte Hornets history with 9,841 points, surpassing Dell Curry. The seventh-year guard out of UConn has been with Charlotte his entire career and has averaged over 20 points per game each of the last three..." March 29

  • Something Hornets’ Kemba Walker calls ‘just not fun’ could force him out of Charlotte

    Charlotte Observer "Kemba Walker’s competitive zeal has pushed him to the verge of being the Charlotte Hornets’ all-time leading scorer. That same passion for winning could eventually push him to another team. Walker entered Monday’s home game against the New York Knicks 50 points from breaking Dell Curry’s..." March 27

  • YouTube TV to become first ever presenting sponsor of the NBA Finals

    Awful Announcing "Last fall, YouTube TV served as the presenting sponsor for the World Series, plastering its logo all across the Fox broadcast and using a play-button image behind home plate to create the illusion that the entire game was a YouTube video. Now, the streaming service is at it again, having..." March 26

  • Hornets' Dwight Howard suspended Thursday vs. Grizzlies due to 16th technical of season

    CBS Sports "The Hornets will reportedly be without their big man Dwight Howard against the Grizzlies on Thursday night in the second leg of a back-to-back, as Howard incurred his 16th technical in Wednesday's win over the Nets. Howard put up 32 points alongside 30 rebounds, in the first 30-rebound game since..." March 22

  • Dwight Howard Posted The First 30-Point, 30-Rebound Game In Eight Years

    Dime Magazine "It’s been a rocky couple of years for Dwight Howard. His “homecoming” with the Atlanta Hawks didn’t exactly go as planned last season, so the organization opted to trade him for scraps ahead of draft night and start their rebuild in earnest. It quickly became apparent that Howard hadn’t..." March 22

  • Rockets’ Gersson Rosas A Serious Candidate For Hornets’ GM Job

    Hoops Rumors "Rockets executive Gersson Rosas is receiving serious consideration for the Hornets’ open general manager job, reports Marc Stein of The New York Times (Twitter link). Former Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak has been viewed as the favorite to replace Rich Cho as Charlotte’s full-time GM, but..." March 19

  • Hornets’ Nicolas Batum Has Chronic Tendinitis

    Hoops Rumors "Hornets swingman Nicolas Batum has been diagnosed with chronic tendinitis in his left Achilles, tweets Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. Batum has been ruled out of Monday’s game with the Sixers, and his status for the rest of the season will depend on how effective treatments are on the..." March 19

  • Schroder: Dwight plays well vs. former teams, 'but that's like 4 games'

    247 Sports "Hey, Dennis Schroder is no longer teammates with Dwight Howard, so he can say whatever he wants. As Howard's Charlotte Hornets manhandled Schroder's Atlanta Hawks due to the All-Star center's 33-point, 12-rebound performance, the Hawks guard managed to take a shot at his former teammate in the..." March 16

  • Charlotte crossed Kemba Walker off draft list before NCAA tournament

    Pro Basketball Talk "Here are the NBA draft prospects you should be watching in this year’s NCAA tournament. In 2011, Kemba Walker turned heads while leading UConn to the national title. How much did that improve his draft stock? Jeff Eisenberg of Yahoo Sports: Three months before the 2011 NBA draft,..." March 15

  • Hey, Steve Clifford, why isn’t Willy Hernangomez playing more with Charlotte Hornets?

    Charlotte Observer "It doesn’t sound likely that Spanish center Willy Hernangomez – the Charlotte Hornets’ acquisition at the trade deadline – will see his minutes go up significantly the rest of this season. Hernangomez didn’t play in Saturday’s home victory over the Phoenix Suns, despite center Cody Zeller..." March 13

  • ‘Totally unacceptable.’ Hornets are off the tracks; major changes must happen.

    Charlotte Observer "Blowing up this Charlotte Hornets roster will be costly and painful, and could take years to reassemble into a viable team on the rise in the Eastern Conference. But an implosion of some sort has to happen. These parts don’t fit together, and the last two games suggest they never..." March 09

  • Unwritten Rules No Longer Have A Place In The NBA

    Dime Magazine "Disrespect has become a punchline. It is the word chosen to describe acts done on the basketball court that are increasingly fun for NBA fans. A crossover, a stare down, a heat check three; all moves that can be described as disrespectful without being true to the exact definition of the..." March 06

  • Report: Mitch Kupchak the Front-Runner for Hornets GM Job

    SLAM Online "Former Los Angeles Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak is reportedly the front-runner for the GM gig in Charlotte. The Hornets continue in their search for someone to take over Rich Cho’s old job, receiving permission to speak with three other front-office execs. Assistant GM Buzz Peterson..." March 06

  • Report: Michael Carter-Williams might require season-ending shoulder surgery

    Clutch Points "Charlotte Hornets reserve point guard Michael Carter-Williams might require season-ending left-shoulder surgery after spraining his shoulder in the first half of Sunday’s game against the Toronto Raptors, according to Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer. Rookie Malik Monk, who has had his..." March 06

  • Sources: Hornets get permission to speak with three GM candidates

    ESPN "The Charlotte Hornets have started securing permission to interview candidates for the franchise's vacant general manager position, league sources told ESPN. Former Los Angeles Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak remains a front-runner to ultimately receive an offer to replace Rich Cho, but..." March 06

  • Seattle ownership group wants NBA franchise after NHL expansion bid

    The Score "If the NHL decides to plant its 32nd team in Seattle, expect the ownership group in question to then vie for an NBA franchise. Oak View Group, the organization that has already submitted a $10-million payment to the NHL as part of its bid for an expansion franchise, wants it to be known they..." March 01

  • Adam Silver cautions NBA teams to protect integrity of game

    USA Today "A week after the NBA fined Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban $600,000 for his public admission of tanking, the race to the bottom has continued in full force. Entering Wednesday, just six games separate the last nine teams in the league — from the New York Knicks on down to the Atlanta Hawks...." February 28

  • NBA Execs Believe Tanking Has Never Never Been More Widespread

    Real GM Basketball "Multiple NBA executives believe the current season features one of the most widespread tanking efforts the league has seen to date. The combination of lottery reform set to begin next year and a top-heavy draft class featuring five to seven prospects has created an atmosphere where eight teams..." February 27

  • Michele Roberts: Cap smoothing was ‘disgraceful request’ by NBA

    Pro Basketball Talk "In 2016, new national TV contracts pushed the NBA’s salary cap from $70 million to $94.143 million – a larger jump than over the entire previous decade. Free agents cashed in majorly that summer. But now, the cap is leveling off. It went up to just $99.093 million last year and is projected to..." February 23

  • The NBA is having real discussions about a playoffs play-in tournament

    ESPN "Recent comments from NBA commissioner Adam Silver about tweaking the league's playoff format drew intense media coverage, but sources say there is also some behind-the-scenes momentum for the idea of a play-in tournament determining the last two seeds in each conference -- to the point that two..." February 22

  • NBA Rumors: Knicks trying to trade for Hornets' Malik Monk?

    Newark Star-Ledger "During the lead up to the 2017 NBA Draft, the Knicks and Kentucky sharpshooter Malik Monk were connected at every turn. But when draft night arrived, the Knicks went in a different direction by selecting point guard Frank Ntilikina. That doesn't mean interest in Monk's skill set evaporated..." February 21

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