Hornets Rumors & News

  • Adam Silver after NBA All-Star success: 'Sounds like we're going to have a televised draft'

    USA Today "Toronto Raptors All-Star shooting guard DeMar DeRozan made the most vocal plea for televising the player draft immediately following Sunday’s All-Star Game. “Televise it,” he said. “Give the people what they want. I think everybody wants to see it. At the end of the day, every single person..." February 20

  • Adam Silver: NBA still considering changing playoff format

    Sportsnaut "NBA Commissioner Adam Silver gave his version of the state of the league address during All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles on Saturday evening. The innovative commissioner touched on a ton of topics, including the Association considering drastically changing its playoff format. It was previously..." February 18

  • NBA's buyout market: Which players could be available?

    USA Today "The buyout market is open for business, offering teams their last chance at upgrades ahead of the postseason. We've already seen some significant movement from guys who could potentially influence a playoff series or bolster the backend of a roster. Teams have until March 1 to add a player on..." February 12

  • Hornets' Kemba Walker heading to second All-Star Game

    ESPN "Kemba Walker is headed to the All-Star Game as an injury replacement for Kristaps Porzingis. The NBA made the announcement Thursday, saying the Charlotte Hornets point guard will join the team captained by LeBron James. The decision came two days after Porzingis tore his left ACL and just a..." February 08

  • Rachel Nichols, Katie Nolan to coach NBA All-Star Celebrity Game

    Awful Announcing "What do Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith, Diddy, Ashton Kutcher, Eva Longoria, Queen Latifah, Gabrielle Union, Magic Johnson, Julius Erving, Bill Walton, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, James Harden, Jalen Rose, Bill Simmons, Mike Golic, Mike Greenberg, Jemele Hill, Michael Smith, Kevin Hart, Drake..." February 08

  • NBA Trade Deadline: Cavaliers Continue To Seek Kemba Walker Trade

    Real GM Basketball "The Cleveland Cavaliers remain interested in a trade for Kemba Walker but there is no traction at this point. While the Charlotte Hornets have been willing to listen to trade offers on Walker, they have been reluctant to part with him unless they're overwhelmed by the package." February 08

  • NBA rumors: Teams shifting focus out of trade market and into buyout possibilities

    Clutch Points "Teams have started to shift their focus out of a frenzied trade deadline market, instead focusing on the buyout market soon to ensue, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The deadline for contract buyouts is March 1. Just as teams are looking to aggressively sell some of their star and role..." February 08

  • Hornets GM says team ‘not shopping Kemba, but it’s our job to listen’ before deadline

    Charlotte Observer "The Charlotte Hornets have finalized a trade to acquire center Willy Hernangomez from the New York Knicks, but according to general manager Rich Cho, the team might make more moves before Thursday’s 3 p.m. trade deadline. In a conference call Wednesday afternoon, Cho told reporters that while..." February 07

  • Knicks trading Willy Hernangomez to Hornets

    New York Post "Willy Hernangomez got his wish. The day after his close friend Kristaps Porzingis was felled by a devastating season-ending ACL tear, Hernangomez is moving on to Charlotte, a source confirmed. The Knicks will got back two second-round picks and Johnny O’Bryant, a 24-year-old forward they..." February 07

  • NBA Team Values 2018: Every Club Now Worth At Least $1 Billion

    Forbes.com "A weeklong selloff wiped out $4 trillion from global stock markets but don't expect the value of NBA teams to suffer. The average team is worth a record $1.65 billion, 22% over last year, and every team is worth at least $1 billion for the first time. Franchise values have tripled over the past..." February 07

  • NBA Trade Rumor: Michael Jordan asking for All-Star in return for Kemba Walker; wants to package Nicolas Batum

    Clutch Points "The rumors surrounding Charlotte Hornets point guard Kemba Walker are still very much in play, and while the All-Star floor general wasn’t involved in the recent trade his franchise made, reports say owner Michael Jordan is looking for another All-Star in return, looking to package backcourt mate..." February 07

  • Knicks, Hornets Finalizing Willy Hernangomez Trade

    Hoops Rumors "The Knicks are in the process of finalizing a trade with the Hornets that would send center Willy Hernangomez to Charlotte, reports Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports (via Twitter). According to Charania (via Twitter), the Knicks will receive Johnny O’Bryant and a pair of second-round picks in the..." February 07

  • NBA rumors: Tyreke Evans, Lou Williams headline surplus of wings available at the trade deadline

    USA Today "By the time the NBA trade deadline arrives at 3 pm EST on Thursday, at least a few general managers will be relaying the bad news to their owners. “Well sir, we weren’t able to land that first-round pick for our expendable, talented wing player because it turns out there were quite a few of..." February 07

  • Why patience may be a virtue as NBA trade deadline approaches

    New York Post "There will be buyers, sellers, renters and movers. And there is another group adorning the NBA landscape as Thursday’s trade deadline approaches: The waiters. No, not Dion’s kin or the Restaurant Workers Union, but rather executives around the league waiting to pounce on players bought out,..." February 07

  • Players Who Are Ineligible To Be Traded At Deadline

    Hoops Rumors "At the start of any NBA season, there’s generally a long list of players who can’t be traded. Most of those players signed new contracts during the offseason and subsequently don’t become trade-eligible until at least December 15. Offseason signees who meet certain criteria don’t have their trade..." February 06

  • Hornets Have Interest In Mitch Kupchak

    Real GM Basketball "Rich Cho is in the final season of his contract as general manager of the Charlotte Hornets. Cho became general manager of the Hornets in 2011 after a brief stint with the Blazers. " February 06

  • Rumor: Cavs have definitely talked with Hornets about potential trade

    Cavs Nation "The Cleveland Cavaliers and Charlotte Hornets appear to be engaged in some talks in advance of Thursday’s trade deadline. The Cavaliers, having lost 12 of their last 16 games, are desperately trying to find a way to stop the bleeding. The Hornets have an incredibly high payroll and are looking..." February 05

  • A major NBA financial crunch is coming

    ESPN "In July 2016, the Portland Trail Blazers signed restricted free agent Meyers Leonard, their backup center, to a four-year, $41 million contract. It was at the tail end of a surge of large contracts given out that summer, the greatest time in NBA history to be a free agent. This summer, the..." February 05

  • Five players most likely to be moved before trade deadline

    Pro Basketball Talk "For all the talk of a tight trade market (and that is still the case in some quarters) we have already seen a blockbuster trade — Blake Griffin is now a Detroit Piston. We’ve also seen an expected trade, with Nikola Mirotic getting moved and the Pelicans stepping up to land him. Who else could..." February 05

  • Think Charlotte Hornets have cap trouble now? It may only get worse in 2018-19

    Charlotte Observer "Trade Jeremy Lamb for a future second-round pick? It could potentially take something that extreme for the Charlotte Hornets to extricate themselves from a player-payroll challenge next season. They have spent all this season close to the NBA’s luxury-tax threshold, and that problem could get..." February 05

  • Dwight Howard makes sense as a Cavs trade target

    Cavs Nation "The February 8th NBA trade deadline is fast approaching, and the Cleveland Cavaliers have to make a big move. The Cavs are 30-20, coming off of an ugly win against the Miami Heat. Dysfunction and under-performance have dragged down the team all season, and now, Kevin Love is expected to miss the..." February 03

  • The Hawks Made A Dwight Howard Tribute Video For Some Reason

    Dime Magazine "Dwight Howard spent less than 365 days as a member of his hometown Atlanta Hawks. Howard was signed as a free agent in July 2016 to a 3-year, $70 million deal that is among the worst handed out in a summer full of extremely bad contracts and was traded in June 2017 for Marco Bellinelli, Miles..." February 01

  • Ex-NBA Player Rasual Butler and Wife Dead In Car Crash

    TMZ "Ex-NBA player Rasual Butler and his wife -- a singer who appeared on "American Idol" -- were both killed in a single car crash in Studio City, CA early Wednesday morning, TMZ Sports has learned. 38-year-old Butler -- who was drafted by the Miami Heat in 2002 -- lost control of his Range Rover..." January 31

  • Hornets would not want to take on Timberwolves guard Jeff Teague in Kemba Walker trade

    Clutch Points "One of the players included in a lot of trade chatter the past couple of weeks is Charlotte Hornets point guard Kemba Walker. Being a former All-Star and with his ability to score in different ways, it is very understandable why there are a number of teams intrigued by the prospect of adding him..." January 29

  • Sources: NBA Players Set for $100K Bonus for Winning ASG

    Basketball Insiders " In what appears to be an incentive to improve the competitive spirit of the NBA All-Star games, player earnings have been increased, league sources tell ESPN. Each player on the winning team will now receive $100,000 and the losing team pockets $25,000, league sources said." January 29

  • Here in Kembaville, anxiety won’t end until the NBA trade deadline passes

    Charlotte Observer "I no longer live in Charlotte. I live in Kembaville. There are daily Kemba Walker updates, and there should be. Kemba is by far the Charlotte Hornets’ best and most popular player. I understand why the Hornets would entertain a trade for him. He is the lone Charlotte player other teams crave...." January 27

  • Why There’s Never Been a PED Scandal in the NBA

    Complex "There’s never been a performance-enhancing drug (PED) controversy in the National Basketball Association. That hasn’t been the case for Major League Baseball, or the National Football League, where suspensions and recriminations followed the very best players like a foul fart. Nor have elite..." January 25

  • NBA All-Star Draft not televised due to pushback from players’ union

    Clutch Points "The 2018 NBA All-Star Draft has brought many changes to the usual format in hopes of re-invigorating the spirit of competition. Among them, is the non-televised draft in which the leading vote-getters from each conference; LeBron James and Stephen Curry, will pick among their peers to join their..." January 25

  • Report: Cavs Might Consider Isaiah Thomas For Kemba Walker Swap

    Total Pro Sports "With just seven games under his belt as a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Isaiah Thomas experiment has seemingly ran its course already as the trade that brought him there and shipped Kyrie Irving to Boston has not worked out at all. The Cavaliers are a mess from top to bottom...." January 24

  • NBA Requests New Gambling Laws, Seeks 1 Percent Cut Of Bets

    ESPN "In what could end up being a seminal moment for sports gambling in America, the NBA on Wednesday formally requested a set of laws that could be the basis for professional sports leagues pushing for national legalized wagering on games. Dan Spillane, an attorney for the NBA, testified in front..." January 24

  • Report: Cavaliers Asked Hornets About Kemba Walker

    SLAM Online "The Cavaliers have reportedly “checked in” with the Charlotte Hornets about the availability of Kemba Walker. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Cavaliers want to get a deal done “long before” the February 8 trade deadline." January 23

  • Michael Jordan ‘would not trade’ Kemba Walker ‘for anything but an All-Star player’

    Charlotte Observer "Charlotte Hornets majority owner Michael Jordan said Monday night he’s not looking to trade point guard Kemba Walker, and would do so only if the return included a major All-Star, such as the San Antonio Spurs’ Kawhi Leonard. In an exclusive telephone interview with the Charlotte Observer,..." January 23

  • The arguments for and against the Pacers trading for Hornets star Kemba Walker

    Indianapolis Star "It’s not often an under-30 all-star who plays the most important position in the NBA becomes available, so you’d better believe the ears of front office members across the league perked up when they learned the Charlotte Hornets were putting Kemba Walker on the trading block. ESPN’s Adrian..." January 22

  • Hornets' Kemba Walker to Knicks?

    Newark Star-Ledger "Here's an idea that could bring Madison Square Garden to its feet: Bronx-raised Kemba Walker and star big man Kristaps Porzingis becoming a dynamic scoring duo to raise the Knicks to the postseason. No, it's not an impossible dream. In fact, it could be reality if the Knicks and Charlotte..." January 22

  • How badly did the Charlotte Hornets damage their relationship with Kemba Walker?

    Charlotte Observer "The question isn’t just whether the relationship between Kemba Walker and the Charlotte Hornets ever will be the same. It’s whether that relationship ever can be the same. Friday morning, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Hornets general manager Rich Cho has been soliciting offers..." January 22

  • Knicks hesitant to engage in talks with Hornets about Walker

    New York Post "This is the dilemma of every Knicks fan with any sense of hope who is always wrestling with an equal appreciation of history: You hear that Kemba Walker is available, that the Charlotte Hornets are thinking of trading the electric guard who cut his basketball teeth in The Bronx, starred at..." January 20

  • Kemba Walker trade: Why dealing star may actually not be so easy for Hornets

    CBS Sports "Two seasons ago, the Charlotte Hornets won 48 games, took the Miami Heat to seven games in their first-round series and looked to be a team on the rise in the Eastern Conference. Now, after failing to make the playoffs in 2016-17, and this season looking like it will send them to the lottery..." January 19

  • Kemba: I'd be 'devastated' if Hornets traded me

    NBC Sports "Around this time last year, Kemba Walker‘s reputation peaked. The season prior, he led Charlotte to its first playoff-game wins since the franchise reemerged as the Bobcats. The Hornets were on pace to make the playoff again, which would have been their first back-to-back postseason appearances..." January 19

  • Hornets Have Tried To Trade Nicolas Batum, Dwight Howard, Marvin Williams, Kidd-Gilchrist

    Real GM Basketball "While the Charlotte Hornets are prepared to trade franchise cornerstone Kemba Walker, they previously made a number of other players available in trade talks. League sources say the Hornets have explored trades involving Nicolas Batum, Dwight Howard, Marvin Williams and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist,..." January 19

  • Pistons 'will look' at entering Kemba Walker sweepstakes

    Detroit Free Press "Kemba Walker would look great in a Detroit Pistons uniform. But is the Charlotte Hornets star point guard worth the price? A person with firsthand knowledge of the situation indicated the Pistons are indeed interested in Walker, who reportedly has been made available by the..." January 19

  • Steve Clifford would be ‘shocked’ if Kemba Walker wanted out

    Clutch Points "In the midst of the news of a potential Kemba Walker trade, Charlotte Hornets head coach Steve Clifford said a week prior to the reports that he would be “shocked” if his point guard wanted out. “I’d be shocked if he didn’t want to be here,” said Clifford, according to Chris Kroeger of..." January 19

  • Sources: Hornets open to trading PG Kemba Walker

    ESPN "Overloaded with bad contracts and untradable assets, the Charlotte Hornets have made All-Star point guard Kemba Walker available in trade discussions, league sources told ESPN. Charlotte has been encouraging teams to make offers and appears eager to discuss attaching Walker to a larger trade in..." January 19

  • Is fighting becoming an issue in the NBA?

    NBC Sports Boston "Three Houston Rockets players entered the Los Angeles Clippers’ training room before being stopped by security but not before a profanity-laced exchange that’s sure to result in fines and possibly some suspensions. Orlando’s Arron Afflalo threw a punch – and barely missed – hitting Minnesota’s..." January 18

  • 1 of Dwight Howard’s 5 Baby Mamas Files For Full Custody To Get Bigger Child Support Checks

    Total Pro Sports "For a guy who has been in the league since he came straight out of high school, Dwight Howard made his mark in the league that hecan produce on and off the court. That production off the court has gifted him five kids with five different women. Unlike many men around the country, he actually..." January 17

  • Kemba Walker trade unlikely due to eligibility for max extension

    Clutch Points "The Charlotte Hornets’ Kemba Walker is eligible for a max contract extension this summer that could keep him with the team for the next few years. In a report from Basketball Insiders’ Steve Kyler, he said that the odds of Walker being traded are very low that it’s not even worth talking..." January 17

  • Could Kemba Walker team up with Andre Drummond on the Pistons?

    Hoops Hype "As the Detroit Pistons faced the Charlotte Hornets on Monday, we saw Kemba Walker and Andre Drummond on the floor together. But could we eventually see these two teams complete a trade that has Walker and Drummond teaming up for Detroit? Tim Bontemps was one of the first to popularize rumors..." January 16

  • Nikola Mirotic, 15 Others Become Trade-Eligible

    Hoops Rumors "Today is January 15, which means that trade restrictions have lifted for most of the rest of the NBA’s 2017 offseason signees. While the majority of those ’17 free agents became trade-eligible on December 15, there was a small subset of free agent signees whose trade ineligibility lasted for..." January 15

  • Steve Clifford Suffered From Sleep Deprivation, Severe Headaches

    SLAM Online "After a month on medical leave, Hornets coach Steve Clifford revealed that he was suffering from severe headaches caused by sleep deprivation. Clifford that that, since stepping away, he’s gotten more sleep and exercise “We did the testing, and the results were… Internally, I was fine. These..." January 14

  • Steve Clifford is back for the Hornets. Here’s what took the coach out of the game.

    Charlotte Observer "Following a medical leave of more than a month, the Charlotte Hornets’ Steve Clifford will return to coach his team starting Tuesday at practice, the Hornets announced Thursday night. The Observer first reported Thursday that Clifford has been cleared to return to work. He has been out since..." January 12

  • Who Are The NBA’s Best And Worst Scorers In The Clutch This Season?

    Dime Magazine "Being “clutch” comes to define a superstar, for better or worse, and it can be hard to shake perception from reality once a reputation is built. Take for example LeBron James, who has become one of the NBA’s best players in crunch time over the past seven or eight seasons but still gets criticized..." January 11