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  • LaMelo Ball, Gordon Hayward getting reps down together in practice

    Clutch Points "The Charlotte Hornets’ prized acquisitions Gordon Hayward and LaMelo Ball took the floor on Friday in preparation for the 2020-21 NBA season. Buzz City’s latest recruits got acquainted in training camp where we got a first look at them getting practice reps down with their..." December 05

  • Decisions On 2021/22 Rookie Scale Team Options

    Hoops Rumors "Under the revamped schedule for the 2020/21 league year, NBA teams have until December 29 to make decisions on the third- and fourth-year team options for players on rookie scale contracts. All the players whose options will be exercised or declined by December 29 are already under..." December 05

  • The 2020-21 Projected Starting Lineup For The Charlotte Hornets

    Fadeaway World "It’s the dawn of a new era for Michael Jordan and the revamped Charlotte Hornets. They’ve added some interesting young pieces, highlighted by new franchise player LaMelo Ball, and also signed Gordon Hayward to provide a much-needed veteran punch. Given how the Eastern..." December 04

  • 10 NBA Players Under The Most Pressure In The 2020-21 Season

    Fadeaway World "The 2021 season is coming very soon and that means certain NBA stars will be under pressure. Most NBA superstars have a lot to prove anyway, but 10 players will need to prove their critics wrong and step their games up. This means they need to showcase their talents in terms of numbers or team..." December 04

  • NBA releases 1st half of 2020-21 schedule

    The Score "The NBA released the first portion of its 72-game schedule for the upcoming season Friday. The Kevin Durant-led Brooklyn Nets will kick off the 2020-21 campaign Dec. 22 with a matchup against his former team, the Golden State Warriors, at 7 p.m. ET. That..." December 04

  • Charlotte Hornets guard Malik Monk tests positive for the coronavirus

    Charlotte Observer "Charlotte Hornets guard Malik Monk has tested positive for COVID-19, and will miss at least the next several days of training camp before being cleared to practice. Hornets coach James Borrego revealed that Friday, following the team’s first group practice of the preseason at..." December 04

  • Ranking NBA 'City' uniforms for 2020-21 season

    CBS Sports "For the fourth-straight season, the NBA and Nike collaborated on 'City' edition jerseys for every team in the league. Since Nike took over as the official uniform partner for the league, some teams have really gotten creative with uniform designs, while others have simply taken the easy..." December 04

  • NBA plans to continue not testing for marijuana during 2020-21 season

    Clutch Points "The NBA will not test its players for marijuana in the 2020-21 season, per Ben Dowsett, the same policy adopted by the league for the bubble in Orlando. In March, Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes reported that the NBA and the National Basketball Players..." December 03

  • League may boost active player tally to 15

    MSN.com "Due to the compressed 2020-21 season schedule and fears over the impact of COVID-19 on NBA roster availability, the league may boost its active player list tally from 13 players to 15 players this year, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN tweets. The league’s Competition Committee..." December 03

  • NBA Targeting March 25 For 2021 Trade Deadline

    Hoops Rumors "The NBA has its eye on Thursday, March 25 for this season’s trade deadline, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic (Twitter link). While that’s the tentative plan, the date will still need to be approved by the league’s Board of Governors, Charania notes. In..." December 03

  • 5 NBA Duos That Could Break Up This Season

    Fadeaway World "The NBA season is fast approaching and there are still star duos across the league. We are one season removed from seeing a ton of dynamic duos put forth fantastic performances together. The Lakers ultimately had the best duo, with Anthony Davis and LeBron James completely stepping above the..." December 03

  • 5 Best Trade Packages For Kevin Love

    Fadeaway World "The Cavaliers finished dead last in their conference at the end of the 2020 NBA season. They need to rebuild and look towards the future. Collin Sexton and Obi Toppin could be exciting in the future; why not help them by getting players to support them in contending? The Cavaliers’..." December 03

  • 48 NBA players positive for COVID-19 in 1st round of testing

    The Score "Forty-eight of 546 NBA players tested positive for COVID-19 during the league's initial testing phase from Nov. 24 to 30, the league announced Wednesday. That represents an 8.8% positivity rate of those tested, which is lower than the current United States average of 10.2%,..." December 02

  • LaVar Ball Speaks Out After All 3 Sons In The NBA

    Total Pro Sports "LaVar Ball truly spoke it into existence. After working his way to a G League roster spot last season, LiAngelo Ball will have his shot to prove himself after he signed a one-year, non-guaranteed deal with the Detroit Pistons. The deal will be an Exhibit 10 deal. An Exhibit..." December 02

  • Way-Too-Soon 2021 NBA Trade Deadline Predictions

    Bleacher Report "There's no such thing as thinking too far ahead in the abbreviated and accelerated 2020-21 NBA season. Ink is still drying on most free-agent and rookie contracts, but players are already in training camps. The campaign will tip off before you know it, and roster..." December 02

  • 3 Trade Offers For Bradley Beal The Wizards Can’t Refuse

    Fadeaway World "The Washington Wizards will apparently start the season with both John Wall and Bradley Beal suiting up in the Wizards jerseys. After all, they are both All-Star talents with tremendous offensive upside and have experience playing with each other. But they shouldn’t fool themselves, Wall..." December 02

  • 5 best trade destinations for Pacers All-Star Victor Oladipo

    Sportsnaut "Indiana Pacers All-Star guard Victor Oladipo claims he doesn’t want to be traded, but his alleged words to players from other teams on the court in the Orlando bubble suggest otherwise. Oladipo said when asked if he’d ever demanded a trade from Indiana,..." December 02

  • After Boston Celtics’ Gordon Hayward Deal, NBA Execs Question Traded-Player Exception Rules

    Forbes.com "It was a monumental achievement in the realm of NBA number-crunching, a deal that created an exception on the Oklahoma City payroll that, if it was a player salary, would rank in the Top 40 in the league. Last week, the Pelicans were part of a blockbuster four-team trade that included..." December 02

  • Gordon Hayward explains why he left playoff-contending Celtics

    USA Today "Boston Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge wanted Gordon Hayward back in Boston though he knew it was a possibility Hayward wouldn’t return. Gordon Hayward, 30, indeed preferred a new team. Charlotte general manager Mitch Kupchak didn’t think..." December 01

  • NBA leaks its Christmas Day schedule

    Larry Brown Sports "It’s hard to believe that the new NBA season is nearly upon us even though it feels like the last one just ended. But yes, the 2020-2021 NBA season is coming up, and we already have the tentative schedule for Christmas Day. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski leaked the schedule. It..." December 01

  • What blockbuster NBA deals could be coming next?

    Sportsnaut "We’ve already seen NBA trades that will shake up the foundation of the league this coming season season. It has been just a few weeks since the Association allowed teams to finalize trades. Meanwhile, the NBA is coming off finally holding its annual NBA Draft. From Chris..." December 01

  • NBA Rookies with the Most to Prove in 2021

    Bleacher Report "Expectations for NBA rookies are generally low, but a handful this year will have more to prove than others. The top picks in particular will want to show they were deserving, especially LaMelo Ball, the draft's biggest name who went No. 3 after playing just 12..." December 01

  • Hornets sign draft picks, finalize camp roster

    At The Hive "The Charlotte Hornets have signed all of their draft picks and finalized their roster for training camp, which starts today. That last Tweet is notable for a couple of reasons: Bold move by Nate Darling to take the #30 jersey Grant Riller is on a two-way..." December 01

  • LaMelo Ball signs rookie contract with Hornets

    Yardbarker "LaMelo Ball, selected with the No. 3 pick of the draft, has signed his rookie contract with the Hornets, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN  tweets. Presuming Ball receives the usual 120% above rookie scale, as virtually all first-rounders receive, he’ll make $7,839,960 in his..." November 30

  • The Only Players In NBA History To Sign Multiple Contracts Worth $30 Million

    Fadeaway World "Gordon Hayward’s shiny new contract with the Charlotte Hornets put him with some elite company. His deal, which will pay out about $120 million, makes him just the third player in history to sign multiple contracts worth at least $30 million per year. The other two? LeBron James..." November 30

  • The Los Angeles Lakers Have 3 Spots Open: Top 5 Best Free Agents Right Now

    Fadeaway World "The Los Angeles Lakers have won the 2020 NBA title and made moves to ensure that they are right back in the title race for 2021. They signed Dennis Schroder, Wesley Matthews, Montrezl Harrell, and Marc Gasol. This type of talent along with the returning LeBron James and Anthony Davis means the..." November 30

  • How the Los Angeles Clippers Can Still Pull off a Dream Trade This Offseason

    Bleacher Report "After blowing a 3-1 series lead against the Denver Nuggets in the Western Conference Semifinals, the Los Angeles Clippers have begun making some big changes, but they are not done yet. The Clippers' playoff demise highlighted significant issues with the team: a..." November 30

  • Adam Silver: No data ‘Black Lives Matter’ on court hurt NBA ratings

    GQ "2020 started out uncomfortably for NBA commissioner Adam Silver. Back in October 2019, three weeks before the beginning of the season, Daryl Morey, the former general manager of the Houston Rockets, tweeted an image that said “FIGHT FOR FREEDOM / STAND WITH HONG KONG” in..." November 30

  • Top 5 Best Destinations For Andre Drummond

    Fadeaway World "Andre Drummond is a player who has received mixed opinions from fans and critics. Some claim that Drummond is the best rebounder of our generation, with huge defensive upside. Others say that he’s overrated, and someone who puts up stats on a bad team. The truth is that we simply..." November 30

  • Vernon Carey Jr. Signs Heavily Guaranteed Four-Year Deal With Hornets

    Real GM Basketball "Vernon Carey Jr. has agreed to a four-yer deal with the Charlotte Hornets. The contract is expected to have the most guaranteed money among second round picks in the 2020 draft class. " November 30

  • Which East lottery team can jump into the playoff mix?

    The Score "Every season, at least one lottery team in each conference seems to emerge from the morass to crash the postseason party. Can we expect the same in 2021? This year's Eastern Conference playoff field figures to look similar to last season's. Barring catastrophic injury, the top seven..." November 30

  • Hornets Acquire Forward Gordon Hayward and Two Future Second-Round Picks in Sign-and-Trade Deal

    NBA.com "Charlotte Hornets President of Basketball Operations and General Manager Mitch Kupchak announced today that the team has acquired forward Gordon Hayward, a 2023 and 2024 second-round draft pick from the Boston Celtics in exchange for a protected 2022 second-round draft pick as part of a..." November 29

  • LA Clippers Expected to Sign Nicolas Batum After Clearing Waivers

    SI "The LA Clippers are continuing to tool with the second unit. According to The Athletic's Shams Charania, former Charlotte Hornets forward Nicolas Batum is expected to sign with the Clippers after clearing waivers.  The Hornets officially waived Batum on Sunday..." November 29

  • Ray Spalding: Waived by Hornets

    CBS Sports "Spalding was waived by the Hornets on Sunday. Spalding, who is recovering from a knee injury, was waived by Charlotte after he had signed a two-way deal with the team in January. " November 29

  • Key dates for the 2020-21 NBA season

    NBA.com "2020-21 Key Dates [Note: All date and timings as per ET] 2020 Dec. 1-5: Individual player workouts Dec. 1-5: Media week Dec. 6: Group workouts begin for teams Dec. 11-19: Preseason games Dec. 22, 2020 -..." November 29

  • NBA moves Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony to May 13-15

    CBS Sports "The 2020 Pro Basketball Hall of Fame is set to have one of the most star-studded classes in its history. Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett are all slated for induction, but their enshrinement ceremonies had all been delayed due to COVID-19 precautions. It was originally slated to take..." November 29

  • NBA world reacts to Jake Paul's KO of Nate Robinson

    The Score "Plenty of memorable social media reaction from the world of basketball poured in following YouTube star Jake Paul's knockout of former NBA guard Nate Robinson on Saturday night. Here are some of the hilarious tweets sent out postfight. " November 29

  • Hornets’ Miles Bridges drops fresh music video for song called ‘Steph McGrady’

    Clutch Points "Charlotte Hornets small forward Miles Bridges has been busy in the offseason working on his music. Just recently, the 22-year-old’s hard work came to fruition in the form of a newly released music video for a fresh track entitled “Steph McGrady.” Here’s..." November 28

  • LaVar Ball Says LaMelo Will Win NBA Rookie Of The Year, 'Guaranteed!'

    TMZ ""GUARANTEEEEEED!!!!" LaVar Ball says there's NO DOUBT in his mind his son, LaMelo, will receive the highest honors of his draft class ... telling TMZ Sports the #3 overall pick is a shoo-in for the Rookie of the Year award. We spoke with..." November 28

  • NBA Sends Teams COVID-19 Safety Guide Ahead Of Training Camp

    Hoops Rumors "As the NBA prepares for the start of training camp, the league sent all teams a 134-page “Health and Safety Protocol Guide” as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to rage around the world. The 2020/21 season will not take place inside a bubble like the resumption of the..." November 28

  • The Perfect Team Around Giannis Antetokounmpo ($100 Million Budget)

    Fadeaway World "The Milwaukee Bucks have had some of the best players of all time, including Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Oscar Robertson. The Bucks have always been a well-run franchise and they have always tried to remain competitive by making deals and drafting quality prospects in the draft. They currently have..." November 28

  • Lakers-Clippers opener highlights NBA preseason schedule

    Clutch Points "The NBA has officially released their preseason schedule ahead of training camp, with Dec. 11 listed as the official start to players returning to the hardwood. As currently listed, one of the premier games that will be on schedule the first day is a revitalized rivalry between..." November 27

  • NBA reportedly considers Georgia “bubble” for G League season

    Talk Basket "The NBA is reportedly committed to holding a G League season. The league is considering ‘a bubble concept in the Atlanta area that would cost NBA teams an entry fee in the $500,000 range,’ per Marc Stein. The G League cancelled the season last year due to COVID-19..." November 27

  • NBA Free Agency: 5 Worst And Overpaid Contracts This Offseason

    Fadeaway World "Another offseason and yet another period of insanely overpriced contracts being paid out. This seems to be a constant trend in the NBA, where teams seem to throw out money to land as much talent as they can get regardless of the price or fit in the squad. This year was no different, as some..." November 27

  • The Messy Truth About NBA Superstar Trade Requests

    Bleacher Report "Few NBA events are more seismic than a superstar asking management for a trade. Franchises can spend decades searching for a singular talent who can lift a team into title contention. They spend millions trying to surround those All-Stars with complementary players and personalities. And within..." November 27

  • 2020/21 NBA Contract Extension Tracker

    Hoops Rumors "A number of 2020 free agents, including Brandon Ingram, Gordon Hayward, and Davis Bertans, did extremely well for themselves on the open market this fall. However the most lucrative contracts signed since the new league year began weren’t free agent deals at all —..." November 27

  • LaMelo Ball celebrates Thanksgiving in style, flexes brand new Rolls Royce

    Clutch Points "LaMelo Ball just took the biggest step of his young basketball career after being selected third overall by the Charlotte Hornets in the recently concluded 2020 NBA Draft. The 19-year-old has wasted no time in celebrating his latest milestone, and this came in a form of a..." November 27

  • After a transformative offseason, the Charlotte Hornets are built to shine on a bigger stage

    NBA.com "The 2020 offseason has seen the Charlotte Hornets take major strides in the right direction. As a franchise that has failed to qualify for the postseason in each of the last four seasons and hasn't won a postseason series since 2002, it's often seemed as though the..." November 26

  • Gordon Hayward’s Horrendous Turkey Goes Viral, Somebody Rips Massive Fart At Thanksgiving Feast

    Total Pro Sports "Gordon Hayward’s free agency went much better than cooking his turkey on Thanksgiving. Fresh off signing a four-year, $120 million contract from Charlotte last weekend, Hayward tried to take his talents to the kitchen. “Is this how it’s supposed to..." November 26

  • Here are the top 10 NBA free agents still available

    Pro Basketball Talk "With more than 100 players already agreeing to deals this offseason, the shelves are getting pretty bare for NBA teams still shopping for free agents to round out their roster. Still, there are some solid rotation players who can fill a role for teams out there — and one..." November 26