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  • NBA Likely To Move Up Start Of July Moratorium

    Hoops Rumors "The NBA is expected to tweak the start date and time of its annual July moratorium, sources tell Tim Bontemps of ESPN.com (Twitter link). According to Bontemps, rather than starting at 12:00 am eastern time on July 1, the moratorium will likely begin six hours earlier, on June 30 at 6:00..." May 15

  • Spurs legend Tony Parker is mulling retirement

    Pounding The Rock "Spurs legend and current Charlotte Hornet Tony Parker is considering retiring from the NBA this summer. Per Eurohoops’ Antonis Stroggylakis, Parker recently said in an interview on French TV show “C’a Vous” that he’s currently split 50-50 on that..." May 15

  • Ranking the best and worst NBA fits for Zion Williamson

    USA Today "At some point Tuesday night, we’re going to expect a comment from assumed No. 1 overall draft pick Zion Williamson about whichever team lands the opportunity to select him during the NBA draft lottery in Chicago.  Of course, we more or less already know what Williamson is..." May 14

  • Chris Broussard says Lakers must prioritize Kyrie Irving, Kemba Walker

    Clutch Points "The Los Angeles Lakers are entering one of the most pivotal offseasons in the history of their franchise. At this time last year, the Lakers were gearing up for a summer run at LeBron James, and pretty much everyone already knew that Los Angeles already had James in the bag and that free..." May 13

  • Tony Parker Expected To Decide On Future In June

    Hoops Rumors "After telling reporters a month ago during his end-of-season media session that he was “50-50” on continuing his career, Hornets guard Tony Parker reiterated that point during an appearance on French TV, as relayed by Antonis Stroggylakis of Eurohoops (via..." May 10

  • NBA Rumors: Knicks choosing Kemba Walker over Kyrie Irving in free agency?

    Newark Star-Ledger "It sounds like the Knicks plan is simple this summer: Let Kevin Durantdictate what a potential roster will look like. According to Ian Begley of SNY.tv, some within the Knicks may actually prefer N.Y.-born Kemba Walker over N.J. native Kyrie..." May 10

  • Knicks Have Interest In Kemba Walker

    Real GM Basketball "The New York Knicks have interest in Kemba Walker in free agency. Kyrie Irving has been linked with the Knicks, but there are some within the organization who are also high on Walker. Walker has spent his entire career with the Charlotte Hornets, but he's from the New York..." May 09

  • One Trade Every Lottery Team Must Consider If It Wins No. 1 Pick

    Bleacher Report "Whichever team wins the NBA draft lottery on May 14 will focus its attention on Zion Williamson. That organization can also expect phone calls from franchises across the league looking to pry away the No. 1 pick. Regardless of how highly the lottery winner thinks of..." May 08

  • NBA Rumors: Jrue Holiday Could Be Traded To Hornets For Biyombo, Monk, And Draft Picks

    Inquisitr "Since the 2018 NBA offseason, the Charlotte Hornets have already revealed their plan to re-sign All-Star point guard Kemba Walker when he becomes an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2019. However, Walker is currently undecided if he still wants to be a Hornet or not. Walker may have..." May 08

  • Blockbuster NBA Trades That Should Happen This Offseason

    Bleacher Report "The approaching 2019 NBA offseason means attention will soon pivot from reality to fantasy. When the games end, roster reconstruction begins. That means the draft, free agency and, most of all, fanciful trade speculation. Every team has a shot to do something spectacular..." May 07

  • Mavericks Will Target Kemba Walker, Khris Middleton in Free Agency

    Bleacher Report "After finding a new franchise cornerstone in Luka Doncic this past season, the Dallas Mavericks have big hopes for free agency this summer to boost their surrounding talent.  According to Marc Stein of the New York Times, the Mavs are looking for "shooters,..." April 30

  • NBA Free Agents Who Can't Afford to Stay Put This Summer

    Bleacher Report "Before every 2019 NBA free agent ventures into the open market, they'll inevitably be advised of how the grass isn't always greener on the other side. But as that adage concedes, sometimes the grass is greener—maybe dramatically so. A change of..." April 30

  • Rival front office exec says Hornets should have traded Kemba Walker last season

    Clutch Points "A rival front office executive says the Charlotte Hornets should have traded All-Star point guard Kemba Walker last season when his value was at its highest, according to Yaron Weitzman of Bleacher Report. Last season, the Cleveland Cavaliers were trying to acquire Walker to appease..." April 29

  • LeBron James, Stephen Curry, Giannis Top April 2019 NBA Jersey Sales

    Bleacher Report "LeBron James hasn't played any games in April, but that didn't stop him from having the top-selling jersey in the NBA during the month. Golden State Warriors point guard Steph Curry and Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo rounded out..." April 25

  • Ratings For NBA Playoffs Down In 30 Out Of 33 Windows Compared To 2018

    Real GM Basketball "Television ratings for the 2019 NBA Playoffs have been down significantly during the first window.  Going into Wednesday's doubleheader of Game 5s, ratings and/or viewership have declined for 30 of the 33 playoff windows compared to last season. Twenty-six games have declined..." April 25

  • Hornets coach James Borrego isn’t really sure where Nicolas Batum fits moving forward

    Clutch Points "Charlotte Hornets head coach James Borrego addressed the elephant in the room during his end-of-the-season press conference with reporters. Everyone in Charlotte, from fans to the media, wants to know what the franchise is going to do with veteran small forward Nicolas Batum, who arguably has..." April 19

  • Hornets not trading for Marc Gasol soured Kemba Walker on Hornets

    Pro Basketball Talk "Kemba Walker has never had an All-Star teammate. For someone as established as Walker, that’s unprecedented. The Hornets nearly paired Walker with a former All-Star, though. Shortly before the trade deadline, they reportedly nearly dealt for Marc Gasol. But talks stalled, and..." April 19

  • We shouldn’t judge NBA players if they struggle when they’re hurt

    SB Nation "The NBA playoffs define the legacies of great players, yet they’re also when those players often aren’t at their best because of injuries. Many times, we don’t find out about these injuries until months or years after the fact. At that point, those..." April 18

  • Top Suitors for Kemba Walker During 2019 NBA Free Agency Revealed

    12 Up "The 2019 NBA free agency class is absolutely loaded as it boasts the likes Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard, Kyrie Irving and Klay Thompson.  An often overlooked figure in the pool, however, is Hornets All-Star point guard Kemba Walker, whose current contract is laughable..." April 17

  • Hornets’ Biyombo Picks Up 2019/20 Player Option

    Hoops Rumors "Hornets center Bismack Biyombo has exercised his 2019/20 player option, reports Shams Charania of The Athletic (via Twitter). By opting in, Biyombo will assure himself of a $17MM salary for next season. Biymobo, who signed a four-year, $68MM contract with the Magic in..." April 16

  • Trades to Rescue NBA Superstars Who Missed the Playoffs

    Bleacher Report "Winning is among the main criteria for NBA stardom. If you aren't leading your team to success, typically in the form of playoff trips, you're going to face questions about whether you're really all that good. That way of thinking is reductive, though...." April 16

  • What’s next for the Hornets after a disappointing 2018-19 season?

    At The Hive "Well, this is the end. No matter what the Hornets did against the Orlando Magic in the last game of the season, it wouldn’t be enough. The Hornets needed to either win out and hope the Pistonslose one game or go 1-1 and hope the Pistons go 0-2 in their last two..." April 15

  • Jeff Teague, Kent Bazemore, Marvin Williams, C.J. Miles opting in

    Pro Basketball Talk "Kent Bazemore signed with the Hawks in 2016, when the salary jumped more than $24 million – more than triple the next-largest increase in NBA history. That same year, with Charlotte coming off its best season since reemerging as the Bobcats, Marvin Williams re-signed with the Hornets. In..." April 15

  • NBA Rumors: Dallas Will Pursue Kemba Walker This Offseason

    Fadeaway World "According to The Charlotte Observer, the Dallas Mavericks are seen as the team that’s the biggest threat to lure Kemba Walker away from the Hornets. Two sources with knowledge of the Mavericks’ thinking expect Walker, the Hornets’ three-time All-Star point..." April 15

  • NBA Rumors: Hornets’ Kemba Walker as Knicks’ backup plan?

    Newark Star-Ledger "So you’re saying there’s a chance. For Kemba Walker, the dream of playing in Madison Square Garden isn’t over—yet. One year ago, the idea of Walker, a Bronx, N.Y. native, coming home to help save the Knicks in the summer of 2019 seemed..." April 15

  • Adam Silver: NBA to Debate Shorter Games, In-Season Tournaments, Load Management

    Bleacher Report "The NBA has seen a few sizable changes in commissioner Adam Silver's era, including a revamp of the All-Star game and draft lottery formats.  However, Silver told reporters that the Association is exploring more seismic changes, including reducing games from 48..." April 12

  • Hornets GM says team will do everything possible to keep Kemba Walker

    Larry Brown Sports "The biggest story facing the Charlotte Hornets this offseason will be Kemba Walker’s free agency and whether he’ll still be with the team going forward. Hornets general manager Mitch Kupchak said Friday that the team is all-in on trying to retain Walker, and will do..." April 12

  • Tony Parker '50-50' about returning for 19th NBA season

    Charlotte Observer "Tony Parker says it’s “50-50” whether he’s back with the Charlotte Hornets next season, and his decision will come down to whether the team goes into rebuild mode. “I don’t want to play on a rebuilding team. I want to play on a team that fights for..." April 11

  • Tony Parker’s playoff streak ends at 17 years, third-longest in NBA history

    Pro Basketball Talk "When the Spurs drafted him out of France in 2001, Tony Parker was still a novelty. Gregg Popovich summarized the concern: “Everybody knows you don’t get point guards from Europe, because they’re generally not quick enough and they don’t have a grasp..." April 11

  • Marvin Williams Plans To Exercise Player Option

    Hoops Rumors "One of three Hornets veterans with player options for 2019/20, forward Marvin Williams said today that he doesn’t intend to opt out of his deal this summer, according to Rick Bonnell of The Charlotte Observer (Twitter link). “I’ll be..." April 11

  • Kemba Walker’s return a dead-bolt lock? Better read what he said after Hornets loss

    Charlotte Observer "Kemba Walker couldn’t have been more clear in September that his intent was to re-sign with the Charlotte Hornets. Seven months later, his intent sounded far less resolute regarding his upcoming free agency. “I’m not sure yet,” Walker said Wednesday..." April 11

  • Jazz Could Acquire Kemba Walker Via Sign And Trade Deal This Summer

    Fadeaway World "As far as being a team stuck in the middle, the Jazz are a team all too familiar with it. Their defensive prowess and the leadership of Donovan Mitchell has landed them a playoff spot again in the Western Conference, but their ceiling is not exactly high. As the 5th seed, they will..." April 09

  • Kemba Walker becomes 2nd player in Hornets franchise history to score at least 2,000 points in a season

    Clutch Points "After scoring 29 points on Friday against the Toronto Raptors, Charlotte Hornets star point guard Kemba Walker became just the second player in franchise history to score at least 2,000 points in a season. Hornets legend Glen Rice scored 2,115 points in..." April 06

  • NBA tells teams 2020-21 salary cap is $2 million lower than projected

    Clutch Points "The NBA’s salary cap has been steadily rising over the course of the past few years thanks to an extremely lucrative television deal, as well as the league being extraordinarily popular all over the world. Other than Michael Jordan’s heyday, it seems that the NBA right now..." April 05

  • Hornets’ Kemba Walker makes history after scoring nearly 89 percent of starters’ total

    Clutch Points "Charlotte Hornets point guard Kemba Walker has reached the top of the charts in a rather unlikely way, as his 47-point, three-assist performance against the Utah Jazz on Monday accounted for an NBA-record 88.7 percent of the starters’ scoring, according..." April 02

  • NBA Rumors: Lakers Could Chase Kemba Walker In Free Agency

    Fadeaway World "With their options dwindling, could the Lakers pursue Kemba Walker this summer? Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer thinks so and said he could be the guy to take them to the next level. “LeBron James and the Lakers could also chase Walker, as their options this summer..." March 31

  • Kemba Walker now 0-28 head-to-head with LeBron James in career

    Providence Journal "In a game that mattered to Charlotte, the Hornets went up against a shorthanded Lakers team Friday night and lost handily, 129-115. Charlotte is now two games out of the eight seed in the East with seven left to play, they couldn’t afford to lose to the lottery-bound Lakers. But..." March 30

  • Report: Jordan aware of Mavs’ interest in Kemba Walker, knows without him Hornets have ‘nothing else’

    Clutch Points "The Charlotte Hornets could likely finish this season by missing the playoffs once again, a trend that could spark seconds thoughts for Kemba Walker once the free-agency period rolls around. The Dallas Mavericks remain as the greatest threat to sign Walker in the..." March 28

  • Michael Jordan 'Excited' as Hornets vs. Bucks Set for Historic NBA Game in Paris

    Bleacher Report "The NBA announced Thursday its first regular-season game in Paris will take place January 24, 2020, when the Charlotte Hornets will take on the Milwaukee Bucks at AccorHotels Arena. Hornets chairman Michael Jordan said the organization was "proud" to..." March 28

  • Irving critical of Celtics' implosion, D on Walker

    ESPN "Kyrie Irving appeared to question Brad Stevens' coaching strategy after Kemba Walker scored 18 of his game-high 36 points in the fourth quarter to rally Charlotte to a 124-117 victory over the Celtics. The Hornets closed Saturday night's home game on a 30-5 run that included..." March 24

  • Could Kemba Walker Fill the Kyrie Irving, Dwyane Wade Role Next to LeBron James?

    Bleacher Report "The Lakers will go star-hunting once again this offseason. Last July produced LeBron James, but injuries and a failed attempt to trade for Anthony Davis ahead of February's deadline doomed the Lakers back into the draft lottery. L.A. will have the spending power to..." March 20

  • What kind of legacy does Kemba Walker want?

    SB Nation "Back in November, when the Charlotte Hornets were simply off to another sloppy start, I wrote that the team had failed Kemba Walker, the best player the franchise has ever had. Walker is a free agent in the summer, and after a 60-point game, there was a wave of..." March 18

  • NBA Rumors: Kemba Walker likely to leave the Hornets in free agency

    Pro Basketball Talk "Kemba Walker has never had an All-Star teammate. He has made the playoffs only twice and never won a series. At 30-37, the Hornets are unlikely to reach the postseason this year. If Walker wants to bolt Charlotte, he’ll have a chance in unrestricted free agent this..." March 12

  • Knicks, Hawks, Suns Carrying Most 2018/19 Dead Money

    Hoops Rumors "All but two of the NBA’s 30 teams are carrying some sort of “dead money” on their salary cap for 2018/19. This dead money is created as a result of having, at some point, waived a player who had guaranteed money left on his contract (or having 10-day contracts..." March 12

  • Mavs Expected To Make Big Push For Kemba Walker

    Hoops Rumors "The Mavericks are the biggest threat to the Hornets for unrestricted free agent Kemba Walker, longtime Hornets beat writer Rick Bonnell reports. Bonnell cites two knowledgeable sources who indicate Dallas will make the high-scoring point guard their top free agent target. Dallas could..." March 11

  • Kemba Walker Considered By Some Around NBA More Likely To Leave Hornets

    Real GM Basketball "The Charlotte Hornets resisted trade offers at the 2018 deadline and the subsequent offseason on Kemba Walker and he responded by having an All-Star season. Walker will be a free agent and his future with the Hornets is unclear as they struggle to remain in the playoff picture. Sam..." March 08

  • Report: NBA ticket sales down slightly this season

    Larry Brown Sports "The landscape of the NBA changed quite dramatically last offseason when LeBron James decided to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers. While it may be a coincidence, that has not resulted in an increased level of interest in the league. In a recent conversation with Bill Simmons of The..." March 08

  • Adam Silver Admitted Shorter Contracts Have Given Star Players Too Much Power

    Dime Magazine "Adam Silver sat down with The Ringer’s Bill Simmons for a wide-ranging chat about the state of the NBA at the annual MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, and was surprisingly candid about the biggest challenges his league faces in 2019. Right off the bat, Silver made a somewhat..." March 07

  • Why Michael Jordan always will be the GOAT

    USA Today "LeBron James overtook Michael Jordan on Wednesday night on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. But LeBron will never truly overtake Jordan. Ever. LeBron is working on the sequel to Space Jam, with Jordan having starred in the original. How appropriate:..." March 07

  • Adam Silver Says ‘A Lot’ Of NBA Players Are ‘Generally Unhappy’

    NESN "Speaking at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference on Friday, NBA commissioner Adam Silver gave a sobering answer about the mental health of players in the league. As part of an hour-long panel with The Ringer’s Bill Simmons, Silver said that a lot of the players he interacts..." March 05