Charlotte Hornets – Hoops Rumors Legitimate NBA free agent and trade rumors. 2019-12-15T23:04:40Z WordPress Dana Gauruder <![CDATA[Hornets Rookie Washington Has Fractured Finger]]> 2019-12-14T21:55:15Z 2019-12-14T21:55:15Z Hornets rookie forward PJ Washington suffered a fractured fifth finger on his right hand, the team announced in a press release.

He is expected to be sidelined at least through Christmas, which would be a minimum of five games, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski tweets.

Washington was injured during the fourth quarter of Friday’s 83-73 win over the Bulls.

The 12th overall pick of the draft out of Kentucky has been one of the most productive rookies this season. He’s averaging 12.3 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 1.8 APG and 0.9 BPG in 29.4 MPG while staring 28 games. He has posted the most rebounds and blocks by any rookie this season.

In the short run, the Hornets’ forward options will be limited. Marvin Williams (knee) and Nicolas Batum (hand) are also dealing with injuries. Miles Bridges, Cody Martin, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Guillermo Hernangomez could receive additional playing time.

Luke Adams <![CDATA[Fizdale Passed On Hornets' Opportunity For Knicks In 2018]]> 2019-12-11T15:52:13Z 2019-12-11T14:12:11Z Before being hired by the Knicks in the spring of 2018, David Fizdale was a highly sought-after head coaching candidate, according to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne and Adrian Wojnarowski, who suggest that Fizdale had offers from the Hawks and Suns and was the leading candidate for the Hornets‘ opening as well. However, Fizdale was focused on New York and turned down other offers even before he received any assurances from the Knicks.

Chris Crouse <![CDATA[NBA G League Assignments/Recalls: 12/10/19]]> 2019-12-11T13:14:42Z 2019-12-11T03:33:36Z Here are Tuesday’s G League assignments and recalls from around the NBA:

  • The Hornets recalled Cody Martin from the Greensboro Swarm, the team announced. The move concluded Martin’s fifth stint in the G League this season.
  • The Rockets have sent Isaiah Hartenstein down to the G League, Mark Berman of Fox 26 Houston relays (Twitter link). The big man has appeared in eight games for Houston this season.
  • The Kings have assigned Wenyen Gabriel to the Stockton Kings, the team announced on its Twitter feed. The power forward has seen action in seven games for Sacramento this season.
  • The Magic have sent Melvin Frazier Jr. and Amile Jefferson to the G League, the team’s Twitter feed reveals. Frazier and Jefferson suited up for the Lakeland Magic earlier tonight.
Luke Adams <![CDATA[O'Connor: Marvin Williams Among Trade Candidates]]> 2019-12-11T01:57:31Z 2019-12-10T14:23:25Z
  • League sources tell O’Connor that Davis Bertans (Wizards), Marvin Williams (Hornets), J.J. Redick (Pelicans), and Marcus Morris (Knicks) are among the veterans who are candidates to be dealt before the deadline. Redick likely won’t be moved, but multiple execs believe New Orleans could strongly consider the idea if the right offer comes along.

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    Dana Gauruder <![CDATA[Bridges Challenged Defensively By Position Switch]]> 2019-12-10T05:27:47Z 2019-12-10T03:43:24Z
  • Hornets second-year player Miles Bridges has bounced back and forth between power forward and small forward this season and it’s been a tough adjustment defensively, Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer notes. “We’re throwing a lot at him. He’s having to adjust on the fly,” coach James Borrego said. “On the defensive end, he has a different (tough) matchup every night. He’s got to bring the urgency. I’ve seen growth on the defensive end. On offense (averaging 12.6 points on 45% shooting) he’s been solid.”
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    Dana Gauruder <![CDATA[NBA G League Assignments/Recalls: 12/9/19]]> 2019-12-10T05:23:29Z 2019-12-10T02:32:54Z Here are Monday’s assignments and recalls from around the NBA G League:

    • The Hornets assigned forwards Jalen McDaniels and Caleb Martin and guard Cody Martin to the Greensboro Swarm, according to a team press release. That same trio had been recalled from the Swarm on Sunday. McDaniels, a rookie from San Diego State, has appeared in 12 games with the Swarm, averaging 17.3 PPG, 7.8 RPG and 2.4 SPG in 31.6 MPG. Caleb Martin, an undrafted rookie, has seen action in 10 games for the Swarm, averaging 17.2 PPG, 5.3 RPG and 3.9 APG in 34.6 MPG. Cody Martin, like McDaniels a second-round pick in the June draft, has averaged 18.4 PPG, 8.2 RPG and 4.6 APG in 35.5 MPG through five outings with the Swarm.
    • The Wizards assigned and then recalled forwards Isaac Bonga and Admiral Schofield and guard Justin Robinson from the Capital City Go-Go, the team’s PR department tweets. The trio joined the Go-Go for a practice. 
    Luke Adams <![CDATA[Multiple Teams Monitoring Marvin Williams’ Availability]]> 2019-12-09T16:46:25Z 2019-12-09T16:46:25Z Several teams are monitoring the potential trade availability of Hornets forward Marvin Williams, reports Shams Charania of The Athletic.

    Charlotte is carrying a handful of high-priced veterans on expiring contracts, but Williams appears to be the most appealing trade chip in that group. Williams’ cap hit ($15MM) isn’t quite as pricey as Bismack Biyombo‘s ($17MM), and he has been a more reliable contributor in recent years than Michael Kidd-Gilchrist ($13MM).

    After starting 347 of 388 games during his previous five years in Charlotte, Williams is coming off the bench this season. Although his counting stats (7.6 PPG, 2.8 RPG) are modest, he has shot well in 24 games (20.3 MPG), with a career-best .496 FG%, plus a .400 3PT%.

    No team is in position to absorb a $15MM salary outright using cap room or a trade exception, so Charlotte would have to take back some money in any trade involving Williams. The 33-year-old doesn’t have significant trade value, but the Hornets could probably acquire an asset for him if they’re willing to take on an unwanted contract or two.

    JD Shaw <![CDATA[NBA G League Assignments/Recalls: 12/8/19]]> 2019-12-09T12:50:33Z 2019-12-09T02:20:32Z Here are Sunday’s assignments and recalls from around the NBA G League:

    Alex Kirschenbaum <![CDATA[Hornets Assign Martin To G League]]> 2019-12-06T23:08:38Z 2019-12-06T03:27:17Z
  • The Hornets have assigned rookie small forward Cody Martin to the Greensboro Swarm, the team tweets. Martin has appeared in 16 games for the Hornets, averaging 11.8 minutes. He is shooting just 35.7% from the floor.
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    Dana Gauruder <![CDATA[NBA G League Assignments/Recalls: 12/4/19]]> 2019-12-05T02:35:08Z 2019-12-05T02:35:08Z Here are Wednesday’s G League assignments and recalls from across the NBA:

    • The Bucks assigned power forward Dragan Bender to the Wisconsin Herd, the team’s PR department tweets. The fourth overall pick of the 2016 draft has averaged 21 PPG and 10 RPG in five starts with the Herd.
    • The Knicks assigned rookie forward Ignas Brazdeikis to the Westchester Knicks, the team’s PR department tweets. He’s appeared in six games with the NBA Knicks, averaging 7.0 MPG in those outings.
    • The Cavaliers assigned rookie swingman Dylan Windler to the Canton Charge, the team’s PR department tweets. He has yet to make his NBA debut. The first-rounder is working his way back into basketball shape after recovering from a leg injury.
    • The Pacers recalled Victor Oladipo and Edmond Sumner from the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, the team tweets. They practiced with the Mad Ants as part of their injury rehabs. There is no timetable for their return, the team adds.
    • The Clippers assigned center Mfiondu Kabengele to the Agua Caliente Clippers, the team tweets. The rookie first-rounder out of Florida State has appeared in six NBA games, averaging 3.8 MPG in those outings.
    • The Hawks recalled rookie forward Bruno Fernando and guard Tyrone Wallace from the College Park Skyhawks, the team tweets. Fernando, a second-round pick, is averaging 4.5 PPG and 3.0 RPG in 12.7 MPG while playing 21 games with the NBA team. Wallace has averaged 3.1 PPG in 12.0 MPG in 13 games with Atlanta.
    • The Thunder recalled center Justin Patton from the Oklahoma City Blue, according to a team press release. In eight games with the Blue, Patton is averaging 10.3 PPG and  7.5 RPG in 26.2 MPG.
    • The Hornets recalled Cody Martin from the Greensboro Swarm, according to a team press release. The rookie guard appeared in three games with the Swarm, where he averaged 14.0 PPG, 8.0 RPG and 5.3 APG in 34.3 MPG.
    Luke Adams <![CDATA[Hornets Notes: Biyombo, Bacon, Kaminsky]]> 2019-12-03T00:40:38Z 2019-12-03T00:40:38Z Bismack Biyombo‘s four-year, $68MM contract has been viewed for years as an albatross, but as that deal nears its end, the Hornets aren’t simply waiting for it to expire. In a regular role off the bench this season, the veteran center has played some of the best ball of his career, averaging a career-best 7.8 PPG with 4.0 RPG in just 16.2 MPG.

    While Biyombo won’t get another contract like the one he signed in 2016, Rick Bonnell of The Charlotte Observer doesn’t believe a new deal with the Hornets is out of the realm of possibility. On a more modest salary, the 27-year-old big man could be a fit as a rim-protecting center off the bench, and it sounds like he’s open to the idea of remaining in Charlotte beyond the 2019/20 season.

    “I love it here. This is my home — I started here,” Biymobo said. “Seeing the organization move in the right direction, seeing guys succeed (matters).”

    Here’s more on the Hornets:

    • Dwayne Bacon has had an up-and-down season so far, having fallen out of the starting lineup – and the rotation – since the Hornets’ first 10 games. However, the young shooting guard, who can be a restricted free agent at season’s end, is staying positive as he looks to earn another opportunity, Bonnell writes for The Charlotte Observer. “I think I have the perfect mindset to play 15 years in the NBA, because I can accept every obstacle and I’m always going to be ready. I don’t come with ego,” Bacon said. “I’m the same guy every day: I smile like I just scored 30 points. When you have an ego in this sport, you won’t get far. If I came in here all mad, thinking ‘Oh, you guys are playing and I’m not,’ that’s just selfish of me. I know this is going to come around.”
    • In another article for The Charlotte Observer, Bonnell explores what we’ve learned about the Hornets based on the first quarter of the club’s season.
    • After spending his first four NBA seasons with the Hornets, Frank Kaminsky is uncertain about how to feel playing against his old team as a member of the Suns tonight, writes Duane Rankin of The Arizona Republic. The former lottery pick said he would try to treat it like just “another game” but admitted it was a new experience for him.
    Luke Adams <![CDATA[Hornets Assign Cody Martin To G League]]> 2019-11-30T02:30:30Z 2019-11-30T02:23:20Z
  • The Hornets assigned rookie forward Cody Martin to the G League today, the team announced in a press release. Suiting up for the Greensboro Swarm for the first time against the Capital City Go-Go, Martin recorded 11 points, eight rebounds, and six assists in a 108-94 win.
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    Chris Crouse <![CDATA[Hornets Notes: Drummond, Draft, Batum]]> 2019-11-28T21:13:30Z 2019-11-28T15:23:06Z The Pistons‘ asking price for Andre Drummond would have to be pretty low for the Hornets to trade for the center, Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer contends. The scribe believes that Charlotte shouldn’t part with young players or serious draft capital to acquire Drummond in part, because of the risk that he would just leave next summer in free agency.

    Here’s more from Charlotte:

    • In the same piece, Bonnell argues that the Hornets shouldn’t worry about tanking or making strategic moves to secure a better chance at a high pick in the lottery. Charlotte has several young pieces and it’s more important to develop them — if the team wins a few more games as a result, so be it.
    • Nicolas Batum has a massive contract ($25.5MM this season) and surely, it’s player-friendly but that doesn’t mean the wing doesn’t have value to the Hornets, Bonnell writes in a separate piece. Teammate Marvin Williams believes Batum is the most versatile player on the roster. “On both ends he has always brought a calm and a steadiness to our team, as long as he has been here,” Williams said. “He is so reliable at making plays other guys just can’t make.”
    • Batum’s deal has two seasons left on it and it’s unlikely that the Hornets trade him before the contract expires, Bonnell adds in that same piece. The wing will make $27.1MM next season, assuming he picks up his player option.
    Dana Gauruder <![CDATA[NBA G League Assignments/Recalls: 11/27/19]]> 2019-11-28T02:26:10Z 2019-11-28T02:26:10Z Here are Wednesday’s assignments and recalls from around the G League:

    • The Hornets assigned forwards Caleb Martin and Jalen McDaniels to the Greensboro Swarm, according to a team press release. Martin, an undrafted rookie, has appeared in three games with the Hornets and has excelled with the Swarm, averaging 19.7 PPG, 5.0 RPG and 4.3 APG  in 32.9 MPG. McDaniels, a rookie second-round pick who has appeared in one game for the Hornets, is averaging 18.8 PPG, 7.8 RPG and 2.4 APG in 32.6 MPG for the Swarm.
    Chris Crouse <![CDATA[Southeast Notes: Hornets, Huerter, Mahinmi]]> 2019-11-27T13:48:20Z 2019-11-27T04:52:16Z Coach James Borrego is losing patience with the Hornets‘ defense and he’s not afraid to shake things up, Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer relays.

    “You have to value your time on the floor. This isn’t a God-given right to step on the floor and just go through the motions,” Borrego said recently. “If you’re not doing your job, if you don’t have great effort, if you’re not engaged from Minute 1, then I need to make a change — bring someone in off the bench or make a lineup change.”

    Charlotte is 6-12 and the team has already started 12 different lineups this season. Borrego is searching for the best combination of players that will help the team win games regardless of each player’s contract status or seniority on the team.

    As the Hornets look to right the ship, let’s take a look at more from the Southeast Division:

    • Kevin Huerter has been cleared to begin some on-court activity, Marc J. Spears of tweets. Huerter, who suffered a left rotator cuff strain earlier this month, will not play on the Hawks‘ upcoming road trip.
    • Wizards center Ian Mahinmi, who is in the final year of his four-year, $64MM deal, is close to returning to the court and the big man wants to prove that he has something left in the tank, Chase Hughes of NBC Sports reports. “This cannot be the end of this story,” Mahinmi told Hughes. “I’ve always wanted to be a valuable piece in that puzzle. So, in my mind, there’s still a lot of chapters left to be written.”
    • In the same piece, which is worth a read, Hughes compares Mahinmi’s game in Washington to his previous stop in Indiana and finds that the center’s per-36 numbers are actually slightly better with Wizards. “I’m a guy that wants to anchor the defense and who understands defensive principles. That’s who I am and what I can do,” Mahinmi said.