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At The Hive Jul 20, 2016

Hive Talk Live: Will the Hornets bet on continuity pay off?

The Hornets doubled down on the past season of success from Nicolas Batum and Marvin Williams. Are there hidden concerns as we look ahead to 2016-17? "WHOA...the logo and audio embed look way different. What's going on?" Read this. David and I are joined by Nata Edwards who is moving to Bristol, Connecticut to work for some sports company (we're happy for him I GUESS). We talk about the Hornets two highest profile moves of the offseason, re-signing Nicolas Batum and Marvin Williams. Why did the Hornets lock these two in long term? PLUS! Frank Kaminsky is still asking important questions on...
Blazersedge Jul 19, 2016

Should the Trail Blazers Have Kept Nicolas Batum?

A Blazer's Edge reader is having second thoughts about losing last year's starting small forward. We empathize and analyze. Time for another Mailbag! If you have a question pertaining to the Portland Trail Blazers (or any other wacky subject that comes to mind...it is the off-season, after all) send it along to blazersub@gmail.com and we'll do our best to answer. Dave, Knowing what we know now, would you still make the Batum trade? Especially considering the huge contract given to Turner, Henderson leaving and Vonleh (while still only 20 but unlikely to get any playing time next year...
Queen City Hoops Jul 18, 2016

Hornets Pay Up, Will it Pay Off?

It is hard to play successful basketball in the NBA when a team’s two highest paid, big-money free agent players have career scoring averages under 15 points per game apiece. With the re-signing of Nicolas Batum and Marvin Williams that is the situation the Charlotte Hornets are in for the 2016-17 season. However, Charlotte doesn’t win games like everyone else. […]
Rufus on Fire Jul 7, 2016

What we learned from Sessions and Hibbert's introductory press conference

Thursday was the first day we were able to hear from general manager Rich Cho and new signings Ramon Session and Roy Hibbert. Here's what we took away from it. Thursday was the first day that NBA moves could be finalized, so new acquisitions Roy Hibbert and Ramon Sessions, along with general manager Rich Cho, were presented to the Charlotte media to answer questions. Here's what we learned. 1. The Hornets accomplished their number one and two priorities in free agency Charlotte made it well-known that their main goal for this offseason was re-signing Nicolas Batum, which the team...
At The Hive Jul 4, 2016

Charlotte Hornets trying to move Spencer Hawes for rim protector

The Charlotte Hornets are trying to use a trade to make more improvements to their roster. The Charlotte Hornets are trying to finish putting together the rest of their roster. After re-signing Nicolas Batum and Marvin Williams the Hornets immediately got to work filling holes on the roster, and creating depth at each position. Right now, the roster currently lacks a rim protecting big man and even though the Hornets made due without one last year it looks like they'd prefer to go into this season with one available. The bait for this type of move would be Spencer Hawes. Sources:...
Queen City Hoops Jul 2, 2016

Marvin Williams Signs Four-Year, $54 Million Extension With Charlotte

Marvin Williams is back in the fold, signing a four-year, $54 million deal to return to Charlotte. The deal includes a player option for the fourth season. The contract is under market value, with Williams taking a discount to remain with the team. The Brooklyn Nets reportedly offered a deal averaging $15 million a year but, like Nicolas Batum, Marvin took less […]
At The Hive Jul 1, 2016

Nicolas Batum, Gregg Popovich, and free agency compromise

Batum’s signing gives Charlotte an interesting choice to make. While your team remaining the same can be a dull experience, remember the following: For the next five years, the Hornets will have Kemba Walker for three of them, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist for four of them, and now, Nicolas Batum for all of them. Last season, Gregg Popovich — wine connoisseur, draconian interviewee, and full-time basketball coach — said this: "For us, it's easy. We're looking for character, but what the hell does that mean? We're looking for people — and I've said it many times — [who] have gotten...
Queen City Hoops Jul 1, 2016

Hornets Free-Agency Day-One: Batum agrees to five-year deal with Charlotte

Around 4:00am this morning Rich Cho delivered on his largest task since taking the General Manager job for Charlotte by re-signing 27-year old French wingman Nic Batum to a five-year, $120-million contract. The total amount sounds like a lot, and it is, but it’s actually not Batum’s max-deal. At the max level that Batum would’ve qualified for, the first year […]
Blazersedge Jul 1, 2016

Nic Batum Re-Signs With Hornets for 5-Years, $120 Million

Former Blazer Nicolas Batum has agreed to return to the Charlotte Hornets. Nicolas Batum has agreed to re-sign with the Charlotte Hornets for a 5-years and $120 million, according to Shams Charania of TheVertical. Free agent Nicolas Batum has reached agreement with Charlotte on a five-year, $120 million deal, league sources tell The Vertical. — Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 1, 2016 While the $120 million figure may sound large, it's actually below the max offer that Batum could've received. Batum did negotiate a player option into the fifth year of the contract. He will be 31...
The Dream Shake Jul 1, 2016

Jeremy Lin and Nicolas Batum are off the table for the Rockets

The pool of players the Rockets can sign gets thinner by the hour Nicolas Batum was always a long shot for Daryl Morey and the Rockets — if they even ever really wanted him — and his agreeing to a a five-year, $120 million contract with the Hornets just hours after free agency began sealed the deal. But Jeremy Lin was thought to be a simple solution to the Rockets’ point guard depth problem. Both sides seemed open to a reunion, and Mike Conley’s expected return to Memphis left Lin as arguably the best point guard on the board. Except he’s no longer on the board. Just 10 hours...
Blazersedge Jul 1, 2016

Hassan Whiteside Agrees to Terms With Miami Heat

Despite the hopes and prayers of the Portland Trail Blazers fan base, Hassan Whiteside has opted to stay in Miami and has agreed in principle to a 4-year max offer sheet from the Heat. Hassan Whiteside has agreed in principle to sign with the Miami Heat; terms of the deal have not been officially released, but it is reportedly a four-year maximum contract starting at about $22 million next season. Whiteside originally made the announcement on Snapchat, and later posted to The Players' Tribune. Btw, before announcing on Players Tribune, Hassan Whiteside scooped himself on Snapchat....

Report: Nicolas Batum agrees to five-year, $120 million contract with Hornets

Hornets general manager Rich Cho called re-signing Nicolas Batum their top offseason priority. And why wouldnt it be? Charlotte traded the promising young Noah Vonleh (locked into a rookie-scale deal) for Batum on an expiring contract, and Batum played well. He helped the franchise win its first playoff games since reemerging as the Bobcats. It []

Brandon Carr on suspensions: We have to come together even stronger

The Cowboys got a double dose of bad news on the suspension front Thursday with the NFL announcing a 10-game ban for linebacker Rolando McClain as well as upholding the four-game penalty handed down to defensive end Demarcus Lawrence earlier this offseason. Lawrences fellow defensive end Randy Gregory will also open the year by serving
Rufus on Fire Jul 1, 2016

Fêtons!: Hornets, Batum agree to 5 year, $120 million deal

Charlotte said their number one priority this offseason was resigning Nicolas Batum. They accomplished that within hours of free agency opening. The Charlotte Hornets made it known early in the offseason that resigning Nicolas Batum was the team's "No. 1 priority." Around four hours after teams could begin talking to players, the Hornets accomplished that goal. EXCLUSIVE Nic Batum Is coming back to the @hornets, Five years, $120 million, the @observer has learned. — Rick Bonnell (@rick_bonnell) July 1, 2016 We got a deal! #BuzzCity — Nicolas Batum (@nicolas88batum) July 1,...
Rufus on Fire Jul 1, 2016

A primer on the Charlotte Hornets' free agency plans

Free agency is here and for the Hornets, it brings with it $24 million in cap space that wasn't there before. Will that be enough for the Hornets to address their needs and re-sign players like Batum, Lin and Jefferson? At the stroke of midnight — Eastern Standard Time of course — when the calendar flipped from June and ushered in July, NBA free agency opened like one of the seals in the Book of Revelations. The reason for all the commotion that this is a free agency period unlike any before it. The new television money is about to destroy all conceptions of what a good contract is....

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