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Jul 2, 2022
Hornets agree to terms with Cody Martin for four years, $32 million

Hornets agree to terms with Cody Martin for four years, $32 million

David Richard-USA TODAY Sports The Hornets bring back a versatile wing on a very good deal. The Charlotte Hornets have come to terms on a new contract with Cody Martin. It's a 4 year, $32 million deal. #Hornets have agreed to terms on a multi-year deal with Cody Martin, league sources tell @theobserver.— Rod Boone (@rodboone) July 2, 2022 Restricted free agent Cody Martin has agreed to a four-year, $32 million deal to return to the Charlotte Hornets, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 2, 2022 It's a very good deal...
Jul 1, 2022
Hornets announce 2022 Las Vegas Summer League roster

Hornets announce 2022 Las Vegas Summer League roster

Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports A few familiar faces are back along with some interesting new additions. The Charlotte Hornets announced their roster for the 2022 Las Vegas Summer League on Friday afternoon. The event is sponsored by NBA2K23 this year and will be called NBA 2K23 Summer League 2022. Introducing the NBA 2K23 Summer League Roster. : https://t.co/cI39wFt9qK pic.twitter.com/rwVo4e0bTt— Charlotte Hornets (@hornets) July 1, 2022 Rookies Bryce McGowens and Mark Williams will both be present, along with second-year bigs Kai Jones and JT Thor. James...
Jun 30, 2022
NBA Free Agency open thread

NBA Free Agency open thread

Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports Teams are about to be officially allowed to talk to free agents, and news is already coming in. Kevin Durant just requested a trade, and the madness is only beginning. Figured it was a good time to give us all a fresh place to talk about it. This is now an open thread!
Jun 30, 2022
Reports: Miles Bridges arrested for felony domestic violence

Reports: Miles Bridges arrested for felony domestic violence

Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports According to TMZ Sports, Charlotte Hornets forward Miles Bridges was arrested for felony domestic violence on Wednesday evening. NBA star Miles Bridges was arrested for felony domestic violence in Los Angeles on Wednesday, TMZ Sports has learned. https://t.co/QJ9TkviZU7— TMZ Sports (@TMZ_Sports) June 30, 2022 From the report: Law enforcement sources tell us a woman claims she was in an argument with Bridges that turned physical. We’re told police were called to the scene, but Bridges was gone by the time cops arrived. We’re...
Jun 29, 2022
Which players should the Hornets target in free agency?

Which players should the Hornets target in free agency?

Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports We’ve only got a few days before the action truly begins. The mania is almost here. It’s been a couple of years since the NBA had its usual summer free-agent frenzy, and it feels like things are finally back to normal in the world of basketball. The NBA Finals concluded and fans across the league instantly shifted into offseason mode as rumors flew every which way, including some about our own Charlotte Hornets. John Wall was bought out of his contract and already plans to sign with the Clippers and Kyrie Irving was rumored to be traded...
Jun 29, 2022
Mitch Kupchak and Steve Clifford are saying all the right things

Mitch Kupchak and Steve Clifford are saying all the right things

Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports We’ll have to wait to see if they hold true. The Charlotte Hornets got a pretty strong reaction for naming Steve Clifford the franchise’s new head coach a little over four years after relieving him of his duties. Reactions from outside the fan base have been pretty tame, but Hornets fans have generally received the news negatively. Today, Clifford and General Manager Mitch Kupchak sat down in front of the media for almost 30 minutes to talk about it. The questions from the media were professional, but you could sense the confusion based...
Jun 28, 2022
Hornets extend qualifying offers and exercise options

Hornets extend qualifying offers and exercise options

Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via The Hornets did a bit of housekeeping with free agency looming. The Charlotte Hornets extended qualifying offers to Miles and Bridges and exercised Jalen McDaniels’ team option today, according to official releases from the team. OFFICIAL: Charlotte Hornets President of Basketball Operations & General Manager Mitch Kupchak announced today that the team has exercised its option on forward @jalenmcdaniels5 for the upcoming 2022-23 season. : https://t.co/fBt1V8GFHN pic.twitter.com/yyv3P1PG5E— Charlotte Hornets (@hornets) June 28,...
Jun 27, 2022
Trending Hornets: LaMelo Ball made a huge leap in Year 2

Trending Hornets: LaMelo Ball made a huge leap in Year 2

Photo by Jacob Kupferman/ The Trending Hornets series evaluates the career trajectories of Charlotte’s players based on two advanced stats - Player Efficiency Rating (PER) and Value Over Replacement Player (VORP) - as provided by Basketball Reference. PER measures per-minute production standardized such as the league average is 15. A PER above 15 means a player contributed above league average. As a frame of reference, among last season’s PER leaders, the Top 20 players were 21.8 and higher while Nos. 21-40 ranged from 18.9 to 21.6. VORP is a box score estimate of...
Jun 25, 2022
Hornets Summer League signing tracker

Hornets Summer League signing tracker

Photo by Randy Belice/NBAE via The Hornets are gradually filling out their summer league roster in advance of the event, which starts on July 7th. The Charlotte Hornets will be announcing their full summer league roster at some point in the next week or two. In the meantime, we’ll update this post as we find out from various sources on Twitter. Mitch Kupchak stated in one of his press conferences that the “three” rookies from last year—James Bouknight, Kai Jones, and JT Thor—have all committed to play in Las Vegas. I don’t know what that means for two-way...
Jun 24, 2022
Hornets hire Steve Clifford as their new head coach

Hornets hire Steve Clifford as their new head coach

Time is an infinite loop. The Charlotte Hornets have hired Steve Clifford to be their new head coach. ESPN Sources: Steve Clifford has agreed to a deal to return as the Charlotte Hornets’ coach. Clifford, one of league’s most respected coaches among his peers, led Hornets to two playoff trips in a five-year run that ended in 2018.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 24, 2022 Clifford makes his return to Charlotte after spending five seasons with the Bobcats and Hornets from 2013 to 2018. During that time, he made two playoff appearances, losing in the first round...
Jun 24, 2022
A comprehensive breakdown of the Hornets 2022 NBA Draft

A comprehensive breakdown of the Hornets 2022 NBA Draft

Photo by Sarah Stier/ The Hornets drafted a big, then they traded him, then they drafted another big, and everyone was confused. The Charlotte Hornets had what we’ll call an interesting night for the 2022 NBA Draft. They landed Jalen Duren at 13, a surprise to many, then immediately traded him away in a deal that had everyone’s wires crossed. Sources: Hornets traded Jalen Duren to the Knicks.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 24, 2022 The Pistons are acquiring Jalen Duren at No. 13 in a trade, source tells ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June...
Jun 23, 2022
Hornets trade up, select Bryce McGowens with the 40th pick in the 2022 NBA Draft

Hornets trade up, select Bryce McGowens with the 40th pick in the 2022 NBA Draft

Photo by Brian Spurlock/Icon Sportswire via The Hornets add some potential scoring pop in the second round. The Charlotte Hornets have traded into the 40th pick of the 2022 NBA Draft to select former Nebraska wing Bryce McGowens. McGowens is coming off a single season at Nebraska where he led the team in scoring as a freshman. He averaged 16.8 points and 5.2 rebounds per game. His shooting splits weren’t terribly efficient, but he showed some intriguing shot creation upside at his strength. He can get his own shot at all three levels and gets to the free throw line...
Jun 23, 2022
Hornets select Mark Williams with 15th pick in 2022 NBA Draft

Hornets select Mark Williams with 15th pick in 2022 NBA Draft

Photo by Arturo Holmes/ The Duke big man’s freakish measurements and solid defensive presence should help Charlotte improve on both ends. The Charlotte Hornets have selected Duke center Mark Williams with the 15th pick in the 2022 NBA Draft. Williams spent two years at Duke, blossoming into a lottery prospect in his second season. As a sophomore, the 20-year-old big man averaged 11.2 points, 7.4 rebounds, 0.9 assists, and 2.8 blocks on 72.1% shooting from the field. At the NBA Draft Combine, Williams turned in some impressive measurements. He was the second-tallest...
Jun 23, 2022
Hornets select Jalen Duren with the 13th pick of the 2022 NBA Draft, then trade him for a future first round pick

Hornets select Jalen Duren with the 13th pick of the 2022 NBA Draft, then trade him for a future first round pick

Photo by Abbie Parr/ Swerve. The Charlotte Hornets have selected former Memphis big man Jalen Duren with the 15th pick of the 2022 NBA Draft. We’ve been talking about the Hornets needing a center for a very long time, and Duren possibly puts a stop to that. He’s one of the youngest prospects in the draft and is coming off a season where he averaged 12.0 points and 8.1 rebounds per game. He’s a physically imposing presence that has a chance to be a true difference maker on the defensive end of the floor. However, all of the words I just wrote are irrelevant...
Jun 23, 2022
2022 NBA Draft primer and open thread

2022 NBA Draft primer and open thread

Photo by Arturo Holmes/ Talk about your last minute draft musings here The big day is here. Surely plenty of rumblings and other transactions are going to break today in the leadup to the draft at 8:00 Eastern tonight. Of course if anything Charlotte Hornets-related happens, that’ll get its own dedicated post. But you can use this space to talk about all the other stuff that happens as it happens. As for the Hornets and the draft as it stands, they are slated to pick 13th, 15th, and 45th. If you’re trying to be very meticulous about your planning for tonight, the...