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Cody Zeller | Center/Forward

Team: Charlotte Hornets
Age / DOB:  (22) / 10/5/1992
Ht / Wt:  7'0' / 240
College: Indiana
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Hornets head coach Steve Clifford said that Cody Zeller's rehab from shoulder surgery has gone well and that he has been working on his shooting.
"He did a great job -- everything he could have done with the rehab," Clifford said. "He’s been on the floor for the last seven weeks, doing a lot of shooting. He’s back to the same weight he was after losing some weight with the injury." Zeller appears to be on track to be 100 percent for training camp, and he will be eager to prove himself after a mildly disappointing 2014-15 campaign in which he averaged 7.6 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 0.5 steals and 0.8 blocks. The Hornets brought in Frank Kaminsky who could potentially start right out of the gate, so there is no real reason to draft Zeller in standard leagues. Aug 29 - 1:25 PM

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The Charlotte Hornets have reportedly discussed trades involving Cody Zeller.

This isn't a huge surprise as the Hornets are committed to giving Frank Kaminsky every opportunity to succeed after taking him with the ninth overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft. Zeller would have to fall into the perfect situation to provide any fantasy value in standard leagues and he'll remain more of a deep league option unless that happens.
Source: Grantland
Jul 28 - 11:23 AM

The Hornets are shopping Cody Zeller for wing players, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.

Additionally, the Hornets could look at Frank Kaminsky at No. 9 in the draft. Zeller had a nice run in January, but he really fell apart down the stretch. He is also recovering from a shoulder injury. The Hornets won't get much back for Zeller.
Jun 24 - 4:56 PM

Hornets general manager Rich Cho said that Cody Zeller (shoulder) is making good progress and that he should be able to start shooting in a couple of weeks.

Zeller had surgery on his shoulder back in late April, and his initial timetable was slated for three months. The fact that he will be shooting in a couple of weeks is obviously good news, and he is expected to be cleared for full activity by the end of July. Noah Vonleh showed some life towards the end of the 2014-15 season and Marvin Williams is still hanging around, so Zeller has plenty of competition for minutes at power forward next season.
Jun 18 - 11:22 AM

Cody Zeller had successful surgery to repair a tendon and remove a bone spur and scar tissue from his right shoulder.

He's expected to need three months to recover from the surgery. Zeller was plagued by his shoulder injury for most of the second half, missing 19 of the final 20 games of the season. He'll look to improve his range as a shooter next season. Zeller may have some extra competition from Noah Vonleh in training camp.
Apr 22 - 4:15 PM

Cody Zeller (shoulder) said he will undergo a small procedure to repair his rotator cuff.

Zeller's estimated timetable is four-to-six weeks, so he should be healed in plenty of time for training camp. The 22-year-old showed improvement in his second season, but his averages of 7.6 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 0.5 steals, and 0.8 blocks still leave something to be desired for fantasy owners. While Zeller deserves a look in deeper leagues next season, he shouldn't be more than a late-round flier for owners in standard leagues.
Apr 16 - 12:29 PM

Hornets coach Steve Clifford says Cody Zeller needs to become a 3-point shooter since he's not really much of a threat in post.

"Cody Zeller is ready to start shooting the corner three," Clifford said on Thursday. "If you’re not a post-up threat, you need to be a range-shooting threat." A shoulder injury ended Zeller's season early and he never really became all that effective this season. If he can develop a long-range game he could become another Philadelphia version of Spencer Hawes, who was able to get rebounds, block shots, hit threes and score when he was with the Sixers. Either way, he won't be worth a look in fantasy until late in drafts next season.
Apr 16 - 12:23 PM

Cody Zeller (shoulder), Lance Stephenson (toe) and P.J. Hairston (knee) will not play against the Raptors on Wednesday.

This is just a formality, as Zeller never had a realistic shot of playing tonight. We will track his progress closely in the coming weeks, but his shoulder injury is a little concerning. Marvin Williams and Noah Vonleh will both benefit for the short-handed Hornets.

Cody Zeller (shoulder) will not play against the Rockets on Monday.

He aggravated his shoulder injury last month and has been out since Mar. 20. Zeller's season is likely over. It was Noah Vonleh who was the most impressive Hornet on Sunday, so he's someone to watch tonight. Expect Jason Maxiell to get close to 20 minutes as well.
Apr 13 - 5:18 PM

Cody Zeller (shoulder) will not play Sunday vs. the Pistons.

Marvin Williams will get another start tonight, but he has been struggling mightily over the past three games, so this is a situation that should be avoided in most leagues.
Apr 12 - 3:10 PM

Cody Zeller (shoulder) will not play Friday vs. the Hawks.

This will be Zeller's 12th consecutive game on the sidelines, and with no clear return date in sight, he belongs on the waive wire in all leagues. Marvin Williams will continue to start in his absence, but he has really cooled off lately, scoring just one and eight points in his previous two outings.
Apr 10 - 12:27 PM

Cody Zeller (shoulder), Al Jefferson (knee) and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (ankle) will not play against the Raptors on Wednesday.

All three players are not close to a return and could be out for the rest of the season. The Hornets could also be without Lance Stephenson, so they could be very shorthanded. Marvin Williams and Bismack Biyombo are worth owning in standard leagues.
Apr 8 - 4:44 PM

Cody Zeller (shoulder) has been ruled out for Tuesday's game vs. Miami.

This will be Zeller's 10th consecutive game on the sidelines, and it'll again be Marvin Williams in the starting lineup. Zeller still can't effectively raise his arms above his shoulders, so we'll be considering him doubtful for Wednesday's game against the Raptors as well. Williams is worth a look for owners seeking some 3-point shooting, while Zeller can be sent to the wire in all formats.
Apr 7 - 5:08 PM

Cody Zeller (shoulder) is still unable to effectively raise his arms above his shoulders.

Zeller has missed nine consecutive games with his sprained right shoulder and is likely out until at least Friday's game against the Hawks. With such uncertainty surrounding his return, fantasy owners can feel free to cut bait with Zeller and take a look at de factor starter Marvin Williams.
Apr 7 - 12:53 PM

Cody Zeller (shoulder) has been ruled our for Saturday's game vs. the 76ers, and head coach Steve Clifford said the earliest he'd be able to return would be Tuesday vs. the Heat.

We'll be considering Zeller questionable for Tuesday's game, which means that Marvin Williams has at least two more games as a starter. Williams has been playing well lately, and he's worth a look in deep leagues for owners seeking some 3-point shooting.
Apr 3 - 5:56 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PG1Kemba Walker
2Jeremy Lin
3Brian Roberts
4Aaron Harrison
SG1Nicolas Batum
2Jeremy Lamb
3Troy Daniels
4Elliot Williams
SF1Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
2P.J. Hairston
3Sam Thompson
PF1Frank Kaminsky
2Marvin Williams
3Tyler Hansbrough
4Cody Zeller
C1Al Jefferson
2Spencer Hawes
3Jason Washburn