Player News - Hornets

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Steve Clifford said Cody Zeller needs to improve his shot from the perimeter.

Zeller shot a career-high 52.9 percent from the field this season, but he doesn't have the size or strength to bang around with the bigger bodies in the league on a consistent basis down low. Developing a perimeter jumper would help Zeller stretch the floor while potentially taking advantage of any mismatches, something that could help his game further grow.
May 2 - 12:09 PM

Coach Steve Clifford called Frank Kaminsky "a big key" going forward.

"He's got courage, wants to be out there. I think he'll make a big step this summer." Frank the Tank's fantasy outlook is directly connected to what the Hornets do in free agency with Marvin Williams, Al Jefferson and Nicolas Batum all set to hit the open market.
May 2 - 12:04 PM

Nicolas Batum, who will be an unrestricted free agent this summer, said that he's open to re-signing with the Hornets.

"When I came here they let me know they wanted me to be one of the [top] two options with Kemba [Walker]," he said. "I liked that. I like that they trusted me." He then added: "It was a pretty cool year. First time I got to play like I want to in eight years in the NBA." The second quote is an important one to focus on when projecting Batum's future. A versatile contributor entering his prime, Batum will be a sought after commodity in free agency and the Hornets will have to pay big money to keep him. Despite Michael Kidd-Gilchrist's expected from shoulder surgery, Charlotte should do everything possible to prioritize Batum's return. "Why not? I don’t know [what will happen in] a crazy summer for a lot of people. But why not? I want to talk to them first, for sure. July 1 will be a crazy day, but will Charlotte be my first call? Yes."
May 2 - 11:57 AM

Marvin Williams, who will become an unrestricted free agent, made it clear that he wants to remain with the Hornets.

"There's no question," Williams said. "I want to return. I'll let it be known right now this is the most fun I've had in a season." The veteran enjoyed a year in which he finally found consistency under Steve Clifford, averaging 11.7 points while posting career-high marks in rebounds (6.4), blocks (1.0), 3-pointers made (1.9) and 3-point percentage (40.2).
May 2 - 11:13 AM

In stating his desire to return to Charlotte in free agency, Al Jefferson called the Hornets his "best situation."

Jefferson also revealed he'd be okay with continuing to come off the bench if he returns and it gives the Hornets their best chance to win, something the front office has to be happy about hearing. Big Al cited the team's potential ceiling with a healthy Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (shoulder surgery) as another reason to be back, but as always, it will come down to dollars and sense. For what it's worth, Jefferson expressed a desire to end his career in Charlotte.
May 2 - 11:08 AM

Jeremy Lin expressed his desire to return to the Hornets next season.

"I definitely want to play with these guys and for this coach. No question in my mind that I'm interested in coming back," he said. Lin holds a player option for a shade over $2 million for next year, but hinted he may choose to opt out in search of a larger average annual salary and multi-year security.
May 2 - 10:54 AM

Spencer Hawes (knee sprain) did not leave the bench on Sunday vs. the Heat.

He was available to play, so we will take him off the injury report now that he has a full offseason to recover. Hawes is under contract with the Hornets through the 2017-18 season, so he will likely reprise his role off the bench next season. He finished the 2015-16 regular season with averages of 6.0 points, 4.3 boards and 1.9 assists in 18.2 minutes per game.
May 1 - 4:11 PM

Frank Kaminsky was benched at halftime in Sunday's Game 7 loss to the Heat, finishing with 12 points, six boards, two assists, one block and two 3-pointers in 31 minutes.

He missed a lot of easy looks around the rim and shot just 3-of-15 from the field, and his defense wasn't great either. The rookie didn't make a significant impact this season due to the emergence of Marvin Williams, but he could have a larger role next season depending on what the Hornets do with Al Jefferson and Williams in free agency.
May 1 - 4:07 PM

Nicolas Batum (foot) played 29 minutes on Sunday vs. the Heat, scoring 10 points on 3-of-9 shooting with five boards, two assists and one 3-pointer.

Hornets coach Steve Clifford said before the game that Batum was only going to play seven or eight minutes in each half, so he must've felt a little better than expected and he even started the second half. Batum hasn't been 100 percent for weeks, so the only good thing about the Hornets being eliminated is that he will finally have some time off to rehab his injury. "To have so many young guys, so many new guys, we had a great season," Batum said. "We need to move on right away and get better." He is a free agent this summer, but it sounds like the Hornets have an excellent chance to re-sign him.
May 1 - 4:01 PM

Hornets coach Steve Clifford said that Marvin Williams played through an elbow injury during the series against the Heat.

That explains a lot. Williams scored just five points on 1-of-3 shooting in Sunday's Game 7 loss with five rebounds in 33 minutes, and he was averaging just 5.2 points on 27.1 percent shooting in the previous six games. Williams deserves a pass for playing through the injury, but it would've been nice to get a heads up from the Hornets a lot earlier. Regardless, Williams was one of the most improved players in the NBA this season and could get a significant raise when he hits free agency this summer.
May 1 - 3:54 PM

Kemba Walker scored just nine points on 3-of-16 shooting in Sunday's 106-73 loss to the Heat in Game 7, adding six assists, two boards, one steal and one 3-pointer.

His nine points were the second fewest in a Game 7 by a player who averaged 25 points per game in the first six games of a series. As bad as Walker was on Sunday, he had a breakout campaign with averages of 20.9 points, 5.2 assists, 4.4 boards, 1.6 steals and 2.2 3-pointers during the regular season, returning top-20 value in standard 9-cat leagues. The 25-year-old guard will be a solid early-round pick in fantasy drafts next season.
May 1 - 3:47 PM

Nicolas Batum (foot) started the second half in place of Frank Kaminsky on Sunday vs. the Heat.

Batum was only supposed to play seven or eight minutes in each half according to coach Steve Clifford before the game, but he's already up to 16 minutes at the half. He isn't close to 100 percent and he's not moving that well either, but the Hornets have no choice but to play him if they want to escape Miami with a win.
May 1 - 2:22 PM

Spencer Hawes (knee sprain) is available to play in Game 7 vs. the Heat on Sunday.

Originally expected to miss at least a week of action, Hawes was a late addition to the active roster and it's not a guarantee that he plays. Even if he does get some action, his minutes will likely be limited to the teens.
May 1 - 12:36 PM

Nicolas Batum (foot) and Spencer Hawes (knee) are available to play on Sunday vs. the Heat.

Hornets coach Steve Clifford said that while Batum is feeling better, he's still not 100 percent and will likely be limited to just seven or eight minutes per half in Game 7. To be clear, Batum is too risky to deploy in most fantasy formats. We'll let you know how he holds up after the game.
May 1 - 12:35 PM

Spencer Hawes (knee sprain) has been upgraded to questionable for Game 7 vs. the Heat on Sunday.

He was supposed to be sidelined for at least a week, so this is definitely a surprise. Hawes will warm up and try to play, but he will only see minutes in the teens at best if he's cleared.
May 1 - 12:01 PM


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