Player News - Hornets

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The Hornets have been granted permission to interview Spurs assistant Ettore Messina for their head coaching vacancy, sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Kupchak and Messina have worked together prior when Messina was an assistant on Mike Brown's Lakers staff, so there is some familiarity here. This is the first name we've heard connected to the job since Steve Clifford's dismissal earlier in the week, and we're certain we'll be hearing about more candidates in the coming days/weeks ahead.
Apr 15 - 1:54 PM

Kemba Walker said he's not sure if the Hornets are planning to keep him next season.

"I have no idea,"he said. "That is out of my control. I am just going to focus on getting better as a player. That is really all you can do. I don’t know what they are going to do." Walker has one year remaining on his four-year, $48 million contract, and we already know that the Hornets entertained offers for him at the deadline. Walker recently said that he'd like to play for a winner when he hits free agency in 2019, so the Hornets risk losing him for nothing unless they turn things around quickly. New general manager Mitch Kupchak has his work cut out for him.
Source: NBA.com
Apr 15 - 10:11 AM

The Hornets announced on Friday that they relieved Steve Clifford of his head coaching duties.

Clifford was named Charlotte head coach in May of 2013. He finished with a regular-season record of 196-214 (.478 winning percentage). Clifford is the third head coach to be fired since the regular season ended on Wednesday. The Hornets' new President of Basketball Operations and General Manager Mitch Kupchak said the search for a new coach would begin immediately.
Apr 13 - 10:12 AM

Cody Zeller (knee) said he will rest another 3-4 weeks before resuming basketball activities.

The good news is that Zeller had another MRI on his left knee that showed no new concerns, so he should be ready to roll for the 2018-19 season. He's not someone you'll want to target on draft day, though.
Apr 11 - 1:10 PM

Malik Monk scored 17 points with two assists and three triples in 25 minutes in the season finale on Tuesday.

Where would the Hornets be if they gave Monk these minutes instead of Michael Carter-Williams? Coach Steve Clifford was very critical of Monk's defense all season, but he made some serious noise down the stretch with averages of 19.3 points, 3.8 assists and 3.6 triples over his last six games. The Hornets could look pretty similar in 2018-19 because of their bloated payroll, but we'd expect Monk to take on a much bigger role.
Apr 10 - 9:36 PM

Frank Kaminsky matched his season-high of 24 points in Tuesday's 119-93 win over the Pacers.

The Pacers rested three out of five starters, while the Hornets went with their normal rotation in the season finale. Kaminsky hit 10-of-17 shots and 3-of-8 triples, adding seven rebounds, one assist and one block in 27 minutes. He was basically in a timeshare with Marvin Williams all season which limited his upside, and with Williams on the books for another two seasons, Kaminsky will have his work cut out for him to become a reliable fantasy asset.
Apr 10 - 9:30 PM

Dwayne Bacon (right ankle sprain) will not play in the season finale on Tuesday vs. the Pacers.

He wasn't close to a return and this will be his fifth straight game on the sidelines. The Malik Monk show will go on.
Source: NBA.com
Apr 9 - 12:45 PM

Treveon Graham (concussion) will not play on Tuesday vs. the Pacers.

His second season in the NBA is officially over. Graham made 63 appearances for the Hornets, averaging 4.3 points, 1.9 rebounds and 0.6 triples in 16.7 minutes. It's hard to imagine him making a fantasy impact in 2018-19.
Source: NBA.com
Apr 9 - 12:44 PM

The Hornets have officially hired Mitch Kupchak as their new GM.

"In every role and in every stop during his tenure in the NBA, Mitch Kupchak has brought the highest levels of success to his teams. He’s a proven winner," Michael Jordan said. "Having won championships as both a player and an executive, we have confidence that Mitch is the right person to lead our basketball operations, build a winning culture and bring sustained success to our organization, for our fans and for the city of Charlotte."
Source: NBA
Apr 8 - 6:44 PM

Willy Hernangomez went 4-of-5 from the field and 6-of-6 from the stripe on his way to 14 points in Sunday's loss to the Pacers.

Hernangomez added eight rebounds, two assists and one turnover in his 24 minutes off the bench, and he's been playing relatively well over the past four with the Hornets shifting their focus to player development, coming through with averages of 12.8 points, 9.8 boards, 1.0 assist, 1.0 steal and 0.5 turnovers per game on 71.4% shooting. Marvin Williams finished with 16 points, four triples, two assists, one steal, two blocks and three turnovers in 22 minutes.
Apr 8 - 4:11 PM

Dwight Howard posted a 10-point, 12-rebound double-double during Sunday's loss to the Pacers, adding two assists, one steal and three turnovers across 23 minutes.

Howard has had a nice season in Charlotte, not missing a single game due to injury while coming through with averages of 16.7 points, 12.4 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 1.6 swats and 2.6 turnovers per game on 55.6% shooting from the field and 57.5% from the stripe. However, with the Hornets missing the postseason, they may not want to keep D12 around for next year, and he will have some value on the open market on a $23.5 million expiring deal.
Apr 8 - 4:06 PM

Malik Monk scored 22 points on 8-of-17 shooting Sunday, to go with three 3-pointers, five assists, two steals and one turnover in 24 minutes off the bench.

Over the past five games, Monk's usage rate has skyrocketed to 33.6 and he's responded with averages of 20.4 points, 4.2 assists, 3.8 triples, 0.8 steals, 0.8 swats and 3.0 turnovers per game on 48.7% shooting. He's closing out the season strong, and he could be a sleeper target next season depending on what the Hornets' roster ends up looking like.
Apr 8 - 4:04 PM

Nicolas Batum scored eight points on 3-of-6 shooting Sunday, to go with two 3-pointers, two rebounds, three assists, one steal, one block and six turnovers in 22 minutes.

It’s admirable that Batum has been fighting through the pain and getting out there despite dealing with a sore Achilles, but he hasn’t really rounded into form since getting back out there, owning averages of just 8.1 points, 4.7 dimes, 2.3 turnovers and not much else over the past seven games. Jeremy Lamb finished with 12 points, one assist and one turnover in 22 minutes off the bench.
Apr 8 - 4:01 PM

Kemba Walker scored 12 points on 4-of-9 shooting Sunday, to go with five assists, one rebound and four turnovers in 25 minutes.

Walker has looked passive ever since Charlotte was mathematically eliminated from the postseason, and he just hasn’t been very good at all through the month of April with averages of 11.0 points, 4.3 assists, 0.8 triples, 0.3 steals and 28 turnovers per contest on 36.1% shooting. The Hornets have been getting blown out a lot, which has resulted in Walker being limited to minutes in the mid-20s on most nights, and there are no guarantees he'll be able to turn things around on Tuesday.
Apr 8 - 3:58 PM

Treveon Graham (concussion) has been ruled out of Sunday's game vs. Indiana.

Graham has missed each of the Hornets previous three contests. Charlotte may choose to err on the side of caution and keep him sidelined for the rest of the season. The Hornets only have two games left on the schedule after Sunday's contest.
Source: NBA.com
Apr 7 - 1:44 PM


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