Player News - Hornets

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Marvin Williams agreed to terms with the Hornets on a two-year, $14 million deal.

Teams continue to fork over serious money and the Hornets were certainly going to overpay after missing out on Gordon Hayward. He is likely going to start and the Hornets could use him as a stretch for as the game progresses. Williams hasn't been a fantasy factor in awhile if ever, so owners in standard leagues can leave him be.
Jul 12 - 7:33 PM

The Hornets are expected to focus on unrestricted free agent Marvin Williams.

The Jazz matching on Gordon Hayward was really the best news for Williams. The Hornets have enough room to sign a couple players, so Hayward's former teammate could be a backup plan behind Lance Stephenson. Charlotte wouldn't be a great landing spot for his playing time with Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Jeff Taylor as his primary competition.
Jul 12 - 2:41 PM

Hornets rookie P.J. Hairston shot 2-of-16 from the field in his Summer League debut, while playing questionable defense.

"I just had an off game. I think it will be a lot better next time after I get a feel for the game," Hairston said. He's already caused a few waves since being drafted by Charlotte, first by getting into a fight with a high-school senior during a pickup game and then swapping cars with troubled Browns receiver Josh Gordon. Hairston will look to take a step in the right direction when the Hornets play the Kings in Las Vegas on Sunday.
Jul 12 - 9:41 AM

Noah Vonleh missed all 13 of his shots from the field and missed both free throw attempts vs. the Warriors on Friday.

Yikes. He also had six boards, one steal, three blocks, three turnovers and five fouls in 32 minutes. Vonleh was a fantastic jump shooter at Indiana last year, making 46 percent of his jumpers, but he rushed a bunch tonight. Now that Josh McRoberts is out o town, the rookie could be looking at some minutes. He'll look to get better vs. the Kings on Sunday.
Jul 11 - 10:52 PM

P.J. Hairston said he met Browns receiver Josh Gordon at a grocery store in North Carolina and chose to swap cars for the night.

This isn't really a huge deal or anything, but it's not a great sign to see Hairston hanging with Gordon. The Browns receiver has been in trouble throughout his career and his days in the NFL could be over after turning in one of the most impressive seasons for a receiver in NFL history. As for Hairston, this just goes as another red flag.
Jul 10 - 11:15 AM

Cody Zeller is projected to start at PF for the Hornets now that Josh McRoberts has agreed to sign with the Heat.

Charlotte drafted PF Noah Vonleh and they're also interested in free agent Marvin Williams, but for now the job is Zeller's to lose. He had a quiet rookie season and assistant coach Patrick Ewing emphasized that Zeller "has to finish it stronger" when driving to the basket -- it would also help if he made more than 28.2 percent of his shots beyond eight feet.
Jul 9 - 9:58 AM

The Hornets are reportedly pursuing FA F Marvin Williams, according to Yahoo! Sports.

Williams was a bit of a mess for the Jazz last season (and his entire career), but did start most of the time. The Hornets need a forward after losing Josh McRoberts, and it looks like they've got their sights set on the former No. 2 pick out of North Carolina.
Jul 8 - 8:38 PM

Hornets rookie P.J. Hairston faces misdemeanor charges of assault and battery stemming from a fight with a high school senior during a pickup basketball game.

Initial reports indicated that the high schooler, Kentrell Barkley, threw the first punch. Hairston is accused of having "punched [Barkley] twice in the head," and he'll appear in court on August 8. Hairston hasn't publicly commented but he did quote Benjamin Franklin on Twitter, writing, "Believe none of what you hear and half of what you see."
Source: AP
Jul 8 - 4:27 PM

The Miami Heat are no longer in the mix for unrestricted free agent Marvin Williams.

Williams had met with Pat Riley and Erik Spoelstra recently, but will no longer be in play for the Heat after they used their mid-level exception on Josh McRoberts. The former No. 1 overall pick averaged 9.1 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 1.3 three-pointers in 66 games with the Jazz last season and has also reportedly been in contact with the Spurs, Wizards, Hornets, Clippers, Magic, and Suns. Williams could serve as a decent late-round target in fantasy drafts if he lands in the right situation, but he's not a player that owners should be targeting.
Jul 8 - 1:03 PM

Hornets rookie P.J. Hairston was involved in an altercation with a high school senior during a pickup game at a YMCA on Sunday.

The high schooler involved threw a punch first, according to Yahoo! Sports, and it's unclear how far the situation escalated. The Hornets are aware of the incident, according to Hairston's agent, but they have yet to comment. Assuming Hairston was defending himself, it's unlikely he'd be punished by the NBA or Charlotte.
Jul 6 - 10:09 PM

Pat Riley and Erik Spoelstra reportedly flew out to North Carolina to meet with unrestricted free agent Marvin Williams on Saturday.

That's an interesting development, but Marvin Williams just doesn't seem like the type of big name free agent that would lure LeBron James back to Miami. Williams has also been in contact with the Spurs, Wizards, Hornets, Clippers, Magic, and Suns. He averaged 9.1 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 1.3 three-pointers through 66 games with the Jazz last season.
Jul 6 - 1:22 PM

Marvin Williams has been talking to the Spurs, Heat, Wizards, Hornets, Clippers, Magic and Suns.

He's said he'd like to stay in Utah, but the somewhat thin small-forward market should create some demand for Williams. He is coming off a heel injury from last season and never really got it going, but the Jazz used him as a stretch four throughout the year.
Jul 4 - 6:08 PM

Marvin Williams "loves Utah and really wants to be with the Jazz" and the team is expected to meet with him on Tuesday, according to Tony Jones of the Salt Lake Tribune.

The Jazz do not need Williams as much as they did last week with a fine draft pick in Rodney Hood at 23 on Thursday. Williams had a tough time staying healthy, only 25.5 percent of his buckets came unassisted, and only had four makes in isolation (Synergy) last season. Teams probably won't be too eager to sign him until the small-forward well dries up.
Jul 1 - 10:23 AM

The Jazz are expected to meet with free agent Marvin Williams on Tuesday, but he's also drawing "significant interest" from teams with championship aspirations.

Williams is 6'9" and has the ability to stretch the court (35.9 percent from deep last season), and he's unlikely to command a large annual salary. That makes him an appealing target for teams attempting to improve their bench cheaply, and we should learn exactly which teams are interested soon after free agency begins on July 1.
Jun 29 - 4:49 PM

Coach Steve Clifford said the Hornets "did a ton of intel" on P.J. Hairston before taking him with the 26th pick in the draft.

Hairston lost his NCAA eligibility for marijuana possession, driving without a license and also for taking too many benefits. After UNC his career shifted to the Texas Legends in the D-League, where he was able to score 21.8 points per game and looked the part of a go-to scorer. If Hairston keeps his nose clean, he could have an impact off the bench in his first season.
Jun 28 - 9:55 AM


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