Player News - Hornets

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Hornets assistant coach Patrick Ewing praised rookie guard Aaron Harrison for his ability to run the point.

"He's a very confident player," Ewing said. "He's playing a little bit out of position because he's more of a two guard. If he's gonna make an NBA roster the position he'll have to play is the point. But I think he's done a fantastic job. He's running the ball club, he's taking his shots when he has it, but he's also sharing it with other guys on the team." Harrison averaged 13.4 points, 4.8 boards, 3.4 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.8 turnovers per game during the Orlando Summer League, but he will be buried on the bench next season behind Kemba Walker and Jeremy Lin.
Jul 30 - 3:10 PM

Elliot Williams has battled several injuries throughout his NBA career, but he hopes that he can make an impact in Charlotte now that he finally 100 percent healthy.

"Last year was my (first) really-full year of being healthy," Williams said. "Now I feel like I’m 100 percent and ready to go." Williams has a career scoring average of 5.1 points in 13.7 minutes per game, and he has the capability of playing both guard spots. The Hornets already had the maximum of 15 players under contract before they signed Williams, so it's certainly not a lock that they keep him around.
Jul 29 - 9:14 AM

Nicolas Batum posted a picture of the Charlotte Hornets logo on his Twitter feed as a way to shoot down the rumors of his reported interest in the Toronto Raptors.

A report from Grantland indicated that Batum's camp has put out indications that their client would be interested in signing for the Raptors next summer, but Batum's response on Twitter should quiet down some of that noise. Charlotte does own his Bird Rights, so one would think that they would have the upper hand in free agency next summer. With Batum eyeing a hefty paycheck this summer, expect him to bounce back after a terrible 2014-15 season with the Blazers. Check out the link below to view all of Batum's Tweets.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 28 - 3:55 PM

The Charlotte Hornets have officially signed Elliot Williams.

Terms of the deal have not been disclosed, but Williams won't provide much fantasy value even if he's able to land a spot on the Hornets' roster. Williams can be ignored for fantasy purposes for the 2015-16 season.
Jul 28 - 1:10 PM

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

Michael Jordan was reportedly the deciding factor in not accepting a deal that would have traded the ninth overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft to the Celtics.

The Celtics reportedly offered a bevy of first round picks to try and move up from the 16th pick, but Jordan was set on drafting Frank Kaminsky and nixed the trade. While the Celtics would've taken Justise Winslow with the ninth pick, Kaminsky will have unfairly high expectations after Jordan declined the trade. The big man out of Wisconsin will have every opportunity to succeed in Charlotte, however, so he's worth a late-round flier in standard fantasy leagues after a solid showing at Summer League.
Source: Grantland
Jul 28 - 10:48 AM

Nicolas Batum's camp has reportedly put out indications that their client would be interested in playing for the Raptors next season.

Batum will be an unrestricted free agent after the season and his camp has indicated that Toronto is a city that would appeal to the Frenchman's international roots. While the Hornets do own Batum's Bird Rights, a losing season in Charlotte may talk louder than any extra money. For now, Batum will have to concentrate on bouncing back after a disappointing 2014-15, but he has the potential to be a mid-round fantasy steal if he's able to return to form.
Source: Grantland
Jul 28 - 10:42 AM

The Hornets will sign Eliot Williams for training camp.

He worked out for the Knicks earlier this month, but the Hornets will make him their 16th player under contract. Williams has had a handful of really bad injuries in his career and hasn't been the same since his Achilles tear from 2012.
Jul 27 - 5:53 PM

Hornets coach Steve Clifford said that Kemba Walker and Jeremy Lin might play together in the backcourt for limited stretches this season.

It's unlikely that the pair would have much overlap in Clifford's rotations, however, and beat writer Rick Bonnell describes Lin's role as "[creating] offense for the second unit, whether it be getting to the rim, hitting 3s or finding open shooters." Fantasy owners in standard leagues should steer clear of Lin as long as Walker is healthy.
Jul 27 - 12:41 AM

Hornets beat writer Rick Bonnell suggests that Marvin Williams could play "a lot more small forward" during the 2015-16 season.

Williams didn't play any small forward for coach Steve Clifford last year but it was his most common position from 2007-2012, so the 6'9" veteran wouldn't have much trouble adapting to a new role. Charlotte has Frank Kaminsky, Cody Zeller and Tyler Hansbrough all vying for minutes at PF, and even if Williams does play some SF he's unlikely to be a fantasy asset.

Jeff Taylor has reportedly agreed to a one-year, $900,000-plus deal to play for Real Madrid of Spain.

Taylor won't be in the NBA next season, so there's no reason to pay him any attention in any fantasy leagues.
Jul 23 - 2:31 PM

Hornets sign F Tyler Hansbrough.

The Hornets have a very odd power forward rotation with Hansbrough, Marvin Williams, Frank Kaminsky and Cody Zeller. Hansbrough is just going to provide some depth and likely won't be too involved on the offensive side. He can be ignored in almost all leagues.
Jul 22 - 4:30 PM

The Hornets have reportedly agreed to terms with free agent big man Tyler Hansbrough.

Hansbrough, who played for North Carolina in college, seems ready to join a somewhat crowded frontcourt that already includes Al Jefferson, Cody Zeller, Spencer Hawes and rookie Frank Kaminsky. Hansbrough averaged 11.0 points and 5.2 points during the 2010-11 season but his stats have trended down ever since, and he'd be unlikely to earn more than 15-20 minutes per game coming off Steve Clifford's bench.
Jul 21 - 10:29 PM

Jeff Taylor is reportedly close to signing a deal with Real Madrid, according to Shams Charania of Real GM.

Taylor was reportedly close to signing a deal in Israel, but it looks like he'll be headed to Spain unless something changes. We may see the 26-year-old in the NBA again, but he can be ignored for fantasy purposes this season.
Jul 21 - 1:51 PM

Updating a previous item, Jeffrey Taylor will not sign in Israel.

Taylor killed a deal that would have paid him $600K overseas, and now he'll instead look for a different path to take.
Jul 20 - 10:23 AM

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