Player News - Hornets

Date: Team: Pos:

The Hornets are "exploring other options" at point guard according to Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer.

The Hornets have their starter in Kemba Walker and backup in Michael Carter-Williams, but the team is still looking to add another PG which doesn't bode well for Briante Weber. The defensive specialist had a strong Summer League with averages of 11.6 points, 4.0 boards, 2.8 assists and 2.8 steals, but his ability to run an offense still needs a lot of work. Weber's contract becomes guaranteed in August, so expect a decision in the next few weeks. With Malik Monk expected to run some point as well, Weber likely won't be in the rotation if he makes the 15-man roster.
Jul 16 - 9:50 AM

The Knicks may consider signing Ramon Sessions.

New York desperately needs to add a point guard or will risk entering the 2017-18 season with Ron Baker as their starting PG. Sessions is coming off a disappointing season in which he averaged 6.2 points and 2.6 assists, while shooting just 38.0 percent from the floor, before undergoing season-ending knee surgery in February. The Knicks can only offer the veteran's minimum, but Sessions may not receive a better offer. He actually might have some fantasy value in deeper leagues if he landed a starting gig in New York.
Jul 13 - 10:22 AM

Michael Carter-Williams said he's ready for a fresh start in Charlotte after a rough season with the Bulls.

MCW missed training camp with the Bulls (knee bruise) and said he never got a grip of the playbook, and he added that "everything in the organization was going in a different direction." He described the Hornets as a "bright light" and believes that he can "be a big help." Signed to a one-year, $2.7 million deal, MCW will try to win the backup PG job behind Kemba Walker, but he has his work cut out for him because Malik Monk is also hoping to log some minutes at the one. Fantasy owners will want to avoid MCW for now.
Jul 9 - 9:42 AM

Dwayne Bacon and the Hornets agreed to a three-year deal with two years guaranteed.

He was on fire on Thursday with 29 points, which may have been enough to help him get this deal. It probably helped him that Malik Monk didn't play, which allowed Bacon to have more opportunities. The second-round pick will almost certainly be up and down in the G League.
Jul 6 - 2:46 PM

Dwayne Bacon scored 29 points in Thursday's Summer League win over the Magic.

The second-round pick out of Florida State hit 11-of-20 from the field with eight boards, one assist and one steal. The East is getting weaker and the Hornets should compete for a playoff spot, so Bacon doesn't have a great outlook with Nicolas Batum, Malik Monk and Jeremy Lamb ahead of him on the depth chart. Prior to Thursday, Bacon was averaging 12.0 points, 3.3 boards and 1.0 assists.
Jul 6 - 1:09 PM

Treveon Graham (left hamstring soreness) will not play in Thursday's Summer League game.

It's his second game in a row on the shelf, but he has played well in Orlando with 17.0 points per game. He's on the roster bubble with a non-guaranteed contract for 2017-18, but he isn't expected to crack the rotation if he makes the team.
Jul 6 - 9:37 AM

Treveon Graham (left hamstring soreness) and Gabe York (right hip flexor strain) will not play Wednesday against the Pistons.

Graham is on the roster bubble right now and will have to compete with some of the rookie wings to make the 15-man cut. Graham was playing well before with 17.0 points per game to start Summer League.
Jul 5 - 4:19 PM

Hornets forward Treveon Graham is making a case to make the 15-man roster according to Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer.

He's arguably been Charlotte's best player during the first two games of the Summer League, averaging 17.0 points, 8.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.5 steals. The Hornets have decent depth on the wings, so Graham is likely still on the outside looking in when it comes to playing time. He's owed a non-guaranteed salary of $1.3 million in 2017-18.
Jul 3 - 10:10 AM

Hornets sign G Malik Monk.

Monk won't play during Summer League due to a sprained left ankle. It's a lost opportunity for Monk to get his feet wet at the NBA level, while the team evaluates him, but the No. 11 pick is still likely to play a substantial role at both guard positions this year. For fantasy purposes, he'll be a late-round gamble in the hopes that he can offer more than points and 3-pointers as a rookie.
Jul 2 - 8:32 PM

Michael Carter-Williams has agreed to a one-year, $2.7 million deal with the Hornets, according to Jeff Goodman of ESPN.com.

The Hornets continue to make some weird moves with their backcourt. This news comes a few hours after Malik Monk said he's expecting to play some point guard, so MCW in the mix could affect that, as well. Carter-Williams has some length to guard twos, but his lack of shooting figures to limit him as a producer on offense.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 1 - 6:19 PM

Briante Weber scored 17 points during a win over the Heat on Saturday, adding five rebounds, two assists, four steals and one 3-pointer in 29 minutes.

In a halftime interview, Malik Monk said he is expecting to play "a lot" of point guard, so that could affect hoe Weber gets his minutes. Weber has shown he can feast on lower-level competition and he's been a solid defender even at the NBA level, so expect him to have a productive month. He's not on the fantasy radar yet.
Jul 1 - 2:24 PM

On NBATV, Malik Monk (ankle) said the Hornets are expecting him to play point guard "a lot."

He is not playing on Saturday and said he sprained his ankle three weeks before he started working out for teams in pre-draft meetings. Monk said he landed on someone's foot to cause the injury. He said he's been getting treatment on his ankle every day and has been around the team a lot. The rookie guard figures to be a combo guard and should be in the rotation, but likely won't have much fantasy value while the starting unit is healthy.
Jul 1 - 12:03 PM

Michael Carter-Williams received a phone call from the Rockets at the start of free agency.

ESPN's Marc Spears is reporting that MCW is also drawing interest from the Knicks, Thunder, Mavericks, Pelicans and Hornets. Carter-Williams is coming off a disappointing season in which he averaged career-lows in points (6.6), assists (2.5), FG percentage (.366) and assist rate (.200). However, the former Rookie of the Year is still just 25 years old and possesses a rare combination of size and skill.
Jul 1 - 11:55 AM

The Thunder could be in contact with Michael Carter-Williams this weekend, according to Royce Young of ESPN.com.

While the Thunder do need a backup PG, this probably isn't the best fit. Carter-Williams may get some interest from teams, but the days of him being a starter on opening night are likely over.
Jun 30 - 7:09 PM

Hornets GM Rich Cho is not anticipating an active free agency period for his team.

"It will be a lot different," Cho said. "Last summer we had tons of free agents [to consider re-signing] and cap room. This summer we have just a couple of spots open." Once the action begins, Charlotte is expected to prioritize finding a capable backup to play behind Kemba Walker.
Jun 29 - 6:57 PM


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