Player News - Hornets

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Kemba Walker said he'd be "pretty upset" if he was traded from the Hornets.

He's also in the process of building a new house, and that he put his heart and soul into the team and the city. Walker added that he values he got his opportunity in Charlotte and that he does a lot of work in the community. He said staying with one franchise would be a "special thing" and that he'd love to be one of those guys. Additionally, coach Steve Clifford said he thinks it would be hard to trade Kemba, and that nobody has said anything around the team. Nicolas Batum said he couldn't imagine the Hornets trading him.
Jan 19 - 3:58 PM

The Hornets have transferred Mangok Mathiang to their G-League affiliate.

No fantasy impact here, as Mathiang has appeared in only three games for Charlotte this season.
Jan 19 - 10:38 AM

The Hornets have made Kemba Walker available in trade discussions, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Charlotte is in 11th place in the East, despite having a payroll north of $115 million. Walker is the team's best player, but they need to shake up the roster and including Walker in a trade is the only way to get another team to swallow one (or two) of the undesirable contracts on the Hornets' books. We're less than three weeks away from the February deadline, so we'll keep a close eye on this situation going forward.
Jan 19 - 10:01 AM

Dwight Howard had another terrific game on Wednesday with 18 points, 15 rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks in 29 minutes.

The Hornets won a second straight game on the strength of their offense, which poured in 77 points in the first half alone. Dwight was a model of efficiency, too, making 7-of-13 FGs and 4-of-5 FTs tonight. His final free throws came when Washington chose him to shoot in place of Michael Carter-Williams (ejection), and he drained them both. Fantasy owners who gambled on the 32-year-old have been richly rewarded this season.
Jan 17 - 10:31 PM

Frank Kaminsky (right ankle) finished Wednesday's home win with 14 points on 6-of-14 shooting, two rebounds, two assists, one steal and one 3-pointer.

Kaminsky got hurt on Monday but his speedy return confirms it wasn't serious. That's great news for the Hornets, who are still without Cody Zeller (knee), but it's still hard to rely on Frank while Marvin Williams and Dwight Howard are healthy.
Jan 17 - 10:30 PM

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist dropped 21 points in just 23 minutes on Wednesday, making 8-of-11 FGs and 5-of-6 FTs with four rebounds, three steals and two assists.

MKG is surging with double-digit points in six of his past seven games, and coach Steve Clifford had nothing but praise for him after tonight's game. "[MKG's] having such a good year," he said. "He's playing so well on both sides of the ball. He's playing efficiently and intelligently on offense." His minutes had crept into the 30-32 range prior to this blowout, and he's a solid pickup if he's still available in shallower leagues.
Jan 17 - 10:29 PM

Marvin Williams made 4-of-7 shots with three 3-pointers in just 22 minutes on Wednesday, scoring 12 points in a lopsided win vs. the Wizards.

Williams has been frustrating to own this season, but over his last six games he's averaged 13.8 points, 3.0 triples, 5.5 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 0.7 steals. He's shooting 64.4% from the field in that span, which is unrealistic, but don't hesitate to play him while he's running hot.
Jan 17 - 10:18 PM

Michael Carter-Williams was ejected late in Wednesday's game, finishing with three points, five assists, three rebounds and one block in 15 minutes.

MCW was upset with Jason Smith and appeared to intentionally trip him, then charged at Smith while he was down (see link below for video of the incident). He could face a suspension and deep-league owners should confirm his status prior to Saturday's game vs. the Heat. If he does miss any time, Jeremy Lamb, Julyan Stone and Malik Monk would pick up the slack.
Source: NBC Sports
Jan 17 - 10:17 PM

Frank Kaminsky (ankle) is available to play against the Wizards on Wednesday.

He was called questionable on Tuesday and upgraded to probable at morning shootaround, so Kaminsky should be ready for his usual role. He's not really the strongest hold in shallower leagues while Dwight Howard and Marvin Williams are active.
Jan 17 - 7:04 PM

Frank Kaminsky (right ankle sprain) has been upgraded to probable for Wednesday's game against the Wizards.

Kaminsky tweaked his ankle during the fourth quarter of Monday's win over the Pistons, but it looks like he might not need to miss any additional game-time action. Check back for official confirmation on his status closer to tip-off.
Jan 17 - 11:35 AM

Frank Kaminsky (ankle) is being listed as questionable for Wednesday's game against the Wizards.

Kaminsky sprained his right ankle during the fourth quarter of Monday's win over the Pistons, and he was in a good amount of pain after the injury, so it wouldn't be shocking to see him sit out Wednesday's game. We should have another update following Wednesday morning's shootaround, but if he's out, Marvin Williams and Dwight Howard would likely split most of his minutes. Johnny O'Bryant could also get into the rotation, but he wouldn't be a fantasy target.

Nicolas Batum hit just 4-of-13 shots, but also had a 3-pointer, 14 points, eight rebounds, five assists and two steals in Monday's win over the Pistons.

The shooting was bad, but it was nice to see Batum do some other things, as well. He's had a rough season and his gimpy elbow has slowed him down, but there's still a decent chance Batum has a nice second half. Turnovers have been an issue for him and he had four more today, but he's scored in double figures in three straight and has at least a steal and a 3-pointer in each of those.
Jan 15 - 3:29 PM

Dwight Howard hit 9-of-12 shots and 3-of-6 free throws for 21 points, 17 rebounds, a steal and four blocks in Monday's 118-107 win over Andre Drummond and the Pistons.

Dwight destroyed Drummond today, holding him to just three points, and posted his sixth game of the season with at least 20 points and 15 rebounds. Only DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis have more of those than Howard, and if you discount free throw percentage, he's been worth a fifth-round pick this season.
Jan 15 - 3:21 PM

Marvin Williams hit 7-of-8 shots and 5-of-6 3-pointers for a season-high 21 points, five rebounds and one assist in 29 minutes of Monday's 118-107 win over the Pistons.

The fact 21 points is a season high for Marvin tells you how his season is going, but he has played well recently, scoring at least 15 points in four of his last five games, while grabbing some rebounds and knocking down some 3-pointers. He's probably going to be busy for a few more games as Frank Kaminsky left Monday's game late with a right ankle injury that could keep him out for a few games. Williams looks like a solid add if he's available in your league right now.
Jan 15 - 3:15 PM

Frank Kaminsky sprained his right ankle with about seven minutes left in the fourth quarter on Monday and never returned, finishing with five points, five rebounds and a 3-pointer on 2-of-7 shooting.

He was defending a driving Tobias Harris and rolled it pretty badly on the play. He was down for several moments and in obvious pain, and couldn't stand up the first time he tried. He limped to the bench, and then locker room, and given the amount of pain he was in, it would not be surprising to see him miss at least a game or two due to the injury. Marvin Williams and Johnny O'Bryant would get some extra work if he's out.
Jan 15 - 2:39 PM

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