Player News - Hornets

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The Hornets announced that Kemba Walker had a successful "minor" arthroscopic surgery on his left knee.

Not good. This is his third surgery on his left knee in three years. The "typical recovery time" is six weeks according to the Hornets, so the good news is that he should be ready to go for training camp. His left knee is a major concern, so fantasy owners may want to tread carefully next season despite the fact that he's coming off a career year -- the first-time All-Star averaged a career-high 23.2 points, 5.5 assists, 3.9 rebounds, 1.1 steals and 3.0 triples on 44.4 percent shooting.
May 17 - 12:39 PM

Miles Plumlee underwent a successful arthroscopic "debridement" on his right knee on Tuesday.

Just when you thought his contract couldn't look any worse. Plumlee will have a timetable of 6-8 weeks, so he shouldn't be in danger of missing any time in 2017-18. He couldn't be any farther off the fantasy radar and will compete for the backup center role behind Cody Zeller.
May 2 - 11:20 PM

The Hornets have declined to pick up their team option on Christian Wood for the 2017-18 season.

Wood didn't make any noticeable improvements during his second NBA season, so this isn't surprising at all. He'll be an unrestricted free agent this offseason, but with career averages of just 3.2 points and 2.2 rebounds, he might need to go through the D-League to get his next contract.
Apr 17 - 6:25 PM

Hornets GM Rich Cho said the team will likely address their backup PG spot this summer.

In short, don't expect the Hornets pick up Sessions' player option for $6.2 million next season. Sessions had a brutal year for the Hornets, averaging 6.2 points, 2.6 assists and 1.5 rebounds on 38.0 percent shooting. He just turned 31 years old and had knee surgery back in February, so the demand for Sessions as a free agent probably won't be too high.
Apr 13 - 11:33 AM

Nicolas Batum played 10 minutes in the season finale on Tuesday vs. the Hawks, finishing scoreless with four assists, one rebound and one steal.

The Hornets had nothing to play for tonight, so coach Steve Clifford limited Batum's minutes. Prior to this dud, Batum had a productive season with averages of 15.3 points, 6.4 rebounds, 5.9 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.8 3-pointers on the season, returning top-60 value in standard leagues. He's under contract for four more seasons and the Hornets don't have the cap space to bring in any significant free agents, so the 28-year-old wing will be looking at a similar role next season.
Apr 11 - 9:59 PM

Jeremy Lamb scored 21 points in Tuesday's 103-76 blowout loss to the Hawks.

Kemba Walker (knee) was out and the Hornets limited the minutes of Nicolas Batum and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist among others, so Lamb logged 33 minutes on the night and finished 7-of-18 from the field with five rebounds, one assist, two steals and one triple. Lamb averaged just 18.2 minutes on the season prior to Tuesday, and while he was productive when called upon, the wing rotation was too crowded for him to make a significant impact. With Batum, MKG and Marco Belinelli all under contract next season, Lamb has his work cut out for him if he wants to earn a larger role next season.
Apr 11 - 9:53 PM

Hornets head coach Steve Clifford said that Nicolas Batum and Marvin Williams will play "fewer" minutes against the Hawks on Tuesday.

Clifford wants to get an extended look at some of the younger guys on the roster, so Jeremy Lamb could see a decent amount of minutes off the bench, and Treveon Graham should be in the rotation again. Frank Kaminksky could see his minutes in the 30s tonight, and he's probably the most attractive target out of anyone in this group. Batum and Williams are a bit risky in DFS with the minutes limit.

Hornets coach Steve Clifford said Marvin Williams will play fewer minutes tonight in favor of young players.

The Hornets have been eliminated from the playoffs, so are understandably more focused on getting a look at guys on their bench than pushing their vets. Avoid Williams in DFS formats.
Apr 11 - 7:03 PM

Ramon Sessions (knee) will not play Tuesday vs. the Hawks.

Sessions was cleared to play on March 24, but he never actually made his way back to the court. With both Sessions and Kemba Walker (knee) unavailable for the Hornet's regular-season finale, Brian Roberts and Briante Weber will split the point guard minutes in Charlotte.
Apr 11 - 6:23 PM

Marco Belinelli (finger) will not suit up for Tuesday's regular-season finale against the Hawks.

There's just no reason for Belinelli to play hurt with Charlotte out of the playoff hunt. Jeremy Lamb will likely pick up most of his minutes tonight, and he might be worth streaming in deep leagues for those seeking some points with a trickle of triples and steals.
Apr 11 - 6:13 PM

Nicolas Batum scored 11 points with eight assists, five rebounds, four steals, one block and one triple in 30 minutes vs. the Bucks on Monday.

He ran the offense a little more tonight with Kemba Walker (knee) done for the season, finishing 5-of-12 from the field and 0-of-2 from the line. The Hornets travel to Atlanta for the second night of a back-to-back set for their season finale on Tuesday, but with nothing to play for, it's not crazy to think that Batum could be rested.
Apr 10 - 11:13 PM

Brian Roberts was quiet in a start for Kemba Walker (knee) on Monday vs. the Bucks, scoring seven points on 3-of-10 shooting with two rebounds, one assist, one steal and one triple in 27 minutes.

Walker (knee) will also miss the regular-season finale on Tuesday vs. the Hawks, but there's just not enough upside here to take a flier on Roberts in most leagues. Briante Weber took over the backup PG duties and wasn't much better, scoring three points with three rebounds, two assists and one steal in 21 minutes.
Apr 10 - 11:09 PM

Treveon Graham scored a career-high 12 points vs. the Bucks on Monday with two steals and two triples in 16 minutes.

With Marco Belinelli (thumb) out, the Hornets gave Graham a look tonight instead of giving Belinelli's minutes to Jeremy Lamb. However, Graham can be left on the wire basically everywhere unless the Hornets decide to rest Nicolas Batum in their season finale on Tuesday. Prior to Monday, Graham averaged 5.9 minutes per game in 25 appearances.
Apr 10 - 11:05 PM

Marco Belinelli (finger) has been ruled out for Monday's game against the Bucks.

Belinelli might not play again this season with Charlotte officially out of the playoff hunt. Jeremy Lamb should pick up most of Belinelli's minutes, and he's someone to consider as a potential 3-point streamer.
Apr 10 - 6:52 PM

Brian Roberts will move into the starting lineup for Monday's game against the Bucks.

Roberts should be starting the rest of the way for Charlotte with Kemba Walker (knee) done for the year, and he could be someone to consider throwing out there as a punt play in daily leagues tonight, as his minutes could be in the high-30s. Per-36 minutes this season, Roberts owns averages of 13.1 points, 5.0 dimes and 1.6 triples per contest.
Apr 10 - 6:17 PM


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