Player News - Hornets

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Small forward Arnoldas Kulboka was drafted by Charlotte with the 55th pick in the Draft.

He's expected to remain in Europe for two more seasons and is somewhat limited, struggling with a handle and defense. He's a draft and stash, meaning the Hornets won't have to pay him. He may never play in the NBA.
Jun 21 - 11:53 PM

The Hornets selected Devonte Graham with the No. 34 pick in the draft, after acquiring the pick from the Atlanta Hawks.

It's unclear what the Hawks are getting back in the deal, while Charlotte lands an undersized PG who played four season for Kansas, culminating in Big-12 Player of the Year honors. The Hornets could be hedging their bets in case Kemba Walker leaves in free agency next summer, but that remains to be seen.
Jun 21 - 11:02 PM

The Hornets selected Miles Bridges with the 12th pick in the NBA Draft.

The Hornets traded the 11th pick to acquire the 12th pick and a pair of second rounders. Bridges was one of the better scoring forwards in the NCAA as he earned a second-team All-American nod during his sophomore season. The Michigan State product did take a minor step back on efficiency from the floor with a 2.9% drop in FG% and 2.5% from deep, but he vastly improved at the line with his 85.3% to help him get to 17.1 points per game. Bridges is also a very strong defender at 6’7" with a 6’10" wingspan, so he would work well in today’s en vogue "switch everything" NBA. He should get playing time right away on a rebuilding Charlotte roster.
Jun 21 - 8:43 PM

Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer noted that Dwight Howard's departure has opened the door for Cody Zeller to return to the starting lineup.

After being stuck behind Howard in 2017-18, Zeller will now compete with Willy Hernangomez and Timofey Mozgov for the starting role. Zeller was a full-time starter in 2016 with averages of 10.3 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 0.9 blocks and 1.0 steals on 57.1 percent shooting, though he does have some durability issues and just recently recovered from knee surgery. The Hornets could add another big through the draft or free agency, but Zeller is back on the standard-league radar.
Jun 21 - 10:46 AM

Timofey Mozgov is being traded to Charlotte in exchange for Dwight Howard.

Mozgov recently expressed to Nets' management that he was frustrated by riding the pine for much of the year in Brooklyn, so rather than cater to his demands they sent him packing. Mozgov will likely have a tough time finding meaningful minutes in Charlotte as well, so there's no reason to target him on draft day.
Jun 20 - 9:41 AM

Cleveland is looking to trade for proven NBA veterans and Charlotte's Kemba Walker could be "in play" for the Cavs, according to Joe Vardon of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

LeBron James has until June 29 to exercise the $35.6 million player's option on his contract for next season and has yet to make a decision. Still, the Cavs are reportedly looking to upgrade their roster whether James stays or goes. Walker had been on the trading block last February, so it's safe to assume the Hornets would seriously consider legitimate offers.
Jun 19 - 9:16 AM

Timofey Mozgov has expressed to the Nets front office that he is frustrated by his greatly diminished role.

Mozgov started the first 13 games of the season for Brooklyn, but then saw his minutes gradually reduced until the calendar flipped to 2018, and he was exiled from the rotation. He appeared in just seven of the team's final 47 contests. "Yes, Mozgov is not satisfied, and Nets know about it. He is motivated to play and hates sitting on the bench," said Timofey's agent. However, the agent also stated that his client would not demand a trade or seek a buyout. Mozgov is not on the fantasy radar.
Jun 15 - 10:10 AM

Timofey Mozgov told Russian media this weekend that he wants to play more minutes for the Nets "or another NBA team."

Mozgov said he's unsure why he lost his starting job 13 games into the 2017-18 season, and wound up falling out of the rotation. He'll be 32 years old when the season starts and has no clear role on the rebuilding Nets, who have Jarrett Allen at center, but it's hard to see any team taking on his guaranteed $32.7 million salary through 2020.
Source: Nets Daily
Jun 10 - 9:21 PM

The Knicks are hosting Kevin Knox, Hamidou Diallou and Miles Bridges for a workout on Saturday.

New York has the ninth overall pick in the draft, and Bridges will likely be seriously considered by the Knicks front office. The Knicks worked out Mikal Bridges and Collin Sexton on Thursday, and Wendell Carter Jr. on Friday
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 8 - 1:36 PM

Timofey Mozgov will play for the Russian national team in the last two games of FIBA Basketball World Cup European Qualifiers.

The Russian team said Mozzy has been working out and continues to be in good shape. Mozgov did not play more than 10 minutes in any game during the 2018 portion of the season, so a double-digit minute workload would be a taller order.
Source: Euro Hoops
Jun 2 - 5:35 PM

The Hornets have hired Ronald Nored as an assistant coach on James Borrego's staff.

The Hornets recently hired Jay Triano to be a lead assistant on Borrego's staff as well. Nored is considered to be a rising coaching star and was Brooklyn's G-League head coach in 2017-18.
May 28 - 11:55 AM

Jay Triano has reportedly agreed to become the top assistant on James Borrego's new coaching staff in Charlotte.

Triano served as Phoenix's interim head coach to close out the year after Earl Watson was fired, but he'll now go back to being an assistant head coach with the Hornets after the Suns decided to go in a different direction with their head coaching gig.
May 20 - 6:50 PM

Miles Bridges said he dropped to 220 pounds.

He was listed at 225 at Michigan State last year and he's still just 20 years old. Bridges made a transition to small forward last season after playing the four in 2016-17. On ESPN during the combine coverage, he said he learned how to score more off screens on the perimeter. That should help him as he could be a lottery pick in June.
May 17 - 7:09 PM

The Hornets are in serious discussions to add Jay Triano to James Borrego's coaching staff, according to NBA reporter David Pick.

Triano served as the Suns' interim coach last season, but Phoenix decided to go in a different direction earlier this month when they hired Igor Kokoskov.
May 15 - 11:13 AM

Item one of Hornets head coach James Borrego's job description is to make the young guys better now, including former No. 2 pick Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.

Kidd-Gilchrist, as well as big man Frank Kaminsky, are two guys who are still young and talented, but clearly need more development in their game. "I think our biggest room for growth is internal," Borrego said. "There’s a group of young guys that, after this summer, should take a major leap." However, if they don't get better their roles could shrink next season.
May 13 - 9:51 AM


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