Player News - Hornets

Date: Team: Pos:

The Hornets signed G Terry Henderson to a non-guaranteed contract on Monday.

Henderson averaged 13.8 points and 3.1 rebounds in 30.9 minutes per game at N.C. State last season as a senior. He is a longshot to make the 15-man roster and should be ignored in all fantasy formats.
Source: NBA.com
Sep 19 - 10:04 AM

Michael Carter-Williams (knee) has already resumed practicing according to Spencer Percy of Queen City Hoops.

According to the report, MCW had stem-cell therapy on both knees in early-September. It's obviously a great sign that he's back on the court, but Percy adds that the PG's status for opening night is up in the air. MCW will likely be second on the depth chart once healthy, but his potential absence would open the door for Malik Monk and Julyan Stone to get some extra run.
Sep 17 - 9:45 AM

Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer said he has no reason to think that Malik Monk (ankle) won't be ready for the season opener.

His ankle injury kept him out of the entire Summer League and coach Steve Clifford said in early-September that it was still bothering him, but he has a full month before the season begins. Bonnell adds that Monk will have to "earn his minutes" this season and Clifford won't play him exclusively because he was a lottery pick. Monk could see time at multiple positions, but it sounds like expectations should be tempered in the early going. He's a better pick in dynasty than in re-draft leagues.
Sep 17 - 9:32 AM

Coach Steve Clifford said Cody Zeller will come off the bench this season behind Dwight Howard.

He was one of Charlotte's best players last season on both ends, as the Hornets were 33-29 with Zeller in the lineup and 3-17 with him on the sidelines. However, he had trouble staying healthy and the Hornets were often killed on the glass. It's possible that this position battle becomes a timeshare, but right now it's hard to get excited about Zeller's outlook.
Sep 10 - 1:18 PM

Hornets coach Steve Clifford confirmed that Dwight Howard will start at center over Cody Zeller this season.

"Dwight is still an elite defender," Clifford said. "He’s one of the smartest players I’ve ever been around." As for the rest of the lineup, it's the same as last season with Kemba Walker, Nicolas Batum, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Marvin Williams joining Dwight. Howard is entering his age-32 season and has been slowed down by injuries the last few years, and he's a poor target in standard leagues because he will singlehandedly tank your FT percentage. As good as Zeller was last season, this could easily become a timeshare.
Sep 10 - 1:09 PM

Malik Monk's ankle is still bothering him according to coach Steve Clifford.

Clifford said Monk's ankle sprain was a "significant injury" and it's obviously the reason why he wasn't able to play at Summer League. Clifford added that Monk is still regaining his conditioning and had trouble finishing an optional workout that wasn't physically demanding. He still has plenty of time to get his body right for training camp and there's a lot of talk that he will play some point guard with Michael Carter-Williams (knee) on the shelf, so we'll be watching him closely during the preseason.
Sep 10 - 11:20 AM

Coach Steve Clifford would like to explore the idea of playing Malik Monk at point guard.

This has been the trendy story following Monk since summer league -- Monk did not play in summer league due to an ankle injury, though. Clifford has said scoring will be Monk's primary contribution, but now the injury to Michael Carter-Williams could force the hand of the Hornets to play their 6'3" rookie at the one. Keep an eye on Monk's role at camp.
Sep 8 - 4:46 PM

Michael Carter-Williams (knee) had Platelet-Rich Plasma treatments on the patella tendons in both knees.

He's had a lot of trouble with his left knee, but getting this treatment on both knees could keep him out for some of camp. Coach Steve Clifford won't commit to a timetable, and it's possible he isn't ready for the start of the season. If not, Malik Monk could get a chance for minutes at the one.
Sep 8 - 4:42 PM

Coach Steve Clifford said there was never any consideration of Michael Kidd-Gilchrist coming off the bench.

This isn't a surprise at all, but the Hornets do have some decent depth at forward now. MKG has been known for his defense, but up until last season it never really translated to the box score. In 2016-17, he put up career highs of 1.0 steals and 1.0 blocks while also coming through at the line with a career-high 78.4 field goal percentage. He's still just 23 years old and should flirt with 30 minutes per game, so he'll be a really solid pick in the later middle rounds of fantasy drafts.
Sep 8 - 3:15 PM

Coach Steve Clifford said that Michael Carter-Williams had a knee procedure in August and may not be ready for the season-opener.

The Hornets open training camp later this month, and we will likely receive a medical update at that point. MCW is coming off a disappointing and injury-plagued season with the Bulls, so this is not an ideal way for him to start the 2017-18 campaign. If Carter-Williams is sidelined, rookie Malik Monk could see increased playing time. Recently signed Julyan Stone could also see more minutes than expected.
Sep 8 - 1:52 PM

The Hornets are finalizing a contract for Eddie Jordan to be an assistant coach.

Ranging from 1996-2010 with some time off in between, he was the head coach for the Kings, Wizards and 76ers, going 257-343 with those teams and getting to the playoffs four times. He also coached Rutgers University for three seasons before he was fired in 2016. Jordan replaces Bob Weiss after the Nuggets were able to pry him away.
Sep 1 - 7:44 PM

Coach Steve Clifford said he's "really excited" about what Jeremy Lamb has done this offseason.

Lamb is putting in the extra work this offseason and it's pretty easy to see why. After getting decent minutes the past two seasons, Lamb is headed for some added competition in the form of Malik Monk and perhaps even Dwayne Bacon, who had some tasty performances in summer league. Lamb will absolutely be behind Nic Batum and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, so don't expect him to get many minutes unless there is an injury.
Aug 31 - 7:33 PM

Hornets G Julyan Stone said he's ready to accept any role asked of him by coach Steve Clifford this season, particularly as a defensive specialist.

Based on his comments, Stone realizes it will be hard to find minutes behind Kemba Walker and Michael Carter-Williams this season. "You want me to guard somebody the last 20 seconds of a game, I’ll do that well," Stone said. "I’m able to adjust." It would likely take an injury for his fantasy prospects to improve.
Aug 23 - 9:54 PM

The Hornets have officially signed G Julyan Stone.

It's reportedly a two-year deal for the veteran's minimum. Stone will provide some emergency depth at the point guard spot in Charlotte, but he won't be a regular part of the rotation while the team is at full strength.
Source: NBA
Aug 23 - 11:49 AM

Coach Steve Clifford said Dwight Howard fits with the team and "the way we play."

"So much of our [NBA] game has become a 3-point game, but most teams still get those shots from inside-out," Clifford said. "To me, he still has a big paint presence at both ends of the floor." The Hornets claim to fame last season was keeping their turnovers down, but they ranked 20th in the NBA for total rebounding rate. Howard getting yet another chance could be a positive and don't forget Clifford has already transformed one former Hawk into an asset with Marvin Williams. We still can't sign off on Dwight as a strong target in nine-category leagues.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 19 - 5:04 PM


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