Player News - Hornets

Date: Team: Pos:

Frank Kaminsky acknowledged that he needs to become a better defender.

Kaminsky, who is doing "fine following chest surgery to address air bubbles along his lungs," knows that he needs to defend in order to stay on the court. "I’ve got to be a better overall defender. I was overwhelmed at times," he said. "My preparation, obviously, needs to get better. I so want to be a more consistent player. I’d have a good game and then disappear in the next." Marvin Williams is the expected starter at power forward, but Kaminsky has an opportunity to cement a rotational role behind him.
Aug 20 - 5:06 PM

Nicolas Batum said that his quiet play during the Olympics was a product of his atypical role for France's national team.

"They don’t ask me to do what I did all year in Charlotte, the things I was successful at all year," he said. "I will be the same guy in Charlotte, because I will have the ball in my hands more again." He averaged just 7.0 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.0 assists in Rio, but fantasy owners shouldn't let that sway their opinion of him.
Aug 17 - 10:36 PM

Nicolas Batum missed both shots from the field and didn't go to the line against Spain on Wednesday, adding just one assist and two steals in 18 minutes.

Ouch. He didn't shoot the ball until the second half during this loss. Batum had a really disappointing run at Rio, which could be due to him not being in his normal role. He'll be locked in as the starting shooting guard with more minutes at that spot due to Jeremy Lin being in Brooklyn and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (shoulder) set to return.
Aug 17 - 3:12 PM

Nicolas Batum scored 14 points on 4-of-6 shooting Sunday, to go with three rebounds, three assists, one 3-pointer and two turnovers during Team France's 100-97 loss to the US squad.

This one came right down to the wire, and the international squads with solid wing players have really made things difficult for Team USA, as the US squad has struggled to contain the pick-and-roll with their lackadaisical defense. Batum was also a perfect 5-of-5 from the charity stripe, and he's a guy you'll want to target in the mid-rounds on draft day. Boris Diaw handed out seven dimes with five points, one board, two steals and two turnovers, but he won't play enough in Utah to warrant a standard league selection.
Aug 14 - 3:40 PM

Rasheed Sulaimon has signed a training camp deal with the Hornets.

Sulaimon is expected to play for Charlotte's D-League affiliate. There's no fantasy value to be had here.
Aug 7 - 5:20 PM

Nicolas Batum was invisible in France's 87-66 loss to Australia on Saturday, finishing with just five points and four turnovers in 22 minutes.

Batum will obviously have to be a lot better if France wants to make any kind of noise at the Olympics, but we are not worried about his production increasing moving forward.
Aug 6 - 3:26 PM

Kemba Walker is hoping that Roy Hibbert can find his form in Charlotte.

"I think, if he can get back to the level he once was at, he can be a huge help to us," Walker said. The Hornets signed the big man to a one-year, $5 million deal, but he's not even a lock to beat out Cody Zeller for the starting center role. He averaged just 5.9 points, 4.9 boards and 1.4 blocks as the full-time starting center in Los Angeles last season, so fantasy owners shouldn't get too excited. Hopefully a fresh start under coach Steve Clifford will get him going.
Aug 5 - 11:16 AM

Kemba Walker stated during a recent interview that he is now fully recovered from the left knee surgery he underwent back in May.

Walker went under the knife to repair a torn meniscus, but with plenty of time to rest up before the 2016-17 season begins, his knee shouldn't be an issue this upcoming season. Walker really benefited from the addition of Nicolas Batum, and with the Hornets retaining Batum during free agency, Walker should be able to build off last year's averages of 20.9 points, 5.2 assists, 1.6 steals and 2.2 triples a night on 42.6 percent shooting. He'll be an easy top-20 selection on draft day.
Aug 4 - 4:41 PM

The Hornets have reportedly extended a training camp invite to Andrew Andrews.

Andrews led the Pac-12 in scoring with 20.9 points per game, but with Ramon Sessions and Brian Roberts already on the roster on guaranteed deals, it's unlikely Andrews will make Charlotte's opening-night roster.
Aug 2 - 3:30 PM

Treveon Graham has signed a training camp deal with the Hornets.

"We were impressed by Treveon’s play last season in the D-League and followed him closely during his four-year career at VCU," said Hornets GM Rich Cho. "We are excited to add someone with Treveon’s ability on both sides of the ball to our training camp roster." The Hornets don't have a ton of depth at the shooting guard position, so perhaps he can make the regular-season roster.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 26 - 5:46 PM

The Charlotte Hornets have officially signed Mike Tobey.

"We really liked what we saw in Mike during mini-camp and he continued to impress throughout Summer League," Hornets GM Rich Cho said. "He is a talented young big man with a lot of potential and we look forward to seeing what he can do moving forward." Tobey averaged 10.0 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.6 blocks and 1.0 steals in 20.8 minutes per game during the summer league, but this is basically just a training camp deal and he's not guaranteed a spot on the 15-man roster.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 26 - 10:57 AM

D.J. White has signed a deal to play for Torino in Italy.

White is 29 years old and hasn't played in the NBA since a stint with the Hornets during the 2013-14 season. His NBA career is likely over.
Source: Sportando
Jul 23 - 10:32 AM

Cody Zeller (sore right knee) was withheld from participating in a scrimmage with the US Select Team earlier this week, although the injury is not believed to be serious.

A sore knee is nothing to be concerned about, as Zeller has plenty of time to get himself ready for the 2016-17 season. Zeller will likely split minutes with Roy Hibbert at the center-spot this upcoming season, meaning his value in standard leagues will be non-existent.
Jul 20 - 11:40 AM

The Hornets and free agent PF Christian Wood have reportedly agreed to a two-year deal.

The second year is a team option. Wood is coming off a strong stint with the 76ers' Summer League team, where he averaged 13.0 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.0 blocks in just 18.7 minutes per game. Charlotte already has Marvin Williams, Cody Zeller, Frank Kaminsky, Spencer Hawes and Roy Hibbert in the frontcourt, leaving Wood with a negligible role.
Jul 13 - 10:02 PM

Christian Wood scored 17 points with six rebounds, one assist, three blocks and one 3-pointer in just 15 minutes against the Jazz on Thursday.

He loves Summer League. Wood was one making a push to get in the rotation last summer, but it didn't come to fruition out of the gate. He's a year older and was more careful with the ball this week. The second-year UNLV forward is buried on the depth chart, so the deck is still stacked against him.
Jul 7 - 11:06 PM


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