Player News - Hornets

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The Kings are interested in free agent shooting guard Courtney Lee according to Kings Insider James Ham.

The Kings could use an upgrade at shooting guard and Ben McLemore is rumored to be available in trade talks, so Lee would make sense. Coach Dave Joerger is said to be a fan of Lee and obviously coached him in Memphis, but it's unclear if the interest is mutual. The Hornets traded for Marco Belinelli which might mean they're preparing to lose Lee in free agency, as he will reportedly demand around $10 million per season.
Jun 26 - 9:37 AM

If the Warriors can't sign Kevin Durant, they are expected to look at Nicolas Batum in free agency.

Things aren't looking good for Harrison Barnes' future in Golden State. The Thunder are likely still the favorites to re-sign Durant, while Batum is likely going to receive several max offers and Charlotte will do everything in their power to keep him. For what it's worth, Evan Turner's name has also popped up, but he would be a questionable fit in Golden State since he's not much of a shooter.
Jun 24 - 1:40 PM

Aaron Harrison is headed to Summer League.

If the Hornets don't bring back Jeremy Lin and miss on free agents, Harrison could be playing for a chance to get in the rotation. It does seem unlikely, though.
Jun 24 - 12:45 AM

Frank Kaminsky will be on the Summer League roster, but is not expected to play in many games.

The Hornets didn't really add any depth at power forward in the draft, so Kaminsky's minutes are safe. He looked good in Summer League last year, so he doesn't really have much to prove. He's not a great fantasy target.
Jun 24 - 12:42 AM

The Kings are trading Marco Belinelli to Charlotte for the No. 22 pick in the 2016 draft.

Belinelli took a public swipe at the Kings in May, saying that he wants to win now, and "to make that happen, something has to happen." It's a fine haul for the Kings, who open up more minutes for Ben McLemore and Seth Curry, while acquiring a valuable pick, but Charlotte's reasoning isn't as clear. Belinelli is owed a guaranteed $12.9 million over the next two seasons and could claim a significant role in Charlotte's backcourt, but he's a very dubious fantasy asset.
Jun 23 - 6:52 PM

The Hornets are open to dealing the 22nd pick in the 2016 NBA Draft if a team takes on the contract of Spencer Hawes or Jeremy Lamb.

Hawes is due $6.3 million in 2016-17 and the Hornets would like to get him off their books so they can have some financial flexibility in free agency. Hawes is nothing more than a bench player at this point in his career and doesn't have much fantasy value beyond deeper leagues.
Jun 23 - 9:21 AM

Jeremy Lin declined to pick up his player option for 2016-17, making him an unrestricted free agent as of July 1.

It was already reported that Lin would opt for free agency, so this merely confirms his decision. Addressing his priorities as a free agent earlier this month, Lin said, "To be happy, I need to consider a few things. Of course I am going to consider who is coaching the team, the team’s style, the players on the team and their chance of winning, as well as the on-court time I have and if I have a chance to start." A starting job might be feasible but there are copious teams in need of backcourt depth, so Lin should have no lack of suitors.
Jun 23 - 12:22 AM

Sam Thompson will play for the Hornets' summer league team.

The undrafted Ohio State forward was invited to the Hornets' training camp last season before he was eventually cut, so he will now get a second chance to impress. The 6'7" forward spent the year in the D-League, but his chances of making the final roster in Charlotte might be slim unless the Hornets strike out in free agency.
Jun 19 - 10:11 AM

Hornets GM Rich Cho wants to meet with Nicolas Batum right when free agency begins.

"We hope to meet with him as soon as free agency starts," Cho said. "Our goal is to get something done with him." Cho has previously said that re-signing Batum is the team's top priority, but it will likely take a max offer to get a deal done due to the rising salary cap. Free agency begins on July 1.
Jun 18 - 12:37 PM

Hornets GM Rich Cho said team needs may not be a factor when the Hornets use the No. 22 pick in the draft.

"With eight free agents, I don’t know what’s going to happen, so we’re just trying to get more depth," Cho said. "[Need] is a hard question to answer because we have so many free agents and don’t know how it’s going to play out." The Hornets have eight players hitting free agency, so expect them to take the best player available rather than drafting for team needs. Cho also hinted that he will explore moving up, moving down or trading completely out of the draft.
Jun 18 - 12:32 PM

Jeremy Lin hinted that he will look for a starting role in free agency this summer.

"To be happy, I need to consider a few things," Lin said. "Of course I am going to consider who is coaching the team, the team’s style, the players on the team and their chance of winning, as well as the on-court time I have and if I have a chance to start." Lin made it clear that he was very happy in Charlotte, but they may not be able to afford him and teams such as the Nets can offer him a larger role. Lin is expected to officially opt out of his contract this week, so expect the rumors to start heating up.
Jun 12 - 9:29 AM

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (shoulder) said that he will be ready for next season.

He had surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder back in February, but he said that he's been doing some shooting, lifting and running. While he was only able to make 7 appearances this season, he showed a lot improvement and posted averages of 12.7 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.3 assists while shooting 54.1 percent from the field and 42.9 percent from beyond the arc.
Jun 11 - 12:17 PM

Nicolas Batum, Tony Parker and Boris Diaw will all suit up for the French National Team this offseason, although they will miss the early portions of France's training camp.

Team France's training camp begins June 10, but they will allow some of their main guys to return at a later date in order to rest up their bodies after a long NBA season. Diaw will reportedly join his teammates on June 13, and Parker will join the team on June 19, but Batum's return date has not yet been determined. Batum will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason searching for a max-deal, and the Hornets have said they will make re-signing Batum their No. 1 priority this summer.
Jun 8 - 12:08 PM

Jeremy Lin will opt out of his contract with the Hornets, according to Chris Haynes of Cleveland.com.

Haynes is hearing from league sources that Lin is set to decline his $2.2 million player option and explore free agency. Lin will receive plenty of interest as an unrestricted free agent after averaging 11.7 points, 3.2 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 0.7 steals, and 1.0 three-pointers in 2015-16. We'll have to wait to see where he signs, but Lin could have some fantasy value as a late-round flier in standard leagues if he lands in the right situation.
Jun 7 - 11:19 AM

Courtney Lee said that while he's hopeful he can return to Charlotte as an unrestricted free agent this offseason, he'll be looking for an offer that grants him the most financial security.

"In an ideal world, I’d like to stay," Lee said. "With Charlotte, there’s mutual interest. They’ve already expressed that they want me to come back, but in the same sense, there’s four or five other [Hornets] free agents. So you have to see how the money plays out." With the salary cap set to spike to an estimated $92 million this offseason, Lee should be able to secure an annual salary in the $11-14 million range. Nicolas Batum, Al Jefferson, Jeremy Lin, Tyler Hansbrough and Marvin Williams will also hit the open market this summer, so it'll be interesting to see if the Hornets can retain Lee.


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