Player News - Hornets

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The Hornets announced on Tuesday that Malik Monk is doubtful to play in the Orlando Summer League due to a sprained left ankle.

Monk initially suffered the injury during the draft workout process. He will miss the Hornets summer league training camp in Charlotte, which begins on Wednesday. Per the team, Monk’s rehab is expected to last two to four weeks, and he's expected to be ready to participate in training camp prior to the start of the regular season. Although Hornets fans would like to get an early look at him, Charlotte has no reason to rush his rehab. Thus, it would be very surprising to see him suit up in Orlando.
Jun 27 - 11:48 AM

Dwight Howard said that he belives he will excel with the Hornets and that Charlotte is the "perfect opportunity" for him.

Howard admitted that he has heard plenty of disparaging comments, but is motivated to prove the doubters wrong. "A lot of people have written me off, which is great because it's going to make me work even harder," Howard said. D12 also believes his improved health will play a part in his resurgence. "I think I'm a lot healthier than I have been in the past five years and I think this is going to be my best time." Despite Howard's optimism, this is a situation to avoid from a fantasy perspective, due to the crowded frontcourt in Charlotte
Jun 27 - 10:48 AM

The Hornets aren't expected to exercise Ramon Sessions' team option for 2017-18.

Thursday is the deadline, but Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer said the Hornets won't pick up his $6.3 million option "barring an extreme change in circumstance." Hornets GM Rich Cho has said many times that he wants to address the backup PG this spot this offseason, so this shouldn't be a surprise. If the Hornets aren't able to bring in a quality backup behind Kemba Walker, we could see Malik Monk play some PG during his rookie season -- the Hornets are going to experiment with him there during the Summer League.
Jun 26 - 11:24 AM

Hornets coach Steve Clifford said Malik Monk was one of the most impressive players that he scouted prior to the draft.

"The ability to create space off the catch and off the dribble to get his own shot, which is very difficult to do.," Clifford said. "Plus, he can really play without the ball. He’s a dynamic scorer and he’s also very athletic." Monk wasn't expected to fall to No. 11, so he didn't even work out for the Hornets. Charlotte is obviously thrilled to have him and Clifford said he will give him a look at point guard during the Summer League -- he played off the ball at Kentucky and played the point in high school. With a strong offseason, Monk could become Charlotte's sixth man right away.
Jun 25 - 9:41 AM

With the 40th pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, the Charlotte Hornets have selected Dwayne Bacon out of Florida State.

The Hornets acquired this pick after trading down from No. 31 in a deal with New Orleans. Although Bacon, a 6'5" prospect, was ranked 74th (out of 100) on the Draft Express big board, he has the look of an NBA wing with a 6'10" wingspan and offers intriguing potential. Per Draft Express, some concerns with Bacon revolve around his consistency, basketball IQ and level of engagement.
Jun 22 - 11:30 PM

The Hornets selected Malik Monk with the 11th pick in the draft.

If you’re about buckets, Monk is your guy. The Kentucky Wildcat had a team-high 19.8 points per game with solid shooting numbers: 45.0 percent from the field, 39.7 percent from three and 82.2 percent from the line. Monk’s lack of size at just 6’3" raises some concerns about how he’ll do at the next level, especially with just 20.4 percent of his shots coming within just three feet. Plus, there was also some talk of Monk possibly having to shift to point guard to offset the height disadvantage. The Hornets recently traded away Marco Belinelli, so Monk will likely be their sixth man off the bench as a combo guard.
Jun 22 - 8:49 PM

Hornets coach Steve Clifford said he hasn't decided if Dwight Howard will start over Cody Zeller next season.

Howard is entering his age-32 season and the Hornets have a lot of depth up front in Zeller, Frank Kaminsky and Marvin Williams, so his minutes could be dialed back. He obviously has a long injury history, so that's probably a good thing. The Hornets have committed $54 million to Zeller over the next four years and he has been informed by coach Steve Clifford that his role won't diminish, so maybe this becomes a timeshare. Fantasy owners should move both Howard and Zeller down their draft boards.
Jun 22 - 10:01 AM

Coach Steve Clifford told Cody Zeller he is still a core part of the Hornets.

Zeller appeared to take it in stride and joked he doesn't have to play Dwight Howard four times per season anymore. Encouraging quote aside, the Hornets have liked Howard for over a year and he's the heavy favorite to start. Additionally, the Hornets were playing Frank Kaminsky at the five a lot later in the year, so that lineup option may drop slightly. This also affects Marvin Williams slightly, too.
Jun 21 - 3:23 PM

The Hawks have traded Dwight Howard to the Hornets according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

You know Howard's career is going downhill fast when the Hawks have to attach the 31st pick to the big man in order to obtain Marco Belinelli, Miles Plumlee and the 41st pick. Howard does have a strong connection with Hornets coach Steve Clifford because of their time together in Orlando, so on paper it's not a bad fit. Howard is entering his age-32 season and is owed $57 million over the next two seasons, but the Hornets will be hoping that he can anchor their defense as they look to get back into the postseason.
Jun 20 - 9:08 PM

Kemba Walker will serve as a team captain for the NBA's Africa Game 2017.

While this is a bit of a non-story, it's notable because it means Walker will be healthy in time for this game on August 5th -- Walker underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee back in mid-May, but he was given a timetable of just six weeks. He will be a full go for the Hornets training camp, but Walker is shaping up to be a gamble in the early rounds of fantasy drafts because he's had three surgeries on his left knee in the last few years.
Source: NBA.com
Jun 19 - 10:43 AM

Malik Monk is scheduled for a solo workout with the 76ers on Thursday.

Monk projects to go towards the back half of the lottery on draft day, so if Philly likes what they see during his workout, perhaps they'll discuss the possibility of trading down on draft day. Monk certainly would fill a major need for the 76ers in his ability to shoot the lights out from beyond the arc, so that would be an ideal landing spot for him in terms of fantasy hoops.
Jun 13 - 5:35 PM

The Knicks are scheduled to workout Malik Monk early next week, according to Ian Begley of ESPN.

If Monk is still on the board when the Knicks pick at No. 8, New York will have to seriously consider selecting the sharp shooter out of Kentucky. Although the Knicks desperately need a PG, and Monk is more of an undersized combo guard, he is the best shooter in the draft. In a league that places incredible value on players able to knock down perimeter jumpers, it's hard to imagine Monk falling out of the top 10. In fact, some mock drafts have Philly taking him third overall.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 10 - 11:21 AM

Johnny O'Bryant, Briante Weber and Treveon Graham will all play in the Summer League for the Hornets.

All three players have non-guaranteed contracts for next season and will likely be on the fringe of the rotation if they make the 15-man roster. The Hornets have 10 players under contract for next season and will pick 11th and 41st in the draft, but with little to no cap room, bringing in quality free agents will be very tough -- they will have an $8.4 million Mid-Level Exception and a $3.2 million Bi-Annual Exception to work with.
Jun 8 - 11:59 AM

Suns Assistant General Manager Pat Connelly was impressed with Malik Monk's shooting range during his workout in Phoenix.

"He has one of those strokes that adjusts well to the deeper shot," Connelly said. "He shoots it easy. Even when we were shooting shots behind the NBA 3, he still kind of had the same form and it went in a lot. … He naturally will adjust to that range with no issue." Monk is a capable scorer and lethal from long-range, but taking him No. 4 overall would be a reach for Phoenix.
Source: AZ Central
Jun 7 - 1:39 PM

Dwight Howard said he wants to expand his range to try and lengthen his career.

"I’ve been working on my 3s," Howard said. "Really trying to add some range to my game. Which is gonna be weird for people to see, I guess, they’re used to seeing me in the paint, battling. But in order for me to play longer, I have to expand my game." Over the past five seasons, Howard has connected on just 24.3 percent of his jump shots, and through 13 years of NBA experience, he's gone just 5-of-56 from beyond the arc; so D12 becoming a threat from distance seems unrealistic.
Jun 7 - 11:48 AM


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