Player News - Hornets

Date: Team: Pos:

Courtney Lee said that he'd like to re-sign with the Hornets.

"Of course I would like to be [back]," he said. "[I] got a chance to build chemistry and friendships with the guys since I’ve been here and it’s been fun playing with them. Everybody is just playing together. There’s no egos out there at all. It’s always about making the right play and the best play to help win and that’s the kind of guys I want to be on a team with." Charlotte holds Lee's Bird rights, but that doesn't mean he's a lock to return.
Source: NBA.com
May 23 - 9:58 AM

Stephen Silas will meet with Steve Kerr and the Warriors on Monday.

He will be interviewing for Golden State's top assistant's job, a spot that is currently held by Luke Walton. Silas is also still in the running to be the next head coach of the Rockets, and he also has another interview scheduled with Portland, so he appears to be a hot commodity around the NBA at the moment.
May 22 - 1:30 PM

The Warriors have requested permission from the Hornets to discuss the Warriors’ top assistant-coaching job with Stephen Silas.

He's arguably a top-three coaching candidate right now and is just behind Mike D'Antoni for the Rockets job. Silas would move to Luke Walton's position and could learn a different approach from what coach Steve Clifford did in Charlotte. If Silas doesn't wind up in Houston, it may make sense for him to head to the Bay Area.
May 20 - 5:31 PM

According to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle, the Rockets are seriously considering Stephen Silas for their head-coaching position.

Silas is currently an assistant coach for the Hornets and is the son of Paul Silas. Adrian Wojnarowksi of The Vertical is also reporting that Silas "crushed" his interview with the Rockets, so even though Mike D'Antoni is still considered the favorite, it sounds like this race isn't over. If Silas does get the job, Lionel Hollins will be his assistant coach.
May 20 - 12:13 PM

Marvin Williams said in his exit interview that he wants to return to Charlotte next season.

The forward is coming off a solid season with averages of 11.7 points, 6.4 boards, 1.4 assists, 1.0 blocks and 1.9 3-pointers, so his price won't be cheap in free agency. "There’s no question that I want to return," Williams said. "Obviously anything can happen in free agency. It’s basketball and there is a business side as well, but I will let it be known right now that I do want to return and play with these guys. I want to play for Coach [Steve Clifford] again."
Source: NBA.com
May 15 - 9:25 AM

Patrick Ewing interviewed with he Grizzlies on Thursday.

He is an assistant coach for the Hornets right now and did interview with the Kings before they hired Dave Joerger. Coach Steve Clifford seemed to count on Ewing more this season for insight on both ends of the ball. The Hall of Fame center also worked more with the big men.
May 13 - 2:18 PM

The Hornets announced that Kemba Walker had successful left knee surgery in order to repair a torn meniscus.

Per the official press release, Walker is expected to resume basketball activities in early July, so he should be fine long before the thought of training camp arrives. Walker enjoyed a true breakout season in every sense of the term, and there is no reason to believe he'll last beyond the first 25 picks of your next fantasy draft. However, there is some new risk involved. This is the second left knee surgery Walker has been forced to undergo to address a meniscus issue since January 2015, and it's worth noting that he had a torn left meniscus while he was at UConn in 2010, as well.
Source: NBA.com
May 9 - 11:33 AM

Steve Clifford said Jeremy Lin is a better defender than he believed him to be before coaching him this season.

"He’s a much better defender than I realized," Clifford said. "He’s physical, he’s very confident and a very good competitor." Lin has already expressed his desire to return to Charlotte, but he did hint at a desire to opt out and secure a multi-year deal. After resolving the Nicolas Batum situation, Charlotte will likely turn its attention to their other free agents in Lin—assuming he opts out—Marvin Williams, Courtney Lee and Al Jefferson.

Steve Clifford praised Nicolas Batum's playing style.

"He knows how to play and where the ball should go," Clifford said. "He has the size, the shooting and the passing ability to constantly make the game easier for his teammates." Everything that both the Hornets and Batum have said since Charlotte's season ended points to the 27-year-old returning to Michael Jordan's team, but the Hornets are going to have to pay up in order to retain him as Batum will be a highly valued commodity as an unrestricted free agent.
May 9 - 9:19 AM

Patrick Ewing is reportedly unlikely to secure the head coaching gig in Sacramento.

Ewing is scheduled for an interview with Sacramento, but according to sources of Brian Windhorst, the Kings might not even view him as a top-5 option for the job. "The people I've talked to aren't sure that he completely is the head coaching material that people are looking for," said Windhorst. "Other people who've worked with Patrick say he should've been a head coach years ago. But there's a stigma out there that he is not quite the greatest fit for a head coaching job."
May 4 - 1:10 PM

Hornets' GM Rich Cho said that Cody Zeller will work on expanding his range this offseason.

"One thing Cody will work on this summer is his shooting, midrange game and pulling up behind-the-arc also," said Cho. Zeller is coming off a career-year in which he averaged 8.7 points, 6.2 rebounds and 0.9 swats per contest on 52.9 percent shooting from the field. If he could add a 3-point shot to his game, it could only help his fantasy value, but he still won't be worth anything more than a late-round flier on draft day.
May 4 - 11:38 AM

Hornets' GM Rich Cho said that he will make re-signing Nicolas Batum as an unrestricted free agent this offseason Charlotte's No. 1 priority.

"[Batum] is a huge piece. He’s number one in our offseason priority," said Cho. "Overall he did a great job on both ends of the floor and in the locker room." Batum had a solid season in Charlotte, putting up steady mid-round value with averages of 14.9 points, 6.1 rebounds, 5.8 assists, 2.0 triples, 0.9 steals, 0.6 swats and 2.9 turnovers per contest. Batum's ability to space the floor and run an offense also really helped Kemba Walker up his efficiency, and it sounds like Charlotte will do everything in their power to retain him on the open market.
May 4 - 11:27 AM

Nicolas Batum said he has unfinished business in Charlotte when asked about re-signing with the Hornets.

While Hornets coach Steve Clifford said Batum will be the Hornets top offseason priority, the free agent-to-be said the Hornets will be the first call he takes when he becomes a free agent on July 1. "I think it’s a little bit of everything – the coaching staff, the organization, the city and the players, too," Batum said when asked what he liked about Charlotte. We'll keep an eye on Batum as free agency inches closer, but it sounds like a return to the Hornets is a very likely possibility.
May 3 - 10:22 AM

Steve Clifford said Cody Zeller needs to improve his shot from the perimeter.

Zeller shot a career-high 52.9 percent from the field this season, but he doesn't have the size or strength to bang around with the bigger bodies in the league on a consistent basis down low. Developing a perimeter jumper would help Zeller stretch the floor while potentially taking advantage of any mismatches, something that could help his game further grow.
May 2 - 12:09 PM

Coach Steve Clifford called Frank Kaminsky "a big key" going forward.

"He's got courage, wants to be out there. I think he'll make a big step this summer." Frank the Tank's fantasy outlook is directly connected to what the Hornets do in free agency with Marvin Williams, Al Jefferson and Nicolas Batum all set to hit the open market.
May 2 - 12:04 PM


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