Player News - Hornets

Date: Team: Pos:

Frank Kaminsky underwent a successful procedure to repair a small pocket of air in his chest wall.

He is expected to be sidelined for six weeks. Kaminsky won't be available for Summer League after his rookie season, which included averages of 7.5 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 21.1 minutes per game. He's only a late-round target in fantasy leagues next year.
Source: NBA.cm
Jun 29 - 3:44 PM

The Hornets have extended a qualifying offer to Troy Daniels.

Daniels will be a restricted free agent, and he'll likely see a slight pay increase with the salary cap spiked to $94 million. Daniels is capable of putting up the occasional high scoring outing, but he's not consistent enough to grab the attention of those in most leagues.
Jun 29 - 2:24 PM

The Knicks will reportedly look to upgrade the shooting guard position via free agency.

Kent Bazemore, Bradley Beal, Courtney Lee and Kevin Martin are all reportedly on the Knicks' radar, with Bazemore being their first choice. Beal is will be a restricted free agent, and it doesn't seem likely that the Knicks will be able to lure him away from Washington, even if they come in with a max-deal. Lee and Martin are realistic targets, although they wouldn't have all that much value in New York fighting for touches with the likes of Carmelo Anthony, Derrick Rose and Kristaps Porzingis.
Jun 29 - 12:15 PM

Nicolas Batum, Al Horford and Ryan Anderson will reportedly be some of Washington's top free agency targets.

If Batum winds up in Washington, he would essentially destroy the fantasy value of Otto Porter, and Kelly Oubre would really struggle to get into the rotation. The interest in Anderson is reportedly mutual, although there haven't been any reports of Horford seeking a partnership with the Washington franchise. With Markieff Morris and Marcin Gortat locked up long-term, it would be strange to see Horford sign with the Wizards.
Jun 29 - 11:15 AM

The 76ers are reportedly interested in unrestricted free agent Courtney Lee.

Lee reportedly is more of a backup plan for the 76ers, but there's no indication that the feeling is mutual. While the 76ers could offer Lee a ton of money, it would be surprising to see him choose to join a team going through a rebuild at this stage in his career. The Kings are also said to be in the mix to sign Lee, but Lee's first choice would be to re-up with the Hornets.
Jun 29 - 10:32 AM

Frank Kaminsky (chest) will undergo a minor procedure to repair a small pocket of air in his chest wall.

Kaminsky's recovery time is expected to be six weeks, which means he'll miss playing in Summer League. Frank the Tank averaged 7.5 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 21.1 minutes per game during his rookie season, but is morem of a late-round pick in fantasy drafts as he doesn't have a ton of upside.
Source: NBA.com
Jun 28 - 10:35 AM

The Hornets are looking to re-sign Marvin Williams, sources told ESPN's Chris Broussard.

It makes plenty of sense given Williams enjoyed a breakout season that featured consistent production under Steve Clifford, and the veteran is a nice presence in the locker room for a team that is undoubtedly still growing. However, it's unclear how Williams' role could change with a healthy Michael Kidd-Gilchrist if Nicolas Batum returns as Frank Kaminsky is also in the mix for minutes at the four.
Source: ESPN
Jun 27 - 1:32 PM

Although Charlotte would like to re-sign Jeremy Lin, the Hornets are "fearful" that they'll lose him in free agency, sources told ESPN's Chris Broussard.

The Hornets don't have Lin's Bird Rights, so that makes re-signing him more complicated than it otherwise could be. Lin is expected to meet with three other clubs as soon as free agency opens, and his priority this summer is to find a club that believes in him so he can find a real NBA home. "I've played six years in the NBA; I've played on five different teams. I've played for two D-League teams -- so seven cities in six years. I'm tired of boxes, I'm tired of moving companies, and I want to find a home," he said. "I want to see how good I can become," Lin said. "I'm 27, and an athlete's prime, or at least in the NBA, your prime is usually 27-30. That's when you kind of peak physically [and] mentally and that's where most players perform their best. So I'm going into my prime and I want to see how great I can be as a player, and that's my purpose in free agency -- so I'll just exhaust every opportunity to see which one will be the best for me."
Source: ESPN
Jun 27 - 11:43 AM

Courtney Lee is looking for $14 million per season on his next contract, according to KSTP's Darren Wolfson.

That seems like a big number for Lee, but all asking prices will be inflated given where the NBA's salary cap is headed. It's certainly conceivable—and quite likely—that Lee fetches a double-digit number on an annual basis, and a potential bidding war could certainly drive Lee's price up to or beyond his reported asking price.
Jun 27 - 9:43 AM

Marco Belinelli has suffered a fracture of his jaw bone, according to Sportando.

The report also states that Belinelli is expected to join training camp for the national team on Tuesday, so it's unclear how long he may be sidelined. After the Hornets just surprisingly traded the No. 22 overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft in exchange for Belinelli's services, Charlotte has to be hopeful this injury doesn't have a long-term impact.
Jun 27 - 9:05 AM

Jeremy Lin said that he's "open" to returning to the Knicks, although he doesn't feel it's very likely that it will happen.

"It’s not looking likely, because they just traded for Derrick Rose," Lin said. "But I will say, ever since I left I’ve been open to going back, and I still am. Never say never. That’s the one thing in the NBA. Never say never. So I’ve always been open, but right now, I’m not sure it’s the best timing." Lin will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason, but the Knicks wouldn't be a great fit, particularly with playing time being one of the more important things for him.
Jun 26 - 6:18 PM

Marco Belinelli went to the hospital after being hit in the left eye during an exhibition game for Team Italy on Sunday.

Currently there aren't any additional details regarding Belinelli's eye, although a hospital visit indicates that he could be dealing with a significant injury. A worst-case scenario here would likely be an orbital fracture, and while that would likely force Belinelli out of the Olympics, he'd still have plenty of time to recover for the 2016-17 season.
Jun 26 - 5:03 PM

Marco Belinelli was forced to exit Sunday's exhibition game between Team Canada and Team Italy after suffering an apparent left eye injury.

Belinelli not returning to the court for an exhibition game doesn't mean much, and there's really no way this injury will impact his status for the 2016-17 season. Belinelli is going to be a backup in Charlotte, so he won't be worth drafting in most leagues.
Jun 26 - 4:00 PM

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


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