Player News - Hornets

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The Hornets will not tender a qualifying offer to Bismack Biyombo and he is now an unrestricted free agent.

The Hornets are really changing their team this summer. Noah Vonleh is with the Blazers, they added Nicolas Batum, and they think the world of Frank Kaminsky. Bismack actually came around on offense a bit last season, but that's not saying much because he was awful on that end before the 2014-15 season. Expect him to wind up on another team as a backup.
Jun 29 - 5:33 PM

Jeremy Lamb is excited for a fresh start with the Hornets.

It gives me an opportunity to try to get a role and just play," he said. "I’m going to make the most of it. I’m just going to work hard and try my best to put myself in a position to play and have a role on this team." Lamb will have to prove himself after showing very little on a consistent basis during his tenure in OKC.
Jun 29 - 10:12 AM

The Hornets are expected to run a lot of their offense through Nicolas Batum.

"I know my role is going to be different and I like that," Batum said. "I know I can do a lot of things on the court; I’m a very versatile player. So me and Kemba [Walker] can do great things together." He's coming off a massive letdown in 2014-15, but we've seen Batum show the potential of being a top-10 guy.
Jun 27 - 7:58 PM

Coach Steve Clifford said he will try Frank Kaminsky at power forward and center.

That's a scary thought for their defense. The Hornets really needed help from deep as one of the worst teams in the history from beyond the arc last season, so chances are that issue explains Clifford's thinking. Based on some of the reported trade offers for Frank the Tank, the Hornets have high hopes for him.
Jun 26 - 4:10 PM

General manager Rich Cho said he hasn't made a decision on a qualifying offer for Bismack Biyombo.

Usually, it's a no-brainer decision to extend a qualifying offer for anyone worthy of being on a roster. However, the Hornets now have guaranteed money on Al Jefferson, Spencer Hawes, Cody Zeller, Marvin Williams and Frank Kaminsky at their power forward and center spots. It's tough to figure out what they're doing.
Jun 26 - 4:04 PM

General manager Rich Cho said he and Michael Jordan collaborated on the Frank Kaminsky pick.

The Hornets seemed to have committed to Kaminsky since their decision to send Noah Vonleh to the Blazers. Based on some reports just before Hornets made their pick, it appeared Cho was burning up the phone lines to deal their pick. Additionally, coach Steve Clifford called Kaminsky "the best player." The Wisconsin product is going to have to earn his playing time.
Jun 26 - 1:38 PM

The Hornets selected Frank Kaminsky with the ninth pick in the draft on Thursday.

The Suns and Celtics made a push, but they couldn't get a deal done. By now you’ve heard all about the 2015 Naismith Player of the Year. He’s drawn some comparisons to Dirk Nowitzki with a bigger array of post moves, and put up huge stats in his senior year at Wisconsin, averaging 18.8 points, 8.2 boards, 2.6 assists, 1.5 blocks and 1.1 treys on a pristine 59.0 effective field goal percentage. Of course, the big concern is whether or not Frank the Tank can guard anyone at the NBA level. With the Hornets already shipping Noah Vonleh and the team reportedly looking to deal Cody Zeller (shoulder), Kaminsky could be looking at minutes in his rookie season.
Jun 25 - 8:36 PM

Frank Kaminsky won't make it past No. 9 in the draft, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.

There have been four different media outlets saying the same thing. Kaminsky could go as high as four, but it seemed clear Charlotte is fixed on Frank the Tank at nine with Noah Vonleh now with the Blazers.
Jun 25 - 7:08 PM

Frank Kaminsky is moving up draft boards, according to NBA.com's David Aldridge.

This coincides with earlier reports from today that the Knicks could be looking at Kaminsky at four. While that would be a big surprise, Aldridge reports that Kaminsky could go higher than nine. The Hornets are still the favorites to land the 2015 Naismith Player of the Year.
Jun 25 - 4:45 PM

Jeremy Lamb has been traded to the Charlotte Hornets.

Lamb had been rumored to be headed to the Hornets for Matt Barnes on Wednesday, but the Hornets first pulled off a swap with Memphis that sent Barnes to the Grizzlies. Lamb will now be part of a deal that sends Luke Ridnour and a second-round pick to the Thunder, while Lamb will have to hope that a change of scenario helps him develop as a player. Until that happens, however, he can be ignored in standard fantasy leagues.
Jun 25 - 1:16 PM

Updating a previous item, Jeremy Lamb remains on the Thunder.

There was a report yesterday evening that Lamb was sent to Charlotte for Matt Barnes. However, Barnes has been traded to the Grizzlies today, so that means Lamb remains with OKC. He is still very likely to be traded today, but it probably won't be to the Hornets.
Jun 25 - 11:31 AM

Nicolas Batum is expected to start at shooting guard.

He hasn't started at shooting guard since the 2011-12 season, but Batum played shooting guard in different lineups this year. He'll give the Hornets some serious length on defense and he's a much better fit to help the Hornets from 3-point range. Expect him to flirt with several triple-doubles this season.
Jun 24 - 10:13 PM

The Hornets will acquire Jeremy Lamb in exchange for Matt Barnes.

He really needed a change of scenery because things just were not working out with OKC. Lamb couldn't get anything going when OKC needed him the most, making just 38.6 percent from the field before the All-Star break. He'll have to earn his playing time and is not worth drafting in most leagues right now.
Jun 24 - 7:25 PM

The Blazers are finalizing a trade to send Nicolas Batum to Charlotte for Noah Vonleh and Gerald Henderson.

Wow. This one comes out of nowhere. Batum is coming off a really down year, making just 40.0 percent from the field for averages of 9.4 points, 5.9 boards, 4.8 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.4 treys. He instantly becomes the Hornets' best wing and will undoubtedly be the starter. Batum can also make plays, so it will allow Kemba Walker to play off the ball more. Expect Batum to have a bounce-back season and put up top-40 fantasy value.
Jun 24 - 7:04 PM

The Hornets are shopping Cody Zeller for wing players, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.

Additionally, the Hornets could look at Frank Kaminsky at No. 9 in the draft. Zeller had a nice run in January, but he really fell apart down the stretch. He is also recovering from a shoulder injury. The Hornets won't get much back for Zeller.
Jun 24 - 4:56 PM


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