Player News - Hornets

Date: Team: Pos:

Hornets coach Steve Clifford said that while rookies Noah Vonleh and P.J. Hairston have "starter's talent" they will not have a significant role with the team next season.

Clifford has really driven the point home this offseason that Vonleh will be brought along slowly, so owners should really temper their expectations as it looks like it might take an injury for Vonleh to see some serious time on the court. Hairston is going to be competing for minutes behind Lance Stephenson, Gary Neal, and Gerald Henderson, so he too will have a tough time contributing meaningful numbers on a nightly basis. It looks like both promising rookies have departed from the standard league conversation.
Jul 21 - 4:38 PM

The Hornets officially signed Marvin Williams on Monday.

"We’re excited to add a player of Marvin’s caliber to our team," said Hornets GM Rich Cho. "He will be a key piece of our frontcourt rotation with his versatility and ability to play both forward positions." It appears that the Hornets will be starting Williams, but that doesn't mean that he'll be a fantasy factor in standard leagues. Williams averaged 9.3 points, 5.2 rebound, 1.2 assists, and 1.3 three-pointers as a starter for the Jazz last season.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 21 - 3:21 PM

President Larry Bird said he feels "really bad" about losing Lance Stephenson.

"I hope it doesn't interfere with our relationship," Bird said. "But I did what I could possibly do to keep him here. Even if he didn't have any other offers, I was committed to giving him that $44 million because I believe in the kid." Stephenson will likely start at shooting guard for the Hornets next season and bump Gerald Henderson over to small forward for some of his playing time.
Jul 21 - 12:15 PM

Hornets rookie P.J. Hairston scored a game-high 27 points in a losing effort on Sunday, as Charlotte was eliminated in the semifinals of the Las Vegas Summer League.

Assistant coach Patrick Ewing said this week that Hairston "has the ability to be a rotational player in the NBA," and he has a chance to carve out a bench role during the regular season. He made three 3-pointers with seven rebounds and one steal in Sunday's game, but will need to improve his shot selection -- through six games he was shooting a mere 32.3 percent from the field.
Jul 20 - 8:07 PM

The Hornets' coaching staff has encouraged Cody Zeller to improve his offensive repertoire in post-ups and isolations.

The bulk of Zeller's offense last season came in pick-and-rolls and spot-ups, and the fleet big man was most effective in transition. Assistant coach Patrick Ewing was also critical of Zeller's defense in a recent interview, saying, "We need for [Zeller] to do it on both ends, not just look to score." He played well at Summer League but faces competition from Marvin Williams and rookie Noah Vonleh, and there are no guarantees that he'll have a breakthrough sophomore campaign.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 20 - 2:52 PM

Al Jefferson is excited to be playing alongside Lance Stephenson.

"I’m excited about Lance," Jefferson said. "We’re all going to be on the same page as far as defense, and defense dictates the offense. But Lance is a playmaker. That’s the reason he led the NBA in triple-doubles last year. He’s got this nastiness about his game that you want on your team. I was really excited to hear he signed with us and he wanted to do that. I think he’s got a lot to prove, and he wants to show people he can be a great superstar in this league." Stephenson is set to have big year in Charlotte.
Source: NBC Sports
Jul 20 - 9:57 AM

Noah Vonleh kept his improvement trend going on Saturday, scoring 12 points with 10 boards and one block in 28 minutes.

He showed some great awareness and low-post presence today. Vonleh started his summer league with an 0-of-13 showing, but then put up three double-doubles in his next five games. The ceiling is there for the 2014 lottery pick once he puts on some extra size. It may just take a year before he really makes a splash.
Jul 19 - 6:41 PM

Lance Stephenson officially signed with the Hornets on Friday.

Stephenson had a breakout season last year, leading the league in triple-doubles, and averaging career-highs across the board. If he can keep his act together, he could be in for a fantastic fantasy season in Charlotte as the team's unquestioned starting shooting guard. Born Ready had a great quote during his introductory press conference stating: "I bring more to the table than blowing in someone's ear."
Jul 18 - 1:26 PM

Jannero Pargo has decided to re-sign with the Hornets.

Pargo is a third-string point guard who will fight for minutes backing up Kemba Walker behind Brian Roberts. He is not a fantasy option in any format.
Jul 18 - 10:57 AM

Cody Zeller scored 16 points and grabbed seven rebounds in 31 minutes against the Pelicans on Thursday.

He also grabbed two steals and blocked a shot without committing a turnover. Zeller has played well in his three Summer League games thus far, consistently scoring in the mid-teens while staying active on the glass. He is expected to take over the starting power forward spot in Charlotte after the departure of Josh McRoberts.
Jul 17 - 6:14 PM

P.J. Hairston led the Hornets with 21 points in Charlotte's win over New Orleans on Thursday.

Hairston also managed to grab two rebounds, dish out three assists, block a shot, and have two steals. He showed a smooth shooting stroke, hitting four three-pointers and going 8-of-16 from the field. He clearly has found an offensive rhythm in the past four games, averaging 19.8 points per contest.
Jul 17 - 6:08 PM

Noah Vonleh scored six points and grabbed five rebounds in the Hornets' 104-75 win over the Pelicans.

Vonleh has been wildly inconsistent during his five Summer League games in Las Vegas. He struggled with foul trouble on Thursday, tallying six fouls in 17 minutes of action. It is also alarming that he did not manage a single assist, steal, or block during his time on the court. Hornets coach Steve Clifford has already hinted at Vonleh coming of the bench during the regular season, and it is clear that the young power forward prospect still has a lot of developing to do.
Jul 17 - 5:58 PM

Lance Stephenson's representatives released a full statement on Wednesday thanking the Indiana Pacers after signing a 3-year deal with the Hornets.

"Lance is forever grateful for all the love he's received from Pacers fans," the statement reads. "He is especially grateful to his teammates, Frank Vogel, Herb Simon, the Pacers management and, most of all, Larry Bird." Bird is often credited with developing Stephenson into one of the most dynamic guards in the NBA. However, the two sides could not agree to terms on a contract. "While we tried our best to come to the best possible terms for both sides there was not sufficient flexibility in the terms of the contract, particularly the length of the contract." The Pacers wanted Lance on a 5-year contract, while Stephenson's camp wanted a short-term deal with the same annual pay. A compromise was never reached and Lance is now a Charlotte Hornet.
Jul 16 - 10:52 AM

The Hornets have won the Lance Stephenson sweepstakes, agreeing to a three-year, $27 million contract with the controversial guard.

The Hornets hold a team option for the third year, while Lance will make $9 million in each of the next two seasons. Stephenson is very talented and could put up some monster numbers in Charlotte, while this could end up coming back to bite Larry Bird. But there is also some risk that Stephenson will have trouble holding it together over the next few years. Additionally, the Hawks just missed out on yet another free agent, as the pickings are starting to get real slim.
Jul 16 - 8:50 AM

The Hornets are reportedly considering the possibility of signing unrestricted FA Lance Stephenson.

Charlotte took a shot at Gordon Hayward, but lost him when Utah matched their offer, so they're looking at Stephenson as a possible upgrade on the wings. The Mavericks are no longer in the running, having signed Chandler Parsons, and there aren't many other teams overtly interested in Stephenson, who turned down a five-year, $44 million offer to re-sign with the Pacers.
Jul 15 - 10:13 PM


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