Player News - Hornets

Date: Team: Pos:

Jannero Pargo (back) will not play on Friday.

He has low back soreness and the injury is not considered serious. Pargo doesn't get minutes anyway, so he's not worth owning in any league.
Dec 24 - 5:21 PM

Lance Stephenson (hip) will not play against the Thunder on Friday.

He is not close to a return and coach Steve Clifford isn't exactly Lance's biggest fan. He is one of the least efficient players in the NBA and his defense has fallen off, too. Stephenson isn't necessarily a must-own player anymore. Gary Neal, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Gerald Henderson will benefit.
Dec 24 - 5:19 PM

Lance Stephenson is rumored to be coveted by the Denver Nuggets, but he still hopes to stay in Charlotte and make things right.

Denver Coach Brian Shaw had a strong relationship with Stephenson when they were together in Indiana, so we could definitely see this report gaining some traction. However, the Hornets fear that they won't get enough in return for him at the moment, and there is no indication that a deal is in the works right now. Owners can only hope that Stephenson gets traded, as his fantasy value has plummeted in Charlotte. Stay tuned.
Source: Real GM
Dec 24 - 10:02 AM

Gary Neal missed all nine of his shot attempts on Tuesday, finishing with five points, three boards and two assists in 20 minutes.

It was a rough performance for him, but he deserves a pass considering how well he has played off of the bench for the Hornets this season. He could see his value rise tremendously if the Hornets end up trading Lance Stephenson (hip), but for now Neal should only be owned in deeper leagues for owners in need of 3-pointers and points.
Dec 23 - 11:23 PM

Al Jefferson scored 12 points on 6-of-11 shooting Tuesday, adding nine boards, two assists and one block in 31 minutes.

This was by no means a great performance by Big Al, but we should keep in mind that he has been dealing with a strained left groin that he aggravated in Monday's game. The good news is that he shouldn't be in danger of missing any time, and owners can expect him to bounce-back against the Thunder on Friday.
Dec 23 - 11:16 PM

Gerald Henderson scored 20 points in a win over the Bucks on Tuesday, adding four assists, two boards, one steal and one 3-pointer in 32 minutes.

He was fantastic all night and was able to shoot 6-of-10 from the field while connecting on his only 3-point attempt. While this was a great performance, Henderson is very inconsistent and Lance Stephenson (hip) could be back after Christmas, so owners in standard leagues would be wise to leave him on the waiver wire.
Dec 23 - 11:09 PM

Kemba Walker led the Hornets to their fourth straight win on Tuesday against the Bucks, finishing with 27 points, four assists, one board, two steals and one 3-pointer in 36 minutes.

The Hornets are finally starting to get it together, and Walker has been one of the main reasons why. His scoring has been much better than it was at the beginning of the season, and over his last six games he has averaged 24.3 points per game. In case you are wondering, the buy-low window has been closed, and with the Hornets poised to make a playoff push there is no reason to think that Walker will slow down.
Dec 23 - 10:52 PM

Lance Stephenson (pelvic sprain) will miss another game on Tuesday.

The trade talk surrounding Stephenson has quieted down in recent days, and his value around the league continues to sink due to reports that he's already antagonizing Hornets' teammates off the court. This is his fourth straight DNP and he could return on Dec. 26, until which time there will be more opportunities for Gerald Henderson, Gary Neal and P.J. Hairston.
Dec 23 - 6:43 PM

Al Jefferson (strained left groin) will play Tuesday vs. the Bucks.

Jefferson suffered a minor strain to his left groin during Monday's game, but was able to play through it, and it's not looking like it's going to be an issue moving forward. He has a favorable matchup tonight against Milwaukee, so go ahead and get him active.
Dec 23 - 6:43 PM

Kemba Walker scored 18 points in an easy 110-82 win over the Nuggets on Monday with one rebound, nine assists and two 3-pointers.

He made 5-of-12 from the field and is coming out of his shooting slump quite nicely. In fact, Walker has an effective field goal percentage of at least 50.0 in each of his last five games, averaging 23.8 points, 2.8 boards, 6.4 assists, 1.4 steals and 2.4 treys. The buy-low window is closed.
Dec 22 - 10:41 PM

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist slowed down on Monday with five points, three rebounds, one assist, one block and one steal in 23 minutes.

He looked terrific on Saturday with a double-double, which was his second of the season. Kidd-Gilchrist has put up some boring stat lines this month since his return from injury, averaging 8.7 points, 6.0 boards, 0.7 blocks and 0.7 steals on 41.5 percent from the field. He's going to need to stay really hot to be worth a pickup in standard leagues. The upside isn't there.
Dec 22 - 10:34 PM

Gerald Henderson scored four points with six rebounds, two assists and one turnover in 19 minutes against the Nuggets.

It's pretty obvious his 17-point game on Saturday was a fluke. Henderson isn't really capable of posting big-time fantasy lines because he doesn't do much on defense and in treys, so leave him on the wire in standard formats.
Dec 22 - 10:28 PM

Al Jefferson suffered a minor injury on Monday and did return, finishing with 22 points, seven rebounds, one assist and no turnovers.

He was on the stationary bike after leaving the game with a minor tweak in the first quarter. Jefferson came back in to start the second quarter and should be fine. Although, it took him a very long time to get over his ankle sprain last season, so he's not a great healer. His owners will want to check back to make sure he's good to go for Tuesday against the Bucks.
Dec 22 - 10:15 PM

Al Jefferson (groin) will play against the Nuggets on Monday.

He was on the injury report with a strained left groin. Jefferson has battled a lot of injuries in his career, but most of them have been foot/ankle related. He should have a big game against a weak Nuggets frontcourt.
Dec 22 - 6:13 PM

Al Jefferson (groin) is listed as probable for Monday against the Nuggets.

Big Al tweaked his groin in Saturday's win over the Jazz, but he finished with a double-double, and the fact that he's being called probable with so much time before tipoff is a great sign that it's nothing serious.
Dec 22 - 11:24 AM

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