Player News - Hornets

Date: Team: Pos:

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist said he doesn't feel any added pressure now that he's signed a four-year, $52 million contract.

"This isn’t pressure. This is adding fuel to the fire. But as far as the pressure part? I’m comfortable in my own skin. I work as hard as I can every day," he said. Kidd-Gilchrist also added that he's not going to change the way he plays. While he is a core player in reality for Charlotte, MKG is not much of a fantasy option for owners in standard formats.
Aug 31 - 9:32 AM

Steve Clifford said that "strength" will be the key for Frank Kaminsky to contribute as a rookie.

"Just strength. And obviously him adjusting to the NBA game," Clifford said. "But he’s a quick learner and a good worker. He’ll pick things up quickly. That applies to both ends of the floor. He’s so good off the dribble that he would beat guys but be pushed off (his lane to the rim) a little bit. So a lot of times, where in college he got to the basket, he was instead taking 8-to-10 footers. As he gets stronger, he’ll be at the basket again." The Hornets absolutely love Kaminsky, so he has an excellent chance to start over Cody Zeller and Tyler Hansbrough this season. Kaminsky is the one you will want to take a flier on in the later rounds.
Aug 29 - 1:47 PM

Steve Clifford said that Jeremy Lin will see some time next to Kemba Walker in two-PG lineups this season.

"It’s always good to have two pick-and-roll players on the floor," Clifford said. "That way you can put pressure on the defense at one side, then switch it to the other. That makes more room to play similar to how Golden State does. You’ve got Steph [Curry] on one side, so defenses have to load up there, and then you’ve got Klay Thompson on the other with room to operate." It sounds like Lin could see minutes in the 20s for the Hornets this season, but he is still unlikely to emerge as a reliable asset in standard leagues while Walker is healthy.
Aug 29 - 1:43 PM

Steve Clifford hinted that Nicolas Batum will play multiple positions for the Hornets this season.

"His versatility, his basketball IQ and his skill level," Clifford said in response to how important Batum's versatility will be for his team. "He can guard different positions and offensively he can play [shooting guard, small forward or power forward]. He has size and quickness and his decision-making on the floor is so good." Batum couldn't have landed in a better situation after a miserable 2014-15 campaign in Portland, and he should be a focal point for Charlotte's offense.
Aug 29 - 1:40 PM

Hornets head coach Steve Clifford said that Al Jefferson has been on a "month-to-month" plan to lose weight.

"I was in Santa Monica with him about 2 1/2 weeks ago," Clifford said. "He had a plan month-by-month with [strength and conditioning coach] Matt Friia. He’s on target. He feels good and looks good. Now he has to finish up in August and September." This obviously implies that Jefferson's plan is going well, so he should be able to improve upon his 2014-15 averages of 16.6 points, 8.4 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.3 blocks in what will be a contract year. Jefferson missed 17 games due to injury last season, so he might be available at a discount in the middle rounds.
Aug 29 - 1:33 PM

Hornets head coach Steve Clifford said that Cody Zeller's rehab from shoulder surgery has gone well and that he has been working on his shooting.

"He did a great job -- everything he could have done with the rehab," Clifford said. "He’s been on the floor for the last seven weeks, doing a lot of shooting. He’s back to the same weight he was after losing some weight with the injury." Zeller appears to be on track to be 100 percent for training camp, and he will be eager to prove himself after a mildly disappointing 2014-15 campaign in which he averaged 7.6 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 0.5 steals and 0.8 blocks. The Hornets brought in Frank Kaminsky who could potentially start right out of the gate, so there is no real reason to draft Zeller in standard leagues.
Aug 29 - 1:25 PM

Neil Olshey said the Blazers were shopping Nicolas Batum in late May.

The deal was done on June 24, so the Blazers were shopping him for close to one month. The motivation behind it was that Batum's contract ends after this season and the team wanted to align cheaper long-term contracts with Damian Lillard's deal.
Aug 28 - 3:29 PM

Jeff Taylor has finalized a deal to join Real Madrid.

While it's unclear if he has and NBA out clause in his contract, Taylor's deal is reportedly for one-year, $900,000. The 26-year-old can be ignored in all fantasy leagues at this point.
Aug 27 - 9:45 AM

The Hornets officially signed Michael Kidd-Gilchrist to a four-year, $52 million extension on Wednesday.

"Michael is a huge part of what we are trying to build here in Charlotte," said GM Rich Cho. "He has dedicated himself to improving and expanding his game. Michael continues to develop on both ends of the court and has become a key piece of our team. We are thrilled that he is a Charlotte Hornet." MKG only managed to make it through 55 games last season, compiling averages of 10.9 points and 7.6 rebounds per game on 46.5 percent shooting from the field and 70.1 percent from the charity stripe. He's not a great fantasy option in standard leagues.
Aug 26 - 1:55 PM

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist has signed a four-year extension worth $52 million with the Charlotte Hornets.

While the Hornets have locked up their defensive stopper, it's a bit curious to see that much money go to a player with such a raw offensive game. MKG has had trouble avoiding injury during his career, but he'll see big minutes as long as he can stay healthy and should be viewed as a late-round flier in standard fantasy leagues.
Aug 25 - 9:35 AM

The Hornets and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist are finalizing a four-year extension worth $52 million.

That's a lot of money for a guy who still hasn't figured out his jumper. That said, MKG is a terrific defender and he has improved as an offensive weapon. He should get plenty of minutes at small forward and a few at the four, too. He's a late-round flier at best.
Aug 24 - 9:06 PM

Gerald Henderson said he's seen another level from Kemba Walker this summer.

Only Michael Carter-Williams and DeMar DeRozan were worse than Kemba for effective field goal percentage (eFG%). His shooting percentage on pull-up 3s dipped all the way to a woeful 25.6, so hopefully that's where he's on another level. Fantasy owners should expect Kemba to be near 40 percent from the field.
Aug 21 - 3:13 PM

Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer speculates that Marvin Williams is going to be viewed as a small forward just as much as he is a power forward this season.

This is the second time that Bonnell has reported this, and it does make a lot of sense when you consider that Frank Kaminsky, Cody Zeller and Tyler Hansbrough are all going to be fighting for minutes at the four. Williams will likely see his minutes dip this season and should come off the bench, so he is only worth a look in deeper leagues for owners eyeing 3-pointers.
Aug 21 - 1:12 PM

Undrafted center Jason Washburn is expected to get a training camp invite from the Hornets.

Washburn went undrafted out of Utah back in 2013, and he spent last season playing overseas in Brussels where he averaged 8.9 points and 3.9 rebounds per game. With 14 guaranteed contracts already on the roster in Charlotte, it's very unlikely Washburn lasts past training camp.
Aug 20 - 5:49 PM

Hornets head coach Steve Clifford said he expects Frank Kaminsky to play both power forward and center.

Clifford said he plans on using Kaminsky similar to how the Celtics use Kelly Olynyk, so we'll likely see the first-round pick at both positions this season. The Hornets have big plans for Kaminsky after passing on a draft day trade package for him and he could be in for huge minutes this season. While Kaminsky's defensive struggles could limit his minutes, he's a relatively safe late-round pick in standard fantasy leagues.
Aug 18 - 10:06 AM

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