Player News - Hornets

Date: Team: Pos:

With the 40th pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, the Charlotte Hornets have selected Dwayne Bacon out of Florida State.

The Hornets acquired this pick after trading down from No. 31 in a deal with New Orleans. Although Bacon, a 6'5" prospect, was ranked 74th (out of 100) on the Draft Express big board, he has the look of an NBA wing with a 6'10" wingspan and offers intriguing potential. Per Draft Express, some concerns with Bacon revolve around his consistency, basketball IQ and level of engagement.
Jun 22 - 11:30 PM

The Hornets selected Malik Monk with the 11th pick in the draft.

If you’re about buckets, Monk is your guy. The Kentucky Wildcat had a team-high 19.8 points per game with solid shooting numbers: 45.0 percent from the field, 39.7 percent from three and 82.2 percent from the line. Monk’s lack of size at just 6’3" raises some concerns about how he’ll do at the next level, especially with just 20.4 percent of his shots coming within just three feet. Plus, there was also some talk of Monk possibly having to shift to point guard to offset the height disadvantage. The Hornets recently traded away Marco Belinelli, so Monk will likely be their sixth man off the bench as a combo guard.
Jun 22 - 8:49 PM

Hornets coach Steve Clifford said he hasn't decided if Dwight Howard will start over Cody Zeller next season.

Howard is entering his age-32 season and the Hornets have a lot of depth up front in Zeller, Frank Kaminsky and Marvin Williams, so his minutes could be dialed back. He obviously has a long injury history, so that's probably a good thing. The Hornets have committed $54 million to Zeller over the next four years and he has been informed by coach Steve Clifford that his role won't diminish, so maybe this becomes a timeshare. Fantasy owners should move both Howard and Zeller down their draft boards.
Jun 22 - 10:01 AM

Coach Steve Clifford told Cody Zeller he is still a core part of the Hornets.

Zeller appeared to take it in stride and joked he doesn't have to play Dwight Howard four times per season anymore. Encouraging quote aside, the Hornets have liked Howard for over a year and he's the heavy favorite to start. Additionally, the Hornets were playing Frank Kaminsky at the five a lot later in the year, so that lineup option may drop slightly. This also affects Marvin Williams slightly, too.
Jun 21 - 3:23 PM

The Hawks have traded Dwight Howard to the Hornets according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

You know Howard's career is going downhill fast when the Hawks have to attach the 31st pick to the big man in order to obtain Marco Belinelli, Miles Plumlee and the 41st pick. Howard does have a strong connection with Hornets coach Steve Clifford because of their time together in Orlando, so on paper it's not a bad fit. Howard is entering his age-32 season and is owed $57 million over the next two seasons, but the Hornets will be hoping that he can anchor their defense as they look to get back into the postseason.
Jun 20 - 9:08 PM

Kemba Walker will serve as a team captain for the NBA's Africa Game 2017.

While this is a bit of a non-story, it's notable because it means Walker will be healthy in time for this game on August 5th -- Walker underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee back in mid-May, but he was given a timetable of just six weeks. He will be a full go for the Hornets training camp, but Walker is shaping up to be a gamble in the early rounds of fantasy drafts because he's had three surgeries on his left knee in the last few years.
Source: NBA.com
Jun 19 - 10:43 AM

Malik Monk is scheduled for a solo workout with the 76ers on Thursday.

Monk projects to go towards the back half of the lottery on draft day, so if Philly likes what they see during his workout, perhaps they'll discuss the possibility of trading down on draft day. Monk certainly would fill a major need for the 76ers in his ability to shoot the lights out from beyond the arc, so that would be an ideal landing spot for him in terms of fantasy hoops.
Jun 13 - 5:35 PM

The Knicks are scheduled to workout Malik Monk early next week, according to Ian Begley of ESPN.

If Monk is still on the board when the Knicks pick at No. 8, New York will have to seriously consider selecting the sharp shooter out of Kentucky. Although the Knicks desperately need a PG, and Monk is more of an undersized combo guard, he is the best shooter in the draft. In a league that places incredible value on players able to knock down perimeter jumpers, it's hard to imagine Monk falling out of the top 10. In fact, some mock drafts have Philly taking him third overall.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 10 - 11:21 AM

Johnny O'Bryant, Briante Weber and Treveon Graham will all play in the Summer League for the Hornets.

All three players have non-guaranteed contracts for next season and will likely be on the fringe of the rotation if they make the 15-man roster. The Hornets have 10 players under contract for next season and will pick 11th and 41st in the draft, but with little to no cap room, bringing in quality free agents will be very tough -- they will have an $8.4 million Mid-Level Exception and a $3.2 million Bi-Annual Exception to work with.
Jun 8 - 11:59 AM

Suns Assistant General Manager Pat Connelly was impressed with Malik Monk's shooting range during his workout in Phoenix.

"He has one of those strokes that adjusts well to the deeper shot," Connelly said. "He shoots it easy. Even when we were shooting shots behind the NBA 3, he still kind of had the same form and it went in a lot. … He naturally will adjust to that range with no issue." Monk is a capable scorer and lethal from long-range, but taking him No. 4 overall would be a reach for Phoenix.
Source: AZ Central
Jun 7 - 1:39 PM

Dwight Howard said he wants to expand his range to try and lengthen his career.

"I’ve been working on my 3s," Howard said. "Really trying to add some range to my game. Which is gonna be weird for people to see, I guess, they’re used to seeing me in the paint, battling. But in order for me to play longer, I have to expand my game." Over the past five seasons, Howard has connected on just 24.3 percent of his jump shots, and through 13 years of NBA experience, he's gone just 5-of-56 from beyond the arc; so D12 becoming a threat from distance seems unrealistic.
Jun 7 - 11:48 AM

New general manager Travis Schlenk said Dwight Howard still has a place with the Hawks.

"There is a reason Atlanta was one of the top five defenses in the league," Schlenk said. "He was a big part of that." Howard still has two years left on his deal, but he is going to turn 32 during the early part of next season. Plus, Dwight was on the bench quite a bit after the Ersan Ilyasova trade, so being another year older could hurt his minutes even more. With so much hard contact on Dwight and plenty of back injuries, it'll be interesting to see how he holds up through the rest of this contract.
Jun 2 - 3:38 PM

President Phil Jackson and general manager Steve Mills were on hand to watch Malik Monk play Friday at his agency's pro workout day, according to Ian Begley of ESPN.com.

The report adds the Knicks are enamored with Monk, but it's possible he won't make it to No. 8 in the draft. Monk is an undersized shooting guard at just 6'3", which has brought some questions of him possibly sliding over to the one. The Knicks are liking to add a perimeter player with their pick.
Source: ESPN.com
May 26 - 5:41 PM

Some NBA executives believe Malik Monk needs to make the switch to point guard.

The execs cite his smaller size at 6'3" and lack of length with a below-average wingspan for an NBA player. Monk sure can fill it up and is known for his 47-point explosion against North Carolina, averaging 19.8 points per game in his freshman season. He didn't really run the offense much at Kentucky with only 2.3 assists per game, so it won't be an easy switch.
Source: NY Post
May 18 - 9:15 PM

The Hornets announced that Kemba Walker had a successful "minor" arthroscopic surgery on his left knee.

Not good. This is his third surgery on his left knee in three years. The "typical recovery time" is six weeks according to the Hornets, so the good news is that he should be ready to go for training camp. His left knee is a major concern, so fantasy owners may want to tread carefully next season despite the fact that he's coming off a career year -- the first-time All-Star averaged a career-high 23.2 points, 5.5 assists, 3.9 rebounds, 1.1 steals and 3.0 triples on 44.4 percent shooting.
May 17 - 12:39 PM


Highest Searched Players over the last 7 days


Video Center

  •  
    Jesse: MLB Power Rankings

    Jesse: MLB Power Rankings
  •  
    Boyer: Hot Hitters

    Boyer: Hot Hitters
  •  
    Jesse: MLB Power Rankings

    Jesse: MLB Power Rankings
  •  
    Boyer: Hot Hitters

    Boyer: Hot Hitters
  •  
    Jesse: MLB Power Rankings

    Jesse: MLB Power Rankings
  •  
    Boyer: Hot Hitters

    Boyer: Hot Hitters
  •  
    Short: Waiver Wire

    Short: Waiver Wire
  •  
    Short: Saves & Steals

    Short: Saves & Steals