Player News - Hornets

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An MRI revealed Miles Plumlee (calf) has a second degree strain and will be re-evaluated in two weeks.

The Hornets are razor thin at the five spot with Cody Zeller (quad) also doubtful, so this one really hurts. On the positive side, Frank Kaminsky has played very well at the center spot and looks to be locked in to big minutes, making him worth owning in standard leagues in the short term.
Feb 22 - 3:57 PM

Frank Kaminsky scored 32 points in the Rising Stars Challenge on Friday, adding three rebounds, two assists and eight 3-pointers.

He kept the USA in it with a late 3-point barrage, needing only 12 attempts from deep total. Kaminsky now has coach Steve Clifford's confidence as a backup five man, so he may be able to get minutes at two positions even when Cody Zeller (quad) comes back. Kaminsky has posted eighth-round value in his last 10 games, so he's a possible asset in standard leagues until he cools off.
Feb 17 - 11:21 PM

Hornets center Mike Tobey made his NBA debut on Wednesday with two points and three rebounds in 11 minutes off the bench.

Head coach Steve Clifford said he was comfortable deploying Tobey because he was with the team during training camp, and he was needed tonight with both Cody Zeller (quad) and Miles Plumlee (calf) out of commission. He's not a fantasy option.
Feb 15 - 11:22 PM

Frank Kaminsky picked up 27 points on 11-of-18 shooting on Wednesday, hitting three 3-pointers with five boards, three assists, one steal and one block in 37 minutes.

Cody Zeller (quad) and Miles Plumlee (calf) were both out tonight, so Kaminsky was basically playing unchallenged minutes in the middle. Zeller and Plumlee should both return to action after getting extended rest during the break, however, so it's hard to love Frank the Tank's rest-of-season outlook.
Feb 15 - 11:21 PM

Kemba Walker finished the Hornets' road loss on Wednesday with 24 points, six 3-pointers, nine assists, four rebounds and two steals.

Walker broke out of a prolonged slump on Monday with 29 efficient points, and he went 8-of-15 from the field tonight. Coach Steve Clifford attributed part of his recent struggles to the absence of Cody Zeller's screen-setting abilities. "Cody is an important part of Kemba’s game," Clifford said. "It’s tough for us to win when [Walker] doesn’t play well." Charlotte just has to hope that their star PG uses the All-Star break to rest and recharge, despite his involvement in Sunday's marquee game.
Feb 15 - 11:20 PM

Hornets head coach Steve Clifford said that with both Cody Zeller (quad) and Miles Plumlee (calf) on the sidelines, Mike Tobey will make his Charlotte debut Wednesday vs. Toronto.

He'll be backing up Frank Kaminsky at the five-spot, but he's not going to get enough minutes to matter in any league.
Feb 15 - 6:14 PM

Miles Plumlee (strained right calf) will not play Wednesday vs. the Raptors.

Plumlee injured the calf during Monday's loss to the Sixers and was unable to return to the game. With both Plumlee and Cody Zeller (quad) sidelined, Frank Kaminsky will play all the minutes he can handle on Wednesday. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Marvin Williams will also soak up a few additional minutes.
Feb 14 - 12:43 PM

Cody Zeller (quad) and Miles Plumlee (calf) will not play Wednesday vs. the Raptors.

The Hornets have to hope that a week off for the All-Star break will give Zeller the time he needs to heal. With Plumlee also missing Wednesday's game, Frank Kaminsky will be the only active center on the roster. Kaminsky could see north of 40 minutes if he can stay out of foul trouble, which makes his a very strong streaming option and DFS play for Wednesday.
Feb 14 - 12:41 PM

Marvin Williams was held to four points on 1-of-7 shooting vs. the 76ers on Monday.

Yikes. Williams logged 33 minutes and missed all five attempts from beyond the arc, adding two assists with one steal and zero rebounds. The 76ers are actually a top-5 team in terms of fantasy points allowed to opposing power forwards, but expect a much better effort on Wednesday vs. the Raptors. He's a hold in standard leagues with averages of 13.0 points, 7.8 rebounds, 1.0 steal and 1.4 3-pointers in his previous five games.
Feb 13 - 9:53 PM

Frank Kaminsky double-doubled vs. the 76ers on Monday, scoring 12 points with 11 rebounds.

Frank the Tank couldn't find his shot and finished 5-of-16 from the field, but logged 38 minutes and added two assists, one steal, one 3-pointer and three blocks (matching a career-high). This was Kaminsky's fourth start at center this season and he averaged 15.7 points, 7.0 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 1.3 steals and 2.7 triples in his previous three, so keep rolling him out there with confidence until Cody Zeller (quad) is able to return.
Feb 13 - 9:47 PM

Kemba Walker's 29 points weren't enough as the Hornets lost 105-99 to the 76ers on Monday.

The Hornets have now lost three games in a row and 10 out of their last 11. The only good news for Charlotte is that Walker snapped out of his slump, hitting 10-of-18 shots with seven rebounds, three assists, two steals and one triple. "It’s tough for us to win when he doesn’t play well," Hornets coach Steve Clifford said before the game. "There are other players who go through this, but they [play with] other players who can pick up that load and [the effect] is not as pronounced. For us, if he’s getting 10 or 12 a night, it’s going to be tough for us to win." Walker averaged 13.2 points on 28 percent shooting in his previous five games, but hopefully tonight was an indication that he's ready to go on a run.
Feb 13 - 9:38 PM

Miles Plumlee will not return to Monday's game vs. the 76ers with a strained right calf.

For what it's worth, the game was nearly over when the big man left the game. He's averaging just 14.5 minutes per game since his move to Charlotte, so if he misses time that could mean a few more minutes for Frank Kaminsky. Plumlee finished with four points and three boards in nine minutes.
Feb 13 - 8:53 PM

The Hornets waived Chis Andersen on Monday.

He's recovering from a torn right ACL, and retirement might be the next step for the Birdman.
Feb 13 - 2:23 PM

The Cavaliers have traded Chris Andersen (knee) to the Hornets in exchange for cash and a second-round pick.

Anderson will not play this season due to a torn right ACL and the Cavs needed to move him to open up another roster spot -- expect them to pursue a backup PG or center. This also increases the likelihood of Derrick Williams sticking with the Cavaliers. Andersen is hoping to play one more season in the NBA, but he's going to be 39 years old when he hits free agency this summer. The Hornets are fully expected to waive Andersen very soon.
Feb 13 - 12:05 PM

Cody Zeller (quad) will not play on Monday vs. the 76ers according to coach Steve Clifford.

He aggravated his quad injury back on Thursday vs. the Rockets and this will be his second game in a row on the shelf. Zeller was originally listed as doubtful, so don't be surprised if he misses more time. Frank Kaminsky is worth deploying in most leagues and is averaging 15.7 points, 7.0 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 1.3 steals and 2.7 triples in three starts at center this season.
Feb 13 - 11:06 AM


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