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May 11, 2015 Updates

Forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist will represent the Hornets at the NBA’s annual Draft Lottery next Tuesday, May 19, in New York. “I’m excited to attend the lottery on behalf of our team,” Kidd-Gilchrist said. “I look forward to being in New York and hopefully bringing us some luck.” NBA.com

May 10, 2015 Updates
May 4, 2015 Updates

Hornets Sports & Entertainment announced today that the organization intends to launch its own NBA D-League team with the hope of beginning play for the 2016-17 season. The franchise today is sending an RFP to seven cities throughout the Carolinas seeking the best home for the D-League club, which would be owned and operated by HSE. Cities receiving the RFP include Asheville, Fayetteville, Greensboro and Raleigh, North Carolina, as well as Charleston, Columbia and Greenville, South Carolina. “This is a very exciting time for us,” said Hornets Sports & Entertainment President & COO Fred Whitfield. “The decision to take steps toward launching our own D-League club is yet another example of our owner’s long-term commitment to our franchise and continues to show his willingness to invest in the resources needed to improve our basketball team. A D-League team would also allow us to continue to expand the Hornets brand regionally by having a presence in an additional market.” NBA.com

Jorge Castillo: While the Hornets are set to launch a D-League team, the Wizards haven't made much headway in securing their own, per source. Twitter @jorgeccastillo

May 1, 2015 Updates
April 27, 2015 Updates

Michael Jordan's shoes have spawned a legion of collectors and shoe enthusiasts that will wait in line overnight just to get the latest version of Jordans. His shoes generally retail close to $200 but one collector recently spent a lot more than that to get a truly unique pair of Jordans. How much more? Well, according to the SCP Auctions, a pair of Nike Air Ships worn by Jordan during his rookie campaign were sold for $71, 533. CBSSports.com

April 26, 2015 Updates
April 23, 2015 Updates

The sigh of relief you might have heard last week was emanating out of Charlotte, with big man Al Jefferson saying he would not opt out of the final year and $13.5 million of his contract. If he had, the Hornets would have had a very difficult decision to make on Jefferson’s future. He is a year removed from an All-NBA performance, but he is also 30 and coming off an injury-pocked season in which he played 65 games and saw his production dip along with his minutes. The Hornets did not want to have to commit a deal for Jefferson beyond this season, even at a reduced cost. The hope is that Jefferson can give Charlotte another solid year while the team figures out what its frontcourt is going to look like in the future, perhaps with Biyombo in the middle and either Vonleh or Zeller alongside. But the 2014-15 season provided only scant answers on that, so now the Hornets have another season to see who fits where. Sporting News

Charlotte Hornets forward Cody Zeller underwent successful surgery today to repair a tendon in his right shoulder, as well as remove a bone spur and scar tissue. The procedure was completed by Hornets Team Physician Dr. Marcus Cook at Novant Orthopedic Hospital in Charlotte. Zeller's recovery time is expected to be approximately three months. NBA.com

April 22, 2015 Updates
April 21, 2015 Updates

Scott Lauer, radio play-by-play announcer for the Charlotte Hornets, was told Tuesday he will not return next season. Lauer confirmed he was let go in a meeting Tuesday afternoon. “I’m very appreciative of 11 seasons broadcasting the Hornets,” Lauer said during a telephone interview. “Growing up, if you told me I’d get 11 years in the NBA, I’d be all-in on that. “They gave me my start in this league. But I look forward to serving with other organizations in the NBA. It was a joy the last two seasons working with coach (Steve) Clifford.” Charlotte Observer

Scott Lauer, radio play-by-play announcer for the Charlotte Hornets, was told Tuesday he will not return next season. Lauer confirmed he was let go in a meeting Tuesday afternoon. “I’m very appreciative of 11 seasons broadcasting the Hornets,” Lauer said in a telephone interview. “Growing up if you told me I’d get 11 years in the NBA, I’d be all-in on that. They gave me my start in this league. But I look forward to serving with other organizations in the NBA. It was a joy the last two seasons working with coach (Steve) Clifford.” Charlotte Observer

April 18, 2015 Updates

Nine months ago the Charlotte Hornets agreed to pay Lance Stephenson $18 million guaranteed over two seasons. Friday general manager Rich Cho was asked if he considers that a mistake. “It didn’t work out as we expected it to,” Cho said. “I don’t want to look backwards, I want to look forward. I expect Lance to work hard this off-season and have a better season next year.” Stephenson struggled all season, going from a starter to a reserve to a player briefly outside the rotation. Stephenson said Thursday his 17 percent from 3-point range was “terrible,” adding that his self-confidence took a hit. Charlotte Observer

April 17, 2015 Updates

Twenty-two years later, Charles Barkley would like to clear his name of an infraction that even some of his teammates have thought he committed for all these many years. No, he didn't hang out with Michael Jordan too much during the 1993 playoffs, when Barkley's Suns lost to the Bulls in the only NBA Finals appearance of his Hall of Fame career. Asked about it on Thursday, Barkley revealed that the perception of his chumminess with Jordan during that series has always been false, rooted in a case of mistaken identity. “Michael and I laughed about that 10 years, 20 years later,” said Barkley, whose final NBA game came 15 years ago Sunday. “They say we played golf together everyday, and we never played golf. They said we had dinner together every night, and we never had dinner. So we always found it funny that people said we spent every night together. We never saw each other during the Finals.” Sporting News

Barkley can remember distinctly, he said, where the rumors about his time spent with Jordan began. He was sitting at home, watching television, when a broadcast from a news helicopter shoed Michael Jordan at a Phoenix-area golf course, playing a round. With him, the broadcast reported, was Barkley. The fact that he was golfing with Jordan, Barkley said, came as a surprise to him as he sat in his living room. “I guess Michael was playing golf somewhere and was playing with somebody who looked similar to me,” Barkley said, “and a helicopter flew over and said … that’s Michael Jordan and Charles Barkley playing golf. And to this day, every time I think about it, I just die laughing. They couldn’t get too low, but they had Michael Jordan and they said we were playing golf.” Sporting News

Hornets general manager Rich Cho says the Lance Stephenson signing last summer "didn't work out as we expected it to." Cho, speaking at his end-of-season press conference Friday, says when Charlotte signed Stephenson to a three-year, $27 million contract last offseason, "We thought it would work out a lot better." USA Today Sports

 

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