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April 8, 2015 Updates
April 7, 2015 Updates

Even the most plugged-in execs are cautious in projecting contracts for this summer, the last one before the biggest cap jump in league history. Teams and agents will negotiate in a weird netherworld between the projected cap for next season, around $68 million, and the potential $90 million cap coming in 2016-17. The league’s average salary, and perhaps the midlevel exception, could jump to $7.5 million or so in just two years. Teams want good contracts now, but agents don’t want to sign contracts that will look silly in 2017. Could you get Biyombo at $4 million? Most people think so, but no one is sure. The Hornets have to tender Biyombo a one-year, $5.2 million qualifying offer to retain matching rights, and executives are nearly unanimous that Biyombo won’t get that kind of money on the open market. Grantland

April 4, 2015 Updates

Though Stephenson never took the bait when he was asked twice directly if he had regrets in choosing Charlotte over Indiana, he did use the word "humbling" three times in describing his first year as a Hornet. "I'm very frustrated but it's a part of life and it's very humbling," Stephenson said, "but (I'm) just trying to stay focused and positive and whenever my number's called, just be ready." Indianapolis Star

The familiar setting and friendly interactions must have been a pick-me-up for Stephenson. Last summer as an unrestricted free agent, he signed with high aspirations to become a missing piece for the Charlotte Hornets. However, as the team makes a final push for the playoffs, Stephenson has fallen out of favor – as well as the rotation. "Definitely I'm surprised," Stephenson said Friday morning inside the visitor's locker room at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. "I feel like I can help this group but it's out of my hands and I'm just (trying to) stay ready and stay focused." Indianapolis Star

April 3, 2015 Updates

Judged by many collectors to be the most important Michael Jordan jersey to have ever entered the market, MEARS Auctions is featuring the actual shirt he wore during the 1998 NBA Finals. Virtual-Strategy Magazine

It was as if Carter had been nominated to campaign for a role that he could not refuse. He never did look comfortable. "I didn't want be the next anybody," said Carter. He was starring for an expansion franchise with no pedigree in a country that was, at that time, entirely foreign to the NBA. There was little to no understanding of what was being asked of him. As flattered as Carter was by the comparisons to Jordan, he didn't recognize where the expectations were leading him until it was too late. "I knew of Michael Jordan, but I did not know him personally. So I can never be `the next,"' Carter said. "My approach is different from his approach, or the approach of any other player. You can try like hell to be `the next' anyone, and copy their approach, and you're still not going to be the same. That's the thing I was trying to fight through -- throughout my career." NBA.com

April 2, 2015 Updates

Coach Steve Clifford had said before he was as strong an advocate as any Hornets decision-maker for signing Lance Stephenson last July. Wednesday he made sure there was no misconception. “Lance is here because of me. I’m the one that wanted Lance,” Clifford said after not playing him for the second consecutive game. “It’s simply that I can’t find a group that plays well when he’s out there.” Charlotte Observer

April 1, 2015 Updates
March 31, 2015 Updates

Lance Stephenson says he doesn't regret signing with the Charlotte Hornets, even though this season has been a tremendous struggle for the five-year NBA veteran. The Hornets gave Stephenson a three-year, $27 million deal this past offseason, hoping his playoff experience would give them a boost. USA Today Sports

But he hasn't come close to living up to expectations. Stephenson is shooting just 37.7 percent from the field and has made just 16 percent of his 3-point attempts. He didn't even play in Charlotte's biggest game of the season — a 116-104 loss Monday night to the Boston Celtics — despite two starters being out with injuries. Stephenson told The Associated Press Tuesday it was difficult not playing, but "it's a coach's decision and my job is to keep a positive attitude." USA Today Sports

March 29, 2015 Updates


There's no sugarcoating it: It's a bad list where star power is pretty much non-existent. Gerald Wallace, the only All-Star in franchise history, goes to No. 1.


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