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September 27, 2014 Updates

The Hornets issued a statement on Friday stating that they had removed Jeff Taylor, who is facing domestic violence charges, from team activities until the matter gets sorted out. “We have informed Jeffery Taylor that effective immediately he will not be participating in any team-related activities while the NBA is investigating his conduct in this matter,” the statement said. “As an organization, we understand and appreciate the seriousness of this matter, and will assist the NBA and law enforcement in any way we can until this comes to an acceptable resolution. We have spoken with Jeffery and his representatives and they fully understand our position.” NBCSports.com

September 26, 2014 Updates

Rick Bonnell: Players union issues statement on Jeff Taylor situation: Says fine for him to be away from team if no "disciplinary" action taken. That sounds like union expects Hornets to continue paying Taylor's salary. I'm told Hornets already planned to do so. Twitter @rick_bonnell

In the final days before training camp, Charlotte Hornets general manager Rich Cho will sign another big man and tentatively explore a contract extension for point guard Kemba Walker. Cho said Thursday he will sign nine-season NBA veteran Jason Maxiell to a nonguaranteed contract Friday. That addresses the Hornets’ concern about having just four healthy big men entering camp without locking up the 15th and final roster spot. Charlotte Observer

Cho also said he has had preliminary discussions with Walker’s agent about a possible extension. If the Hornets don’t re-sign Walker by the end of October, he will become a restricted free agent in July. The Hornets haven’t typically re-signed players on rookie-scale contracts before they at least reach restricted free agency. “We’ve had some initial talks,” Cho said. “I don’t want to get into the discussions because I don’t think that would be fair to Kemba or his agent. It’s just started.” Charlotte Observer

Charlotte Hornets forward Jeffery Taylor has been arrested in Michigan on domestic assault charges, according to East Lansing Police. The police department said in a release Thursday that the 25-year-old Taylor was charged with one count of domestic assault, one count of assault and one count of malicious destruction of property. His bond was set at $5,000. New York Daily News

September 25, 2014 Updates
September 24, 2014 Updates

Walker is taller than Thomas, but he’s not his listed 6-foot-1. “That might be a stretch,” head coach Steve Clifford says, laughing. Walker describes himself as “barely 6 feet,” though he suggests he can be “6-1 on a good day.” Other small point guards have thrived, including Lawson, Kyle Lowry, and Conley. But Lawson is a more explosive driver and finisher than Walker, Lowry is bulkier, and Conley is taller with longer arms that have helped him become an elite defender. Grantland

Only seven players launched more pull-ups than Walker last season, and he hit just 36.7 percent of them — a poor number, per NBA.com. He also has to launch moon balls to get them over defenders, another downside to being short. Walker had the fifth-highest average peak shot height on 3-pointers last season, per SportVU data provided to Grantland, trailing only Dirk Nowitzki, Dion Waiters, Jamal Crawford, and Lin. The effect carries over to his midrange looks. Grantland

September 22, 2014 Updates
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September 20, 2014 Updates

Taylor injured himself Dec. 20 and he was given the option to put off surgery until after the holidays. That’s not Taylor’s way; he had the tendon reattached Dec. 22. He spent Christmas and New Year’s in a cast, followed by a boot, followed by a corrective shoe. It’s the first time he was ever seriously injured, and the experience was enlightening. “It’s been a long road,” Taylor said. “With an Achilles injury, you have to be really patient – slowly getting back all your strength, back to what you were.” Charlotte Observer

 

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