Rich Cho Rumors
Rick Bonnell: Can confirm Yahoo Sports report the @Charlotte Hornets are not making a $4.1 million qualifying offer to restrict Bismack Biyombo’s free agency. “With the recent trades we made, we don’t have room in the front court.” — @Charlotte Hornets GM Rich Cho on decision not to Biyombo decision.
Cody Zeller: So I talked to Rod Higgins for about a minute. I don’t remember much, I just remember being a little short with him. I wasn’t being rude, but I was just trying to get to #23. “Thanks for the opportunity, I look forward to playing for such a great organization,” etc. Rod said, “Alright, I’m going to pass on the phone. Congrats and welcome to the team.” Next on the phone was Rich, the GM. Rich was the one that I had talked with the most in the organization up to that point, so I recognized his voice. But again, I just said some pleasantries and raced through it — because MJ was next. “Thank you for the opportunity. I look forward to playing for the Bobcats,” etc. Let’s get on with it. I was imagining what I’d say to Michael. I’d tell him he was the best ever. I’d tell him how I watched him my whole life. I’d tell him how I admired his business skills. For the 14-year-old Cody Zeller, it was all a dream. Then he said “Alright, I’m going to pass the phone on to Rich…” I froze. That meant it was Michael Jordan on the line. He had gone out of order. I scrambled to say, “Thank you Mr. Jordan” — or maybe I just said, “OK.” I have no idea. I had just rambled on for a minute to the best basketball player ever and I didn’t even know it was him.
Rick Bonnell: Rich Cho says no decision yet on Biyombo qualifying offer. Close call with Jefferson, Hawes, Zeller, Williams and Kaminsky guaranteed.
Charlotte Hornets General Manager Rich Cho announced today that the team has acquired guard Jeremy Lamb from the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for guard Luke Ridnour and a conditional 2016 second-round draft pick. The Hornets acquired Ridnour earlier today from the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for forward Matt Barnes.
David Aldridge: BTW, in case there’s confusion, OKC is still trading Lamb to CHA for Luke Ridnour and 2nd rounder. Don’t know if OKC keeps Ridnour, though.
And as Hornets general manager Rich Cho said Wednesday night, sources tell Sporting News the Hornets probably are not be done. There had already been talk about Charlotte trading its No. 9 pick in tonight’s draft, but after the trades, the Hornets were flooded with calls, the assumption being that the Hornets were looking to swap youth for better-known commodities.
Jabari Young: #Hornets GM Rich Cho saw Nicolas Batum up close while he was GM of #Blazers … sure he felt Nic’s playmaking would be an added feature to CHA
“We definitely want to address shooting. At some point we want to get a third point guard,” Cho said. “We don’t have a ton of (roster) spots left. We have 11 players under contract and we’ve got some free agents, the ninth pick and the 39th pick. We’ve got our mid-level (exception) and our bi-annual, too, so there are a lot of things that can happen.”
“This is a big year for Al and for us. It depends on how Al comes back,” Cho said. “If he plays great like he did two years ago then it’s a different situation than if he plays like he did this past year. Part of it depends on Al and how well he plays what direction we go. Al was genuinely disappointed in last year and I know he’ll make a concerted effort to get in shape this off-season.”: 3 more rumors
There’s also the possibility the Hornets trade the ninth pick (they also choose 39th overall in the second round). “We’ve been talking to a lot of teams about moving up, moving backward, moving the pick all-together. A lot of things are in play,” Cho said. What’s the likelihood of moving up in the lottery? “It depends on what we’d have to give up, but I’d love to move up,” Cho said.
Rick Bonnell: Cho has attended group workouts outside of Charlotte for some prospects. Not ideal, but enough to cover most bases.
Rick Bonnell: “Right where we’re picking there are positions across the board that are deep. That’s why we think we’ll get a very good player at 9.” – Cho
Rich Cho: We are really excited to acquire Spencer Hawes and Matt Barnes in this deal. Spencer gives us a veteran game – he has proven himself in this league and adds a lot of experience to the locker room. He has the ability to face the floor in offense as an outside shooter and is a great passer as well. He has a high basketball IQ and we’re really excited to have him on the team. As far as Matt, we’re still evaluating our options with Matt. But before I end, I would like to thank Lance for all his hard work during the year and being a professional last season.
Cho met with each Hornets player Thursday. “Like I told Lance yesterday, I didn’t think he played well,” Cho said. “He’s got to improve. In the 2013-14 season he shot 35 percent from 3s. This year it was 17 percent. He’s got to improve that. “He knows he had a bad year. I think he’s committed to getting better this summer.”
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.
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.”
Stephenson is under contract for next season and the Hornets have a team option for 2016-17. Cho expects “Lance to work hard this offseason and have a better year next year.”
Rick Bonnell: Williams and Daniels will not be here for tonight’s game. GM Rich Cho said they’d continue to be active until trade deadline, but no specific need.
Charlotte Hornets General Manager Rich Cho said Monday the team felt compelled to react quickly to small forward Jeff Taylor’s arrest by separating him from all team activities. “We felt as an organization we it was important to react decisively and quickly. It was an organizational decision,” Cho said at a news conference. “We worked with the NBA throughout this whole process. “We take domestic violence as a vey serious matter.”
Rod Higgins is out as head of the Charlotte Hornets basketball operations. In an odd and ill-timed press release, the Hornets announced past midnight Friday that president of basketball operations Rod Higgins has “stepped down” two weeks before the Hornets make the ninth, 24th and 45th picks in the draft. Higgins has effectively run the Bobcats/Hornets basketball ops since June of 2011. He was a key figure in the decisions to sign free agents Al Jefferson and Ramon Sessions.