Jersey sales have been spurred by four players: Ball, free-agent signee Gordon Hayward and returning players Devonte Graham and P.J. Washington. Whitfield and Bennett credited Jordan Brand, the Nike division that resulted from the Hornets owner’s Air Jordan shoes and apparel, with boosting interest through the creation of the City Edition uniforms. The colors, which also include gold and granite, play off of the region’s role as a gold rush site and a financial center dating back to Charlotte’s status as home to the first branch location of the U.S. Mint.
August 3, 2021 | 6:32 pm EDT Update
Adrian Wojnarowski: Free agent F Markieff Morris is finalizing a deal with the Miami Heat, sources tell ESPN.
Michael Scotto: Talen Horton-Tucker’s three-year, $32 million deal with the Los Angeles Lakers includes a player option Year 3, @KlutchSports CEO Rich Paul told @hoopshype .
August 3, 2021 | 6:10 pm EDT Update
Shams Charania: Free agent guard Ish Smith has agreed to a one-year deal with the Charlotte Hornets, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium.
Fred Katz: When Ish Smith steps on the floor as a member of the Charlotte Hornets, he will tie an NBA record, playing for his 12th NBA team. Four other players have played for 12 teams: Joe Smith, Chucky Brown, Tony Massenburg and Jim Jackson.