Charlotte Hornets Rumors
“It kind of began during the season last year,” he said of free agency. “Things weren’t going the way I wanted in Charlotte. So you hear about teams that are interested in you, whether it be via trade or whatever, and I know Phoenix was a team that was interested. I could tell how interested they were in me.”
Tim Bontemps: Kemba on leaving Charlotte: “It was definitely one of the hardest decisions of my life. Charlotte’s all I’ve known. It came down to my happiness and wanting to compete night in and night out. … My time was up there. I’m excited to start a new chapter.”
Rick Bonnell: I got a couple more questions lately about trade value of Hornets’ expiring contracts. Marvin Williams’ would be the most tradeable one. Guessing for a second-round pick, if it happened. That’s what Hornets gave up in the past for Courtney Lee or Jeremy Lamb.
Rick Bonnell: I’ve also been asked, “If Marvin is traded, when most likely?” No telling. Key is another team justifying his remaining $15 million salary and what Hornets would have to take back to make something happen. That is probably more complicated than any trade compensation.
“Luckily, people respected what he did enough last year when he was a starter to put some faith in him,” Rozier’s agent, Aaron Turner said as he stood courtside after a Hornets summer league game. “People say, ‘Oh, Terry only shot this percentage.’ The Hornets are bringing him in to start. Look at his numbers as a starter. He’s right there with the elite, the [Mike] Conleys, the [Kyle] Lowrys. He’s not far behind Kyrie. He’s elite as a starter, and that’s what they’re bringing him in to do.”
Tampering is so rampant in the league that if you ask who isn’t tampering, teams and agents all, independent of one another, mention one guy, and just one: Hornets GM Mitch Kupchak. Kupchak, of course, was the Lakers’ GM for 23 years before being fired in 2017, and was known throughout that time as The Last Honest Man in the game. (Kupchak chuckled when this was brought up to him Monday, but otherwise, didn’t want to comment.)