Player News - Hornets

Date: Team: Pos:

Nicolas Batum tweeted that he expects the new coaching staff to play him at small forward.

This is interesting to hear after Batum had been logging minutes at the two in Charlotte. Maybe this can help him up his field goal percentage, but he should still be able to hand out some dimes. This could mean Michael Kidd-Gilchrist moves to the bench to be more of a combo forward.
Jul 19 - 9:33 PM

Coach James Borrego said he's expecting Tony Parker to play 14-16 minutes per game.

For the second time, Borrego said that he does expect Parker to close games in some spots, which should be next to Kemba Walker. The coach also said his younger guards will be able to learn from Parker, and that Parker's play in the clutch should help his team in crunch time. This also likely means Malik Monk is going to have to log his minutes on the wing.
Source: The Woj Pod
Jul 17 - 12:10 PM

Kemba Walker said he plans on being a Hornet "for a long time."

There have been rumors on a Kemba trade at the 2018 deadline, the 2018 NBA Draft, and there will likely be more going forward. Walker has a new house in the Charlotte area, and he's been passionate about being in Charlotte since the heavy rumors came about in February. Additionally, coach James Borrego said that coach Gregg Popovich's advice was to talk to Kemba at his first chance. Plus, Walker is excited to learn from Tony Parker, according to the coach.
Jul 17 - 12:09 PM

Willy Hernangomez (personal) has left the team and will miss the remainder of Summer League in Las Vegas.

He had a death in the family, so we wish him, Juancho, and his family the best. Hernangomez should take all the time he needs after a fantastic showing in Vegas, averaging 18.3 points, 12.0 boards, 1.8 assists and 1.8 blocks. He likely won't be starting at center as of right now, but a strong camp could certainly change that.
Jul 13 - 2:20 PM

Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer thinks that Cody Zeller is still the favorite to start at center.

Nobody knows the Hornets like Bonnell, so this is noteworthy. Zeller hasn't exactly lit it up and maybe this could change with coach James Borrego running the show. Plus, Willy Hernagomez has grown in summer league with some 3-point shooting, and Bismack Biyombo is now in the mix. Regardless, general manager Mitch Kupchak hinted that it could be a matchup move on who starts, so Hernangomez is the only guy on the radar for his upside.
Jul 12 - 5:24 PM

According to Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer, a key question general manager Mitch Kupchak asked coaching candidates was how to get more return from Malik Monk (thumb).

This is interesting to hear because we've heard coach James Borrego talk up Monk more than anyone else, so this new info puts Borrego's "major player" quote into context. Regardless, the Hornets really want Monk to step up next season, and unfortunately his thumb injury cut his summer league short after a 23-point debut. We'll see how he can carve out minutes at the guard spots in camp.
Jul 12 - 5:09 PM

Devonte Graham will miss the remainder of Summer League due to a "condylar lesion" in his right knee.

A condylar lesion involves damage to the cartilage in Graham's knee, and it's unclear how he'll proceed with rehab. He was the No. 34 pick in the draft and could carve out a role for coach James Borrego if he's healthy.
Jul 11 - 9:37 PM

General manager Mitch Kupchak suggested the Hornets could go with a committee approach at center.

"We don’t have one [center] that anyone could argue is going to start every game," Kupchak said. "We have multiple players, some younger than others, that all bring different elements." With the trade to acquire Bismack Biyombo, we may have a position battle on our hands with him, Cody Zeller and Willy Hernangomez. For fantasy, we would prefer seeing Willy run with the job, and also may want to see Zeller fall out of the mix.
Jul 11 - 2:27 PM

Hornets' medical staff has determined that Malik Monk is not dealing with a fractured right thumb, and he is being listed as day-to-day.

Monk was misdiagnosed by the doctor on hand in Las Vegas, but it sounds like he's just dealing with a bad sprain. This could still knock him out for Summer League, but he should have a quicker turnaround than the originally reported 6-8 week timetable. Stay tuned.
Source: NBA
Jul 10 - 6:15 PM

Miles Bridges scored 20 points on 8-of-17 shooting in Monday's Summer League loss to Boston.

Bridges knocked down four 3-pointers to go with seven rebounds and one steal. His Vegas performance has been underwhelming prior to tonight, so it's nice to see the No. 12 pick find his rhythm. It's hard to predict what his role will be as a rookie, but his ability to play multiple positions should help his case.
Jul 9 - 9:19 PM

Willy Hernangomez had another strong game on Sunday with 22 points on 10-of-18 shooting, 10 rebounds, two assists and one steal in 29 minutes.

He dropped 16 points and 14 boards on Friday and is making a strong case for minutes in Charlotte next season. Steve Clifford didn't let him see much daylight after he came to the Hornets last season, but maybe James Borrego will be more lenient. He faces competition from Cody Zeller, Bismack Biyombo and Frank Kaminsky, but we'll be keeping an eye on Hernangomez throughout the preseason.
Jul 8 - 7:14 PM

Dwayne Bacon scored 22 points during Sunday's win vs. Miami, going 8-of-16 from the field and 5-of-6 from the line in 33 minutes of action.

The second-year SF hit one 3-pointer with six rebounds and three steals, but he also committed six turnovers without a single assist. A score-first bench role could eventually fall into his lap this season, but we'll need to see more consistency and versatility before approaching him for fantasy value.
Jul 8 - 7:13 PM

Coach James Borrego said signing Tony Parker will "help us grow, take that next step."

Borrego mentioned Parker's "credibility, accountability, wisdom, experience" were selling points on adding him. "He is such a valuable piece and has been to that San Antonio organization. We’re very fortunate right now," the coach said. Reading between the lines here, it sounds more like a "culture" signing, and Borrego also mentioned how Parker playing through injury was important to him -- shade at Kawhi Leonard? Anyway, it doesn't sound like Parker will get significant minutes.
Jul 8 - 1:49 PM

Charlotte, Chicago and Orlando are finalizing a trade that includes Timofey Mozgov to the Magic, Bismack Biyombo to Charlotte and Julyan Stone to the Bulls, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.com.

It's easy to see what Orlando is doing here as they dump Biyombo's deal to get Mo Bamba all the backup center minutes. Biyombo may have dropped out of the rotation in Orlando, but now he should have a chance to play in Charlotte. He doesn't really gain fantasy value, especially with how impressive Willy Hernangomez looked on Friday.
Jul 7 - 8:46 PM

Malik Monk (fractured right thumb) is out for 6-8 weeks.

He suffered a hand injury on the last play of Friday's game, and unfortunately it's going to end his run at Vegas. Monk looked like he was going to be one of the leading scorers at the event with an impressive first step to go with his knock-down shooting, and coach James Borrego has called him a "major player" for them next season. We'll have to wait until camp to see him again.
Jul 7 - 7:40 PM


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