May 1, 2019, 4:17 pmBismack Biyombo - C - Charlotte Hornets
Bismack Biyombo underwent successful arthroscopic knee surgery to help with chronic issues in his left knee and is expected to make a full recovery.
Biyombo is currently the second highest paid player on the Hornets behind Nicolas Batum at $17M as Kemba Walker is no longer under contract. The Hornets are overpaying for a player that can barely crack the rotation for a non-playoff team. We should not expect this surgery to change Biyombo's fantasy outlook. His chronic knee issues are just another sign that Biyombo will not be worth the money he is being paid next season. Expect the Hornets to either waive his contract before next season ends or use it as a trade piece as it will be a large expiring contract.
Source: Hornets PR on Twitter
April 20, 2019, 4:11 pmNicolas Batum - G/F - Charlotte Hornets
The Hornets do not yet know if Nicolas Batum will be a starter or a reserve next season.
Batum is owed over $25 million in 2019-20 and $27 million in 2020-21, meaning it would take multiple picks or young players to move him, or taking on an equally bad contract. When healthy, he obviously has talent on both ends of the floor, but we haven't seen that in a few years. With Batum's uncertainty already being talked about, Miles Bridges could be a regular starter next season, which would do wonders for his fantasy value.
April 19, 2019, 3:20 pmKemba Walker - G - Charlotte Hornets
Kemba Walker reportedly soured on the Hornets after their plan to acquire Marc Gasol fell through, per Adrian Wojnarowski.
Walker was apparently deflated by Charlotte's lack of moves at the deadline. The deal for Gasol was apparently centered around Bismack Biyombo, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and a first-rounder but the teams couldn't work through the protections on the pick. That's a fair move for the Hornets, as a playoff berth that resulted in a quick exit might not have been enough to entice Walker to stay anyway, and losing Walker and a lightly protected first-round pick, either this year or in the future, would've been catastrophic. Memphis got a far superior package from the Raptors to boot. Walker has been fairly insistent that he wants to stay in Charlotte but recent reports give off the vibe that he'll be heading elsewhere this summer. The team's inability to become a consistent playoff team appears to be the big factor in his potential departure.
Source: The Woj Pod
April 16, 2019, 10:35 amBismack Biyombo - C - Charlotte Hornets
Shams Charania of the Athletic is reporting that Bismack Biyombo has exercised his $17M player option to return to the Hornets for the 2019-20 season.
This was obviously a no-brainer for the Congolese center who signed his current deal with the Magic back in 2016. Biyombo was the occasional backup in Charlotte this year and increased his playing time only when Cody Zeller got injured late into the season. He is a rebounds and blocks specialist with good percentages but doesn’t offer much upside.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
April 11, 2019, 12:27 pmMarvin Williams - F - Charlotte Hornets
Marvin Williams said he will not exercise the opt-out clause in his contract and return to play for the Hornets during the 2019-20 season.
Williams averaged 10.1 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.2 assists in his fifth season with the Hornets. The veteran has only missed 22 games over the five years he has played with the Hornets and has become an integral part of their starting lineup.
Source: Rick Bonnell on Twitter
April 11, 2019, 12:18 pmTony Parker - G - Charlotte Hornets
Tony Parker said that he is 50-50 on returning to play for the Hornets next season.
He mentioned that he preferred to come back and play for the Hornets, but only if they are competitive. It seems like Kemba Walker's decision will have a large impact on Parker's.
Source: Rick Bonnell on Twitter
April 11, 2019, 3:01 amKemba Walker - G - Charlotte Hornets
Kemba Walker managed to put up 43 points, five assists, two rebounds, four triples and two turnovers on 16-of-25 shooting in 40 minutes in Charlotte's 122-114 loss to the Magic.
Walker was amazing tonight in what could be his last game in a Hornets uniform. Walker finished this season averaging career-highs in points, rebounds and shot attempts. He's a bona-fide superstar in both the real NBA and fantasy and should be treated as such. Walker was a top-20 player in 8/9-cat leagues and, depending on what team he's on, should be picked in the early rounds yet again next season.
April 11, 2019, 2:55 amTony Parker - G - Charlotte Hornets
Tony Parker didn't suit up for the Hornets final game of the season on Wednesday.
This was the 36-year old's first season on any team not named the San Antonio Spurs and it was a forgettable one. He played in 56 games and didn't start in any of them, in fact, he averaged a career-low 17.9 minutes this season. Parker was barely outside the top-300 in 8-cat leagues but dropped outside of the top-350 in 9-cat. As sad as it is, Parker is far outside of his prime and shouldn't be drafted anywhere next season.
April 11, 2019, 2:51 amShelvin Mack - G - Charlotte Hornets
Shelvin Mack didn't play in Wednesday's season finale vs. the Magic.
Mack really didn't spend much time on the Hornets as he only played in four games. Most of his time was spent in Memphis where he played 53 games and started in three of them. Mack really wasn't in the rotation at all in Charlotte and was only on a one-year contract meaning that he'll be a free agent this summer. The Hornets likely won't bring him back and fantasy owners shouldn't worry about drafting him next season.
April 11, 2019, 2:46 amJeremy Lamb - G - Charlotte Hornets
Jeremy Lamb finished with 22 points, eight rebounds, two assists, four triples and one turnover on 6-of-12 shooting in 31 minutes in Wednesday's season finale vs. the Magic.
This was by-far Lamb's best season and Hoop-Ball called it, placing Lamb inside of the HoopBall Six this preseason. He finished with career-high's in minutes, shot attempts, 3-point attempts, rebounds, steals and points. Lamb really became the Hornets' second option behind Kemba Walker and thrived in that position. He really picked things up as the season came to a close and he was a top-25 9-cat player over the last two weeks and a top-10 8/9-cat player over the last week of the season. He's going to be an unrestricted free agent this offseason and if the Hornets don't pay him what he deserves, someone will.
April 11, 2019, 2:37 amMalik Monk - G - Charlotte Hornets
Malik Monk finished with two points, two rebounds, three assists and one turnover on 1-of-4 shooting in 17 minutes on Wednesday.
Monk is in a crowded sea of wing players in Charlotte and has yet to break out after being the 11th-pick in the 2017 NBA draft. Monk has yet to make his first career start but he did manage to raise his field goal percentage this season which led to his shot attempts and minutes rising as well. He managed to finish inside the top-300 in 8/9-cat leagues and has a ton of room for improvement. He's not a guy you'll want to draft next season but don't be surprised if he takes another leap.
April 11, 2019, 2:28 amNicolas Batum - G/F - Charlotte Hornets
Nicolas Batum finished with just two rebounds and three assists on 0-of-1 shooting in 12 minutes in Wednesday's 122-114 loss to the Magic.
Batum has been up and down all season but really ended the year in a slump. Over the last two weeks of the season he only played in five games and was a outside of the top-250 in that time. He only averaged 9.4 points this season which is his lowest since the 2014-2015 season and he only attempted 7.6 shots which is the lowest since his sophomore year in 2010. This was Batum's first season finishing outside of the top-100 in 8/9-cat leagues since his rookie season in 2009. The Hornets are pretty stacked at the wing position with Malik Monk, Miles Bridges, Jeremy Lamb, MKG and Dwayne Bacon so maybe that's why Batum fell off this year. He'll look to bounce back next year and should still be a one of the first picks at the back end of the middle-rounds.
April 11, 2019, 2:17 amMiles Bridges - F - Charlotte Hornets
Miles Bridges finished with 18 points, five rebounds, three assists, two steals, two blocks and one turnover on 8-of-13 shooting in a team-high 41 minutes on Wednesday.
Bridges is far from the Rookie of the Year but he really started to pick things up in the final weeks of the season. He was a top-70 player over his last eight games and is capable of giving owners good value in multiple categories. On the season, he only played 21.1 minutes but the Hornets have shown that they're willing to give him more if he performs well. He showed flashes of greatness this season and now he's just got to work on keeping up the consistency. It'll be interesting to see how much hype surrounds him this summer and he could be a late-round steal come next year's draft.
April 11, 2019, 2:10 amDwayne Bacon - G/F - Charlotte Hornets
Dwayne Bacon finished with 12 points, two rebounds, two assists, one steal and one turnover on 6-of-11 shooting in 34 minutes in a 122-114 loss to the Magic on Wednesday.
Bacon had been playing big minutes to close the season, averaging 31.6 over the past week which could be a sign of things to come. Bacon starts in 12 games this season which doubles the six that he started in last season. Bacon was outside of the top-300 in 8/9-cat leagues but the potential and upside is there. With Kemba Walker's return in the air, the Hornets could look brand new next season which could be good for Bacon.
April 11, 2019, 2:03 amMichael Kidd-Gilchrist - F - Charlotte Hornets
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist played one minute in the Hornets' season finale vs. the Magic on Wednesday.
Kidd-Gilchrist had yet another bad season and at this point it really doesn't seem like he's ever going to come around. He's still just 25-years old but he played a career-low 18.7 minutes this season and started in a career-low three games. He really doesn't contribute much for fantasy owners in any category and it looks like the Hornets are ready to give up on him as well. He was outside of the top-225 8/9-cat leagues and shouldn't be on anyone's draft radar come next season.