Charlotte Hornets

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  • Nicolas Batum
    SG, Charlotte Hornets

    Nicolas Batum's agent says that the Warriors are one of six teams interested in the 31-year-old small forward, with the Nets, the Jazz, the Clippers, the Bucks and the Raptors also in the mix

    Batum isn't yet a free agent but Charlotte plans on waiving him after agreeing to terms on a contract with forward Gordon Hayward. He only played in 22 games last season and averaged a career-low 3.6 points per game, but he is a 35.7 percent shooter from 3-point range for his career and he should be a nice bench addition for a team like the Warriors.

    Source: Basketsession.com

  • Willy Hernangomez
    C, Charlotte Hornets

    The Pelicans and Willy Hernangómez have agreed to a one-year minimum contract.

    Hernangómez spent the last two and a half seasons with the Hornets and logged four starts in his time there. He has a decent fantasy stat set if he were to see a large increase in opportunity. However, that is highly unlikely to happen in New Orleans and he will probably fill in as a depth rotation piece at best.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • Bismack Biyombo
    C, Charlotte Hornets

    Yahoo's Chris Haynes reports that Bismack Biyombo has agreed to a deal with the Hornets.

    Biyombo should return to a backup center role for the Hornets next season, similar to the one he held last season. Cody Zeller may or may not be on the trade block but the Hornets' inability to definitively upgrade their center position this offseason gives Biyombo a glimmer of hope for deep fantasy formats.

    Source: Chris Haynes on Twitter

  • Nicolas Batum
    SG, Charlotte Hornets

    The Hornets plan to use their waive-and-stretch provision on Nicolas Batum.

    Although Batum's $27 million would have been off the books after this season, the Hornets are pulling this move in order to allow for the cap space to sign Gordon Hayward to his massive contract. Batum was phased out of the rotation last season due to the team's youth movement but will likely attract interest from several clubs as a free agent and might still be able to contribute in fantasy depending on his destination.

    Source: Charlotte Observer

  • Gordon Hayward
    SF, Boston Celtics

    Gordon Hayward is expected to sign a four-year, $120 million contract with the Charlotte Hornets.

    Another shoe drops here as the Hornets pair up LaMelo Ball with Hayward and him declining his $34 million option certainly does not look as bad now. Assuming Hayward starts, it is unclear if he will take P.J. Washington, Miles Bridges or Terry Rozier’s spot in the lineup but everyone may take a hit in fantasy regardless. The Hornets had their offer sheet to Hayward matched by the Jazz in 2014 when he was a restricted free agent so they finally get their guy.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

  • Dwayne Bacon
    SF, Charlotte Hornets

    The Magic and Dwayne Bacon have come to an agreement on a two-year contract, per Vincent Goodwill of Yahoo Sports.

    Bacon reunites with Steve Clifford, who gave him a chance to start early in his career when both were with the Hornets. Clifford repeatedly praised Bacon's game so this could be a move that gets his career back on track after he fell out of the rotation for Charlotte last season. Josh Robbins of The Athletic reports that the second season will be a team option and that Bacon is signing for the minimum. Bacon won't be of much interest for fantasy as a pure depth option on the wings.

    Source: Vince Goodwill on Twitter

  • Gordon Hayward
    SF, Boston Celtics

    Michael Scotto of HoopsHype reports that the Hornets are expected to make a play for Gordon Hayward.

    Those of you with long memories will note that Hayward signed an offer sheet from Charlotte way back in 2014, though it was eventually matched by the Jazz. The Hornets have some openings on the wing and Hayward definitely gives them a bit more star power, though it's unclear how they'll sort out a sign-and-trade. With Charlotte also tied to Russell Westbrook, it looks like they're exploring all options that will create some buzz around the team and potentially get them back in the playoff hunt.

    Source: HoopsHype

  • Dwayne Bacon
    SF, Charlotte Hornets

    Dwayne Bacon will be an unrestricted free agent once free agency begins after the Hornets chose not to extend a qualifying offer.

    Bacon has really disappointed with the Hornets the last three seasons despite receiving ample opportunity. Perhaps a new situation will help Bacon get his career back on track but he probably won't be commanding a lot of money on the open market.

    Source: Michael Scotto on Twitter

  • Nate Darling
    SG, Charlotte Hornets

    According to Adrian Wojnarowski, Nate Darling, from the University of Alabama, Birmingham, has agreed to terms with the Hornets on a two-way deal.

    Hailing from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Darling was a standout for Canada's U19 squad in 2017. He's a 3-point shooter who has a good size at 6-foot5, 200 pounds. He is effective in the pick and roll and is known to be able to finish at the rim strong.

    Source: Adrian. Wojnarowski on Twitter

  • Grant Riller
    G, Charlotte Hornets

    The Hornets are set to pick Grant Riller at pick No. 56, per ESPN's Jonathan Givony.

    The Hornets stay local as Riller was a four-year star for the College of Charleston. A combo guard who leans towards the scoring side of the spectrum, Riller has a good first step and can get any shot he wants at all three levels. He's prone to tunnel vision and has struggled with defense, though some of that can be explained by his immense offensive workload. Riller's going to face a steep ramp up in terms of competition but he could be a back-end contributor relatively quickly.

    Source: Jonathan Givony on Twitter

  • Nick Richards
    C, Charlotte Hornets

    The Pelicans have selected Nick Richards with the No. 42 pick in the 2020 NBA Draft and traded him to the Hornets, per Shams Charania.

    The Kentucky big comes into the league with a limited skill set centered around rim protection. He uses his length well to block shots- averaging 2.1 per game in his final college season. He's seemingly unable to switch on defense, which will significantly limit his ability to stay on the court. The Pelicans will receive a 2024 second-round pick in exchange for Richards.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • Vernon Carey Jr.
    C, Charlotte Hornets

    Shams Charania reports that the Hornets have selected Vernon Carey Jr. out of Duke with the 32nd pick in the 2020 NBA Draft.

    Carey is a traditional center with good touch around the hoop but currently lacks the ability to stretch the floor. He'll compete for a frontcourt role that the Hornets have struggled to fill for some time. He could have some late-round value in the long term for deep fantasy leagues.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter.

  • LaMelo Ball
    PG, Charlotte Hornets

    The Hornets have selected former Illawara Hawks guard LaMelo Ball with the third pick in the 2020 NBA Draft.

    Ball has been widely described as the most purely talented prospect in this year’s class, capable of pulling off passes many active NBA guards couldn’t dream of. The Hornets have a logjam at guard but they clearly couldn't pass up Ball's natural talents. His incredible ball handling means he can dazzle without turning the ball over often. Oversized for a guard, his body and wingspan open the door to becoming a great defender down the road. Like his brother, he struggles shooting the ball, averaging just 38% from the field and 72% from the line during his time in the Australian National Basketball League.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • Nicolas Batum
    SG, Charlotte Hornets

    Nicolas Batum will reportedly be exercising his $27.13 million player option for the 2020-21 season.

    This makes a lot of sense for Batum, who has fallen by the wayside, both in real-life and fantasy in after a forgettable 2019-20 season. He currently is not someone to target in fantasy drafts, given the youth movement that the Hornets are going for right now.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • LaMelo Ball
    PG, International

    LaMelo Ball has reportedly met with the Wolves and is slated to talk with the Warriors, Hornets and Bulls.

    Those teams comprise the top four in the upcoming draft. The Knicks are also said to be interested in Ball but at this point it seems unlikely that he'll fall to them at No. 8, though anything is possible with so much variability in this season's draft class. Multiple outlets have reported, rather consistently, that the Wolves would love to trade down, so this doesn't even guarantee that they're eyeing Ball with the No. 1 selection. We'll see what happens over the next couple of weeks.

    Source: ESPN