March 3, 2020, 10:44 amJoe ChealeyPG, Charlotte Hornets
The Hornets announced this morning that the team has signed guard Joe Chealey to a second 10-day contract.
Chealey appeared in two games with the Hornets so far and has made 34 appearances with the Swarm this season averaging 11.3 points, 4.5 assists, and 3.2 rebounds in 28.3 minutes per game in the G League. With Devonte’ Graham nursing a left ankle he is expected to provide some point guard insurance.
Source: Justin Thomas on Twitter
March 3, 2020, 8:22 amDevonte' GrahamPG, Charlotte Hornets
Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer is reporting that Devonte’ Graham’s injury may push the Hornets to add a veteran third point guard.
The Hornets have two open roster spots following buyouts for veterans Marvin Williams and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. They have to sign a player soon to be in compliance with having a minimum of 14 players under standard contract at this point in the season. Graham is being listed as doubtful for Tuesday’s game against the Spurs due to left ankle soreness. If he can’t play, James Borrego figures to move Terry Rozier over to the point as a starter and one of the Martin twins, rookies Cody and Caleb, into the starting lineup.
Source: Charlotte Observer
March 2, 2020, 1:55 pmDevonte' GrahamPG, Charlotte Hornets
Devonte' Graham (left ankle soreness) is doubtful to play on Tuesday after sitting out Monday's practice.
Graham briefly left Sunday's game with what was reported as right ankle soreness, so either this is a new issue or there was a mistake yesterday. Either way, the Hornets have already been trying to pump the brakes on Graham's breakout season just to keep him healthy after a massive spike in playing time, so this could be a multi-game issue. Cody and Caleb Martin are likely to see additional opportunities with Graham and Malik Monk out. Perhaps Nic Batum gets back into the mix as well.
Source: Charlotte Hornets PR on Twitter
March 1, 2020, 4:25 pmDevonte' GrahamPG, Charlotte Hornets
Devonte' Graham briefly left Sunday's 85-93 loss to the Bucks due to right ankle soreness but was able to return en route to 17 points, three assists, a steal and three 3-pointers.
Graham came up limping in the fourth quarter but never went to the locker room and returned to the court fairly quickly. He's been struggling mightily over the last month and belongs on standard-league benches until he works out of his rut (today's showing was a positive sign, even with a 7-of-18 shooting line) though it's worth noting that he's picked it back up again after a healthy DNP for rest purposes last week. Graham remains an outstanding source of points, threes and assists, so he should get back to top-100 levels soon.
March 1, 2020, 4:22 pmWilly HernangomezC, Charlotte Hornets
Willy Hernangomez set a new season-high in rebounds and posted his second double-double of the campaign on Sunday with 10 points, 13 rebounds, four assists and two steals off the bench.
Hernangomez is someone to keep an eye on as the season winds down, especially as Cody Zeller falls out of the rotation for a few games at a time. He was once drafted as a top-100 guy with the Knicks, and perhaps the Hornets use the rest of the season to see if that upside is still here. Hernangomez looks like a worthwhile flier in 16-team leagues, with appeal in shallower formats depending on your roster build.
March 1, 2020, 4:17 pmMiles BridgesSF, Charlotte Hornets
Miles Bridges couldn't find the touch on Sunday, going 3-of-13 from the field while adding seven points, four rebounds, two assists, two steals, two blocks and a 3-pointer.
Bridges logged 35 minutes and the shooting line is the only thing keeping this one from being fantasy gold. He has yet to build on last season's promising finish but is still posting late-round value, so Bridges could be the sort of guy who jumps to middle-round output with added minutes down the stretch — that would be a nice repeat of last season.
March 1, 2020, 4:14 pmCody MartinPF, Charlotte Hornets
Cody Martin produced 11 points, five rebounds, a block and two 3-pointers on Sunday against the Bucks.
Martin also logged 29 minutes, his fourth straight game north of 22. He's struggled to really get on a roll this year but the rookie looks like he'll be getting minutes from here on out, and we've seen him check some different categorical boxes — just never all at once.
March 1, 2020, 4:11 pmCody ZellerC, Charlotte Hornets
Cody Zeller received a DNP-CD on Sunday.
This isn't the first time for Zeller and it certainly won't be the last, as he's now failed to check in in each of Charlotte's last three games. He's a low-end option when he's playing but right now Zeller is a clear drop with his playing time at all-or-nothing each night.
March 1, 2020, 3:01 pmJalen McDanielsPF, Charlotte Hornets
Jalen McDaniels (left heel discomfort) has returned to Sunday's game.
McDaniels left in the first quarter but is back on the floor in the fourth. It's good to see that the rookie has dodged serious injury.
March 1, 2020, 1:39 pmJalen McDanielsPF, Charlotte Hornets
Jalen McDaniels (left heel discomfort) is questionable to return to Sunday's game.
McDaniels appeared to injure himself on a transition dunk. The rookie was on the upswing, logging at least 16 minutes in every game since being recalled in early February, with at least 22 minutes in four of his previous six games. GMs in extremely deep leagues will be watching this story.
Source: Hornets PR on Twitter
March 1, 2020, 11:35 amDwayne BaconSF, Charlotte Hornets
Still relegated to the G-League with seemingly no plan in place to call him back up, Dwayne Bacon questioned his place with the Hornets as an organization, stressing that he needed somebody to "believe in me".
“Maybe I’m not meant for this organization or maybe they don’t want me. I don’t know,” Bacon said "… I just need a coaching staff that believes in me, believes I can play. It’s not that I don’t believe they think I can play (but) I don’t know what it is.” These comments come as the Hornets lost shooting guard Malik Monk to an indefinite suspension for violating the NBA's anti-drug program, yet don't appear to be interested in giving Bacon a look to help fill the void. He is set to hit free agency this July.
Source: Charlotte Observer
February 28, 2020, 11:16 pmTerry RozierPG, Charlotte Hornets
Terry Rozier ended with 18 points, six rebounds and six assists in Friday's victory over the Raptors, adding the game-clinching free throws in the waning seconds to seal the win.
Rozier's production has taken a dip in the second half of the season, but sits right at number 75 in the fantasy rankings on a per game basis. As long as he stays healthy, there is no reason to see his minutes decrease and to see him close out the year on an upswing would not be surprising.
February 28, 2020, 11:12 pmMiles BridgesSF, Charlotte Hornets
Miles Bridges scored 17 points, grabbed five rebounds and swatted three shots in a win over the Raptors on Friday.
Bridges has been an effective fantasy player all year, hovering right around the top-120 depending on format. With the Hornets out of playoff contention and likely looking to play their young guys even more, Bridges may even see his numbers jump a little bit to close out the season.
February 28, 2020, 11:06 pmPJ WashingtonPF, Charlotte Hornets
P.J. Washington was productive in 31 minutes on Friday, finishing with 15 points and nine rebounds.
Washington didn't shoot the ball great (6-for-15 FG) but made an impact on the fantasy side of things. He's been slowed by injury of late but is a prime candidate to be let loose at the end of the year when the Hornets decide its time to see what their young guys can do with bigger minutes. If he's available in your league Washington is definitely someone to keep an eye on.
February 28, 2020, 11:00 pmBismack BiyomboC, Charlotte Hornets
Bismack Biyombo recorded a double-double in Friday's victory over the Raptors, putting up 13 points, 11 rebounds and blocking two shots in 31 minutes, the fifth most he has played in a single game this season.
He has not really been fantasy-relevant, even in 20-team leagues. Biyombo putting up a productive game or stretch is nothing new, we've been down this road before. Leave him on the wire.