Charlotte Hornets

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  • Frank Kaminsky
    PF, Charlotte Hornets

    Per Rod Boone of The Athletic, the Hornets are not planning on extending the $4.5 million qualifying offer to Frank Kaminsky, which will make him an unrestricted free agent.

    The Hornets don't have much cap space available to them, and their franchise player Kemba Walker is expected to be heavily pursued by multiple teams once free agency begins. Kaminsky was out of the rotation for most of the season but played decently after injuries forced him into playing time. There should be some interest for Kaminsky as a floor-spacing bench big, but he'll have to bide his time until the offers come in. He'll have minimal value next season unless he finds himself in a golden opportunity. The Hornets don't have much cap space and currently have a logjam on their frontline after last week's draft.

    Source: Rod Boone on Twitter

  • Kemba Walker
    PG, Charlotte Hornets

    The Celtics are now the frontrunner to sign Kemba Walker when free agency opens, per Adrian Wojnarowski.

    Walker has also drawn interest from the Lakers and the Hornets, and we're sure that more teams will try to get involved in the action. Boston may not be as glitzy as LA or offer the same core, while they can't offer as much money as Charlotte, but it appears as though Walker likes their setup. We'll see if this motivates the Hornets to offer the full supermax in hopes of keeping Kemba around.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

  • Mitch Kupchak
    Team, Charlotte Hornets

    In what will play a major role in all personnel decisions, the Hornets are determined to avoid the luxury tax next season, per Rick Bonnell of The Charlotte Observer.

    If true, then this will have a major effect on free agency as the Hornets are unlikely to extend the supermax to Kemba Walker this summer. While Walker has said publicly that he is willing to take less than the supermax, it would be hard to see him stay with the Hornets for anything less as he is sure to garner interest from many teams with much better odds at competing for a title. The Lakers, Mavs, and Celtics are just a few of the many teams that will be looking into Walker once free agency opens up, and they all have brighter presents or futures ahead than the Hornets current outlook. There have been rumbles that Walker would head elsewhere next season for a few weeks now, and this report adds even more smoke to the fire. Free agency opens in less than a week.

  • Kemba Walker
    PG, Charlotte Hornets

    According to Marc Stein of the New York Times, the Celtics are emerging as a stealth suitor for Hornets free agent Kemba Walker.

    Walker is one of the top free agents on the market and is heavily linked to a few teams including the Lakers, Mavs, and a reunion with the Hornets. While the Hornets can offer Kemba the most money, he also has said that he is willing to take a pay cut if it gives him a better shot at winning. With the Celtics expected to lose both Kyrie Irving and Al Horford, it remains to be seen if they are the team to give him the better shot at winning.

    Source: Marc Stein on Twitter

  • Malik Monk
    SG, Charlotte Hornets

    GM Mitch Kupchak stated that Malik Monk might play "a couple of games" in the Summer League.

    "He may just come and be a part of the team or he may come and play a couple of games. And Dwayne may just play a couple. That’s normally how it goes for the veterans" said Kupchak. It's interesting that both Monk and Dwayne Bacon might make appearances as their both entering their third years. Regardless, they'll likely only play two or three games before being shutdown as they might be rotation guys for the Hornets this season.

    Source: The Athletic

  • PJ Washington
    PF, Charlotte Hornets

    GM Mitch Kupchak stated that all of the Hornets rookies, including PJ Washington, would be spending time in the G-League this upcoming season.

    "So getting that extra G League seasoning is on the docket for this year’s second-rounders and, yes, even Washington." said Kupchak. He also went on to cite how much the G-League contributed to the development of Malik Monk and Dwayne Bacon last season, even stating that Bacon would request to be sent down to the G-League because he got more playing time. It looks as though it'll be at least a season before the Hornets' young players start contributing to the team and fantasy owners.

    Source: The Athletic

  • Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
    F, Charlotte Hornets

    Hornets forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist has opted into his $13M player option for the 2019-20 season.

    Ugh! This comes a week after Marvin Williams exercised his $15 million player option putting the Hornets in a tough financial situation with at least $98 million already on the books for next year. It’s highly unlikely that MKG would have commanded a salary anywhere close to $10 million per year in an open market so this was a no brainer for him. Kidd-Gilchrist is only 25 years old and is coming off a couple seasons where he struggled with injuries while the lack of a reliable jumper makes it hard for him to have value in today’s space and pace offense.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • Kemba Walker
    G, Charlotte Hornets

    Following Saturday's blockbuster acquisition of Anthony Davis, Marc Stein is reporting that the Lakers will make Kemba Walker one of their top targets in free agency.

    It makes sense, as point guard is a major position of weakness on the roster with Lonzo Ball headed to New Orleans. Walker and Kyrie Irving are the top of the PG class, and though Charlotte can offer Kemba a boatload of money on a supermax deal, it's impossible to argue that they give him the same shot at winning that the Lakers do now.

    Source: Marc Stein on Twitter

  • Frank Kaminsky
    F/C, Charlotte Hornets

    The Hornets have not yet made their decision on Frank Kaminsky's qualifying offer for next season.

    If they extend an offer, worth $4.5 million, Kaminsky will be a restricted free agent. Despite his strong finish to the year, it would be a surprise if he returned to Charlotte. Kaminsky was out of the rotation entirely for the bulk of the season and even requested a trade at one point before injuries allowed him to get back into the mix. The Hornets might not want to spend $4.5 million on a player that's so low on the depth chart, especially with Kemba Walker's potential supermax contract putting them into the luxury tax.

    Source: Charlotte Observer

  • Kemba Walker
    G, Charlotte Hornets

    The Hornets have been trying to move up from the 12th pick in next week's NBA Draft.

    Charlotte wants to get a player that can immediately improve the roster as part of the sales pitch for Kemba Walker. Walker has said that he's willing to take less than the supermax if it helps the Hornets build around him, but it would be an awful lot of money to pass up. Either way, Charlotte should look to get production out of their rookie contracts because the team's cap sheet is fairly ugly. If the Hornets can't move up, look for them to make their pick at 12 and try to upgrade the roster via other avenues this summer.

    Source: Charlotte Observer

  • Kemba Walker
    G, Charlotte Hornets

    Kemba Walker said that he is open to taking less than the supermax from the Hornets, but that it isn't an automatic that he re-signs with the Hornets as he plans to meet with other teams before making a decision.

    If money won't be the ultimate deciding factor for Walker, then there is a real possibility that he could be donning a new jersey come July. To be fair though, it would take an enticing pitch for someone to turn down an extra $80 million. This is shaping up to be one crazy summer.

    Source: Rick Bonnell on Twitter

  • Kemba Walker
    G, Charlotte Hornets

    Speaking on ESPN's NBA Mock Draft Special, Adrian Wojnarowski mentioned teams "like the Mavs, Knicks and Lakers are going to be very interested in Walker."

    Kemba has repeatedly vowed to re-sign with the Hornets, who can offer him a five-year, $221 million supermax thanks to his All-NBA selection. Other teams can only offer Kemba a four-year, $140 million deal, so Kemba's decision will be based on competing for rings or loyalty and more security. NBA free agency is set to kick off on June 30.

  • Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
    F, Charlotte Hornets

    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had successful surgery to correct a groin strain on Tuesday.

    MKG has really struggled the past few seasons and has seen his once intriguing stock all but disappear. MKG has a $13 million player option decision to make this summer, but it would be shocking if he declined as there is little reason to believe he could top that mark on the open market.

    Source: Rick Bonnell on Twitter

  • Marvin Williams
    F, Charlotte Hornets

    Marvin Williams has exercised his $15 million player option with the Hornets for the 2019-2020 season.

    Williams said after the season ended that he would be opting into his player option, so this was an expected outcome. The 14-year NBA vet should return to a similar role as he has been playing the past few years with the Hornets.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

  • Kemba Walker
    G, Charlotte Hornets

    Ian Begley of SNY.tv is reporting that All-Star point guard Kemba Walker will likely remain with the Hornets should they offer him a maximum-level salary, but that prospect at the moment is unclear.

    The report suggests that some opposing execs monitoring the free agent situation believe that if Walker chose to sign somewhere other than Charlotte, going to the Knicks isn't a likely outcome. Kemba is eligible for a super max contract, worth $221 million over five years. The Knicks, or any other suitor, could offer Walker a four-year max contract worth only $141 million so it remains to be seen whether the Hornets are ready to make the enormous financial commitment to their point guard.

    Source: SNY