Erik and Neil review the Hornets and weigh in on the NBA Finals.
June 10, 2019, 2:01 pmTony ParkerG, Charlotte Hornets
Tony Parker has announced his retirement from the NBA after 18 seasons.
Parker stated that he "can't be Tony Parker anymore" and because of that he feels as though it's time to move on. After 18 seasons, Parker is a four time champion, six time All-Star and took home the Finals MVP in 2007. He's a near-lock for the Hall of Fame and his jersey will likely be retired in San Antonio.
Source: The Undefeated
June 1, 2019, 8:28 pmKemba WalkerG, Charlotte Hornets
According to Jared Weiss of The Athletic, Kemba Walker considers the Hornets as his top priority in free agency.
This is an interesting bit of news. Kemba is someone who'd make a great addition to a title-contending team, something the Hornets are not right now. As far as his fantasy value outlook is concerned, a scenario where Walker remains in Charlotte would be the best case but the same can't be said for his championship aspirations though.
Source: The Athletic
May 23, 2019, 8:29 amMiles BridgesF, Charlotte Hornets
Miles Bridges tweeted on Tuesday that he was not snubbed from the All-Rookie teams.
"I didn't get snubbed. I played like ass all year. I don't deserve to be on any team. Next year will be different," was Bridges' full tweet. He had an alright rookie season, especially when given the opportunity. All 25 of his games played after the All-Star break were starts and he averaged 9.6 points, 5.3 boards, 1.6 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.6 blocks and 1.1 threes on 49.0%/35.1%/83.3% shooting splits in 26.2 minutes per game. There's a lot of athleticism and untapped potential that could bear fruit in year two, especially if Kemba Walker is not with the team and there's a lot more usage to go around.
Source: Miles Bridges on Twitter
May 1, 2019, 4:17 pmBismack BiyomboC, 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 BatumG/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 WalkerG, 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 BiyomboC, 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 WilliamsF, 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 ParkerG, 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 WalkerG, 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 ParkerG, 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 MackG, 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 LambG, 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.
The Hornets face big decisions this summer