Latest LaMelo Ball News

East preview: Bucks have the title, 76ers, Nets have drama

Oct. 13, 2021 14:03 PM EDT

The Brooklyn Nets look like such a title favorite that James Harden felt the need for a reminder they aren't a title team. “We’re not the target. The defending champions are the targets,” Harden said. “They won last year. We’re trying to catch them.” ...

Hornets say play-in loss motivation to end playoff drought

Oct. 12, 2021 10:24 AM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The memory of an embarrassing 144-117 loss to the Indiana Pacers in the NBA play-in game last May is never far from the mind of Miles Bridges and many of his returning Charlotte Hornets teammates. “Every time I got tired this summer during a...

Coach: LaMelo Ball must take 'next step' for Hornets to win

Oct. 01, 2021 16:03 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — LaMelo Ball made the transition from playing basketball overseas to the NBA last season look fairly easy, breezing his way to rookie of the year honors. Now Hornets coach James Borrego wants the point guard to take the next step. ...

The Latest: Leonard tries to stay 'relevant' during rehab

Sep. 27, 2021 16:18 PM EDT

The latest from NBA media day on Monday (All times EDT) ___ 4:15 p.m. Kawhi Leonard is heading into his third season with the Los Angeles Clippers just trying to get healthy. He’s two months into rehab after...

AP source: Hornets' Rozier agrees to 4-year, $97M extension

Aug. 19, 2021 15:14 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Charlotte Hornets have agreed to a four-year, $97 million contract extension with guard Terry Rozier, according to a person familiar with the situation. The person spoke to The Associated Press on Thursday on condition of anonymity because the...

Kupchak: Hornets' focus is on developing a young center

Aug. 10, 2021 15:37 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — General manager Mitch Kupchak knows the Charlotte Hornets haven’t found a long-term answer at center yet. But he’s not necessarily worried. Kupchak said the plan is to develop the team’s three young centers in hopes that...

Hornets give coach James Borrego a multiyear extension

Aug. 09, 2021 16:40 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Hornets believe coach James Borrego can turn things around in Charlotte. The Hornets announced Monday they’ve signed Borrego to a multiyear contract extension. Length and financial terms of the deal were not released. He...

AP source: Ish Smith agrees to 2-year deal with Hornets

Aug. 03, 2021 19:27 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Charlotte Hornets have agreed to a two-year deal with free agent guard Ish Smith, according to a person familiar with the situation. The deal includes a team option for the second year of the contract. Financial terms were not available. The...

AP sources: Pelicans send Ball to Bulls, get Hornets' Graham

Aug. 02, 2021 23:15 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Pelicans are sending Lonzo Ball to Chicago and will acquire Devonte Graham from Charlotte as part of separate sign-and-trade agreements, two people with knowledge of the situation said. The Ball trade will send Bulls guards Tomas...

Hornets get Bouknight at No. 11, Jones at No. 19 via Knicks

Jul. 30, 2021 00:40 AM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Charlotte Hornets general manager Mitch Kupchak was a busy man Thursday night. The Hornets selected guard James Bouknight from Connecticut with the No. 11 pick and landed a pair of centers via trade. Kupchak acquired veteran...