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Charlotte Hornets

Eastern Southeast

Gordon Hayward, who agreed to a four-year $120M with the Hornets last week, had his deal finalized on Sunday, according to Shams Charania. (Source: Shams Charania on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Boston included two future second-round draft picks in 2023 and 2024, respectively, to complete the deal. Boston will get back a conditional future second-rounder and a trade exception, per Charania. Hayward averaged 17.5 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 4.1 assists over 52 games for the Celtics last season and should see an uptick in those numbers as one of the primary scoring options for the Hornets.

Category: Transactions

Nicolas Batum was officially waived by the Charlotte Hornets on Sunday and the Clippers are considered to be "a strong contender" to sign him once he clears, per Marc Stein of the New York Times. (Source: Marc Stein on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Batum was initially waived to create cap room for the Hornets to sign free agent Gordon Hayward and should officially clear waivers next week. The Clippers won't be the only team interested in the 31-year old wing but Los Angeles would be a good fit. He only averaged 3.6 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 22 games for the Hornets during the 2019-2020 but he could provide some fantasy value, especially on the defensive end, on his new team.

Category: Rumors

According to Yahoo Sports, G Dwayne Bacon has agreed to a two-year deal with the Orlando Magic. (Source: Vince Goodwill on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Bacon grew up in Lakeland, FL, which is driving distance to Orlando. He played college basketball at Florida State, so his hometown roots likely played in his decision to play for Orlando. Bacon will be added bench depth for the Magic and will not be a fantasy asset for fantasy managers this season.

Category: Transactions, Rumors

According to Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer, Hornets F PJ Washington said his "biggest area of off-season focus will be on ball handling and playmaking." (Source: Rick Bonnell on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Washington had a very productive rookie season but it was evident that he was often too reliant on others to generate offense for him, or put him in positions to score. For perspective, Washington didn't dribble once for 58% of his field goals made. Washington found success feasting around the rim, where he shot 66%, but was assisted on 85% of those shots. He didn't fare well shooting mid-range jumpers but he did shoot a respectable 37% from three - having been assisted 96% of the time. Surely room for improvement and assuming Washington makes strides with his ball handling and playmaking this offseason, he should be a viable mid-round target for fantasy owners next season. Washington closed out his rookie year averaging 12.2 points, 5.4 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.8 blocks, and 1.5 triples across 57 games.

Category: Rumors

Hornets’ GM Mitch Kupchak said there has been no extension talks between G Devonte’ Graham and the team. (Source: Jack Duffy on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Graham has a $1.66 million option for next season and the both parties have not discussed an extension. He also has a qualifying offer of $2 million in 2021-2022. The Hornets and Graham still have plenty of time to work out an extension. The 25-year-old is a candidate for Most Improved Player and is having a career-year, averaging 18.1 points, 3.3 rebounds, 7.4 assists, 1.0 steals and 3.5 triples across 63 games.

Hornets GM Mitch Kupchak told reporters on a conference call that SG Malik Monk has been reinstated from his indefinite suspension for violating the NBA’s anti-drug policy back in February. (Source: Malika Andrews on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Monk was having the best year of his career before the suspension came down from the NBA on February 26. In 55 games, he averaged 10.3 points per game. Unfortunately for Monk and the Hornets, they haven’t been invited to participate in the remainder of the 2019-20 NBA season as they were too far out of the eighth-seed in the playoffs. Monk should be fully available for the 2020-21 regular season.

Category: Transactions

Jalen McDaniels totaled five points (1-3 FG, 1-1 3PT, 2-2 FT), six rebounds, and two assists in 29 minutes in the Hornets’ 109-98 win against the Heat on Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact: McDaniels logged a career-high 29 minutes this past Wednesday against the Heat, however, was unable to do much from a fantasy standpoint outside of corral six rebounds. Although he does little in the scoring department, he has shown some skill at crashing the boards having secured at least one rebound in every game since the beginning of February. McDaniels is averaging 20.8 minutes per game as the primary back-up to PJ Washington and has shown the potential of being able to provide value. However, he has not played well enough consistently to be considered as a value add for your team. He is an easy faded in all formats at this time.

Category: Game Recaps

Cody Martin totaled six points (3-5 FG, 0-1 3PT, 0-0 FT), eight rebounds, two assists, one block, and one steal in 32 minutes in the Hornets’ 109-98 win against the Heat on Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact: Martin stuffed the stat-sheet this past Wednesday against the Heat as he was able to make a significant contribution in the rebounding department with eight. His playing time has significantly increased this month, as he is averaging 32.2 minutes per game; however, his inconsistent and conservative game makes him hard to trust in line-ups. His volume of minutes makes Martin interesting enough to keep on your radar for deep-league play, but other than that, he is a fade in most formats.

Category: Game Recaps

Miles Bridges totaled 16 points (5-16 FG, 1-4 3PT, 5-6 FT), eight rebounds, two assists, and one block in 35 minutes in the Hornets’ 109-98 win against the Heat on Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact: Bridges was able to put together a nice bounce-back performance against the Heat this past Wednesday, as he scored 16 points and collected eight rebounds. It hasn’t been as dominating of a month for him so far, as he has been more inconsistent in his play. It would be best to take into account Bridges' current consistency woes before considering him an automatic starter in your line-up. He is, however, a must start in deep-league play.

Category: Game Recaps

Cody Zeller scored 14 points (5-8 FG, 1-1 3PT, 3-4 FT), with 11 rebounds, three assists, and one block in 22 minutes in Wednesday night's 109-98 win over Miami.

Fantasy Impact: Zeller only needed 22 minutes tonight to collect his 10th double-double of the season. His minutes have trended down of late, giving more opportunity to Bismack Biyombo and Willy Hernangomez. All three big men are mildly banged up, so Coach James Borrego has them rotating in and out of games. After the game, Zeller shared his thoughts on the indefinite NBA suspension that has taken the league by storm, stating on Twitter, "We're going to make sure that they're (hard working hourly employees and support staff at Charlotte home games) taken care of! Even if I have to pay out of pocket to help out." Nice gesture by Zeller, and hopefully the rest of the NBA family can chip in and help those that will lose valuable paychecks during this unprecedented time.

Category: Game Recaps

Caleb Martin scored 19 points (4-12 FG, 3-6 3PT, 8-8 FT), with seven rebounds, three assists, four steals, and one turnover in 35 minutes off the bench in Wednesday night's 109-98 win over the Heat.

Fantasy Impact: That's two straight very impressive games for Martin off the bench. He's seen 35+ minutes in both games, while recording 23 and 19 points to go along with three and four steals respectively. It looks like Coach James Borrego has and will continue to unleash both Caleb and Cody Martin in what has become an eight-man rotation for the Hornets. Both Martins will have to wait indefinitely to put on more strong performances, as the NBA has suspended the season indefinitely due to Utah C Rudy Gobert testing positive for COVID-19. On the suspension, Coach Borrego said, "This is new territory for all of us."

Category: Game Recaps

Terry Rozier (illness) has been downgraded to out tonight against Miami. (Source: Rod Boone)

Fantasy Impact: Rozier is out tonight with an illness. Coach James Borrego joked that one of the Martin twins will start in Rozier’s place, and laughed, “whichever one I see first.” Devonte’ Graham should see a spike in usage as well with Rozier out.

Category: Injury Updates

Willy Hernangomez totaled three points (1-2 FG, 0-0 3PT, 1-2 FT), eleven rebounds, and one assist in 18 minutes in the Hornets’ 108-99 win against the Rockets on Saturday.

Fantasy Impact: Hernangomez, in limited minutes, was able to grab 11 rebounds against the Rockets this past Saturday. Although his shooting has been inconsistent in his previous five games, he has been able to snatch five or more rebounds within the same period. His minutes have been hit or miss recently, making him a risky play. Even though he is a must-roster in deep-league play, owners should still monitor the match-up before making a decision on whether to start him or not.

Category: Game Recaps

Bismack Biyombo totaled eight points (2-8 FG, 0-0 3PT, 4-4 FT), nine rebounds, two assists, and two blocks in 22 minutes in the Hornets’ 93-85 loss to the Bucks on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Although he put up a below-average shooting night, Biyombo was still able to put together a valuable line as he collected nine rebounds, while also adding a couple assists and blocks. On the year he has averaged 7.5 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 0.9 assists. Biyombo is a good source of value; however, he is best reserved for deep-league play at best, as his inconsistency makes him a high-risk high-reward asset.

Category: Game Recaps

Marvin Williams failed to log any minutes in Tuesday’s 125-110 loss to the Rockets. The DNP status was not due to any injury but was a personnel decision made by the coach.

Fantasy Impact: Williams' DNP designation doesn't come as a surprise, as he has failed to produce in many of his recent games. Being that the Hornets' have quickly played themselves out of the playoff picture, the focus will be on building towards the future and evaluating the potential of the young talent they currently have. Williams doesn't fit in this picture. Outside of a rare perfect scenario where Williams can pull together a solid game, he should not count as any sustainable value producer on your team. It is best to fade him in year-long play; however, he could be a greatly under-owned Hail Mary target for daily large field tournament play given the right opponent and opportunity.

Category: Game Recaps

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist received a DNP-CD in Tuesday’s 125-110 loss to the Rockets.

Fantasy Impact: MKG has appeared in just one contest since Dec. 29, and he’s completely fallen out of the Hornets’ rotation. Charlotte will likely continue to give its young talent big minutes at the expense of underwhelming veterans like Kidd-Gilchrist, and the Kentucky product has no place on fantasy rosters, even in the deepest of leagues.

Category: Game Recaps