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2017 Schedule
48-34, 1st in Southeast
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Vegas expects big drop for Hornets

The Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook has the Hornets' over/under at 39.5 wins after they won 48 games and grabbed the six seed last season. Charlotte has the third-best odds in the Southeast Division at 4-1 behind the Hawks and Wizards. Odds for every team

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Two Hornets among available free agents

J.R. Smith has garnered much attention for not yet signing. But Marc Stein notes Tyler Hansbrough and Jorge Gutierrez, who both played last season with the Hornets, are among the NBA free agents still available with camps opening soon. Free agents

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Will Hornets return to playoffs?

ESPN's Chad Ford believes the re-signing of Nicolas Batum was important for Charlotte. However, the losses of Al Jefferson and Jeremy Lin will take a toll. Roy Hibbert and Ramon Sessions were cheaper options, but Ford believes they're downgrades. Eastern Conference offseason grades (Insider)

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Walker to make All-Star debut?

You mean Kemba Walker hasn't been there in his first five seasons? That could change this February, according to our Summer Forecast panel. First-time All-Star candidates

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Will Zeller be hot item next summer?

Kevin Pelton writes that defense has been Cody Zeller's strong suit during the 7-foot center's three NBA seasons on a defensive-minded team. Pelton sees the Hornets trying to re-sign Zeller, who will turn 24 in October, to a contract extension. Ranking 2017 NBA free agents (Insider)

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Hornets taking step back next season?

Kevin Pelton writes that ESPN's real plus-minus shows Charlotte being a break-even team in 2016-17. But unlike last season, that should be good enough to keep the Hornets in the playoff field. Projected W-L records for 2016-17 (Insider)

With 17th pick in draft, Hornets would ...

Chad Ford isn't sure Indiana sophomore OG Anunoby will still be on the board at this slot. The 6-foot-8 forward exited the ranks of the overlooked last March with his performance in the NCAA tournament. Mock Draft 1.0 (Insider0

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Batum had sportsmanship meltdown

Nicolas Batum was upset during France's 2012 Olympic matchup vs. arch-rival Spain when it appeared an opponent feigned an injury. Batum gave him "a good reason to flop" later by punching him in the groin. He apologized afterward on Twitter. When bad sportsmanship stains Summer Games

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New Orleans replaces Charlotte as NBA ASG site

New Orleans has been selected to replace Charlotte as host of the 2017 NBA All-Star Game -- which will be the third time the city has hosted the event since 2008.

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Batum struggles in France's defeat

Nicolas Batum had no points, no rebounds, one assist and two steals in 18 minutes during France's 92-67 loss to Spain on Wednesday in Rio's men's basketball quarterfinals. Batum took only two shots, both from behind the arc. Game recap

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Emeka Okafor seeks comeback: 'He feels great'

Emeka Okafor's agent, Jeff Schwartz, says the 33-year-old, who last played for the Wizards in 2012-13, is in the gym training with an eye on returning to the NBA.

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Report: Batum needs a bounce-back game

Nicolas Batum turned in a subpar performance on Saturday as his France team lost to Australia 87-66 in Rio. The Hornets forward scored just five points and had four turnovers in 22 minutes. Scott Fowler of The Charlotte Observer would like to see performances like that stay in Brazil. Batum just inked a new five-year, $120 million deal with Buzz City. The Charlotte Obsever

Emails detail efforts to keep 2017 All-Star Game

Communications obtained through a public records request reveal how Charlotte's business leaders tried unsuccessfully to keep next season's NBA All-Star Game in light of the controversial House Bill 2. Charlotte Observer

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What's next for Tyler Hansbrough?

Hansbrough, one of two former Tar Heel stars looking for a new team, averaged just 2.4 points per game in Charlotte last season. Kevin Pelton wonders if he's played in his last NBA game. Pelton: 10 best free agents (Insider)

Team Stats

Points Per Game103.411th
Rebounds Per Game43.914th
Assists Per Game21.719th
Points Allowed100.79th

Team History

YEARWLPCT
2015-164834.585
2014-153349.402
2013-144339.524
2012-132161.256
2011-12759.106

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