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Tue. Sep 30, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Vonleh (hernia) is hopeful that he'll receive full medical clearance in 2-to-3 weeks, the Charlotte Observer reports.
Impact: During a pickup game at Indiana University, where he spent his freshman season, Vonleh endured a "pop," which was eventually revealed to be a sports hernia. Currently, he can work out on an elliptical machine, perform light shooting, and jog. Even if he follows the 6-to-8 week timetable given after completion of surgery on Sept. 2, there's little reason to believe that he'll land a rotation spot to start the season, especially since he's already behind the eight ball.
Tue. Sep 30, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Jefferson enters training camp devoid of the torn plantar fascia that impacted him in April's first-round playoff sweep at the hands of the Heat, the Charlotte Observer reports.
Impact: After suffering the injury in the postseason opener, 3-to-4 months passed before the majority of symptoms subsided. Although he's healed, Jefferson still experiences tightness in his left foot each morning, which is a normal aftereffect of such an ailment. He enters his second year in Charlotte as the unquestioned starting center, which should result in 35 minutes per game and near-nightly double-doubles once again.
Tue. Sep 30, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Kidd-Gilchrist has revamped his jumpshot this season, the Charlotte Observer's Rick Bonnell reports. "I've never seen a player's shooting mechanics change more in a year than his have," coach Steve Clifford said.
Impact: One of the best all-around defenders in the league, Kidd-Gilchrist's struggles on the other end of the court have been well-publicized. As of last season, he was the owner of - hands down, with apologies to Udonis Haslem - the ugliest jumpshot in the league. More than 72 percent of his field goal attempts in 2013-14 came from within 10 feet, and he shot a paltry 15.4 percent from 10-16 feet. The Kentucky product has only attempted 18 three-pointers in more than 3,500 career minutes - a major disadvantage for a team devoid of consistent perimeter threats. A wait-and-see approach is the best course of action here, but if Kidd-Gilchrist's jumper improves even slightly, it will be a major boost to his chances of retaining his starting spot.
Mon. Sep 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Kidd-Gilchrist will compete with Gerald Henderson for the fifth and final starting spot in Charlotte during training camp, the Charlotte Observer reports.
Impact: Due to the versatility of offseason addition Lance Stephenson, the situation on the Bobcats' wing is fluid. Depending on the success of lineups featuring Kidd-Gilchrist at small forward and Henderson at the two in the top unit, Stephenson will slot wherever he's needed, with no clear indication who represents the leader in the clubhouse. In reality, the decision will likely come down to needing a presence on offense or defense, the latter of which would press Kidd-Gilchrist into the starting lineup.
Mon. Sep 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Henderson will compete with Michael Kidd-Gilchrist for the fifth and final starting spot in Charlotte during the preseason, the Charlotte Observer reports.
Impact: Due to the versatility of offseason addition Lance Stephenson, the situation on the Bobcats' wing is fluid. Depending on the success of lineups featuring Henderson at two-guard and Kidd-Gilchrist at the three in the top unit, Stephenson will slot wherever he's needed, with no clear indication who represents the leader in the clubhouse. Henderson himself must prove the health of his right wrist, which underwent surgery to remove scar tissue in late May. In reality, the decision will likely come down to needing a presence on defense or offense, the latter of which would press Henderson into the starting five.
Mon. Sep 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Stephenson will start at either shooting guard or small forward to commence the 2014-15 season, the Charlotte Observer reports.
Impact: Depending upon the competition between two-guard Gerald Henderson and small forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Stephenson will step in at the two or three on opening night. Coach Steve Clifford iterated that Stephenson won't necessarily take on a significant portion of the offensive burden, especially with Al Jefferson and Kemba Walker present. Instead, the versatility displayed by Stephenson in Indiana should represent his upcoming lines, after averaging 13.8 points (on 49 percent shooting), 7.2 boards, 4.6 assists, 1.1 three-pointers, and 0.7 steals in 35 minutes per contest last year.
Mon. Sep 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Williams (knee) will open the 2014-15 season as the Bobcats' starting power forward, the Charlotte Observer reports.
Impact: Coach Steve Clifford made the call during Monday's media day, leaving just one starting spot up to the preseason performance of Gerald Henderson and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. In 50 starts with the Jazz last year, Williams contributed 9.3 points (on 44 percent shooting), 5.3 rebounds, 1.3 threes, 1.2 assists, and 0.8 steals in 26 minutes per game. Similar run should be expected with 2013 first-round pick, Cody Zeller, behind Williams on the depth chart.
Mon. Sep 29, 2014 | STATS
News: General manager Rich Cho says the Hornets are awaiting the outcome on an NBA investigation before deciding whether to reinstate Taylor following his arrest on domestic assault charges.
Impact: The Hornets announced Friday the 25-year-old Taylor wouldn't be allowed to participate in any team-related activities one day after East Lansing Police in Michigan charged him Thursday with one count of domestic assault, one count of assault and one count of malicious destruction of property following an altercation at a hotel.
Fri. Sep 26, 2014 | STATS
News: The Hornets have announced Taylor will not be participating in any team-related activities while the NBA investigates the third-year forward's arrest on domestic assault charges. Taylor has a pre-trial court date set for Oct. 8.
Impact: East Lansing Police said in a press release Thursday that the 25-year-old Taylor has been charged with one count of domestic assault, one count of assault and one count of malicious destruction of property. According to the release, police officers responded to an incident at the East Lansing Marriott at University Place around 1 a.m. Thursday. Taylor has the option for a bench trial, rather than a jury trial.
Thu. Sep 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Taylor was arrested for a second time Thursday for malicious destruction of a building, Lauren Evans of WILX TV reports.
Impact: Taylor was arrested earlier in the day on the same charge along with a domestic assault charge. More information on the situation will likely be revealed in the coming days.
Thu. Sep 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Taylor was arrested early Thursday morning on charges of domestic assault and malicious destruction of property, NBC Charlotte reports.
Impact: Taylor was arrested in East Lansing, Michigan and more information surrounding his situation is currently being gathered. The forward missed most of last season due to an Achilles' tendon injury.
Thu. Sep 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Neal has lost 22 pounds during the offseason, Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer reports.
Impact: Neal was listed at 210 pounds heading into last season, so he'll play at around 190 in 2014-15. The veteran figures to be lighter on his feet, which theoretically should help improve his perimeter defense, which is already formidable.
Thu. Sep 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Vonleh (hernia) has begun doing some on-court work, Rick Bonnell of the CHarlotte Observer reports.
Impact: Vonleh sustained a sports hernia in early September and remains on track to return in mid-October. He'll likely continue to perform light, on-court drills for the couple of weeks before ramping up his activity as the preseason gets underway. Outside of Vonleh, the Hornets are completely healthy entering camp.
Thu. Sep 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Maxiell will sign with the Hornets on Friday, Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer reports.
Impact: Maxiell's deal won't be guaranteed, but he'll have a chance to play his way into the Hornets' 15th and final roster spot during the preseason. The undersized forward spent last season with the Magic, appearing in 34 games and making 13 starts before being waived in July. Maxiell is an excellent rebounder for his size but doesn't offer much offensively outside of the paint.