Charlotte Hornets Player News: All Positions

News: McDaniels had his contract converted into a two-way deal Saturday.
Impact: McDaniels was drafted in the second round of June's draft and had two points and one rebound over 10 minutes in two preseason games. The 21-year-old figures to spend the bulk of the season in the G League with the Greensboro Swarm.
News: Martin signed a three-year, partially guaranteed contract with the Hornets on Saturday, Rod Boone of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Martin had his contract converted into a two-way deal earlier Saturday, but that was apparently just a procedural move leading into the three-year deal. The 24-year-old had a strong preseason showing for the Hornets in five games, delivering 15.8 fantasy points in 20.6 minutes per game.
News: Hill was waived by the Hornets on Saturday, Rod Boone of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Hill finished as a fifth-year senior at Virginia Tech last season and was looking to earn a role in the league. He figures to be a prime candidate for the Hornets' G-League affiliate in Greensboro.
News: Batum (Achilles) went through a full practice Saturday, but it remains unclear if he'll play, and what his role will be during the season opener Friday against the Timberwolves, Rick Bonnell of The Charlotte Observer reports.
Impact: Right Achilles soreness has limited Batum lately, but it's looking like he'll be able to go during the opener. Still, that hasn't been confirmed. Also, coach James Borrego intimated that whether or not Batum will start is under consideration. PJ Washington, Miles Bridges or Dwayne Bacon are all candidates to enter the starting five if Batum comes off the bench.
News: Simmons suffered an injury during the Hornets' teal and white scrimmage and went to the locker room, Rod Boone of The Athletic reports.
Impact: It doesn't appear to be a serious injury, though Simmons' availability for opening night could be affected. He's averaged 9.8 fantasy points across 11.9 minutes in his four preseason appearances.
News: Batum (Achilles) ran full-court drills on Friday, Rick Bonnell of The Charlotte Observer reports.
Impact: Batum has been sidelined with soreness in his right Achilles. The fact that he's able to participate in drills suggests he could be ready for the season opener on Wednesday against the Bulls.
News: Martin (ankle) was spotted participating in full-court drills Friday night, Rick Bonnell of The Charlotte Observer reports.
Impact: Martin has been sidelined with a right ankle sprain, but it's good to see that he's running the floor, even during a practice setting. He'll be considered questionable for Wednesday's regular-season opener Wednesday against Chicago.
News: Bridges provided nine points (3-9 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 2-2 FT), three rebounds, two steals, two blocks, and one assist in 26 minutes during Wednesday's 116-110 loss to the Pistons.
Impact: Bridges was inefficient offensively but made his impact on the defensive end. His versatility and willingness to get after it on that end bodes well for his ability to earn a bunch of minutes this season, and Bridges will look to put together a respectable sophomore campaign after struggling pretty badly as a rookie.
News: Washington amassed 12 points (4-7 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 2-2 FT), five rebounds, and four assists in 32 minutes during Wednesday's 116-110 loss to the Pistons.
Impact: Washington drew another start and paced the team in minutes while making solid contributions across multiple categories. Still, he finished the contest with two turnovers and five fouls, so it wasn't a perfect performance for the rookie forward. Washington is one of the more talented young prospects on the team, and so he should be expected to receive ample opportunities this year.
News: Monk pitched in 18 points (6-10 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 4-4 FT), seven assists, three rebounds, and one steal in 23 minutes during Wednesday's 116-110 loss to the Pistons.
Impact: Monk was marvelous, turning in an efficient scoring performance while dishing out seven dimes versus zero turnovers. Fantasy owners shouldn't expect this type of stat line from Monk on a consistent basis, but it's at least nice to know he has it in him.
News: Graham is starting at point guard in Wednesday's exhibition against Detroit.
Impact: With Terry Rozier unavailable due to left knee tendinitis, Graham will start and should see an increased workload. Rozier's injury isn't thought to be anything overly serious, so Graham figures to open the season as the backup point guard.
News: Martin (ankle) is out for Wednesday's exhibition contest against Detroit.
Impact: It appeared as though Martin would be able to play in the preseason finale Thursday after being sidelined for over a week with a sprained right ankle. The Hornets had other plans though. The rookie's injury will likely not carry over into the regular season, bearing any additional injuries.
News: Williams (illness) has been ruled out for Wednesday's preseason game against the Pistons.
Impact: This was expected, as there's no reason to push Williams -- who is dealing with an illness -- with the start of the regular season a week away. He should be good to go for Charlotte's opener against the Bulls next Wednesday.
News: Rozier is out for Wednesday's preseason contest against Detroit with left knee tendinitis.
Impact: Rozier's knee injury doesn't appear to be too severe, as his absence Wednesday is likely a precaution action taken by the Hornets. Teammate Devonte' Graham figures to see an increase workload in the final exhibition game of the year for the Hornets.
News: Martin (ankle) is now listed as probable for Wednesday's preseason game against the Pistons, Rod Boone of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Martin has been sidelined for the last week or so with a sprained right ankle, but it looks like the rookie will finally be good to go in what should be a prime opportunity to showcase his talents before the start of the regular season. Barring any injuries, Martin is expected to play depth role in the Hornets' backcourt this season.
News: Williams (illness) is now listed as doubtful for Wednesday's preseason finale against the Pistons, Rod Boone of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Williams appears to have suffered a setback after originally being listed as probable for Wednesday's contest. With it being the last preseason game for Charlotte, there's no reason to force Williams out on the floor. He will likely be ready to go by the time the regular season rolls around.
News: Batum (Achilles) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Pistons.
Impact: Batum's preseason is over after being officially ruled out for Wednesday's clash. He'll have a week to get healthy for Charlotte's regular-season opener Oct. 23 against Chicago.
News: Martin (ankle) is questionable for Wednesday's game against the Pistons.
Impact: Martin isn't yet 100 percent after suffering a right ankle sprain earlier in the preseason, but he appears to have a shot to take the court in his squad's final exhibition. The Hornets figure to update his status closer to tip.
News: Williams is listed as probable for Wednesday's game against Detroit due to illness.
Impact: Williams is expected to take the court Wednesday despite dealing with some sort of illness. He's been banged up this preseason, as he took an elbow to the head during a practice earlier in the month but managed to avoid a concussion.
News: Graham generated 18 points (6-10 FG, 4-6 3Pt, 2-2 FT), seven rebounds, and five assists in 25 minutes during Monday's 120-99 win over the Grizzlies.
Impact: Graham had it going offensively, he crashed the glass, and he even shared the floor some with starting point guard Terry Rozier. Rozier boasts the size to shift over to shooting guard, which may make it easier for Graham to get on the court consistently this season. The absence of Nicolas Batum (Achilles) probably opened up some additional playing time for Graham, but regardless the backup point guard will likely have a chance to earn a decent role in 2019-20.
News: Bacon finished with 21 points (7-13 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 4-5 FT), five assists, and three rebounds in 27 minutes during Monday's 120-99 win over the Grizzlies.
Impact: Bacon had almost as many turnovers (four) as dimes. However, he was superb overall, providing efficient scoring while helping relieve Terry Rozier of some of the burden to set others up as a playmaker. Bacon will still have to contend with veteran Nicolas Batum (Achilles), among others, for minutes and touches. Nevertheless, the much younger Bacon seems to be in the process of earning a sizable role heading into the regular season.
News: Rozier produced 24 points (9-15 FG, 4-7 3Pt, 2-2 FT), eight assists, seven rebounds, and two steals in 28 minutes during Monday's 120-99 win over the Grizzlies.
Impact: Rozier was remarkable, committing just one turnover while falling a few boards and dimes shy of a triple double without even earning 30-plus minutes. In case it's not clear, Rozier is a stellar bet to stuff the stat sheet on an almost nightly basis this season, though expecting efficiency may be a recipe for disappointment.
News: Monk had 10 points (4-10 FG, 2-6 3Pt), two rebounds, two steals, two blocks, and one assist in 18 minutes during Monday's 120-99 win over the Grizzlies.
Impact: Monk provided a surprisingly well-rounded stat line in this one, making an impact on both ends. He was a full participant in Sunday's practice after sitting out the second half of Friday's bout versus the 76ers due to toe soreness. Monk, like the rest of the younger players on the roster, can be expected to have every opportunity to prove himself this season given Charlotte's outlook. With that being said, he'll need to carve out a considerable role for himself as the club does its best to compete in the early going.
News: Martin (ankle) will not play Monday against Memphis.
Impact: Martin is nursing a sprained right ankle, which also cost him each of the team's last two exhibition contests. He'll have one more chance to play -- Wednesday vs. DET -- before the regular season arrives.
News: Monk (toe) was a full participant in Sunday's practice, Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer reports.
Impact: Monk was held out of the second half of Friday's preseason game with a minor toe injury, but he was back on the practice floor Sunday and is expected to play in Monday's exhibition matchup against Memphis.
News: Batum (Achilles) will not play Monday against the Grizzlies.
Impact: Batum is still battling a sore right Achilles, which has plague him over the last few days since he initially sustained the injury Thursday against Miami. Consider the veteran day-to-day as Wednesday's game against Detroit approaches.
News: Washington turned in 10 points (3-5 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 3-3 FT), five rebounds, three assists, four steals and two blocks across 32 minutes during the Hornets' 100-87 preseason loss to the 76ers on Friday.
Impact: As his final line indicates, Washington wasn't very involved on the offensive end, but he made good use of the attempts he put up. The 2019 first-round pick logged a team-high amount of minutes as the starting power forward, but he's likely to have just a modest allotment of playing time to open the season with Miles Bridges, Marvin Williams and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist all slotting in ahead of him on the depth chart.
News: Bridges totaled 12 points (3-10 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 5-5 FT), seven rebounds, three assists and one block across 31 minutes during the Hornets' 100-87 preseason loss to the 76ers on Friday.
Impact: Some inefficient shooting prevented a bigger night for Bridges, but he still generated a strong bounce-back effort after scoring just two points over 26 minutes versus the Heat in the prior exhibition. The second-year wing put together a serviceable rookie season with averages of 7.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.2 assists over 21.2 minutes across 80 games, and he'll be set for a boost across the board this season as the projected starter at power forward.
News: Zeller supplied 12 points (5-10 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 2-2 FT), six rebounds, three assists and one steal across 21 minutes during the Hornets' 100-87 preseason loss to the 76ers on Friday.
Impact: Zeller enjoyed a nice bounce-back effort on offense after having put up just four points across 18 minutes in the previous exhibition versus the Heat. The veteran center missed the last month of the 2018-19 regular season with a knee issue, but he appears to be back to full health and ready to slot in as the starting center for the Hornets once again.
News: Bacon managed 17 points (4-12 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 8-10 FT), five rebounds and one assist across 26 minutes during the Hornets' 100-87 preseason loss to the 76ers on Friday.
Impact: Bacon wasn't exactly efficient with his shot, but a strong showing from the free-throw line and solid complementary contributions made for a strong fantasy night overall. The third-year wing came on in the latter portion of the 2018-19 campaign and is set to open the season as the starting shooting guard in a new-look backcourt alongside offseason acquistion Terry Rozier.
News: Monk was held out of the second half of Friday's preseason game against Philadelphia due to a toe injury, Rick Bonnell of The Charlotte Observer reports.
Impact: Monk has been dealing with a sore right toe throughout camp, and it popped back up during Friday's matchup. He'll be considered day-to-day until further notice.
News: Washington will start Friday's preseason game against the 76ers.
Impact: Washington will have another opportunity to earn a place in Charlotte's rotation during Friday's action. He put up 16 points and registered seven rebounds along with two assists, a steal and a block over 19 minutes during Sunday's exhibition against Boston.
News: Martin (ankle) won't play in Friday's preseason game against the 76ers.
Impact: Martin remains sidelined due to a right ankle sprain. His next chance to return will come Monday in Memphis.
News: McDaniels signed a contract with the Hornets on Thursday.
Impact: McDaniels was picked by the Hornets with the 52nd overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft after playing two seasons at San Diego State, posting averages of 15.9 points and 8.3 rebounds during his sophomore season. The lanky forward has potential but needs more polishing.
News: Martin (ankle) is doubtful for Friday's preseason game against the 76ers.
Impact: While Martin returned to practice Thursday after missing Wednesday's exhibition with a sprained ankle, it sounds like he needs more time before returning to game action. Assuming he sits out Friday, his next chance to take the court will come Monday in Memphis.
News: Batum (Achilles) has been ruled out for Friday's preseason game against the 76ers.
Impact: The Hornets will unsurprisingly play it safe with Batum and hold him out for Friday's exhibition after the veteran missed Thursday's practice with a sore Achilles, an injury he picked up during Wednesday's preseason game. His next chance to take the court in preseason will come Monday in Memphis.
News: Martin (ankle) returned to practice Thursday, Rod Boone of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Martin has been dealing with a sprained ankle for most of October, missing one of the team's first two preseason games as a result. While his availability for Friday's exhibition is not yet known, the fact that he participated in Thursday's practice session suggests he isn't far from a return.
News: Batum (Achilles) did not practice Thursday, Rick Bonnell of The Charlotte Observer reports.
Impact: This comes after Batum exited Wednesday's preseason game in the third quarter with a sore Achilles. His status for Friday's exhibition is not yet known, though it wouldn't be surprising if the Hornets decided to play it safe and keep him out.
News: Martin produced 14 points (5-9 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 3-6 FT), three rebounds, two assists, two steals and a block in 18 minutes during Wednesday's loss to the Heat.
Impact: Martin built off of Sunday's impressive preseason debut, scoring 14 points and leading the Hornets with a plus-19 net rating. He's produced averages 13.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 20.5 minutes over two preseason games. While the counting stats aren't overly impressive, Martin has impressed with his steadiness and efficiency and is building a strong case to make it through final roster cuts.
News: Graham accounted for 14 points (5-13 FG, 2-8 3Pt, 2-3 FT), six rebounds, two assists and a steal in 21 minutes Wednesday against Miami.
Impact: Graham finished with a solid line, though his efficiency left something to be desired. After averaging 4.7 points, 2.6 assists and 1.4 rebounds as a rookie, Graham will presumably see a larger role in his second year which could expand his production. To succeed, however, Graham'll need to improve on his regrettable percentages of 34.3 from the field and 28.1 from three from 2018-19.
News: Rozier provided 18 points (7-12 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 2-2 FT), four rebounds, an assist and a steal in 22 minutes Wednesday against Miami.
Impact: Rozier continued his solid preseason, showcasing his offensive skills against the Heat. Unfortunately, his efforts didn't provide much impact as he finished with a minus-26 net rating and dished out just one assist. Given the fact that he's inheriting the reigns to the Hornets from Kemba Walker, Rozier should have as many touches as he can handle this season and could provide impressive fantasy value.
News: Batum exited Thursday's game against the Heat because of soreness in his right Achilles.
Impact: Batum failed to score, tallying two rebounds and a steal prior to his exit midway through the third quarter Wednesday. Look for an injury update ahead of Friday's game against Philadelphia, but, depending on the severity of the injury, Batum could be forced to miss extended time. If that were the case, Malik Monk and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist would be in line for larger roles.
News: Martin (ankle) has been ruled out for Wednesday's preseason game against the Heat.
Impact: Martin has been nursing a sprained right ankle all month and still isn't quite ready for game action. It remains to be seen whether he'll be cleared to return for Friday's preseason game vs. Philadelphia.
News: Chealey (ankle) is not listed on the injury report for Wednesday's game against the Heat.
Impact: Chealey is good to go for Wednesday's exhibition after missing Sunday's preseason game with a sprained ankle.
News: Kidd-Gilchrist (illness) is not listed on the injury report for Wednesday's preseason game against the Heat.
Impact: Kidd-Gilchrist is feeling better after missing Sunday's exhibition against the Celtics due to an illness.
News: Monk (toe) was spotted on the court for practice Tuesday and should be available for Wednesday's preseason game against Miami, Rod Boone of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Monk was held out of Sunday's exhibition against Boston due to a sore right toe, but after returning to practice Tuesday, he appears good to go, per Boone.
News: Martin is listed as doubtful for Wednesday's preseason game against the Heat.
Impact: Martin was spotted taking part in most aspects of practice nearly a week ago, but it appears he's not quite ready for game action. Assuming he's held out of Wednesday's clash, his next chance to take the court will come Friday against the 76ers.
News: Martin produced 13 points (5-11 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 1-1 FT), four rebounds and two assists in 23 minutes during Sunday's tilt with Boston.
Impact: The Nevada product impressed during Sunday's preseason debut. While it's unlikely that Martin sees an extensive role for Charlotte in his rookie year, it was encouraging to see Martin's scoring ability thrive versus NBA level defenders. Look for him to build upon Sunday's performance Wednesday against the Heat.
News: Bridges finished with 12 points (4-8 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 3-4 FT), 10 rebounds and an assist in 23 minutes Sunday against the Celtics.
Impact: The second-year forward showcased an aggressive and productive game in Sunday's preseason debut. He grabbed four offensive rebounds and managed to score effectively against a staunch Celtics defense. Bridges, unfortunately, also committed six turnovers and four fouls, indicating that he may have been a bit out of control. All in all, it was a strong preseason debut for Bridges, who's likely to see a larger offensive role in his second year of professional ball.
News: Washington amassed 16 points (6-7 FG, 3-4 3Pt, 1-2 FT), seven rebounds, two assists, a steal and a block across 19 minutes in Sunday's loss to Boston.
Impact: Washington had an impressive debut Sunday, stuffing the stat sheet and missing just two of his nine total shots. Given that the Hornets are facing a talent deficit, additional strong performances could vault Washington into a larger than expected role in the regular season.
News: Bacon is in the starting lineup for Sunday's preseason game against the Celtics.
Impact: The Hornets will go with Bacon, Terry Rozier, Nic Batum, Miles Bridges and Cody Zeller on Sunday in what could be a preview of their potential regular-season starting five. Coach James Borrego will likely try out more than one lineup during the preseason, but this is an encouraging development for Bacon as it relates to his battle for the starting shooting guard spot.
News: Graham is listed as probable for Sunday's matchup with the Celtics due to an illness.
Impact: Graham's a good shot to play Sunday despite appearing to have picked up a minor bug during the week. If he's unable to go, look for Kobi Simmons and Cody Martin to see an uptick in playing time.
News: Chealey (ankle) won't play in Sunday's game against the Celtics.
Impact: Chealey missed multiple practices this past week due to a sprained ankle. He can be considered day-to-day going forward, or at least until he returns to practice.
News: Monk (toe) won't play in Sunday's game against Boston.
Impact: The impending absence is unsurprising as Monk missed multiple practices this past week. Until he returns to practice or there's a definitive update regarding a timeline, Monk can be considered questionable for Wednesday's tilt with the Heat.
News: Kidd-Gilchrist won't play in Sunday's game against the Celtics due to an illness.
Impact: Kidd-Gilchrist will be held out of Sunday's first preseason game due to an illness. Unless the bug sticks around, the seventh-year forward has a good shot of playing Wednesday against the Heat.
News: Chealey (ankle) did not practice Friday, Rick Bonnell of The Charlotte Observer reports.
Impact: Chealey continues to work through a sprained ankle. He should be considered questionable for Sunday's preseason matchup against the Celtics.
News: Williams took an elbow to the head during Friday's practice and underwent treatment, Rod Boone of The Athletic reports.
Impact: The seriousness of the injury is unclear, but Williams may have to enter concussion protocol. He should be considered questionable for Sunday's preseason game against the Celtics until more information arrives.
News: Monk (toe) did not practice Friday, Rod Boone of The Athletic reports.
Impact: A sore right toe has kept Monk out of practice all week. Consider him questionable heading into Sunday's preseason matchup against Boston.
News: Chealey (ankle) did not participate in Thursday's practice.
Impact: Chealey is still being considered day-to-day while he nurses a sprained ankle. He'll have a few days to get right before the Hornets kick off preseason play in Boston on Sunday.
News: Martin (ankle) was able to participate in most of Thursday's practice.
Impact: Martin was limited to start this week with a right ankle sprain, but it looks like it isn't anything too serious. It's too early to say Martin is back to full strength, as it appears he didn't go through all of Thursday's practice, but he seems to be headed in the right direction with the start of preseason right around the corner.
News: Monk (toe) did not practice Thursday.
Impact: Monk has been nursing a sore right toe all week and still isn't 100 percent. Consider him day-to-day ahead of Sunday's exhibition game vs. Boston.
News: Chealey is day-to-day with a sprained ankle, Rick Bonnell of The Charlotte Observer reports.
Impact: It's unclear when Chealey picked up the injury, but it doesn't sound like it will keep him sidelined for too long. The point guard signed an Exhibit 10 contract with Charlotte in August and figures to spend most of the season with the team's G-League affiliate.
News: Monk was limited in Tuesday's practice due to a sore right toe, Rod Boone of The Athletic reports.
Impact: The fact that Monk was still able to participate in a limited fashion suggests that the toe injury isn't anything too serious. Consider Monk day-to-day for now as training camp gets underway.
News: Martin was limited in practice Tuesday due to a right ankle sprain.
Impact: The severity of Martin's ankle sprain is unclear at this time, though it's good news that he was able to practice in some capacity. His status for Sunday's preseason matchup with Boston is up in the air at this point.
News: Batum said Monday that he expects to take on more of the scoring workload in the absence of Kemba Walker, Rod Boone of The Athletic reports.
Impact: At media day on Monday, Batum was asked, semi-rhetorically, if he'll have to do more scoring with Walker now in Boston. "Yes, for sure," Batum answered. "I have to." The veteran wing is arguably Charlotte's best all-around returnee, but his production took a step back last season, and he attempted just 7.5 field goals per game -- down from his average of 11.8 per game over the previous three seasons. He also posted a career-low usage rate of just 13.2 percent. While Terry Rozier figures to replace a decent chunk of Walker's production, Batum's role should also increase, and his usage rate could move closer to his career mark of 17.7 percent.
News: Coach James Borrego said Monday that he's hoping Monk will demonstrate "more competitive edge" on defense this season, Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer reports.
Impact: A lottery pick in 2017, Monk has struggled through most of his first two seasons in the league, but much of the focus has been on his inefficient shooting. While Charlotte will need Monk to be more selective on that end of the court, Borrego's words imply that it's Monk's defensive ability that could determine his upside this season. If the 21-year-old, who reportedly added 20 pounds of muscle over the summer, can become a more reliable two-way player, he may have a chance to break out for a Hornets team that will be in desperate need of playmakers.
News: Rozier is expected to play around 34 minutes per game, according to coach James Borrego, Rod Boone of The Athletic reports.
Impact: It's somewhat rare for a coach to throw out an exact number, but assuming Borrego sticks to it, this is a positive development for fantasy owners. Rozier stepping into a much larger role shouldn't come as a surprise, as he's the clear favorite to take over as the Hornets' primary playmaker following the departure of Kemba Walker.
News: Coach James Borrego said Tuesday that Monk has added 20 pounds of muscle over the offseason, Rod Boone of The Athletic reports.
Impact: If this is true, it's encouraging news for both the Hornets and Monk, who's struggled to find his place in the league through two NBA seasons. An explosive scorer at the college level, Monk put up 8.9 points per game a year ago, but he shot just 38.7 percent from the floor, including 33.0 percent from three. Given the Hornets' situation as the likely doormat in the Eastern Conference, Monk should find increased opportunities this season.
News: Hill agreed to a two-way contract with the Hornets on Wednesday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: As a fifth-year senior at Virginia Tech last season, Hill averaged 13.1 points on 10.6 shots, 3.9 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 35.3 minutes. He appeared in six summer league games for the Nets and averaged 6.8 points on 4.8 shots, plus 2.3 rebounds in 18.2 minutes. In signing a two-way deal, he should spend the majority of the upcoming season in the G League with the Greensboro Swarm.
News: Simmons signed a one-year contract with the Hornets on Tuesday, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Impact: The former Arizona standout is yet to find a permanent home in the NBA, but he'll head to Charlotte and attempt to make the final roster out of training camp. If Simmons is able to stick, he could find some opportunity behind Terry Rozier and Devonte' Graham on what's expected to be a rebuilding team.
News: Hornets coach James Borrego said last month that he's leaning toward starting Bridges at power forward in 2019-20, Rick Bonnell of The Charlotte Observer reports.
Impact: Bridges saw most of his action at small forward as a rookie and concluded the campaign on a high note while starting at the position over the final 25 games, averaging 9.6 points (on 49 percent shooting from the field), 5.3 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.1 three-pointers in 26.1 minutes. At 6-foot-7 and 225 pounds, Bridges is somewhat undersized for power forward, but he's worked to add strength this offseason to compensate for the prospect of defending more frequently in the low post. Bridges should be in store for an uptick in minutes while presumably filling a full-time role on the top unit in his sophomore campaign, leaving less playing time to go around for Marvin Wililams, who is expected to transition to a bench role.
News: Washington (foot) is fully healthy as training camp approaches, Rick Bonnell of The Charlotte Observer reports.
Impact: The swingman was held out of the Las Vegas Summer League in July while battling soreness in his foot, which stemmed from an injury he suffered back in March at Kentucky. The first-round pick clarified Monday night that he's medically cleared and anticipates being at full strength for the start of camp at the end of September. "I'm pretty much cleared to do everything," Washington said. "After summer league, it was about two weeks." The 6-7 Washington will likely spend time at both forward spots for the Hornets this season, but GM Mitch Kupchak already implied after the draft that Washington could first get some seasoning with the team's G League affiliate in Greensboro. Chances are, Washington won't be an overly valuable fantasy asset in Year 1, though with Charlotte projected to be among the NBA's bottom-dwellers, he could see more opportunity later on, should the team shift toward a more youth-oriented rebuild.
News: Welsh signed a contract with the Hornets on Friday.
Impact: Welsh was selected by the Nuggets near the end of the second round of last year's draft and spent most of his rookie season in the G League where he averaged 10.3 points and 8.1 rebounds per game. He was waived by the Nuggets just over a week ago and now will get an opportunity to crack a rebuilding Charlotte team's final roster.
News: Chealey signed an Exhibit 10 contract with the Hornets on Tuesday, Rick Bonnell of The Charlotte Observer reports.
Impact: Chealey was on one of the two two-way contracts the Hornets had last year, but he will not be taking up one of those spots this season. Rather, Chealey will spend training camp with the Hornets before likely heading to the team's G League affiliate in Greensboro.
News: Martin signed a three-year contract with the Hornets on Tuesday, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Martin was selected by the Hornets with the 36th overall pick in the draft, and now, after putting together some solid performances in summer league, he lands his first NBA contract. Martin projects as a deep bench option in Charlotte this season.
News: Martin signed a partially guaranteed contract with the Hornets on Tuesday, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Impact: The former Nevada standout will join his brother Cody, who signed a three-year deal Tuesday after being drafted by Charlotte. Martin will join the Hornets for training camp and preseason in an attempt to crack the final roster.