Charlotte Hornets Player News: All Positions

News: Martin totaled 11 points (4-7 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 2-3 FT), three steals, two rebounds, two assists and a block over 25 minutes in the Hornets' loss to the Bulls in the Las Vegas Summer League on Wednesday.
Impact: After accumulating eight turnovers in his last two games, Martin gave the ball away just once in Wednesday's loss. He's averaged 11.7 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists over his last three summer league games.
News: Martin totaled nine points (2-7 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 5-5 FT), seven rebounds, three assists and three steals over 29 minutes in the Hornets' 84-80 loss to Team China in the Las Vegas Summer League on Monday.
Impact: Martin struggled from the field, but he did contribute some solid defense in the loss. Still, his turnover problem continued with five more in this game after committing three on Sunday. He's displayed some tendencies to be careless with the ball, but otherwise his play has been solid thus far in summer league action.
News: Martin produced 15 points (5-10 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 2-3 FT), three rebounds, one assist, one steal, and one block in 24 minutes during Sunday's 106-96 loss to the Spurs.
Impact: Martin found his form from the field after struggling in the summer league opener. Still, he made some poor decisions en route to racking up three turnovers to one dime. If Martin wants to prove himself worthy of a spot in Charlotte's rotation as a rookie, he'll likely need to provide steadier playmaking going forward.
News: Bridges finished with 23 points (8-14 FG, 4-9 3Pt, 3-3 FT), seven rebounds, three steals, and one assist in 30 minutes during Sunday's 106-96 loss to the Spurs.
Impact: Bridges was superb, filling up the box score and raining in treys. With the Hornets likely focused on a slow rebuild, the sophomore forward is a solid bet to earn a large share of minutes in 2019-20.
News: Graham posted 21 points (5-14 FG, 4-10 3Pt, 7-8 FT), four rebounds, four assists and three steals across 27 minutes in Friday's 93-85 win over the Warriors in the Las Vegas Summer League.
Impact: Graham's participation during his rookie season was hindered by a crowded depth chart, but with both Kemba Walker and Jeremy Lamb out of Charlotte, the Kansas product should get an opportunity to make a case for playing time next season with a good Summer League showing. With Terry Rozier poised to start at point guard, the 6-2 guard will likely join the second unit.
News: Bacon recorded 25 points (9-20 FG, 3-9 3Pt, 4-4 FT), three rebounds, two assists, a steal and a blocked shot across 29 minutes Friday's 93-85 win over the Warriors in the Las Vegas Summer League.
Impact: With both Kemba Walker and Jeremy Lamb out of Charlotte, Bacon is expected to assume a prominent role in the Hornets backcourt. He'll vie for playing time with Terry Rozier, Devonte' Graham, Malik Monk and Nicolas Batum in what should be an interesting positional battle.
News: Graham will participate in summer league.
Impact: Graham, drafted 34th overall in 2018, appeared in 46 games for the Hornets last season, averaging 4.7 points, 2.6 assists and 1.4 rebounds in 14.7 minutes. He'll look to continue his development in summer league.
News: Bridges will take part in the 2019 Las Vegas Summer League.
Impact: The 12th overall pick in 2018, Bridges started 25 of his 80 appearances with the Hornets. He could be in line for a bigger role next season with Jeremy Lamb and Kemba Walker out of Charlotte.
News: Bacon will play in summer league with the Hornets.
Impact: Bacon was the 40th overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, and he's started 19 of his 96 appearances for the Hornets since. With Jeremy Lamb and Kemba Walker leaving Charlotte, Bacon could be in line for a bigger role next season.
News: Washington, due to a sore left foot, will not participate in summer league, Rick Bonnell of The Charlotte Observer reports.
Impact: The No. 12 pick in the 2019 Draft will play it safe, staying off an injured foot. It's unclear how serious the injury is, but there are no indications the situation will keep Washington out for training camp.
News: Kaminsky was not extended the qualifying offer and will become an unrestricted free agent.
Impact: As expected, Kaminsky wasn't extended the qualifying offer by the Hornets, making the fourth-year big an unrestricted free agent. Kaminsky averaged 8.6 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.1 threes in 16.1 minutes per game a year ago and figures to sign a contract with a team as a rotational stretch big upon free agency.
News: Walker is expected to be in Boston on Sunday to finalize an agreement with the Celtics, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: Walker to the Celtics rumors started emerging a couple of days ago, and it appears those talks were warranted. Assuming there are no hiccups on Sunday, Walker will move on from Charlotte, the team that drafted him No. 9 overall in 2011. The three-time All-Star will replace Kyrie Irving, who is virtually a guarantee to take his talents elsewhere at this point. In joining a better team, it's possible we see Walker's usage decline, especially if Gordon Hayward is able to get back to his pre-injury production. Still, it's hard to imagine Walker not being a No. 1 or No. 2 option on offense, and he should maintain his quality efficiency.
News: Kaminsky is unlikely to receive a qualifying offer from the Hornets, Rod Boone of The Athletic reports.
Impact: The expectation is that the big man will become an unrestricted free agent. After drafting P.J. Washington, the Hornets' frontcourt is relatively full, and Charlotte seems to be content with letting Kaminsky walk. He appeared in 47 games last season, averaging 8.6 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 16.1 minutes.
News: The Hornets have not yet decided if they'll extend Kaminsky a $4.4 million qualifying offer, Rod Boone of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Hornets' executive Mitch Kupchak was up-front with the media, saying recently that the team has not yet decided whether it will bring Kaminsky -- a former top-10 pick -- back for what would be his fifth season in Charlotte. The Wisconsin product appeared in only 47 games last season, but he had a relatively strong run of production near the end of the end of the year, averaging 12.8 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.6 made threes over his final 21 games. Prior to that stretch, the two sides appeared to be heading for a divorce this summer, but the big man's future is now very much clouded. Charlotte will have until July 1 to make a decision.
News: Bigby-Williams has agreed to an Exhibit 10 contract with the Hornets.
Impact: Bigby-Williams, who started 26 out of 35 games for LSU in 2018-19, didn't hear his name called during the 2019 Draft. However, the Hornets are interested enough to offer him a deal. Last season, Bigby-Williams averaged 8.7 points, 7.9 rebounds and 1.9 blocks across 24.6 minutes during conference play.
News: Perkins has signed an Exhibit 10 contract with the Hornets, Jonathan Givony of ESPN.com reports.
Impact: Perkins, voted to the 2018-19 All-WCC team, didn't hear his name called in the 2019 NBA Draft. Last season with Gonzaga, he averaged 11.0 points, 6.3 assists, 2.7 rebounds and 1.5 steals in 31.3 minutes.
News: Franks has agreed to a two-way contract with the Hornets, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Franks, voted to the 2018-19 All-Pac-12 team, didn't hear his named called during the 2018-19 NBA Draft. Last season, he averaged 21.6 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.6 assists with Washington State. He also drilled 2.8 threes per game at 39.9 percent.
News: McDaniels was selected with the 52nd overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft.
Impact: Drafting McDaniels is drafting potential, as the versatile forward showed plenty of promise in two years at San Diego State, but he is just 195 pounds despite a 6-foot-10 frame and displayed a lack of consistency on offense. He did average 15.9 points per game as a sophomore but shot just 32 percent from behind the arc on just over two shot attempts per game.
News: Martin was selected by the Hornets with the 36th overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft.
Impact: While Martin was not as prolific a scorer as his twin brother Caleb in their senior seasons at Nevada, but he does project as the better all-around player. Martin averaged 12.1 points and a career-best 4.9 assists per game while shooting 35.8 percent from behind the arc during his senior season.
News: Washington was selected with the 12th overall pick by the Hornets in the 2019 NBA Draft.
Impact: The Kentucky product made the All-SEC last season as a sophomore. In conference play, he averaged 16.1 points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.6 assists. Washington -- at 6-foot-8, 230 pounds with a 7-foot-2 wingspan -- has an NBA-ready body and upside as a scorer. Shooting 42.3 percent from three last season on 78 attempts, he may be able to space the floor at the professional level.
News: Kidd-Gilchrist (groin) has opted into his $13 million player option for the 2019-20 season, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Kidd-Gilchrist saw his role reduced by new head coach James Borrego last season, dipping below 25 minutes per game for the first time in his seven-year career. The former second overall pick has proven to be a solid defender, but he's averaged over 10 points per game just twice, struggling to develop his overall offensive game.
News: Kidd-Gilchrist underwent surgery Tuesday to address a strained groin, Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer reports.
Impact: The goal of the procedure, which took place in Philadelphia, was to put an end to the on-and-off groin issues Kidd-Gilchrist has experienced over the last few years. The Kentucky product is expected to make a full recovery and be back to 100 percent by the time training camp begins in the fall.
News: Williams will exercise his $15 million player option to remain in Charlotte for the 2019-20 season, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: Williams is one of several Hornets players with an unsightly cap figure, and the decision to opt into the $15 million was somewhat of a no-brainer for the soon-to-be-33-year-old. The former No. 2 overall pick appeared in 75 games last season, averaging 10.1 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.2 assists while shooting 36.6 percent from three on a career-best 5.1 attempts per game.
News: Parker said that the possibility of him retiring is "50-50" and that he'll inform the Hornets of his decision in June, Antonis Stroggylakis of EuroHoops.net reports. According to Parker, "I really hesitate. I have nothing to prove. I want to spend time with my family. And there's another part of me that wants to make one last season. There will be an NBA match in France, in Paris. It will be a beautiful event."
Impact: The NBA game Parker is referring to is a Jan. 20 matchup between the Bucks and the Hornets next year -- the first-ever regular-season matchup held in Paris. But the veteran also noted that not being in contention for another ring makes him lean toward retirement. "All my life I've played to win titles," said Parker. "With Charlotte being a mid-table team, sometimes you have trouble getting up in the morning to motivate yourself." Either way, it sounds like we'll know soon enough if Parker will return for another NBA season.
News: Biyombo underwent arthroscopic surgery Tuesday on his left knee.
Impact: The procedure will address chronic issues with the knee and isn't expected to impact Biyombo's availability for training camp. During the past season, Biyombo played the fewest games of his career (54) and averaged his fewest minutes (14.5 per game) since the 2013-14 campaign. Barring a roster shakeup in Charlotte this offseason, Biyombo seems unlikely to see his role expand in any significant way in 2019-20.