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48-34, 1st in Southeast

Hornets' final draft grade: D

Charlotte traded away Malachi Richardson's draft rights to the Kings in return for Marco Belinelli. Chad Ford cites Belinelli's low 31 percent 3-point shooting last season. Draft grades (Insider)

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Malachi Richardson on joining the Kings

Kings G Malachi Richardson tells P.J. Carlesimo, Marc Kestecher and Ryen Russillo about being picked by the Hornets with the No. 22 pick in the NBA draft, his expectations for the next level and more.

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Grades: Who wins Kings-Hornets trade?

The Hornets gave up the No. 22 pick for Marco Belinelli of the Kings. Was that too much? Kevin Pelton grades the deal for Charlotte and Sacramento.

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Hornets agree to send No. 22 to Kings

The Kings agreed to trade Marco Belinelli to Charlotte for the No. 22 pick in tonight's draft, Jeff Goodman and Chris Broussard confirmed. The deal was first reported by The Vertical.

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After 2 draft deals, Skal joins Kings' UK stable

The Kings pulled two draft-day deals Thursday, including trading down from the No. 8 pick to land multiple picks, including No. 28, which they used to take Kentucky's Skal Labissiere.

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Ford's Mock Draft 10.3: Latest picks, trade talk

The NBA draft is live now (ESPN & WatchESPN), and trade talk is picking up. Chad Ford dishes his latest intel on how the draft will go and which teams will make deals.

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Sources: Lin declines player option with Hornets

Jeremy Lin did not sign a player option to remain in Charlotte next season, letting a Wednesday deadline pass which will make him an unrestricted free agent on July 2, sources say.

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What to watch for during offseason

Our NBA Insiders go 5-on-5 on what big trades, big free agent moves and other big decisions to expect in the next few weeks. Should we expects changes to the Hornets frontcourt? And how will Charlotte handle its free agents? Biggest offseason questions (Insider)

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Could Al Jefferson be on the move?

The Hornets big man enters the 2016 summer as a free agent. The 31-year-old center could beef up a team's frontcourt. Jefferson's career average is 16.7 points and 8.9 rebounds per game. Top free-agency storylines

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Staying in school pays off

Buddy Hield could join Frank Kaminsky III, C.J. McCollum and Jimmer Fredtte as the only college seniors to be drafted in the top 10 since 2007. Chad Ford projects the 2016 Naismith Trophy winner to go No. 8 to Sacramento.

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Valentine would be Hornets' top option

Chad Ford writes that Charlotte would be best served by drafting Denzel Valentine with the 22nd overall pick. With four years of Michigan State ball behind him, Valentine should be able to contribute immediately. "Grade A" NBA mock draft (Insider)

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Baron Davis among top NBA finishers ever

Scoop Jackson rates the smaller players in league history on their ability to get to the hoop with style. Davis, who was a two-time All-Star with the Charlotte-New Orleans Hornets, is 10th on Jackson's list. The Undefeated: Best finishers

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Kidd-Gilchrist has basketball on his mind

According to Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is cruising down recovery road. The Hornets forward missed most of last season dealing with injuries to his right shoulder. Kidd-Gilchrist was cleared for on-court training and is expected to be ready for training camp in October. "I'm shooting, I'm lifting, I'm running. I'll be ready for next season." Charlotte Observer

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Batum should be Hornets' top priority

Charlotte will have a busy summer with five free agents on the roster. Amin Elhassan places Nicolas Batum at the top of the team's retention list. Free-agency 5-on-5 (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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