Charlotte Hornets: New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets should have salary-cap means to pursue Kemba Walker as free agent after the 2018-19 season. Mitch Kupchak: Keeping Walker may be “a challenge to figure out.”
Short takes: Thoughts on NBA free agent Carmelo Anthony, Charlotte Hornets point guard Tony Parker as well as rookies Miles Bridges and Devonte Graham, former Duke Blue Devils star Grayson Allen’s fighting style and movie “American Animal.”
NBA: When when I think about Charlotte Hornets center Bismack Biyombo, acquired in a trade from the Orland Magic, I remember something he said during his first stint in Charlotte. “I enjoy life. I enjoy everything.”
Second-year Charlotte Hornets guard Malik Monk, who was originally diagnosed with a fractured thumb after the team's first game at Las Vegas Summer League, only has a sprain and may be able to participate later in the summer event.
Charlotte Hornets: NBA Summer League team 2-0 and doing the simple things, which is the new coaches' mantra. That made Sunday’s 94-90 victory over the Miami Heat at Las Vegas satisfying on multiple levels.
Charlotte Hornets bring back Bismack Biyombo in three-team NBA trade with Chicago Bulls and Orlando Magic. General manager Mitch Kupchak expects wide-open competition at center among Cody Zeller, Willy Hernangomez and Biyombo.
Charlotte Hornets position-by-position analysis: Kemba Walker is a lock to start the 2018-19 NBA season; Nic Batum is a virtual lock. Beyond that, GM Mitch Kupchak and coach James Borrego look to open competition in September training camp.