Mo Williams trade gives Hornets much-needed PG stopgap

Mo Williams

The Charlotte Hornets got much-needed point guard depth on Tuesday in their quest for an Eastern Conference playoff spot by acquiring veteran Mo Williams from Minnesota in exchange for shooting guard Gary Neal and a 2019 2nd round pick. Charlotte can now start Williams at the point with Kemba Walker still out after undergoing knee surgery, and avoid using the much-maligned Lance Stephenson at the position. “Mo Williams is a proven NBA player who gives us additional versatility and depth in the backcourt, both

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SH Blog: Wolves ship Williams to Hornets, may cut Neal; Hawks clear cap room by trading Payne to Minnesota

Flip Saunders

The Minnesota Timberwolves weren’t able to fetch much in return for veteran point guard Mo Williams, shipping both he and second-year guard Troy Daniels to the Charlotte Hornets for guard Gary Neal and a 2019 second-round pick. The trade was first reported by Shams Charania of RealGM, who says the Wolves (11-41) will now explore buyout negotiations with Neal. Neal, 30, has disappointed in his role with Charlotte this year — shooting just 29% from beyond the arc, his specialty — but

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Three-Man Weave: Playoffs, Hawks and Shootouts

Thompson and Curry

When you consider the number of basketball savvy writers on our staff and the number of opinions they have, it is obvious that we always go way too long between editions of the Three-Man Weave. But it is back. In this edition, we take a look at the bottom of the Eastern Conference playoff bracket, the sizzling Atlanta Hawks and perhaps the best Shootout field in All-Star Weekend history. 1. Assuming the six teams in the East above .500 make the playoffs,

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Bernucca: Who Deserves to be an All-Star Reserve?

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Every team wants a player in the NBA All-Star Game. Just this week, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban complained that the voting system is “absolutely, positively broken” and lobbied for the NBA to provide additional roster spots for reserves who may have been overlooked by the fans. His reasoning was that leading vote-getter Stephen Curry received a mere 1.5 million votes, which is a miniscule total when you consider the global, electronic balloting process. As he often does, Cuban made some good

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SH Blog: Stephenson to Brooklyn Talks Heat Up, Jennings Out for Year

LanceStephenson

In yet another drama-filled week in the NBA, Lance Stephenson has managed to find his way into the mix again. There have been plenty of talks regarding the Charlotte Hornets swingman’s future in recent weeks, most notably ending in his being dealt before the trade deadline. The Hornets have been playing much better basketball as of late, but it’s the opposite side of the coin for the Brooklyn Nets, who have lost eight of their last 10 games and have dropped

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Photo of the Day: When Throwback Thursday Goes Wrong

Sir Lancealot

NBA players usually post some entertaining stuff on Twitter or Instagram for Throwback Thursday, and this Thursday was no different. Lance Stephenson, in the midst of a will-he-be-traded-or-won’t-he-be-traded purgatory of some sort, gave his followers quite an entertaining picture to poke fun at on Instagram.

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Sheridan: Most Likely to be Traded List

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The three-team deal sending Jeff Green to Memphis has been completed, adding another top Western Conference contender to the list of teams that have made upgrades. Grades for all the deals made by West teams can be viewed here. To remind you: The Rockets got Corey Brewer in a trade and signed Josh Smith; the Mavericks acquired Rajon Rondo; the Suns picked up Brandan Wright; and the Thunder added Dion Waiters. In the East, the Cavs have brought in Timofey Mozgov, Iman

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Photo of the Day: Day 2 of LeBron’s Rehab

LeBron Rehab

As you all know, LeBron James turned 30 on December 30th. He’s also played a considerably larger amount of minutes at his 30th birthday than Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan. So what does it all mean? His body is starting to feel the toll of all those minutes, as documented by him missing the Cavs’ past two games with leg and back soreness, as well as Friday night’s matchup against the Charlotte Hornets.

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