Free agency opens with few rumors for Hornets

Streeter Lecka

Shaun Livingston, Chandler Parsons and Gordon Hayward all in the Hornets' sights, reports say, but no real news yet.

The NBA's free agency period opened last night at 12:01 a.m. EST, and surprise -- no one signed a contract after being on the phone with one team for one minute.

Free agency is always highly anticipated and this year's should offer no shortage of exciting new destinations for players looking to broaden their horizons and careers. It just doesn't all happen within minutes or hours of the opening bell.

Still, whispers of the Hornets' phone calls or meetings were few and far between, with the only one I saw coming from Marc Stein about Shaun Livingston.

The rest of the scuttlebutt that mentions the Hornets is mostly speculation.

Charlotte is expected to make an offer to Chandler Parsons.

The Jazz anticipate Charlotte making an offer to Gordon Hayward. However, Jazz beat reporter Jody Genessy says the team is prepared to match any offers to their restricted free agent.

And more than a couple folks think the Hornets will try to go after Luol Deng, but they had yet to express interest early this morning.

It's worth noting a lot of the information that comes out this early (ie. "Team A, Team B, Team C all called Player X to register their interest) is from the players' agents, who are happy to reveal it to help drive up interest and send teams bidding against one another.

Thankfully free agency doesn't end in one day and contracts can't even be signed until July 10 (though agreements can be made), so we'll just have to wait like everyone else to see who signs whom.

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