As the clock was winding down, Hornets fans held out hope that general manager Rich Cho would sneak into the action with a last minute hay-maker. Alas, instead Charlotte stood pat at the deadline, as a few other teams in the playoff race made moves. However, there will be a place and time for those discussions, so let's focus on some other things that happened around the internet this week.
After missing the last two and a half games due to a hamstring injury, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is on pace to play Saturday against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Getting MKG healthy and constantly in the lineup is a must for the Hornets' playoff chances.
Hornets are 11-25 this season and last when Michael Kidd-Gilchrist doesn't play.— Rick Bonnell (@rick_bonnell) February 18, 2015
In addition to Kidd-Gilchrist returning, the team will also play its first game with new addition Mo Williams this Saturday. All reports are that he is quickly fitting in with the team, which isn't surprising and also encouraging because coach Steve Clifford is targeting March 16th for Kemba Walker's return.
Although Kemba remains out for the next three weeks, it appears Bismack Biyombo may be returning soon. Coach Clifford reports he is receiving a second MRI this Saturday and that "he'll miss a few more games". In the last injury update, Marvin Williams had surgery over the All-Star Break to reset a cracked nose bone (sounds painful). The surgery will require Williams to wear a protective mask, but he isn't projected to miss any games.
Finally, ESPN released an updated version of their 2015 NBA Mock Draftt (insider only). The Hornets, currently seventh in the Eastern conference playoff standings, were projected as having the 15th pick and selecting point guard Jerian Grant from Notre Dame. A 22 year old senior, Grant is averaging 17.4 points, 6.5 assists, 3 rebounds and shooting 49.8 percent from the floor. The Hornets have yet to draft a point guard after selecting Kemba Walker in the 2011 NBA draft, but with Brian Roberts contract expiring in 2016 and Mo Williams on a one year deal, this selection could make sense as the Hornets look to improve the backup spot for the future.
Some good tweets
Billy King will rue the day he canceled that three-team trade with Oklahoma City and Charlotte.
Source: Billy King still on hold waiting for Sam Presti, who said "brb" at 2:30, to get back to him.— alex (@steven_lebron) February 20, 2015
Shameless self promotion.
Per 36 MKG 14/15 (age 21): 14/10/2 (2.5 OREB, 5.8 FTA) w/ no 3s Kawhi 12/13 (age 21): 13.7/7/1.8 (1.3 OREB, 2.5 FTA) w/ eff 3s Just sayin— Frank Berndt (@MullensMafia) February 20, 2015
(Editors note: And you thought I had a big ego -Chris)