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It pays to stay

Who says the best deals come from outside teams? Just ask DeMar DeRozan (Raptors), Andre Drummond (Pistons), Bradley Beal (Wizards) and Nicolas Batum (Hornets), who all received 5-year deals upwards of $120 million.

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Career year pays off for Batum

Nicolas Batum was traded from Portland to Charlotte last summer with one season to go on his contract. He helped the Hornets reach the playoffs and reportedly will receive a five-year contract from Charlotte worth $120 million. His career ranks for last season, according to ESPN & Info.

  • PPG: 14.9 (career best)
  • APG: 5.8 (career best)
  • RPG: 6.1 (second best)

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Meet the NBA's newest nine-digit men

Four free agents on Eastern Conference teams are staying put and blowing well past two commas in their new salaries, which can become official next Thursday. Guess that's the price for taking aim at the Cavaliers.

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Let's make a (huge) deal

NBA free-agent contracts can't be signed until Thursday. Here's what's reported to have been informally decided with the beginning of the formal negotiating period at midnight ET Friday.

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Sources: C Jefferson, Pacers reach 3-year deal

Sources told ESPN that Al Jefferson is poised to sign a three-year deal with the Pacers when a league-wide moratorium on signings and trades is lifted July 7.

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Nicolas Batum staying with Hornets (1:00)

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Nicolas Batum has agreed to a five-year, $120 million deal to re-sign with the Hornets, a league source confirmed. The Vertical first reported the agreement. Batum's Friday meeting scheduled with the Mavericks is canceled.

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NBA, Hornets: Proposed HB2 updates not enough

The NBA and the Charlotte Hornets expressed doubt Thursday that possible changes to House Bill 2, a law limiting protections for LGBT people, would go far enough.

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Source: Hornets' Batum to meet with Mavericks

The Mavericks are expected to meet with the Hornets' Nicolas Batum to replace SF Chandler Parsons, who is expected to leave in free agency.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Hornets small forward Nicolas Batum is expected to meet with the Mavericks in free agency, according to a league source.

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Where could Jeremy Lin end up? (1:05)
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5 things to watch for in free agency

With the salary cap going through the roof and most teams having money to burn, the NBA's silly season -- which starts Friday -- will not disappoint.

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Hill leads potential free-agent steals

Everyone knows who this year's biggest free-agent prizes are, but Solomon Hill and others make up a group of players who could turn into big bargains on the open market.

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Two Hornets among top FA 3-and-D's

TrueHoop TV's Kevin Arnovitz includes Charlotte's Marvin Williams and Courtney Lee among the best 3-and-D players in the upcoming free-agent class.

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Marvin Williams could be free-agent steal

Jeremias Engelmann and Steve Ilardi see Williams' solid play during the regular season, maybe his best in 11 NBA seasons, being more relevant to potential buyers than his disappointing postseason performance against the Heat. Most underrated FAs (Insider)

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Hornets' Kaminsky to have procedure on chest

The Hornets' Frank Kaminsky will undergo a procedure to remove a small pocket of air between his lung and chest wall and will need approximately six weeks to recover.

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The NBA's best 3-and-D free agents (1:25)
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Two Hornets among top free agents

Kevin Pelton writes that Nicolas Batum had a career year after going to Charlotte last summer and Marvin Williams finally played something like the second overall draftee of 2005. NBA's 25 best free agents (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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