Hornets guard Jeff Taylor will become an unrestricted free agent after the Hornets bypassed his option for next season, sources told Yahoo Sports. In 29 games last season, Taylor averaged 4.4 points and 1.8 rebounds.
After starting Jeff Taylor in Saturday's win over the Hawks, coach Steve Clifford said he was pleased with how Taylor played, reports The Charlotte Observer. "He did a good job," Clifford said. "He was locked in from the beginning of the game. Last [season], when Michael Kidd-Gilchrist got hurt, he had some really good games. I think his concentration was up and he played really well." In 27 minutes of play Saturday, Taylor scored nine points along with two rebounds and two assists and Clifford indicated Taylor could remain a starter in place of Lance Stephenson. "I think Lance has played better with the second unit than the starters," Clifford said.
Hornets small forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (ankle sprain) will not play Saturday against the Hawks, reports the Charlotte Observer.Kidd-Gilchrist suffered the ankle sprain in Friday's loss in Washington.Guard Jeff Taylor is expected to see more time as a result of Kidd-Gilchrist's injury.
The Hornets announced an MRI taken on Michael Kidd-Gilchrist's right hamstring revealed a hamstring strain and he has been ruled out of Sunday's game against the Pacers and Tuesday's game against the Pistons. He will be reevaluated after the All-Star break. Guard Jeff Taylor will start in Sunday's game in place of Kidd-Gilchrist. Meanwhile, an MRI confirmed center Bismack Biyombo is still dealing with a knee bruise. He last played Jan. 24 and is expected to miss at least the next two weeks. Center Cody Zeller should see his role increase while Biyombo is sidelined. The Hornets are 2-point underdogs to the Pacers.
The Hornets have recalled forward Jeff Taylor from the D-League on Friday. Taylor is expected to be available for Saturday's game against the Knicks. Taylor has already been up with the team this season. In three games, he's played 18 total minutes.
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