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Hornets Sign Roy Hibbert To One-Year Deal

THURSDAY, 11:22am: The Hornets have formally issued a press release to announce the signing of Hibbert.

MONDAY, 7:51pm: The Hornets and free agent center Roy Hibbert have agreed to a one-year, $5MM  contract, league sources told Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

Hibbert averaged 5.9 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.4 blocks with the Lakers last season. The former All-Star for the Pacers essentially replaces Al Jefferson, who agreed to a three-year deal with Indiana. The Lakers secured their starting center in the early hours of free agency by agreeing to a four-year, $64MM contract with Timofey Mozgov.

The Hornets have also been trying to trade Spencer Hawes and the remaining $11.7MM on his contract to clear salary-cap space, which will likely require them to include a future draft pick, league sources informed Wojnarowski.

Hibbert’s ability to protect the rim was the deciding factor in Charlotte’s decision to offer him a contract, Wojnarowski adds.

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15 thoughts on “Hornets Sign Roy Hibbert To One-Year Deal

  1. Z.....

    well, there is the rim protector I mentioned they needed earlier. Good deals for them this offseason. Obviously, they kept Batum and Williams on steals. Then they got Sessions at a pretty good price, and now Hibbert for $5 million in this market, even after the season he had….

    I would say they could probably use someone at the 2, but I’d expect them to look from within for that; maybe Jeremy Lamb, or maybe they play Batum at the 2, as they also have MKG back, and Marvin Williams. Should be interesting to see if they can move Hawes

  2. WilliamDuval

    He is trash… I don’t understand why teams sign players like him.

    • KnicksCavsFan

      Averaged 2 blocks per game for his career and shoots 75% from the FT line. Now look at what Mozgoz and Biyombo signed for. He’s a steal. I wanted my Cavs to after him but no way did I think he would be this cheap.

      • lakersfan27

        He isn’t the player he was. Any money given to him is a waste.

        • KnicksCavsFan

          He averaged 1.4 blocks per and shot over 80% from the FT last year.

          Look I’m not saying he’s going to be a 15 pt 10 rebound guy but his price reflects that. He started 81 games but only played about 24 minutes so he was more of a rotation piece. For 1/$5 mil and he’s probably not going to be a prime time player? Great deal.

  3. bsteady powers

    He’s 7 foot tall. For 5 million? Why not

    • Noey Jumbas

      He’s 7 Foot tall AND YOU CANT TEACH THAT! Badaboom!

      • Z.....

        He also does a good job of protecting the rim, almost a natural ability to go straight up more often than not….AND YOU CANT TEACH THAT (well, I guess you can teach that lol)…Unfortunately, he probably isnt a bonafide G or a certified stud…You cant teach that

        I feel like Hibbert would do well with an energy guy like the dude you’re referring to lol….

        • Lance Stephenson, got it.

      • Too bad he’s also the rest of that SAWFT, dude embodies it.

        • Z.....

          LOL I feel like Hibbert is the dude on the receiving end of the promo

  4. bsteady powers

    They need a star. A DWade! Or a very good 3-4 position star

    • If anything they need a stud 4. With Batum, MKG, Marvin Williams (who can play the 4)…the 4 spot is a bigger need than the 3.

  5. mgraub00

    Great signing. They addressed their two biggest needs, backup PG and backup C very quickly without having to open up cap room in the process. That means if they can move Hawes or Lamb they can potentially bring in a wildcard kind of addition.

    Hibbert fits well here. There isn’t the pressure in Charlotte to be ‘the’ guy in the front court. His defense will help the second unit immensely. Good price too, though last year was a down year.

  6. Well, let’s see if Patrick Ewing has any magic in up his sleeve and make Roy a big 5mil steal. Who knows, just might work.

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