FEBRUARY 3rd, 10:34am: The signing is official, according to a tweet from the team.
FEBRUARY 2nd, 2:06pm: The Hornets are set to open up a roster spot after agreeing to a two-for-one trade with the Bucks, and Charlotte plans to use that roster opening to bring back a player they waived in the preseason. According to Shams Charania of The Vertical (via Twitter), the Hornets will sign D-League center Mike Tobey to a 10-day contract.
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Tobey, a 7’1″ center out of Virginia, averaged 7.3 PPG and 4.4 RPG in 15.7 minutes per contest during his senior year in 2015/16. The 22-year-old joined the Hornets for Summer League action in Orlando last year, then inked a training camp deal with Charlotte that featured a $75K guarantee. However, he didn’t earn a spot on the team’s regular season roster, and landed with the Hornets’ D-League affiliate instead. In 28 games this season with the Greensboro Swarm, Tobey has averaged 11.0 PPG, 8.8 RPG, and 1.3 BPG in 25.9 minutes per contest.
When he officially joins the Hornets, Tobey will provide some depth up front for a club that just agreed to send two big men – Roy Hibbert and Spencer Hawes – to Milwaukee. Tobey will join Miles Plumlee, who will be acquired in that deal with the Bucks, as the newest members of the Hornets.
Tobey’s 10-day deal with Charlotte will count for $31,969 toward the team’s salary cap.