The Hornets have signed free agent center Thomas Welsh to a contract, the team announced today in a press release. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed, but it’s likely a non-guaranteed training camp contract.
Welsh, 23, was selected with the No. 58 overall pick in the 2018 draft by the Nuggets. After signing a two-way deal with Denver, the seven-footer played limited minutes in 11 games for the club last season. He saw more extensive action in the G League for the Capital City Go-Go and Iowa Wolves, averaging 10.3 PPG and 8.1 RPG in 20 contests (23.0 MPG).
Welsh’s two-way contract with the Nuggets spanned two years, but the club opted to go another direction with that two-way slot for the 2019/20 season, waiving the former UCLA big man last week.
It’s possible Welsh will get the chance to earn a regular season roster spot in Charlotte. Currently, the Hornets are only carrying 13 players on fully guaranteed contracts. Caleb Martin, Joe Chealey, and Josh Perkins are believed to have non-guaranteed deals, while Robert Franks is on a two-way contract.
Welsh is the 18th Hornet under contract. Second-round pick Jalen McDaniels also remains unsigned and looks like the leading candidate to get the club’s second two-way deal.