The Charlotte Hornets plan to waive center Mike Tobey, guard Rasheed Sulaimon, and forward Perry Ellis, bringing their roster down to the league maximum of 15 players. This means guards Aaron Harrison and Treveon Graham will make the team, according to the Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Charlotte is planning to keep Aaron Harrison and Treveon Graham on the 15-man opening night roster, league sources tell @TheVertical.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) October 22, 2016
First off, congratulations to Harrison and Graham for making the squad.
Neither player had a particularly stellar preseason for the Hornets, but both showed enough to warrant keeping them around. Ellis and Tobey, to their credit, faced injuries for much of the preseason and didn’t have much of a shot to showcase their talents.
Both Harrison and Graham will likely see significant time with the Hornets’ new NBA D-League affiliate, the Greensboro Swarm, as the Hornets are fairly deep on the wings with Nicolas Batum, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Jeremy Lamb, and Marco Belinelli expected to command most of the available minutes.
Should one of those players get hurt, however, Harrison and Graham have a legitimate shot of being called up and seeing steady minutes.
Harrison averaged 4.8 points and 2.5 rebounds in 16.7 minutes per game in preseason. Graham averaged 4.7 points and two steals in 11.3 minutes per game.
The Hornets’ first game of the regular season is on Wednesday against the Milwaukee Bucks.