The Charlotte Hornets have signed 20-year-old forward Christian Wood to a two year contract, per Shams Charania of The Vertical:
Free agent Christian Wood has agreed to a two-year deal with the Charlotte Hornets, league sources tell The Vertical.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 14, 2016
Wood starred for Philadelphia's summer league team in Utah and Las Vegas. His second year of Hornets deal will be team option, sources say.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 14, 2016
Wood spent two seasons at UNLV, and then signed with the Sixers after going undrafted in last summer's NBA draft. He played in 17 games for Philadelphia last season, averaging 3.6 points, and 2.2 rebounds per game.
As Charania alluded to, Wood played a prominent role for Delaware in the D-League, averaging 17.3 points, 9.4 rebounds, and 1.1 blocks per game, shooting 52.9 percent from the field.
Wood combines size, standing 6'11, with athleticism. While his game suggests the potential to develop an outside game (he shot 36.4 percent from three with Philadelphia, but only 25.3 percent with Delaware) his offensive game features primarily around the hoop. He is a solid rebounder, and looks to have some ability as a rim protector. He appears the type of player that has all the physical tools and skillset to become a productive player, but it's all a matter of whether his potential will develop or not. Since the second year of the deal is a team contract, the Hornets will obviously use this season to evaluate his progress. More than likely, he will feature predominately with the Greensboro Swarm, and how much he plays for Charlotte will depend on how quickly he develops.
While he isn't a "win-now" type of player, Wood is a solid get for the Hornets. With all the veterans making up most of the rotation, the team needs younger prospects to develop, even if it's primarily in the D-League.