The Charlotte Hornets and Roy Hibbert have agreed to a one-year, $5 million deal, according to the Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski. Hibbert averaged 5.9 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 1.4 blocks in 23.2 minutes per game for the Los Angeles Lakers last season.
Sources: Charlotte, Roy Hibbert agreement: One-year, $5M.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) July 5, 2016
Hibbert's had a tough go since the 2013-14 season, when his rebounding averages unexpectedly dropped from 8.3 boards per game to 6.6 along with plummeting field goal percentages. Chemistry issues between he and his teammates — mostly notably former Hornet Lance Stephenson — are often blamed for Hibbert's slippage. He never recovered.
In Charlotte, Hibbert has a chance to revive his career. Known primarily for being 7'2", Hibbert is an effective rim protector and shot blocker on his size alone. He has a good-but-not-great jumper from inside the arc, too, to go along with a passable post-up game. He's no Al Jefferson down there, but he's no Bismack Biyombo, either.
Hibbert will also reunite with fellow Georgetown alumnus Patrick Ewing in Charlotte.
This is a relatively low-risk move. Despite starting 573 of the 614 games he's played in, Hibbert hasn't cracked more than 30 minutes per game once in his career due to a combination of matchup problems and conditioning. It's likely that trend continues, at least initially. Expect to see him in a role similar to Al Jefferson late in the 2015-16 regular season.
And if things don't work out, the contract is only for one season at a meagre $5 million. That's chump change in this market.
With Hibbert on board, general manager Rich Cho and the Hornets are almost done with free agency. They're stocked at least two deep at every position, and the roster sits at 13 players assuming they re-sign Troy Daniels. They don't have much cap room left, and only have the room exception — worth $2.9 million — left at their disposal.
Welcome to Charlotte, Roy.