The @hornets are bringing back Brian Roberts to be third point guard. Veteran minimum contract.— Rick Bonnell (@rick_bonnell) July 6, 2016
Roberts, 30, played for the Hornets last season, but was traded to the Miami Heat in the mid-season trade that brought Courtney Lee to Charlotte. A couple of days later, the Heat traded him to the Portland Trail Blazers, where he averaged 2.9 points and 0.8 assists in 6.5 minutes per game.
This signing makes a lot of sense for the Hornets. As Bonnell noted, Hornets head coach Steve Clifford is a big fan of his third point guard knowing the ins and outs of his system. If Kemba Walker or Ramon Sessions unexpectedly suffer an injury, the team can operate as normal until they return, albeit with Roberts playing a larger role. While he isn't a franchise-changing player, he's great for stability and is well-liked by teammates and the city at large.
Welcome back, Brian.