The Charlotte Hornets are starting to make some moves to try and pull the team out of their rough stretch of play since Christmas. They started off by trading Roy Hibbert and Spencer Hawes for Miles Plumlee. Now, with a free spot on the roster, Charlotte appears to be shoring up the end of their bench through the D-League. According to The Vertical, the Hornets have signed Ray McCallum out of the D-League to a 10 day contract.
Charlotte plans to sign guard Ray McCallum of Grand Rapids in the D-League to a 10-day contract, league sources tell The Vertical.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 3, 2017
McCallum has been near the top of our weekly player rankings all season. https://t.co/BQ9mKR2PtP— D-League Digest (@DLeagueDigest) February 3, 2017
This is an interesting move by Charlotte as McCallum is not a member of their own team, the Greensboro Swarm. However the praise for him among those that keep an eye on the D-League is encouraging. This season in nine games he’s currently averaging 17 points which isn’t anything spectacular, but he is shooting 37 percent from 3-point range which is exactly the type of player Charlotte wants. If he can impress the team with some solid shooting and good defense then he has a real shot at turning his 10 day into a contract for the rest of the season.
What also may be an advantage for McCallum is his previous NBA experience. McCallum spent two seasons with the Sacramento Kings before a trade to the San Antonio Spurs where he didn’t get much playing time. He finished last season playing out a 10 day contract with an absurdly injured Memphis Grizzlies team. He’s always been one of those players that people believe is going to be good if he just gets the right chance, but right now nobody has been willing to buy in on him. Considering Charlotte’s culture of getting players to play above themselves this might be the perfect environment for McCallum to finally hang on somewhere to an extended period of time. If not, well it’s only a 10 day contract so no harm no foul.