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Hornets sign Michael Carter-Williams to one-year deal

The Hornets uncharacteristically hopped into free agency early this year and signed a former Rookie of the Year to a one-year deal.

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The Charlotte Hornets have agreed to sign former Rookie of the Year Michael Carter-Williams to a one-year deal worth $2.7 million, according to various sources.

Since winning Rookie of the Year back in 2014, MCW’s career’s been on quite the downward trend. The team that drafted him—the Philadelphia 76ers—quickly flipped him to the Milwaukee Bucks the following season.

But if anyone can get him back to where he was, it’s Hornets head coach Steve Clifford.

Look, I hear the concerns. He’s a horrid shooter and there are (somewhat) legitimate concerns about his feel for the game. That said, a quick look at just about any statistics you can find shows that he’s a step up from Ramon Sessions and that’s really all the Hornets needed.

If he’s as bad as some say he is, he’s gone next summer. If he finds his way, maybe Hornets general manager Rich Cho brings him back on a discount.

With Kemba Walker destined to dominate the minutes available at point guard, it’s likely there are some nights Carter-Williams doesn’t even play. He’s insurance, in a sense. And Kemba having to play against his length on a daily basis in practice should bode well for the Hornets’ star player.

The Hornets still have a bit of money to play with in free agency but they’re just about done barring a trade. Hopefully they’re able to find a big wing on the cheap. They’ve needed a good tweener not named Marvin Williams for a while now.

Anyway. Good signing at a good price.

Carter-Williams averaged 6.6 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 2.5 assists in 19 minutes per game with the Chicago Bulls last season. He shot 36.6 percent from the field and 23.4 percent from behind the arc.

Our good friends over at Locked On Hornets actually compared Carter-Williams to Sessions last week. Listen here.