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Hornets waive Briante Weber

Charlotte waives Weber, who’s contract would have become fully guaranteed on August 1st.

NBA: Charlotte Hornets at Orlando Magic Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Charlotte Hornets have waived point guard Briante Weber, according to a press release from the team:

Weber joined the Hornets last February on a 10-day contract. After being brought back for a second, 10-day contract, the team signed him to a non-guaranteed, multi-year deal. With the contract becoming fully-guaranteed on August first, the team had to make a decision. When the team worked out eight point guards last week, it seemed only a matter of time before his release became official.

As stated in the press release, Weber averaged 3.8 points and 1.2 assists in 12.2 minutes per game during the 2016-17 season, appearing in 13 games. Arguably, his performance came in a win over Atlanta on March 20th, where he finished with eight points on 4-5 shooting, along with four rebounds, and two steals. While he never filled up the box score, his energy, particularly on the defensive end, was a welcome sight as point guards Ramon Sessions and Brian Roberts had struggled during stretches prior to Weber’s arrival. Steve Clifford praised his effort, pointing to the way players responded to him and the confidence he brought while on the floor.

The hope was Weber could continue to develop this summer, particularly as a shooter and organizer, but he played inconsistently during Summer League, averaging 11.6, 2.8 assists, 2.8 steals, and four rebounds per game, but shooting just 16 percent from the 3-point line. While his overall shooting percentage was solid at 42.3 percent, he struggled to finish attacking the rim.

His release means the Hornets will undoubtedly sign another point guard in the coming days, likely one among the group that worked out. Weber’s recent tweets over the past couple of days indicated he knew of the decision as early as July 24th.

Weber could potentially return to the Hornets through the league’s new two-way contract rule, which allows teams to move players between the G-League and NBA roster. But if the team was sold on his future development, making is contract fully guaranteed would’ve been the better option. He is certainly good enough to catch the eye of other teams, either through another non-guaranteed deal or two-way contract. If the NBA doesn’t stick, the G-League and overseas are options as well.

Regardless of where he lands his time in Charlotte is certainly over, but we wish him the best.