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Hornets officially sign Julyan Stone

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Stone was granted a release from his club team in Italy, opening the door for him to sign with the Hornets.

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After a drawn out process, the Charlotte Hornets officially announced the signing of Julyan Stone, Wednesday afternoon.

Stone, 28, has spent the majority of his professional career overseas, but had two stints in the NBA with the Denver Nuggets and Toronto Raptors.

Along with the NBA, Stone played in the G-League, and Turkey. Last season, he helped Italian club Reyer Venezia Mestre win the 2017 Serie A title, appearing in 26 games.

The Hornets expressed interest in Stone this summer, but problems arose when Reyer Venezia wouldn’t release him from his contract. Stone had no buyout clause, but cited the need to return to the United States to be closer to his ailing father and help better pay for medical costs. After a long deliberation, Reyer released him, allowing him to join the Hornets.

Terms of the contract were not released, but it is expected to be a two-year deal with the second year being non-guaranteed.

At 6-6, Stone is a big point guard in the same mold of Michael Carter-Williams. He isn’t a great offensive player, but his length and size makes him a solid defender. As the team’s 3rd point guard, he won’t be expected to contribute a lot, but can theoretically play next to smaller shooting guard Malik Monk.

According to the team, Stone will wear number 32.

Stone’s signing makes him the 14th man on the roster, not counting the two-way players or training camp invites.