The Charlotte Hornets made the signing of Tony Parker official yesterday, announcing his arrival on Twitter:
OFFICIAL Hornets Sign Free-Agent Guard Tony Parker; Charlotte Acquires Four-Time NBA Champion and Six-Time All-Star— Charlotte Hornets (@hornets) July 23, 2018
Press Release: https://t.co/McgHOoEwLF
Welcome to #BuzzCity, @tonyparker! pic.twitter.com/1TFjpnzr5Z
Parker signed a two-year, $10 million deal with the Hornets after 17 seasons with the San Antonio Spurs. At 36, he won’t be expected to produce as he once did, but as Matthew Geovanny of SB Nation’s Pounding the Rock explained, his veteran presence and relationship with Nicolas Batum could make a positive difference.
The Hornets provided no specific details of the contract, but Zach Lowe tweeted yesterday that the second season of Parker’s contract is non-guaranteed.
The second season of Tony Parker's contract with Charlotte is non-guaranteed with a trigger date of July 4th, 2019, per league sources. It is also worth $5.25 million if picked up, so the deal is really two years, $10.25M, sources say.— Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) July 23, 2018
The contract was already solid, but this non-guarantee is reassuring. Cap space is tight, and given Parker’s age and recent injury history, a non-guarantee clause gives Charlotte an out if the veteran guard can’t stay healthy.
Hornets make training camp signing
A few days ago, a tweet from Michael Scotto indicated the team had signed Virginia’s Isaiah Wilkins to a training camp deal.
The Charlotte Hornets have agreed to a training camp deal with Virginia's Isaiah Wilkins, the ACC Defensive Player of the Year, a league source told The Athletic.— Michael Scotto (@MikeAScotto) July 21, 2018
A 6’7 forward, Wilkins spent four seasons at Virginia and averaged 6.0 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 1.6 assists per game last season. He is already known to the Hornets having worked out for them prior to the 2018 NBA Draft. He spent Summer League with the Houston Rockets, but according to RealGM he did not appear in a single game in Vegas.
Stone returns to Italy
A year after opting out of his overseas contract early to play with the Charlotte Hornets, Julyan Stone is heading back to Italy. According to Sportando, Stone posted a picture of a signed contract with Reyer Venezia in a story on Instagram. Stone’s return to Italy comes after he was traded to Chicago in the deal that sent Bismack Biyombo to Charlotte. The Bulls waived Stone, which opened up the opportunity to return to Venezia.
While Venezia didn’t initially allow Stone to break from his contract (causing tension between both sides), it appears any issues have been mended. It’s a decent ending for a player who never could break into the rotation in Charlotte.
New uniform unveiling
Finally, the Hornets announced a uniform unveiling this Wednesday.
The speculation among the ATH staff is that the uniform will be a white pinstripe throwback, which could potentially replace the teal throwback from last season. However, it could also be this year’s edition of the Pride jersey, which changes each season. If that’s the case, say goodbye to the black Buzz City uniform.