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Hornets sign forward Robert Franks to a two-way contract

The Hornets wasted little time pouncing on their first of two possible two-way players.

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The 2019 NBA Draft, but the Charlotte Hornets aren’t done adding rookies to the fold. Shams Charania of The Athletic reports that former Washington State forward Robert Franks is joining the team on a two-way contract.

The 6’9” forward had a phenomenal season on a bad Cougars roster as a senior, averaging 21.6 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 2.6 assists per game. He can really shoot it, knocking down nearly 40% of his seven 3-point attempts per game as a senior. He’s a career 83% free throw shooter, so the stroke is legit.

Under a two-way contract, Franks will spend the majority of next season with the Greensboro Swarm. He’ll be allowed on the Hornets roster for up to 45 days over the course of the season, during which he’ll be allowed to play in NBA games.

Every NBA team is allowed two two-way players. Last season, Joe Chealey and J.P. Macura played on those deals. Clearly one or both of them is not in line for a second deal.