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The Hornets Summer League roster is (mostly) set - updated

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There are more spots to fill, but we already know most of the important names.

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We currently know eleven players that are committed to play for the Summer League version of the Charlotte Hornets when play tips off on July 5th.

As far as I know, teams can have a ton of players on their Summer League roster. Surely the Hornets will have more than these guys when play gets under way, but it’s likely that these guys are the ones that are going to get the bulk of the minutes:

  • PJ Washington
  • Cody Martin
  • Jalen McDaniels
  • Robert Franks
  • Josh Perkins
  • Kavell Bigby-Williams
  • Elijah Thomas
  • Kerwin Roach
  • Arnoldas Kulboka
  • Miles Bridges
  • Devonte’ Graham
  • Dwayne Bacon

The Hornets three 2019 NBA Draft picks are going to be the main headliners of the squad. They’ll be joined by last season’s draft picks, but Miles Bridges probably won’t play the entire time. Same goes for Dwayne Bacon, who will be participating in his third Summer League. Malik Monk is eligible to play as well, but no word on whether or not he will.

Robert Franks has already signed a two-way deal, so he’s already set to spend a lot of time with the Hornets next season. That means he’ll probably get plenty of burn for the Summer League team.

Josh Perkins and Kavell Bigby-Williams signed Exhibit 10 contracts with the Hornets. Exhibit 10 contracts are non-guaranteed deals that typically function in one of two ways. One, they can be converted into two-way contracts. Two (the more frequent function), they provide a bonus between $5,000 and $50,000 if the player signs with the NBA team’s G-League affiliate and stays there for at least 60 days after being waived by the NBA team. So if Perkins and Bigby-Williams are waived by the Hornets, they’ll get a bonus for sticking around and signing with the Swarm. It’s a way to get players to stay in the system after being cut loose by the NBA team.

Elijah Thomas may have signed a similar contract, but there hasn’t been a report on that. The only thing reported was that he’ll be playing Summer League with the Hornets.

The Hornets will probably add about five more names to the roster over the next week or so. We’ll keep you updated as that happens.

Update (Told you I’d keep you updated): Kerwin Roach has been added to the roster.