We’ve taken a deeper look at all three of the Charlotte Hornets draft picks over the last couple days. There’s not a lot to talk about between the draft and free agency, so why not fill some time by looking at the players the Hornets picked up as undrafted free agents?
But first, a quick breakdown of the different kinds of contracts being handed out:
- Two-way contract: Player will spend the majority of his time with the team’s G League affiliate (Greensboro Swarm in this case) but is allowed to spend up to 45 days with the NBA team. Players on two-way deals are allowed to play for the NBA team during their 45 days with the team. Those 45 days don’t have to be consecutive. Every team is allowed up to two two-way players.
- Exhibit 10 contract: Usually a non-guaranteed minimum deal. Exhibit 10 contracts can be converted to two-way contracts before the start of the regular season. They also have a clause built in that awards a bonus between $5,000 and $50,000 to the player if he’s waived and signs with the team’s G League affiliate and stays there for at least 60 days. So if the Hornets waive one of their Exhibit 10 guys, that player will probably sign with the Swarm so he can get his bonus. It helps teams keep guys around that aren’t ready for the NBA yet. Kinda like a minor league deal.
The Hornets quickly swooped in and signed Robert Franks to a two-way deal the morning after the draft. Franks was a lethal shooter for Washington State, canning 40.2% of his 3-pointers on over six attempts per game in his final two seasons. He doesn’t appear to be a great defender, but he can shoot it. Teams are always looking for shooters.
The Hornets signed Perkins to an Exhibit 10 contract, meaning he’s likely heading for the Swarm. Perkins spent five years at Gonzaga and was a four year starter, so he comes with a wealth of experience. He’s a traditional point guard with a stellar assist to turnover ration and a good outside shot. He made the All WCC team as a senior.
After one season of limited playing time at Oregon, Bigby-Williams transferred to LSU. There, he played as a regular rotation player, though he only started 26 of the 35 games he played in. He’s a big shot blocker and rebounder, but he has limited touch on the offensive end. Bigby-Williams is another Exhibit 10 player.
All we know about Elijah Thomas is that he’s playing in the Summer League. No word on whether or not he signed any official deal with the team.
Thomas is a PF/C that’s destined to be an undersized center at the professional level. He was very productive at Clemson, averaging 13.0 points, 7.8 rebounds, 2.2 blocks, and 1.4 assists per game in a little under 26 minutes per contest as a senior.
We don’t know the specifics of Roach’s deal with the Hornets, but we do know he’ll be with the team for the Summer League. This is a good pickup for the Hornets, as Roach was considered by most outlets to be a draftable prospect. He’s an athletic combo guard with the tools to be a good defender, but his outside shot is a little shaky.
Maybe Caleb Martin?
The Hornets are apparently discussing bringing on second round pick Cody Martin’s twin brother Caleb. It’s not a done deal yet, but it seems like it’s something that’s going to happen.
SCOOP (and a fun one): While nothing is finalized yet, Caleb Martin's agent, Eric Fleisher, is in discussions on landing him a spot alongside his twin brother, Cody, on the Charlotte Hornets. Here's what Fleisher told NSN. https://t.co/m4b4e0WVLX— Chris Murray (@MurrayNSN) June 26, 2019
Martin is the more aggressive and scoring-minded of the two brothers. If nothing else, it’ll be cool to have identical twins on the team.