The 2019-20 season is almost upon us, and we’re gonna get you prepared for the season by previewing each and every player on the Charlotte Hornets roster. We start with four players on Exhibit 10 deals, also known as summer contacts.
In simple terms Exhibit 10 contracts are non-guaranteed deals that offer a bonus to players if they sign with the G League affiliate of the NBA team that inked them to the Exhibit 10 deal. So if and when the Hornets waive these players, they’ll get some extra money if they sign with the Greensboro Swarm.
All of these players are likely to end up with the Swarm this season, but that makes them prime candidates to make their way onto the Hornets roster should they be on the hunt for young talent.
Joe Chealey, Guard
Joe Chealey is a familiar name ‘round these parts. He played last season on a two-way deal and spent most of his time with the Swarm. There he averaged 16.3 points and 5.3 assists in 43 appearances (38 starts). He was back with the team in the Summer League and showed a good feel for the game and some ability to take over for stretches. He’ll likely see an expanded role in the G League and will probably be the first call the Hornets make if they need to bring up a point guard in a pinch.
Caleb Martin, Guard/Forward
Caleb Martin is the twin brother of Hornets second round draft pick Cody Martin. The two have played on the same team from childhood through college, and that’ll continue in the pros, at least for now.
Caleb is more aggressive looking for his shot than Cody is, and that narrower approach is likely why he was the lesser regarded pro prospect. Caleb will get his chance to prove he belongs in the NBA after missing the Summer League with an injury. If it doesn’t work out, he’ll head to Greensboro where he’ll surely put up some flashy numbers.
Josh Perkins, Guard
Perkins signed on with the Hornets Summer League squad after going undrafted out of Gonzaga. He made four appearances in Las Vegas and showed some impressive shot making from the perimeter. He’s likely slated as Joe Chealey’s backup and occasional back court partner if he ends up on the Swarm.
Simmons signed on with the Hornets a couple weeks ago after unsuccessful stints with the Memphis Grizzlies and Cleveland Cavaliers following his lone collegiate season at Arizona. He’s an athletic combo guard that was deemed a five star recruit coming out of high school, so he’ll be interesting to watch to develop with the youth. And he’s still only 22 years old.