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Hornets waive Robert Franks, sign Ray Spalding to two-way deal

The Hornets have done some reshuffling at the bottom of the roster.

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The Charlotte Hornets announced earlier tonight that they had waived forward Robert Franks.

Franks was playing on a two-way deal, meaning he was essentially shared between the Hornets and the Swarm. He didn’t appear in a game for the Hornets, but he played significant minutes for the Swarm, where he averaged 18.5 points and 5.6 rebounds per game.

As far as I’m aware, the Swarm can re-sign him to be a member of the Swarm full time if they want to keep him around.

Franks was let go to make room for forward Ray Spalding, who is expected to sign a two-way deal with the Hornets.

Spalding appeared in 14 NBA games last season, playing 147 of his 148 total minutes with the Phoenix Suns (he appeared for one minute for the Mavericks). He put up impressive per-minute stats in his limited time with 13.2 points, 11.8 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 2.2 steals, and 2.2 blocks per 36 minutes.

He’s taken his stat sheet stuffing ways with him to the G League this season. He’s averaging 15.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.2 steals, and 1.7 blocks per game while shooting 62.7% from the field.