The Charlotte Hornets have signed all of their draft picks and finalized their roster for training camp, which starts today.
That last Tweet is notable for a couple of reasons:
- Bold move by Nate Darling to take the #30 jersey
- Grant Riller is on a two-way instead of on the final roster, and he’s already changed his number to make room for Gordon Hayward to be #20
As per team policy, the Hornets did not disclose the details of the contracts, but we find details elsewhere.
We can assume that LaMelo Ball got 120% of the rookie scale for his draft slot, which starts out at about $7.8 million for this season.
Bobby Marks of ESPN reported that Vernon Carey is expected to get the most guaranteed money of any second round pick, and here are the details:
Contract info:— Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) December 1, 2020
23/24 $1.93M (team option) https://t.co/UdNxoE3bfA
Also according to Marks, Richards’ deal is for three years, and, per me, the annual valuations are probably about the same as Carey’s.
With all that done, we have the official roster for training camp, and there are no surprises:
- LaMelo Ball
- Bismack Biyombo
- Miles Bridges
- Vernon Carey Jr.
- Keandre Cook
- Nate Darling
- Javin DeLaurier
- Devonte’ Graham
- Gordon Hayward
- Caleb Martin
- Cody Martin
- Jalen McDaniels
- Malik Monk
- Nick Richards
- Grant Riller
- Terry Rozier
- Xavier Sneed
- PJ Washington
- Kahlil Whitney
- Cody Zeller
With Riller signing a two-way deal, the Hornets only have 14 players under guaranteed contracts for the 2020-21 season. There are three things that could happen with that spot, and here they are in order from least likely to most likely:
- One of the Exhibit 10 guys impresses enough to make the roster
- One of the Exhibit 10 guys impresses enough to earn a two-way contract while Riller is elevated to the roster full time
- The Hornets elect to leave the spot open for future opportunities
With all that logistical stuff done, it’s time for some basketball.