Three years removed from his last appearance in an NBA game, former first-round pick Patrick O’Bryant will get a training-camp look with the Charlotte Bobcats.
Rod Higgins, Bobcats president of basketball operations, confirmed Monday that O’Bryant, a 7-footer out of Bradley, has been invited to camp at UNC Asheville next week. O’Bryant, 27, was originally drafted ninth overall in 2006 by the Golden State Warriors. Higgins was in the Warriors’ front office at that time.
O’Bryant did little in his first two seasons with Golden State, and the Warriors chose not to pick up the third-season option on his rookie-scale contract. He later played with the Boston Celtics and Toronto Raptors. His best NBA season was 2008-09, when he averaged 4.7 points and 2.5 rebounds with Toronto.
O’Bryant later played internationally (Greece and Latin America) and in the NBA’s development league.