The Charlotte Hornets get a former NBA Rookie of the Year when they sign point guard Michael Carter-Williams to a one-season free-agent contract after the league’s moratorium ends July 7.
However, it seems a long time since Carter-Williams won that award with the Philadelphia 76ers. The Hornets will be his fourth NBA team in five seasons. Carter-William agreed to a deal that will pay him $2.7 million for a single season, playing for the salary cap-strapped Hornets.
He’ll back up Kemba Walker, replacing Ramon Sessions, after the Hornets chose not to exercise Sessions’ team option of nearly $6.3 million for next season.
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Five things to know about Carter-Williams:
▪ He is big for his position at 6-6. With that body type, he is sometimes compared to former Charlotte Bobcat Shaun Livingston, who has won two championships with the Golden State Warriors.
▪ Carter-Williams’ height should come in handy in two regards: The Hornets would like to be able to play him with Walker sometimes, similarly to how Walker and Jeremy Lin played together two seasons ago. Also, Carter-Williams’ height could help mitigate the lack of height for the Hornets’ first-round pick, 6-3 shooting guard Malik Monk.
▪ Carter-Williams ought to be hungry to restore his reputation around the NBA after a disappointing season with the Chicago Bulls. He finished with career lows in points (6.6), assists (2.5), rebounds (3.4) and minutes (18.8).
▪ The Bulls had the option to make a $4.2 million qualifying offer to Carter-Williams to restrict his free-agency at the end of his rookie contract. The Bulls declined that, after acquiring point guard Kris Dunn from the Minnesota Timberwolves in the Jimmy Butler trade.
▪ He won’t make many 3-pointers, based on his first four NBA seasons. His career 3-point percentage is 25.2 and last season he was 23.4.