The Charlotte Bobcats will bring back a familiar face when they sign power forward DJ White later this week.
A source familiar with the situation told the Observer on Wednesday that the Bobcats plan to sign White, a 6-foot-8 forward, as soon as FIBA completes a letter of clearance. The deal will be a 10-day contract.
White has been playing this winter in China for the Sichuan Blue Whales, and his obligation to that team is over.
White played for the Bobcats in the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons following a trade from the Oklahoma City Thunder. In 82 games with the Bobcats he averaged 7.3 points and 3.8 rebounds.
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The Bobcats have an open roster spot after center Justin Hamilton’s 10-day contract expired and he chose to sign a rest-of-season contract with the Miami Heat. The Bobcats spent the past week looking through big-man options.
Coach Steve Clifford has said he wants a third center in that 15th spot, but acknowledged it’s very difficult this time of year to find an available center of NBA quality. White is a front-court player, but not really a center.
The Bobcats have Al Jefferson and Bismack Biyombo at the center spot. Clifford has said he’s not counting on Brendan Haywood, out since training camp with a stress fracture in his left foot, to return this season.