Apr 2, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; New Orleans Pelicans guard Brian Roberts (22) with the ball during the first half against the Denver Nuggets at Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Charlotte Hornets, Brian Roberts agree to two-year, $5.5 million deal


The Charlotte made a couple of huge moves during the 2013 offseason.

They fired coach Mike Dunlap after a 21-61 season (the second-worst mark in the league to the Orlando Magic) and hired former New York Knicks, Houston Rockets, Magic and Los Angeles Lakers’ assistant Steve Clifford. They also signed former Boston Celtics, Minnesota Timberwolves and Utah Jazz big man Al Jefferson to a three-year, $41 million deal.

The Hornets hoped to make a similar splash this season when they signed Jazz swingman Gordon Hayward to an offer sheet worth $63 million over four years. The Jazz, however, matched the offer and kept their restricted free agent. The Hornets then turned their attention to another Jazz free agent, forward Marvin Williams. On Saturday, they agreed to a two-year deal worth $14 million with Williams.

On Sunday, they made another signing, adding the backup point guard they covet.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, the Hornets and former New Orleans Pelicans’ point guard Brian Roberts have agreed to a two-year deal worth over $5.5 million.

Roberts, a former Dayton Flyers’ standout, averaged 9.4 points, 3.3 assists and 1.9 rebounds per game while shooting 42.0% from the floor, 36.0% from beyond the arc and 94.0% from the free throw last season. He played in 72 games and made 42 starts, filling in for the injured Jrue Holiday. Over his two-year career, he has averaged 8.2 points, 3.0 assists and 1.6 rebounds per game while shooting 41.8% from the field, 37.2% from three and 92.9% from the charity stripe.

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