The Charlotte Hornets needed to find a new backup point guard when Jeremy Lin decided to sign a three-year, $36 million deal with the Brooklyn Nets. According to the latest NBA rumors, the Hornets signed Ramon Sessions and Brian Roberts to replace Lin’s production off the bench.
Charlotte is going to miss Lin’s 11.7 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game last season. More importantly, they are going to miss his ability to attack the rim and make plays. Nevertheless, the Hornets will just have to move on and they made a couple of good signings.
According to the Charlotte Observer, the Hornets and Sessions have agreed to a two-year, $12.3 million deal to replace Jeremy Lin. He would be Kemba Walker’s new backup but Charlotte needed insurance at the position.
They also signed former Hornet, Brian Roberts, to a veteran’s minimum contract. The 30-year-old played 30 games for Charlotte last season before getting traded to the Miami Heat as the part of the deal that acquired Courtney Lee, per Yahoo! Sports.
The Heat ended up trading Roberts to the Portland Trail Blazers just two days after acquiring him. Sessions is a good pickup for the Hornets since he has the same skill set as Jeremy Lin. However, he is three years older than Lin and he was plagued by injuries from 2013 to 2015.
Nonetheless, Sessions was healthy last season with the Washington Wizards as he played in all 82 games. He averaged 9.9 points, 2.5 rebounds, and 2.9 assists while backing up point guard John Wall.
On the other hand, Roberts will be the Hornets’ third-string point guard. Last season, he averaged 4.8 points and 1.3 assists as a backup for Kemba Walker and Jeremy Lin.
Charlotte has done quite well replacing Lin, Al Jefferson, and Courtney Lee. They did by signing Sessions and Roy Hibbert, and trading for Marco Belinelli on draft night.
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