Mar 3, 2014; Sacramento, CA, USA; New Orleans Pelicans point guard Brian Roberts (22) looks to pass the ball to shooting guard Eric Gordon (10) against the Sacramento Kings during the third quarter at Sleep Train Arena. The Sacramento Kings defeated the New Orleans Pelicans 96-89. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Hornets Sign Brian Roberts

Yahoo Sports’s Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that the Charlotte Hornets have signed former New Orleans Pelicans point guard Brian Roberts to a two year, $5.5 million deal.

This will be the second different team that Roberts has signed with called the Hornets. Roberts was part of those underrated Dayton Flyer teams of the late 2000s and spent his early career overseas. He took advantage of a summer league spot with the New Orleans Hornets in 2012 and made the roster.
Most of Roberts’ action was seen last year when injuries bit into the depth of the newly christened Pelicans roster. He started 42 games, or half a season, for the Pelicans and averaged nine points and three assists on twenty-three minutes per game.

Roberts is therefore a battle-tested player. Point guard in the NBA is often compared to quarterback in football, and you always want your backup quarterback to have experience as a starter. Think about Derek Anderson for the Panthers right now. Roberts has that. Therefore he should make a capable backup for Kemba Walker and the Charlotte Hornets this season.

Where do the Hornets go from here?

The Hornets off-season has been a busy one. They drafted Vonleh and Hairston. That brought their power forward of the future and more needed shooting. They have now signed free agent forward Marvin Williams and Roberts. That secures the bridge between now and Noah Vonleh and gives the Hornets the needed backup point guard.

The only thing left to do is swing for the fences. If the season started today, the Hornets would be in better shape than they were in last season. However upgrading shooting never hurts and while I wouldn’t hate starting Gerald Henderson at two guard, there is still a man out there and there is still money in the budget for him. Who could that be?

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