Report: Roy Hibbert agrees to sign with Hornets for one year, $5 million

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The Charlotte Hornets are continuing their quest to fill in for their departed free agents with short-term, low-risk deals. According to The Vertical‘s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Hornets have agreed to a one-year, $5 million deal with veteran center Roy Hibbert, who is coming off a disappointing season with the Lakers.

Free-agent center Roy Hibbert has agreed to a one-year, $5 million deal with the Charlotte Hornets, league sources told The Vertical.

Hibbert, 29, has fallen severely from his All-Star status a couple of years ago with the Indiana Pacers but will try to resurrect his career under coach Steve Clifford and his associate head coach, Hall of Fame center Patrick Ewing.

In recent years, maybe no NBA player’s image has taken a greater dive for non-injury reasons than Hibbert. Only three years ago, he was an All-Star, deadly rim protector and Defensive Player of the Year candidate with the Pacers. But the game has gone away from that kind of old-school big man without much of an offensive game, and Hibbert has seen his value drop. At 29 years old, he should have a few good years left physically, and this is a fine gamble for the Hornets to take on a one-year deal that a change of scenery can get him back on track.