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Report: Hornets signing 7-footer Jason Washburn

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The race for the Hornets’ final roster spot just got a little deeper.

Charlotte has 14 players with guaranteed contracts plus Elliot Williams ($80,000 guaranteed), Aaron Harrison ($75,000 guaranteed) and Sam Thompson (unclear guarantee).

Before trimming its roster to fit the regular-season limit of 15, the Hornets are adding another candidate.

E. Carchia of Sportando:

Jason Washburn will sign with the Charlotte Hornets for the training camp, a source told Sportando.

Washburn went undrafted out of Utah in 2013. The 7-foot center has played overseas since. He wasn’t really touted as a draft prospect two years ago, and the biggest red flag is his lackluster rebounding for his size.

I’d guess the Battle Creek, Mich., native didn’t get any guaranteed money. If so, that would put him further behind the competition for Charlotte’s final spot.

Washburn’s best chance isn’t outplaying Williams, Harrison and Thompson. It’s the Hornets deciding they need more help at center. Al Jefferson will start, and Spencer Hawes will back him up. But is Tyler Hansbrough, Frank Kaminsky or Cody Zeller comfortable as the third center? I think Hansbrough can handle it, but if he can’t, that opens the door slightly for Washburn.

Hornets signing Sam Thompson

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Sam Thompson knows his plan B – being a financial analyst at major investment firm.

But Thompson, who went undrafted this year after four seasons at Ohio State, is still working on Plan A.

Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders:

To be clear, the only way for a player to attend an NBA training camp is with an NBA contract.

Thompson will give Charlotte 17 players for 15 regular-season roster spots. He’ll likely compete with Elliot Williams ($80,000 guaranteed) and Aaron Harrison ($75,000 guaranteed) for the final spot.

The 6-foot-7 Thompson is an excellent dunker, and he uses his athleticism fairly well on defense. His unpolished ball skills – shooting, dribbling – are big negatives for a small forward, though.

I wouldn’t be surprised if the Hornets are just signing Thompson for an extra body during training camp. They have no D-League affiliate, so they can’t waive him and sign his D-League rights.

But with Nicolas Batum and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist in line to start, Charlotte has no natural small forward off the bench. There’s little difference between either wing position, so shooting guards like Jeremy Lamb and P.J. Hairston could easily play down. But Thompson’s size could provide a different dimension and give him a chance of making the team.

Hornets sign Elliot Williams as 16th player

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The Hornets want to be more competitive now, not down the road.

Apparently, that will start in training camp.

Hornets release:

Charlotte Hornets General Manager Rich Cho announced today that the team has signed free agent guard Elliot Williams.

Williams’ deal is partially guaranteed, according to Rick Bonnell of The Charlotte Observer. I’d guess it’s also at the minimum.

Williams gives Charlotte 16 players – one more than the regular-season maximum.

The only other Hornet without a fully guaranteed deal is undrafted rookie Aaron Harrison, whose salary is $75,000 guaranteed. Quite likely, he and Williams will compete for the final roster spot, though it’s possible Charlotte eats a guaranteed contract.

Williams – the No. 22 overall pick in 2010 – has suffered multiple major injuries. As a result, he hasn’t looked very productive while playing for the Trail Blazers, 76ers, Jazz and Pelicans. It’s possible his injuries have sapped him of the athleticism that once made him a first-round pick.

Williams’ best chance for making the team will come with a strong defensive effort. The combo guard can use his length to his advantage, and that’s the end of the court where Charlotte coach Steve Clifford specializes.

Cho already has a connection with Williams, who played in Portland while Cho was the Trail Blazers’ general manager. Williams also signed a 10-day contract with the Hornets last season, though he never played for them.

I’d bet on the younger Harrison taking the final roster spot, but Williams at least has a fighting chance.

Full list of NBA draft-eligible underclassmen, international players released

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There are the names you know — the one-and-done players, the guys who will go high in this June’s NBA Draft. Jahlil Okafor, Karl-Anthony Towns, D’Angelo Russell and the like. But then there are the countless guys whose names you don’t know, players who likely never set foot on an NBA court.

All in all, there are 91 college underclassmen and international players eligible for the NBA Draft, their names formally released by the NBA on Tuesday. Below you can see all of them.

You would be correct to note that only 60 players will get drafted (and college seniors, not listed here because they are all eligible, will take up some of those slots). Some of these players took poor advice and are about to be wildly disappointed as they go through the draft process. Others understood the NBA was a longshot but they are ready to start earning money to play basketball overseas, so they put their name out there.

Wherever a particular player may fall on that scale, their names are below. First are the college underclassmen, followed by the international players who will enter the draft this season.

Early Entry players (name (college) height)

Cliff Alexander (Kansas) 6’8” Freshman
Justin Anderson (Virginia) 6’6” Junior
Brandon Ashley (Arizona) 6’9” Junior
Devin Booker (Kentucky) 6’6” Freshman
Willie Cauley-Stein (Kentucky) 7-0 Junior
Sam Dekker (Wisconsin) 6’9” Junior
Michael Frazier II (Florida) 6’4 Junior
Olivier Hanlan (Boston College) 6’4” Junior
Montrezl Harrell (Louisvillep) 6’8” Junior
Aaron Harrison (Kentucky) 6’6” Sophomore
Andrew Harrison (Kentucky) 6’6” Sophomore
Tyler Harvey (Eastern Washington) 6’4” Sophomore
Jerome Hill (Gardner-Webb) 6’5” Junior
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (Arizona) 6’7” Sophomore
R.J. Hunter (Georgia State) 6’5” Junior
Vince Hunter (UTEP) 6’8” Sophomore
Charles Jackson (Tennessee Tech) 6’10” Junior
Dakari Johnson (Kentucky) 7’0” Sophomore
Stanley Johnson (Arizona) 6’7” Freshman
Tyus Jones (Duke) 6’1” Freshman
Trevor Lacey (North Carolina State) 6’3” Junior
Kevon Looney (UCLA) 6’9” Freshman
Trey Lyles (Kentucky) 6’10” Freshman
Jarell Martin (LSU) 6’10” Sophomore
Chris McCullough (Syracuse) 6’10” Freshman
Jordan Mickey (LSU) 6’8” Sophomore
Jahlil Okafor (Duke) 6’11” Freshman
Kelly Oubre (Kansas) 6’7” Freshman
Ashton Pankey (Manhattan) 6’10” Junior
Cameron Payne (Murray State) 6’2” Sophomore
Terran Petteway (Nebraska) 6’6” Junior
Walter Pitchford (Nebraska) 6’10” Junior
Bobby Portis (Arkansas) 6’11” Sophomore
Michael Qualls (Arkansas) 6’6”Junior
Terry Rozier (Louisville) 6’1” Sophomore
D’Angelo Russell (Ohio State) 6’5” Freshman
Satnam Singh (IMG Academy) 7’1” Post-Graduate
Jherrod Stiggers (Houston) 6’5” Junior
Deonta Stocks (West Georgia) 6-1” Sophomore
Aaron Thomas (Florida State) 6’5” Junior
J.P. Tokoto (North Carolina) 6’6” Junior
Karl-Anthony Towns (Kentucky) 6’11” Freshman
Myles Turner (Texas) 6’11” Freshman
Robert Upshaw (Washington) 7’0” Sophomore
Rashad Vaughn (UNLV) 6’6” Freshman
Chris Walker (Florida) 6’10” Sophomore
Justise Winslow (Duke) 6’6” Freshman
Christian Wood (UNLV) 6’11” Sophomore

International players (name, team (country), height)

Alberto Abalde, Joventut (Spain) 6’7”
Dimitrios Agravanis, Olympiacos (Greece) 6’10”
Wael Arakji, Al Riyadi (Lebanon) 6’4”
Eleftherios Bochoridis, Panathinaikos (Greece) 6’5”
Beka Burjanadze, Coruna (Spain) 6’8”
Nedim Buza, Spars Sarajevo (Bosnia) 6’8”
Alexandre Chassang, ASVEL (France) 6’9”
George de Paula, Pinheiros (Brazil) 6’6” 
Andrey Desyatnikov, Zenit St. Petersburg (Russia), 7’3”
Moussa Diagne, Fuenlabrada (Spain), 6’11”
Lucas Dias Silva, Pinheiros (Brazil) 6’9”
Ognjen Dobric, FMP Beograd (Serbia) 6’6”
Simone Fontecchio, Granarolo (Italy) 6’7”
Danilo Fuzaro, Minas (Brazil) 6’4”
Marc Garcia, Manresa (Spain) 6’6”
Humberto Gomes, Pinheiros (Brazil) 6’5”
Kevin Harley, Poitiers (France) 6’6”
Guillermo Hernangomez, Sevilla (Spain) 6’11”
Juan Alberto Hernangomez, Estudiantes (Spain) 6’7”
Mario Hezonja, Barcelona (Spain) 6’8”
Mouhammadou Jaiteh, Nanterre (France) 6’11”
Alpha Kaba, Pau Orthez (France) 6’10”
Vladislav Korenyuk, Dnipro (Ukraine) 6’11”
Dusan Kutlesic, Metalac (Serbia), 6’6”
Jonghyun Lee, Korea University (Korea) 6’9”
Timothe Luwawu, Antibes (France) 6’7”
Nikola Milutinov, Partizan (Serbia) 7’0”
Aleksej Nikolic, Spars Sarajevo (Bosnia) 6’3”
Cedi Osman, Anadolu Efes (Turkey) 6’8”
Miroslav Pasajlic, Uzice (Serbia) 6’1”
Anzejs Pasecniks, VEF Riga (Latvia) 7’1”
Oriol Pauli, Gran Canaria (Spain) 6’7”
Kristaps Porzingis, Sevilla (Spain) 7’1”
Nikola Radicevic, Sevilla (Spain) 6’5”
Djoko Salic, Spars Sarajevo (Bosnia) 6’11”
Marko Tejic, Crvena Zvezda (Serbia) 6’10”
Juan Pablo Vaulet, Bahia Basket (Argentina) 6’6”
Aleksandar Vezenkov, Aris (Greece) 6’9”
Adin Vrabac, Trier (Germany) 6’8”
Rade Zagorac, Mega Leks (Serbia) 6’7”
Sergiy Zagreba, Dnipro (Ukraine) 7’0”
Alexandr Zhigulin, Penas Huesca (Spain) 6’8”

Report: Kentucky’s Harrison twins plan to declare for NBA Draft

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To the surprise of absolutely no one, Kentucky’s Andrew and Aaron Harrison have decided to turn pro, according to RealGM’s Shams Charania:

Once considered surefire lottery talents, the Harrison twins’ stocks have slipped over their two years at Kentucky. DraftExpress.com’s latest mock draft has Andrew, a shooting guard, going 53rd, and Aaron, a small forward, going undrafted. In their overall prospect rankings, Andrew is 59th and Aaron doesn’t crack the top 100.

Andrew, of course, found himself in the headlines after Kentucky’s Saturday night loss to Wisconsin in the Final Four for saying a derogatory word about Wisconsin star Frank Kaminsky, which he has since apologized for.