The Charlotte Hornets will sign former North Carolina star Tyler Hansbrough to add frontcourt depth to their roster, an informed source confirmed.
Hansbrough, a 6-foot-9 power forward, has averaged 7.2 points and 4.5 rebounds over six NBA seasons. He was drafted 13th overall in 2009 by the Indiana Pacers, whom he played with for four seasons before joining the Toronto Raptors for the past two.
Hansbrough has struggled to have the same impact in the NBA he had in college with the Tar Heels, who won the 2009 NCAA championship.
The Hornets have a variety of options at power forward even after trading Noah Vonleh (along with Gerald Henderson) to the Portland Trail Blazers in a deal that acquired shooting guard-small forward Nicolas Batum.
The Hornets are expected to start either Cody Zeller or rookie Frank Kaminsky at power forward this season. They also have Marvin Williams, who was the starter at the spot at the beginning of last season. Williams can also play small forward.
Once the Hornets sign Hansbrough, they will have 15 guaranteed contracts entering training camp. The NBA allows a maximum of 15 players on each team’s roster.
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