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Source: Charlotte Hornets to sign Damien Wilkins

Damien Wilkins (right) chases a loose ball in competition with Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. The Charlotte Hornets plan to sign Wilkins, according to a source.
Damien Wilkins (right) chases a loose ball in competition with Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. The Charlotte Hornets plan to sign Wilkins, according to a source. MCT

The Charlotte Hornets plan to sign former N.C. State player Damien Wilkins for a preseason look, an NBA source confirmed Monday.

Wilkins, 35, has played in China, Puerto Rico and the NBA’s development league of late after a 10-year NBA career with five teams. He last played in the NBA for the Philadelphia 76ers in 2013.

A 6-foot-6 small forward, Wilkins is the son of former NBA player Gerald Wilkins and a nephew of former NBA All-Star Dominique Wilkins. He left N.C. State with eligibility remaining, originally intending to turn pro. Instead he transferred to Georgia to complete his eligibility. He went unselected in the 2004 NBA draft.

Hornets starting small forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist suffered a dislocated shoulder Saturday in an exhibition victory over the Orlando Magic. It’s unclear how long Kidd-Gilchrist will be out, but dislocated shoulders typically take three to 12 weeks to heal.

Wilkins made the roster of the Seattle SuperSonics (now the Oklahoma City Thunder) and later played for the Minnesota Timberwolves, Atlanta Hawks, Detroit Pistons and 76ers.

Wilkins averaged 6.3 points and 2.4 rebounds over his NBA career. His five seasons with the SuperSonics/Thunder coincided with now-Hornets general manger Rich Cho working for that franchise.

Wilkins played for Team USA in July at the Pan American Games in Toronto. The U.S. finished third in that tournament.

“So many great players have worn those colors and that uniform,” Wilkins told nba.com of his Team USA experience. “To put my name alongside theirs in those annals, it means something to me.”

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