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Hornets sign two-year contract with Oubre

After more than two days of free agency, most of the notable names were already off the board. Now Kelly Oubre Jr. has joined the ranks of players who have signed a new contract. He will join the Charlotte Hornets on a two-year, $ 26 million contract, according to a report from Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports.

This will be the fourth team in four seasons for Oubre, who has struggled to find consistency with his game or place in the league. He’s just finished a disappointing season with the Golden State Warriors, in which he had a historically poor shooting start and missed 15 of the last 20 games with a hand and wrist injury.

Now in good health, he will have another chance to prove himself in a young and promising Hornets team. His size and athleticism are not in question, nor are his efforts. But if he’s a versatile defender, he’s not as good as you’d expect on this side of the ball, and his offense is often too strong. In particular, his 3-point shot just needs to be better. He’s 32.6 percent for his career and has never shot better than 35.2 percent.

The Hornets are making a big bet that Oubre can improve in these areas and that his overall style of play will fit in perfectly with the team they are building. That, at least, seems likely. His ability to move up and down the ground will make the Hornets an even more dangerous transition than they were last season, when they finished fourth in the league with 23.1 quick braking points per game.