Yahoo Sports reporter and information demigod Adrian Wojnarowksi is reporting that the Charlotte Hornets are targeting former New Orleans Pelicans point guard Brian Roberts to serve as Kemba Walker’s backup.
Charlotte’s planning visit with free agent Brian Roberts, league sources tell Yahoo. He’s on top of short list to backup Kemba Walker.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 9, 2014
After the trade of Ramon Sessions last season, Charlotte struggled to find a reliable backup for Kemba. Luke Ridnour did not produce the same consistent play that Sessions provided before he was dealt. Kemba Walker will obviously get the bulk of playing time at point guard, and is the driving force that makes the Hornets offense go, but if the Charlotte is going to surpass last season’s first round playoff exit they will need more production from the bench. Brian Roberts would serve as an excellent addition to that bench.
Roberts would bring veteran savvy and experience to the team, he spent the first several years of his career playing overseas before breaking into the NBA during the 2012-2013 season. Though he served as the primary backup to Jrue Holiday, Roberts also started 42 games for the Pelicans last season. In 23.2 minutes per game Roberts averaged 9.4 points, and 3.3 assists, while also shooting 36 percent from three point range. He also had a PER of 13.49, which is miles ahead of the previously mentioned backup point guard Charlotte relied on at the end of last season.
Brian Roberts is not a household name by any means, but he would provide valuable minutes off the bench at a position the Hornets desperately need to upgrade. He is a solid passer, and a decent three point shooter that could help space the floor for a second unit that desperately needed that last season. Most importantly he is not Luke Ridnour. Roberts is also likely cheaper than other options, such as bringing back Ramon Sessions, or going after a more well known player like Jameer Nelson. The Charlotte Hornets would be wise to add Brian Roberts to their roster before someone else snatches him up.
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