Could D.J. Augustin and the Charlotte Hornets be in for a reunion? Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that the Hornets may be interested in bringing back their former point guard to back up Kemba Walker.
Charlotte, Dallas registering interest on free agent guard D.J. Augustin, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 12, 2014
It seems as if Charlotte is pursuing every avenue to find their next backup point guard. In the last few days they have reportedly been interested in Brian Roberts, Kirk Hinrich, and now D.J. Augustin. Augustin was the 9th overall pick of the Charlotte Bobcats back in the 2008 NBA draft. He began his career as the backup to Raymond Felton, until taking over the starting job in the 2010-2011 season.
Augustin's Charlotte career was a mixed bag. His rookie year he was very good, averaging 11.8 points, and 3.5 assists a game, while shooting 43.9 percent from three. It looked as if Charlotte had found their point guard of the future, and a deadly three point weapon off the bench, until he was ready to take over the starting job. The next year saw Augustin regress significantly. Over the next few seasons he would vacillate between very good, and frustratingly inconsistent.
His final year in Charlotte, as the full-time starter, he averaged 11.1 points, and 6.4 assists per game, with a dreadful 37.6 percent field goal percentage. He also had a career high 2.3 turnovers per game. After the season Charlotte elected to let Augustin walk into free agency.
The last two seasons he has bounced around the league a bit. In 2012-2013 he spent one season with the Indiana Pacers that was unsuccessful, then he signed with the Toronto Raptors before last season. Augustin once again faced struggles when he got to Toronto. On December 9th they elected to waive him due to his poor play. At that point there was a good chance Augustin might be heading out of the NBA for good. Then he was signed by the Chicago Bulls.
Playing for the Bulls revived Augustin's career. He averaged 14.9 points, and 5 assists per game, while also raising his three point percentage over 40 percent for the first time since his rookie year. Augustin provided the Bulls with a scoring punch from the point guard spot, and proved to the NBA he could still play at this level.
Now Augustin is back on the market and it appears as if the Hornets are interested in bringing him back. This would be a polarizing move, as some fans likely remember him fondly, and some remember how poorly he played at times. If he is the same player he was last year then this would be a fantastic addition to the Hornets bench. He would provide scoring, three point shooting off the bench, and a veteran backup point guard to provide Kemba Walker with valuable time to rest. He could even work nicely on the floor together with Kemba if Steve Clifford elects to play with two point guards for certain stretches, like he did with Kemba, and Ramon Sessions last season. What do you think Hornets fans? Should Charlotte bring back D.J. Augustin, or should they look elsewhere for a back up point guard? Shout it out in the comments!