The Charlotte Hornets have used both of their two-way contracts as they’ve signed Marcus Paige and Mangok Mathiang.
According to Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer, the Charlotte Hornets are signing Marcus Paige and Magok Mathiang to two-way contracts for the upcoming season. With the way two-way deals are set up, both players will spend most of the season with the Greensboro Swarm.
Spencer Percy of Queen City Hoops noted some important points on two-way deals including that the two players are now a part of the Hornets’ organization and can not be signed by any other team. They also can not spend more than 45 days with their NBA team. Their deals are not counted against the team’s cap and they are restricted free agents on their contracts are up.
Both players have worked out for the Hornets this summer but in different capacities. Paige was among eight free agent point guard who worked out for the team in late July. Mathiang was brought in as part of a pre-draft workout.
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After spending four years at the University of North Carolina, Paige is now back in the state that he once called home. After being selected 55th overall in the second round by the Brooklyn Nets during the 2016 NBA Draft, Marcus spent one season in the G-League with the Salt Lake City Stars.
During his one year in the G-League, the 23-year old averaged 12.1 points per game, 2.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists while shooting 39.9% from the field, 35.5% from three and 83.7% from the free throw line.
As for Mathiang, the Louisville product went undrafted but he played in five games for Charlotte during the Orlando Pro Summer League. He put up 4.4 PPG and 5.0 RPG while managing to shoot 53.3% from the field in 17.2 MPG for the Hornets.
Charlotte has now used both of their two-way contracts for the 2017-18 season. Expect Marcus and Mangok to only be called up in cases of emergency. They should get plenty of minutes in Greensboro.
Don’t expect too much out of Paige and Mathiang at the pro level but this is a good way for the Charlotte Hornets to develop two young players within their organization. This is the first year that the NBA implemented two-way contracts.