Hornets add depth at guard, sign Brian Roberts

Brian Roberts started his NBA career in 2012 as a New Orleans Hornet.

The 6-foot-1 guard agreed to a two-year, $5.5 million deal on Sunday to continue playing in the NBA — this time as a member of the Charlotte Hornets.

Undrafted after coming out of the University of Dayton in 2008, Roberts spent the 2008-09 season playing basketball for club Galil Gilboa in Israel.

Despite making the Sacramento Kings Summer League team in 2009, Roberts was unable to secure a roster spot and moved on to Germany, signing a two-year contract to play for the Brose Baskets.

Roberts re-upped his contract with the Baskets for an additional year in 2011 before joining New Orleans Summer League team in 2012.

Impressed by his basketball skills, New Orleans signed Roberts to a two-year deal on August 16, 2012.

During his career with New Orleans, Roberts played in 150 games, starting 47 of them. He has career averages of 8.2 points, 3.0 assists and 1.6 rebounds.

Charlotte General Manager Rich Cho had mentioned the team’s need for point guards during the team’s press conference to introduce draft picks Noah Vonleh and P.J. Hairston.

“When we looked at the free agent class, back up point guard was one of the deepest spots,” Cho said. “We feel like we’ll get a good back up point guard in free agency.”

Roberts is the latest free agent signee, joining forward Marvin Williams, who was signed on Saturday to a two-year, $14 million deal.

Williams is expected to step in to help replace departing free agent Josh McRoberts, who signed with the Miami Heat.