Damien Wilkins signs with Hornets

The Charlotte Hornets announced today that they have signed free agent guard/forward Damien Wilkins to a deal.  Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

In his 9th year in the NBA, Wilkins has played in 563 career games(149 starts) with the Seattle SuperSonics/Oklahoma City Thunder, Minnesota Timberwolves, Atlanta Hawks, Detroit Pistons, and Philadlephia 76ers, with career averages of 6.3 points, 2.4 rebounds, and 1.4 assists in 19.3 minutes per game.  For his career, Wilkins has shot .427 from the field, and .783 from the free-throw line.  He went undrafted in the 2004 NBA Draft after spending 2 seasons playing his college ball at the University of Georgia(2002-04), after transferring from NC State University(1999-01).

The Orlando, FL native joins the Hornets most recently from Indios de Mayaguez of the Baloncesto Superior Nacional League in Puerto Rico, where he averaged 17.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 2.8 assists in 31.8 minutes per contest.  He also spent part of the 2014-15 season with the Iowa Energy of the NBA D-League, where he had a league-high 1,891 minutes, averaging 20.2 points, 5.7 rebounds, 3.6 assists, and 1.4 steals in 37.8 minutes per game, earning 2015 NBA D-League All-Star and All-NBA D-League Third Team honors.

In addition, the 6-6 Wilkins participated in the 2015 Pan-American Games held in Toronto for the United States representative squad, averaging 13.2 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 1.0 assists in 25.2 minutes per game, helping the United States capture the bronze medal.  Damien is the nephew of NBA legend and Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins, who was best known for his long storied career with the Atlanta Hawks, and the son of Gerald Wilkins, who who had a 14-year NBA career with the New York Knicks, Cleveland Cavaliers, Vancouver/Memphis Grizzlies, and Orlando Magic, and he will wear the number 21.

The Hornets will host the New York Knicks tomorrow night at Time Warner Cable Arena, as Charlotte will continue its preseason slate.