Roy Hibbert to Hornets: Latest Contract Details and Reaction

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistJuly 5, 2016

Los Angeles Lakers center Roy Hibbert (17) reacts after he was charged with a foul in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden in New York, Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015. The Knicks defeated the Lakers 99-95. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
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Veteran center Roy Hibbert reached a one-year, $5 million agreement with the Charlotte Hornets on July 4. The Hornets announced the signing Thursday.

Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical first reported the news July 4. Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer also reported the terms of the agreement.

The 7'2" center has struggled to make a significant impact as the NBA has shifted toward smaller lineups. He averaged just 5.9 points and 4.9 rebounds per game during his lone season with the Los Angeles Lakers, failing to provide the Lakers with the interior presence they were hoping for when they acquired him from the Indiana Pacers.

The 29-year-old New York native was one of the league's best post defenders for extended stretches during his time with the Pacers. He averaged 2.6 blocks per game during the 2012-13 campaign and was named to the league's All-Defensive Second Team in 2013-14.

He's also been selected to a pair of All-Star Games since being drafted in the first round out of Georgetown in 2008. Now the question is whether he'll ever get back to that level.

In March, Hibbert revealed to Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News he wasn't sure where things had gone wrong.

"I honestly don't know," he said. "I can't put a word on it or explain this season as well as my lack of success or the team."

At a time when the game has shifted toward athleticism and shooting ability, stalwart centers like Hibbert are seeing their roles diminish, so the pressure is on him to make the necessary adjustments in order to provide value as he hits the age of 30 and beyond.

Ultimately, Hibbert decided it was time to begin a new chapter of his career with the Hornets. While it represents a fresh start, the same issues that plagued him with the Lakers will remain at the forefront until he can find a way to adapt in the modern NBA.

Bonnell noted the similarities between Hibbert's deal and the Hornets' other recent signings:

Rick Bonnell @rick_bonnell

Hibbert fits the mode Batum and Lin were in last summer: Something to prove after less than ideal seasons.

Hibbert could emerge as a worthwhile signing based on his prior success, but the onus will fall on his shoulders to find a way to translate his skill set to today's game.