AP source: Hornets add depth with Hibbert, Sessions

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. >> The Charlotte Hornets have added some depth in free agency.

Center Roy Hibbert and point guard Ramon Sessions agreed to terms with the Hornets, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

Hibbert will receive one-year deal worth $5 million and Sessions will get a two-year deal worth $12.3 million with a team option for the second season. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the deals cannot be signed until Thursday.

Hibbert gives the Hornets a replacement for Al Jefferson, who agreed to a three-year, $30 million free-agent deal with the Indiana Pacers.

Hibbert is expected to back up Cody Zeller, who made a successful transition from power forward to center last season.

The 29-year-old Hibbert has played in two NBA All-Star games but struggled last season with the Los Angeles Lakers, averaging a career-low 5.9 points and 4.9 rebounds. He has averaged 10.4 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game for his career.

At 7-foot-2, Hibbert gives the Hornets the rim protector they need. He earned second-team All-Defensive honors in 2014.

Sessions was hoping for a shot at a starting point guard spot after averaging 9.9 points and 2.2 assists last season with Washington Wizards, but he will return to Charlotte to back up Kemba Walker.

The 30-year Sessions played two seasons for the then-Bobcats from 2012-14. He averaged 14.4 points per game in 2012-13 and 10.5 points per game the following season before being traded to Milwaukee.

He will fill the role vacated by fan favorite Jeremy Lin, who left to join the Brooklyn Nets.


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