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Hornets signing Ish Smith to $4.5M salary

Ish Smith in Charlotte Hornets v Washington Wizards

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 16: Ish Smith #14 of the Washington Wizards handles the ball during the game against P.J. Washington #25 of the Charlotte Hornets on May 16, 2021 at Capital One Arena in Washington, DC. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2021 NBAE (Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images)

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The Hornets cleared their surplus of guards by signing-and-trading Devonte’ Graham (Pelicans) and not issuing a qualifying offer to Malik Monk (Lakers).

But Charlotte still needs some depth behind LaMelo Ball and Terry Rozier, ideally a point guard who complements No. 11 pick James Bouknight.

Enter Ish Smith.

Shams Charania of The Athletic:

This could fit into the room exception ($4.91 million)

The speedy Smith should fit well with Bouknight off the bench, keeping up with the dynamic rookie while providing a steadying force.

Smith will join his 12th franchise in his 12-year career. This one might be more special to him. He’s a Charlotte native who played at Wake Forest.

His prior team, the Wizards, are reportedly acquiring Spencer Dinwiddie to start at point guard and are trading for Aaron Holiday as a backup.