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Report: Hornets reach deal with Tyler Hansbrough

Newly acquired NBA basketball player Hansbrough goes up for a slam dunk during a photo shoot  for the Toronto Raptors in Toronto

Newly acquired NBA basketball player Tyler Hansbrough goes up for a slam dunk during a photoshoot for the Toronto Raptors in Toronto, July 15, 2013. REUTERS/Mark Blinch (CANADA - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)

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One former Tar Heel is coming home.

Tyler Hansbrough has agreed to a deal to join the Charlotte Hornets, something first reported by Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer. While not yet announced, is almost certainly for the veteran minimum.

Hansbrough spent the last two seasons playing a limited role off the bench in Toronto. Last season he averaged just more than 14 minutes a game, scored 3.6 points and grabbed 3.6 rebounds a game.

He likely will play the same limited role in Charlotte. They have Al Jefferson starting at center with Spencer Hawes behind him. At Hansbrough’s preferred four spot there is Cody Zeller, and the just-signed Frank Kaminsky. That’s not a lot of minutes for Hansbrough.

Hansbrough plays with energy, is strong on the glass (particularly on the offensive end), and is a decent defender. However, he has almost no shooting range and doesn’t stray from the rim much — last season 89.6 percent of his shots were within 10 feet. That makes him defendable.

Still, the former Tar Heel should be popular with the fans.