Charlotte Hornets President of Basketball Operations & General Manager Mitch Kupchak announced today that the team has converted the contract of forward Jalen McDaniels to a two-way contract. The team also signed two-way player Caleb Martin to a multi-year contract.
The Hornets selected McDaniels with the 52nd overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. McDaniels, a 6-10 forward from San Diego State, earned All-Mountain West Second Team in 2018-19 and All-Mountain West Third Team in 2017-18 as a freshman. McDaniels led the Aztecs in rebounding average (8.3 rpg), total steals (38) and placed second in scoring average (15.9 ppg) during his sophomore campaign. The 21-year-old made the second-most two-point field goals (188) in the conference and ranked among the top 10 in total free throws made (93) and attempted (127). He shot .466 from the field (212-455) and .320 from beyond the three-point line (24-75).
McDaniels originally signed with the Hornets on Oct. 10, 2019 and appeared in two preseason games for the Charlotte Hornets, averaging 1.0 points and 0.5 rebounds in 5.3 minutes per game.
Martin originally signed with the Hornets on July 31, 2019 after going undrafted in the 2019 NBA Draft. The Mocksville, NC native averaged 19.2 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2.8 assists in 34.1 minutes per game as a senior in 2018-19 in his senior season at Nevada. The 6-7 forward was named to the 2018-19 All-MWC First Team as well as the MWC All-Defensive Team. Martin led all conference players in three-point field goals (107) and steals (49) in 2018-19.
Martin appeared in all five preseason games for the Charlotte Hornets, averaging 9.6 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 20.6 minutes per game. With Martin’s signing, the Hornets roster stands at 17 players.