Charlotte Hornets President of Basketball Operations & General Manager Mitch Kupchak announced today that the team has converted the contract of guard Kobi Simmons to a two-way contract. The team also signed two-way plyer Jalen McDaniels to a multi-year contract.
Simmons, who went undrafted out of the University of Arizona, appeared in one game for the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2018-19 NBA season. The guard spent most of the season in the G League with the Canton Charge, posting averages of 17.1 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.6 assists in 35 games played. Simmons appeared in 32 games for the Memphis Grizzlies in the 2017-18 NBA season, posting averages of 6.1 points, 1.6 rebounds and 2.1 assists.
The Atlanta, Georgia native appeared four preseason contests for Charlotte averaging 4.3 points, 2.0 assists and 1.5 rebounds in 11.9 minutes per game.
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. With McDaniels signing, the Hornets roster stands at 17 players.