Storyline: Julyan Stone Free Agency

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Hornets add Julyan Stone

Charlotte Hornets General Manager Rich Cho announced today that the team has signed guard Julyan Stone. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. Stone (6-6, 200) has appeared in 47 career NBA games (two starts) over three seasons with Denver (2011-13) and Toronto (2013-14), averaging 1.3 points, 1.1 assists and 1.0 rebounds in 7.0 minutes per contest. He most recently joins Charlotte after a stint with Reyer Venezia Mestre of the Lega Basket Serie A in Italy, appearing in 26 games and helping the squad to a 2017 Serie A Championship. Prior to his time with Reyer Venezia Mestre, Stone played with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the NBA G League last season, seeing action in 33 games (31 starts), averaging 7.9 points, 8.6 assists, 6.0 rebounds and 1.3 steals in 34.7 minutes per contest.

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International basketball website Sportando reported the Hornets’ interest in Stone Friday. Stone, 28, recently signed a two-year contract with Venice-based team Reyer Venezia. According to Sportando, Stone would like to sign with the Hornets, but doesn’t have an out clause in his contract. The issue for Stone relates to his father’s health: Based on Stone’s Instagram account, his father is in a coronary care unit in the United States with severe lung, heart and kidney ailments. Stone would like to be let out of his contract in Italy to be closer to his father the upcoming season and to better pay for his care.
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October 16, 2017 | 7:30 pm EDT Update
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