Vernon Carey Rumors

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Vernon Carey
Vernon Carey
Position: C
Born: 02/25/01
Height: 6-10 / 2.08
Weight:270 lbs. / 122.5 kg.
Salary: $1,350,000
Late in each Charlotte Hornets season, coach James Borrego opens up the rotation to see what a second-round rookie has got. Three seasons ago, it was Devonte Graham. Last March, it was Jalen McDaniels. Friday, it was emphatically Vernon Carey Jr. “Based on what I saw tonight, I’ve got to look very hard at Vernon” the rest of the season, Borrego said, after Carey’s NBA debut as a starter.
Carey was stunningly good with 21 points on 9-of-14 shooting, plus six rebounds. The Hornets selected former the former Duke center early in the second round of the 2020 NBA Draft, and prior to Friday he had amassed all of 33 minutes. He played 35 minutes in the 130-115 loss to the Brooklyn Nets, and totally looked like he belonged. Carey learned Friday morning that he was starting, even though the decision had been made the night before. Borrego didn’t want Carey fretting all night instead of sleeping.
Charlotte Hornets President of Basketball Operations and General Manager Mitch Kupchak announced today that the team has recalled center Vernon Carey Jr. and center Nick Richards from the Greensboro Swarm, the team’s NBA G League affiliate. Carey appeared in 14 games for the Swarm in the G League bubble, averaging 16.0 points, 9.4 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in 26.5 minutes per game. A first-year player out of Duke, Carey has totaled three points, one assist and one block in three games for the Hornets this season.
The Charlotte Hornets are recalling rookie Nick Richards from the Greensboro Swarm to meet the NBA minimum of 12 available players. The NBA advised that since Charlotte has an open roster spot, sending Richards, Vernon Carey and Jalen McDaniels to the G-League bubble meant the Hornets were short one player for the NBA minimum 12 spots.
Storyline: G League Bubble