PJ Washington’s expanded free agency is complete as the forward reportedly agreed to a three-year, $48 million deal on Saturday to stay with the Charlotte Hornets, as reported by ESPN.
Washington was previously a restricted free agent and is enjoying the best season of his NBA career. He averaged a career-high 15.7 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game on a shot rate of 44.4%/34.8%/73.0%.
For most of his four-year NBA career, Washington was a regular for the Hornets, who selected him as the No. 12 draft pick from Kentucky in the 2019 NBA draft.
The Hornets are coming off a 27-55 season that earned them 14th place in the Eastern Conference. They then moved up two spots in the draft lottery, picking Alabama forward Brandon Miller as the #2 pick in the 2023 NBA draft, one of the team’s five picks.
The Hornets also re-signed forward Miles Bridges following a qualifying bid. Bridges did not play last season due to a domestic violence incident and will be suspended for the first ten games of next season due to the situation. He averaged 20.2 points per game in the 2021–22 season.
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Kelly Oubre Jr., who averaged 20.2 points per game for the Hornets last season, remains a free agent. Washington and the Hornets open the 2023-24 season on October 25 at home against the Atlanta Hawks.
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