The Charlotte Hornets have reached an agreement with P.J. Washington, their starting forward, on a contract extension worth $48 million over three years. This news comes from a reliable source familiar with the situation, who shared the information with The Associated Press.
The deal is anticipated to be finalized and officially signed early next week. Since this hasn’t happened yet, the person providing the information chose to remain anonymous while talking to the AP on Saturday.
P.J. Washington, who is 25 years old, was a restricted free agent. With this new contract, he won’t be able to enter the unrestricted free-agent market next summer.
Washington was selected as the 12th pick in the 2019 draft, and he has played for the Hornets for all four seasons of his career after his time at Kentucky. In the previous season, he started in 73 games for the Charlotte team. During that time, he achieved a career-best average of 15.7 points per game, in addition to contributing 4.9 rebounds, 2.4 assists, and 1.1 blocks per game.
Standing at 6 feet 7 inches tall and weighing 230 pounds, Washington was able to make an average of 2 three-pointers per game. However, his accuracy from beyond the arc was at 34.8%, which is a bit lower. Notably, he scored 43 points in a single game against the Oklahoma City team in March.