Charlotte Hornets forward P.J. Washington has agreed to a new three-year, $48 million contract, according to his agents. The deal was confirmed by Kevin Bradbury of Lift Sports Management and Paul Washington Sr. of Washington Sports Group.
Washington, who was the last unsigned restricted free agent in the NBA this summer, can now breathe a sigh of relief as he secures his future with the Hornets. The agreement also has implications for another Hornets forward, as it prevents them from signing a qualifying offer and becoming eligible for unrestricted free agency in 2025. This situation had occurred with Miles Bridges in July.
Last season, Washington had a breakout year, posting career highs in both points and 3-pointers per game. He averaged 15.7 points and knocked down an average of 2.0 3-pointers per game. His performance was even more impressive as he became the first player in Hornets history to average two 3-pointers and a block per game in a single season.
Selected as the 12th overall pick in the 2019 NBA draft, Washington has quickly become an integral part of the Hornets’ lineup. He started 73 games for the team last season, proving his worth as a key contributor.
One of the highlights of Washington’s stellar season was a remarkable 43-point performance against the Oklahoma City Thunder in March. This standout game showcased his scoring abilities and helped solidify his status as a rising star in the league.
By securing Washington with a new contract, the Hornets are demonstrating their commitment to building a competitive team. With Washington’s continued improvement and impact on the court, the Hornets will undoubtedly benefit from his presence for years to come.
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