Hornets sign F/C Mathiang, G Paige

Aug 2, 2017 - 5:51 PM The Charlotte Hornets signed forward/center Mangok Mathiang and guard Marcus Paige to two-way contracts on Wednesday.

The 6-foot-10, 230-pound Mathiang was a member of the Hornets' entry at the 2017 Orlando Pro Summer League, where he saw action in five games and averaged 4.4 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.8 offensive rebounds in 17.1 minutes per contest.

Born in Sudan, the 24-year-old Mathiang lived in Melbourne, Australia, for several years before moving to the United States where he spent four years at Louisville (2013-17). He appeared in 114 career games (44 starts) in college, averaging 4.8 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.3 blocks. While serving as team captain as a redshirt senior in 2016-17, he averaged 7.8 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.1 blocks and 20.8 minutes while helping the Cardinals to a 25-9 record.

The 6-1, 164-pound Paige was originally drafted in the second round (55th overall) in 2016 by the Brooklyn Nets, with his draft rights being traded to Utah the following day.

Paige, 23, appeared in 46 games (40 starts) with the Salt Lake City Stars of the NBA G League last season, averaging 12.1 points, 2.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 32.7 minutes. The Marion, Iowa, native played four collegiate seasons at North Carolina (2012-16), averaging 13.1 points, 4.3 assists and 2.8 rebounds in 141 games and helping the Tar Heels to a 2016 NCAA Championship Game appearance as a senior.

Mathiang and Paige become the first Hornets players to ever sign a two-way contract. The 2017-18 season is the first year NBA teams can utilize two-way contracts, in which teams will be permitted to carry two such players on their roster in addition to their 15-man regular-season roster.

Charlotte's two-way players will spend time with the team's NBA G League squad, the Greensboro Swarm, as well as the main club. They are allowed no more than 45 days in the NBA, not including any time prior to the start of the Swarm's training camp and at the conclusion of the season.

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