Hibbert agreed to a contract with the Hornets on Monday, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports. Despite averaging 23.2 minutes last season with the Lakers, Hibbert only mustered 5.9 points and 4.9 rebounds per game. Although, he continued to display his ability to stay healthy while missing just one game during his lone season in Los Angeles, marking the fourth straight season where's played at least 76 games. He seems to be the early favorite to start at center in Charlotte, especially with the recent departure of AL Jefferson, although Cody Zeller, Frank Kaminsky, and Spencer Hawes will all continually challenge Hibbert's minutes during his ninth year in the league.
Hibbert had no points (0-3 FG) and four rebounds over 16 minutes in Tuesday's 103-81 loss to the Clippers. Hibbert did little Tuesday to alter his reputation as one of the league's least productive centers, as he was outmaneuvered early and often by the Clippers' DeAndre Jordan, who needed only 29 minutes to produce seven points and 14 boards. Since the start of March, Hibbert has recorded no more than nine rebounds in any of the Lakers' 17 contests, and has reached double figures in the scoring column just twice.
Hibbert had seven points (3-4 FG, 1-1 FT) and six rebounds in 22 minutes during the Lakers' 90-87 loss to the Knicks on Sunday. Coming off a 16-minute outing against the Cavaliers in which he recorded zero rebounds, Hibbert's six boards Sunday were the most he has hauled in since Feb. 19. It still seems like only yesterday that Hibbert was one of the top centers in basketball, but big trees fall hard. With averages of 6.3 points, 4.9 rebounds, 1.4 blocks, and 1.3 assists, and 0.4 steals in 24 minutes per game on the season, Hibbert can be ignored in most leagues.
Hibbert (ankle) had nine points (4-6 FG, 1-2 FT) and three rebounds in 17 minutes during the Lakers' 120-111 loss against the Cavaliers on Wednesday. Hibbert missed Monday's matchup with his old Pacers team in Indiana due to a sprained left ankle. However, he was able to return on Wednesday--though he played sparingly. Hibbert hasn't seen a 30-minute load since Dec. 11 versus the Spurs, and his per-game averages continue to plummet as the season rolls on.
Hibbert (ankle) will play on Wednesday against Cleveland, Mark Medina of the L.A. Daily News reports. Hibbert was considered probable to play on Wednesday after missing Monday's game against the Pacers, making the announcement that he'll play unsurprising. Look for him to assume his normal role in the lineup in his return to action.
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