Roberts signed a two-year, $950,000 deal with Olympiacos B.C. in Greece, freelance reporter David Pick reports. The contract includes a $1 million NBA opt out in between the two seasons.
Roberts spent last season as Kemba Walker's backup in Charlotte, posting 3.5 points, 1.3 assists and 1.0 rebounds across 10.1 minutes per game while shooting 37.7 percent from the field and 38.6 percent from deep. The 31-year-old will test his luck overseas, with his contract structure giving him a shot at returning to the NBA during the 2018-19 season.
Roberts will start at point guard for Monday's game against the Bucks, Bucks play-by-play announcer Ted Davis reports.
Kemba Walker is going to miss the last two games of the season to rest an ailing knee, so Roberts will get the first shot at replacing him in the top unit. It will mark Roberts first start of the season and should mean a bump in his overall playing time. That said, Briante Weber is the younger player and the Hornets could try and get a better look at him with extended playing time at point guard since the team has already been eliminated from the playoffs.
Roberts is no longer listed on the team's official injury report, Stephanie Ready of Fox Sports Southeast reports.
Roberts was sidelined during Friday's contest as a result of personal reasons but it looks as if he'll be ready to go for Sunday's contest against the Thunder. The team has remained relatively mum regarding his status, but with his name no longer listed on the injury report the expectation is that he'll be at the very minimum available for Sunday.
Roberts did not participate in shootaround and is questionable for Friday's game against the Nuggets due to personal reasons.
Roberts has been in and out of the rotation as of late, as he and Briante Weber have essentially traded off playing the role of Kemba Walker's backup point guard. Should Roberts miss Friday's contest, look for Weber to serve that role Friday and play around 15 minutes off the bench.
Roberts collected 15 points (5-8 FG, 3-3 3Pt, 2-2 FT), four assists, one rebound and one steal across 24 minutes in Friday's 121-81 victory over the Magic.
Friday night was the first night all season that Roberts has contributed more than 10 points in a game, as his shot came alive behind the arc (100 percent from three) and from the charity stripe (100 percent from the free-throw line). Although this was a solid performance from Roberts, it is hard seeing him follow it up anytime soon with his lack of minutes (8.5 minutes per game this season) and his unusually low efficiency from the floor.
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