Mathiang was waived by the Hornets on Wednesday.
After going undrafted in 2017 following four seasons at Louisville, Mathiang signed a two-way contract with the Hornets. He played just 20 minutes at the NBA level, spending most of his time in the G-League. There, with the Greensboro Swarm, he averaged 10.8 points, 9.2 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 25.3 minutes. The organization apparently wasn't impressed enough to hang onto Mathiang for another campaign.
Mathiang played almost the entire season in the G League but did occasionally get called-up by the Hornets. The only noticeable game for the former Louisville standout was on Mar. 22 when he poured in eight points and added four rebounds against the Grizzlies. Mathiang will likely find his way on a G League team come next season.
Mathiang was recalled from the G-League's Greensboro Swarm on Thursday.
Mathiang has spent the last three weeks in Greensboro after what was a brief call-up to Charlotte, and his return to the Hornets on Thursday may be a result of both Dwight Howard (suspension) and Cody Zeller (knee) expected to be out for the team's matchup with Memphis. Mathiang has only appeared in three games for the Hornets this season, and likely will remain a deep bench option for Thursday's outing.
Mathiang was assigned to the G-League on Monday.
It was a short stint for Mathiang with the big club, as he was just recalled earlier Monday. That said, it's further evidence that Mathiang is well out of the regular rotation considering injuries to Marvin Williams (eye) and Cody Zeller (knee). Look for Mathiang to continue to develop in the G-League for most of the final month of the season.
The Hornets are a bit banged up in the frontcourt with Marvin Williams (eye) and Cody Zeller (knee) nursing injuries, so Mathiang could be called upon to dress Tuesday against the Pelicans if either or both players are unavailable. Even in that scenario, it's unlikely that Mathiang would see much meaningful run, as the rookie has made just three appearances for the Hornets all season. He's seen no more than five minutes in any of those outings.
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