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Charlotte Hornets exercise options on LaMelo Ball, P.J. Washington

Oct 25, 2021; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Charlotte Hornets guard LaMelo Ball (2) reacts to a foul call during overtime against the Boston Celtics at the Spectrum Center. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 25, 2021; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Charlotte Hornets guard LaMelo Ball (2) reacts to a foul call during overtime against the Boston Celtics at the Spectrum Center. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

The Charlotte Hornets on Friday exercised their third-year option for guard LaMelo Ball and the fourth year-option on P.J. Washington.

Ball won NBA Rookie of the Year last season for averaging 15.7 points, 6.1 assists, 5.9 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game over 51 games (31 starts) despite his season being interrupted by a wrist injury.

To start his sophomore campaign, the 2020 NBA draft’s third overall pick has averaged 19.6 points, 6.0 assists, 5.6 rebounds and 2.0 steals in five starts to lead the Hornets to a 4-1 record.

A power forward, Washington has appeared in three games off the bench for Charlotte this season, averaging 6.0 points and 5.3 rebounds. In his first two seasons with the club, he started 118 games out of his 122 appearances. He owns career marks of 12.4 points and 6.0 rebounds per contest, shooting 44.4 percent from the field and 37.7 percent from 3-point range.

Per Spotrac salary database, Ball will make $8,623,920 next season. Washington is slated to make $5,808,435.

–Field Level Media