Bobcats sign Larry Hughes

Charlotte Bobcats General Manager Rod Higgins announced today that the team has signed free agent guard Larry Hughes. A first-round draft pick of Philadelphia in 1998, where he played for Bobcats Head Coach Larry Brown, Hughes was waived by Sacramento on Feb. 23 after a trade from New York on Feb. 18.

The 6-5 Hughes is in his 12th NBA season, with career averages of 14.4 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.5 steals in 31.2 minutes over 704 games with prior stops in Philadelphia, Golden State, Washington, Cleveland, Chicago, and New York.

In 45 career playoff games (38 starts), Hughes averaged 13.2 points with the Sixers, Wizards and Cavaliers. During Cleveland’s run to the NBA Finals in 2006-07, Hughes averaged 14.9 points against eventual champion San Antonio.

Hughes has averaged double-figure scoring in 10 of his 11 NBA seasons, including a career-best 22.0 points per game with the Wizards in 2004-05. In that same season, he led the league with 2.89 steals and was named to the NBA’s All-Defensive First Team.

In 31 games (four starts) played with the Knicks this season, Hughes averaged 9.6 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.3 steals in 26.5 minutes.

An early entry candidate in the 1998 NBA Draft, Hughes spent just one season at the University of St. Louis before becoming the eighth overall pick by the Sixers. He led the Billikens and Conference USA in scoring, set a school single-season scoring record with 670 points and was selected First Team All-Conference and Freshman of the Year.

Hughes will wear jersey #0. The Bobcats roster now stands at 15 players.