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Hornets rumors: Julyan Stone expected to sign with Charlotte

Julyan Stone
USA Today

Earlier in the week, it was reported European team Ryer Venezia was blocking Julyan Stone from signing with the Charlotte Hornets. While Stone does not have an NBA opt-out clause in his current deal, he asked the team to release him so he can be closer to his ill father.

Since the report, negotiations are progressing toward Stone being released so he can sign with the Hornets according to Rick Bonnell of Charlotte Observer:

Negotiations are progressing toward guard Julyan Stone being released from his contract with an Italian team so he can sign with the Charlotte Hornets.

In order to complete the process, Stone must do the following in order to return to the NBA:

To sign with an NBA team, Stone would have to arrange for a letter from FIBA, basketball’s international governing body, saying he’s not contractually bound to another team.

Stone, who went undrafted in the 2011 NBA Draft, has previously played for the Denver Nuggets (2011-13) and Toronto Raptors (2013-14). Along with spending time in the NBA D-League, this marks his second stint with the Italian team.

While Stone is expected to have another opportunity to prove himself as Charlotte’s third-string point guard, the hope is he will be closer to his father. According to Bonnell, Stone’s father is in a coronary care unit with severe lung, heart, and kidney ailments.

Stone averaged 1.3 points, 1.0 rebounds, and 1.1 assists in 47 NBA appearances.